2019 Intergenerational Spring Seminar: “Equity in Action: Gender in an Intersecting World”
Apr 11 @ 8:00 am – Apr 13 @ 5:00 pm
2019 Intergenerational Spring Seminar: "Equity in Action: Gender in an Intersecting World"

UU-UNO 2019 Intergenerational Spring Seminar: “Equity in Action: Gender in an Intersecting World”

New York City, April 11-13, 2019

Registration is open through February 25; rates increase after Jan 21.

Applications are now open to apply for reduced registration rates. We also have a special discount rate for young adult participants (age 18-35) which includes lodging at the hostel where youth and their sponsors stay.

The UU United Nations Office is excited to host this year’s Intergenerational Spring Seminar on gender equity in collaboration with the UU College of Social Justice. Programming will be interactive and intergenerational, encouraging participants to challenge their assumptions, connecting their activism with grounding in UU faith, and empowering them with the tools to bring back to their communities to make change locally and globally.

More at www.uua.org/unspringseminar<http://www.uua.org/unspringseminar>

BUUF Brunch: “Small Group Ministry on Money” @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Apr 11 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
BUUF Brunch: "Small Group Ministry on Money" @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

We lovingly invite you to join us in Small Group Ministry. We break bread over our Potluck, have a time of peace, then commune by telling our stories and listening to one another with open hearts. The topic for this meeting is Money. We will discover if money is power, freedom, a cushion, the sum of blessings or the root of all evil. We will also discover what it means to “live richly.”

Any questions may be emailed to Katharine (dre@berrienuu.org). Attached is a link to the readings and questions which you may choose to review before the meeting. These readings are also available on our website.

Small Group Ministry Readings on Money

Berrien UU Fellowship Monthly Board Meeting @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Apr 14 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

The BUUF Board meets monthly, usually on the second Sunday of the month. Members and friends are welcome to attend.

BUUF Board members include (from left to right): Dave Sarra, Rev. Jim McConnell, Treasurer Harvey Johnson, Secretary Beth La Fleur, President Lisa Fuller and DRE Katharine Lion

Sunday Service: “Re-contextualizing Spirituality” @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Apr 14 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Sunday Service: "Re-contextualizing Spirituality" @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Recontextualisation is a process that extracts text, signs or meaning from its original context (decontextualisation) and reuses it in another context. Vanessa Crenshaw, Dave Sarra, David La Fleur, June Blackwell, John Tusciuk and Nico Rojas will share something they learned during their careers that has given them further insight into their understanding of life. This service will be about finding meaning in unexpected places. The beauty of everyday things. And viewing things from a new perspective as a tool for creativity and spirituality. Candace will surprise us on the piano with her music selections. Katharine Lion will bring a poem. Tina Eberly will tell the Story for All Ages and teach the RE class for children on “Working Together to Make a Difference.” The BUUF Musicians will perform “My Favorite Things.”

There is a BUUF Musicians’ rehearsal before the service at 9:30 AM. There is also a special rehearsal after the service to prepare to perform at BUUF’s 60th anniversary events.

Special BUUF Musicians Rehearsal for Anniversary Events @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Apr 14 @ 11:45 am – 12:45 pm

BUUF Musicians, including Candace, are holding an extra rehearsal at 11:45 after the service to practice for the 60th anniversary dinner & service and also for Rev. Jim’s anniversary service. This is in addition to our regular rehearsal at 9:30 in the morning.

Made with Love Night of Stitching! @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Apr 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Made with Love Night of Stitching! @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Calling all knitters, crocheters & sewers; get out your supplies & whip up some warmth. Join us for a night of stitching: learn more about this project, share patterns, needles/hooks, yarn, ideas & help each other with techniques.

Katharine Lion will be collecting handmade hats, scarves, & mittens to distribute at the Benton Harbor Soup Kitchen.

