Oct
17
Sat
Mindfulness Workshop: “Letter to Myself”
Oct 17 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Mindfulness Workshop: "Letter to Myself"

In this workshop we will be dividing our time in half. In the first half, we will be writing a letter to our younger selves and in the second half creating an artistic page to accompany the letter. No artistic skills are required. Please bring paper (if you have a journal, that would work great) and any craft materials you have on hand, paint, crayons, collage, etc.

Please email: dre@berrienuu.org if you would like to attend or have any questions.

Johnson Socially-Distanced BYOB Gathering @ Home of Harvey and Tricia Johnson
Oct 17 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Johnson Socially-Distanced BYOB Gathering @ Home of Harvey and Tricia Johnson

Please join Tricia and Harvey Johnson at 1920 Sunset Court, St. Joseph, from 2pm until 5pm on Saturday, October 17th.

– Large deck and yard with seating for 20+
– Yard games like frisbee golf, croquet and bag toss
– Bonfire with S’mores
– Tame deer
– 50 acres of groomed trails in ravine woods (guide available)
– Giant trees, live animals, small fungi

In order to protect against possible Covid transmission, guests are asked to bring their own beverages and remain six feet apart or wear masks. You can RSVP to Harvey Johnson at vp@berrienuu.org.

Oct
18
Sun
Sunday Service: “Democracy and Voter Suppression”
Oct 18 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Sunday Service: "Democracy and Voter Suppression"
This Sunday, October 18th, the theme of the service is “Democracy and Voter Suppression.” Lisa Fuller and Rev. Jim McConnell will both bring messages about the state of our democracy. Lisa’s talk will be titled, “Voter Suppression” and Jim’s talk is titled “When We Hate, the Only Voter We Suppress is Ourselves.”
Additionally, Ellen Higdon and Lisa Quinlan will be our readers, there will be another great Story for All Ages, and The BUUF Musicians have some more enriching music. We are also going to actually practice democracy by taking a vote on a subject around which there has been some controversy.  (This will not be an official congregational vote).  So come, join in, grow, and be inspired.
The Zoom link, Meeting ID and password will be sent out on Saturday with the emailed Order of Service. If you don’t receive the Order of Service by end of day Saturday, please email Joanne Krettek at office@berrienuu.org or call her at 269-612-8886.
Circle Talk
Oct 18 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Oct
21
Wed
Out In Politics: “A Conversation With LGBTQ+ Politicians”
Oct 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Out In Politics: "A Conversation With LGBTQ+ Politicians"

Join the OutCenter for a conversation with LGBTQ Politicians in Michigan. Rep. John Hoadley, Rep. Laurie Pohutsky, Rep. Tim Sneller, and MSU Trustee Candidate Robin Laurain will participate in this exciting discussion about running for public office as a member of the LGBTQ+ community in Michigan, the homophobic attacks that come with this, and how we can inspire younger LGBTQ+ folx to run for office.

Join the Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86493903776

Meeting ID: 864 9390 3776

Oct
22
Thu
Racial Justice Discussion Group: “The 1619 Project Podcast”
Oct 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Racial Justice Discussion Group: “The 1619 Project Podcast”

The Racial Justice Book Club Discussion Group is gathering on Zoom to listen to the podcast, The 1619 Project, and then discuss what we’ve heard, compare to other books we’ve read, and discover how we can turn our anger/grief/sadness into action. Please join us even if, especially if you’ve already heard the podcast. Earmark All Thursday’s @ 7pm in October for this!  

Email dre@berrienuu.org for the Zoom Link.

The Pulitzer Center has made The 1619 Project, full issue of New York Times Magazine available to read here (there’s more than what you’ll hear in podcast):

https://pulitzercenter.org/sites/default/files/full_issue_of_the_1619_project.pdf

And the supplementary broadsheet available here:

https://pulitzercenter.org/sites/default/files/18maglabs_1619_issue_shipped_0.pdf

Oct
25
Sun
Sunday Service: “Women’s Suffrage”
Oct 25 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Sunday Service: "Women's Suffrage"
The theme of this Sunday’s worship service at BUUF is Women’s Suffrage. Bridget Lorenz will bring a message titled: “Lifting as We Climb, Women of Color and the 19th Amendment,” and Nancy Gilpin and Rev. Jim McConnell will bring original readings. Gloria Weberg will be our poet, Keely Adams will do our chalice work, Bridget, Adah, and Iris Lorenz will tell the Story for All Ages, and the BUUF musicians will have more great music.
Zoom in and join us for this important look at the struggle for women’s rights and what it means for us today.
The Zoom link, Meeting ID and password will be sent out on Saturday with the emailed Order of Service. If you don’t receive the Order of Service by end of day Saturday, please email Joanne Krettek at office@berrienuu.org or call her at 269-612-8886.
Circle Talk
Oct 25 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Oct
28
Wed
Welcoming Congregation Committee Meeting
Oct 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Welcoming Congregation Committee Meeting

If you feel called to celebrate the LGBTQ community, called to help protect LGBTQ civil rights, called to build a better home of inclusivity at BUUF, then consider joining the work of the Welcoming Congregation Committee!

Fun Fact: Did you know that some of our members have been on this committee since its inception in the 1990’s? We are so grateful to their dedicated work!  

Email: dre@berrienuu.org for the Zoom Link.

Oct
29
Thu
Racial Justice Discussion Group: “The 1619 Project Podcast”
Oct 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Racial Justice Discussion Group: "The 1619 Project Podcast"

The Racial Justice Book Club Discussion Group is gathering on Zoom to listen to the last episode of the podcast, The 1619 Project.

Email dre@berrienuu.org for the Zoom Link.

The Pulitzer Center has made The 1619 Project, full issue of New York Times Magazine available to read here (there’s more than what you’ll hear in podcast):

https://pulitzercenter.org/sites/default/files/full_issue_of_the_1619_project.pdf

And the supplementary broadsheet available here:

https://pulitzercenter.org/sites/default/files/18maglabs_1619_issue_shipped_0.pdf