For more information, email: dre@berrienuu.org

Environmental Justice Film Series: “How to Save the World” @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Apr 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Environmental Justice Film Series: "How to Save the World" @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

The next film in our Environmental Justice Film Series will be shown on Thursday, April 18 at 7:00 PM. (2015) Climate change: perhaps the greatest challenge of our generation. From the melting glaciers to the droughts of California, rising temperatures are a worldwide problem that impact us wherever we live. Director Eric Campbell criss-crosses the continents to see just what is at stake for humanity, interviewing scientists determined to find solutions as well as politicians who deny its existence. A fresh insight into this pressing and global issue. The film is 54 minutes, and after we watch it, we’ll discuss what actions we can take on this and other environmental justice issues.

This event is hosted by Berrien UU Board Member Harvey Johnson and is free and open to the public. Free popcorn is included; BYOB encouraged. Doors open at 6:30 PM, so come early, get yourself settled and enjoy some popcorn before the show begins at 7:00!

April Book Club Meeting: “Cadillac Desert:  The American West and its Disappearing Water” @ Home of Gloria Weberg
Apr 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
April Book Club Meeting: "Cadillac Desert:  The American West and its Disappearing Water" @ Home of Gloria Weberg
The BUUF Book Club meets again on Friday, April 19th, from 7:00 to 9:00pm at Gloria Weberg’s house in St. Joseph. Join the group in discussing Cadillac Desert:  The American West and its Disappearing Water by Mark Reisner.
Get started early with locating this one and reading it.  It is more dense than our typical picks so you may need more time!
“The definitive work on the West’s water crisis.” –Newsweek

The story of the American West is the story of a relentless quest for a precious resource: water. It is a tale of rivers diverted and dammed, of political corruption and intrigue, of billion-dollar battles over water rights, of ecological and economic disaster. In his landmark book, Cadillac Desert, Marc Reisner writes of the earliest settlers, lured by the promise of paradise, and of the ruthless tactics employed by Los Angeles politicians and business interests to ensure the city’s growth. He documents the bitter rivalry between two government giants, the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in the competition to transform the West. Based on more than a decade of research, Cadillac Desert is a stunning expose and a dramatic, intriguing history of the creation of an Eden–an Eden that may only be a mirage.

Re 1993 edition:  This edition includes a new postscript by Lawrie Mott, a former staff scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council, that updates Western water issues over the last two decades, including the long-term impact of climate change and how the region can prepare for the future.

Mindfulness Workshop Series: The Sacred “S” Moments Outdoors @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Apr 20 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Mindfulness Workshop Series: The Sacred “S” Moments Outdoors @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is excited to announce our next Mindfulness Workshop: The Sacred “S” Moments Outdoors. Creating sacred moments can be a spiritual practice according to Edwin C. Lynn. In this workshop we will follow his practice of using “S” words: sight, sky, stance, smell, sense and sound as reminders to create a sacred moment in the everyday. This workshop will involve time outside; please be prepared for the elements. It can involve walking but also may be modified for the handicapable. Come celebrate Earth Day by communing with our sacred earth.

For further information contact: DRE@berrienuu.org

Sunday Service: “Transformation and Renewal” @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Apr 21 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Sunday Service: "Transformation and Renewal" @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

This Sunday, April 21st, is Easter Sunday.  What does this ancient holy day have to do with Unitarian Universalists? Well, it turns out that the Easter story is a pretty good metaphor for how things happen both scientifically and spiritually. In his sermon, “When Things Come Crashing Down…” Rev. Jim McConnell will talk about finding hope in our darkest hours of loss and grief.

Beth La Fleur has an especially fun RE activity planned for the children: “Symbols of new life with seed bombs & egg hunt.” Wow! Kids won’t want to miss this one! Lisa Fuller will lead the activity so Beth can play piano during the service. There will be no BUUF Musicians rehearsal before the service this Sunday due to it being Easter. The next rehearsal will be at 4:30 PM on Saturday, April 27th, before the 60th Anniversary dinner.

Come. Join us for this special Sunday.