May
9
Sat
Citizens Climate Lobby: Monthly Meeting @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
May 9 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Citizens Climate Lobby: Monthly Meeting @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

The 2nd Saturday of each month the Citizens Climate Lobby sponsors an educational presentation by a national speaker. Local chapters can dial into the presentation via Zoom, then follow it with a small group discussion.

May
10
Sun
Sunday Service: “Listen to Your Mother” @ Zoom Meeting
May 10 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Sunday Service: "Listen to Your Mother" @ Zoom Meeting

Celebrate Mother’s Day with your BUUF family. On this special Sunday we honor mothers by having several mothers speak to us about what parenting means to them. Additionally, the BUUF Musicians will bring us some great music and other BUUFers will bring their gifts to the service. Rev. Jim McConnell will have a brief message titled: “Listen to Your Mother.”  Join us on Zoom, you can come in your jammies.

 

“Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.”
Barbara Kingsolver
Circle Talk
May 10 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
May
16
Sat
Mindfulness Workshop: “Creative Repetition” @ Zoom Meeting
May 16 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Mindfulness Workshop: "Creative Repetition" @ Zoom Meeting

By focusing on drawing one object with repetition and time limits, we are able to stay in a place of non-judgment and take away the many choices that divert our attention. Please bring paper and any drawing tools you may have on hand, pencil, marker, pen, charcoal, or pastels: a variety would be nice. No art skills are necessary.  Please email: dre@berrienuu.org if you would like to attend.

May
17
Sun
Sunday Service: “Social Justice Day” @ Zoom Meeting
May 17 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Sunday Service: "Social Justice Day" @ Zoom Meeting
This Sunday May 17th is Social Justice Day. In his sermon, “How to be a Giant Pain in the……,” Rev. Jim McConnell will explore the dynamics of how social justice begins by telling the truth to yourself and others. When we lie or deny we become hollowed out people who lose our ability to tell the truth from a lie. This makes us susceptible to being docile participants in immoral systems that oppress, exploit and murder. We will look at the lives of some people who have been successful pains-in-the-……, such as Martin Luther King Jr., Greta Thunberg, Rev. William Barber, and Malala. Additionally, Harvey Johnson, Larry Feldman, and Charles Long will talk about their own thoughts and experiences working for social justice. Joan Guilfoyle will bring us the Story for All Ages, the BUUF Musicians will have some great Music, and Nico Rojas and Lisa Fuller will make our Zoom service visually pleasing. See you Sunday.
The Zoom link, Meeting ID and password will be sent out on Saturday with the emailed Order of Service. Please check your inbox! 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.
“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.”
Malala Yousafzai
Circle Talk
May 17 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
May
21
Thu
Webinar: “How Michigan’s Great Southwest Is Advancing Social Equity and Sustainability” @ Zoom Event
May 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Webinar: "How Michigan's Great Southwest Is Advancing Social Equity and Sustainability" @ Zoom Event

Michigan Sustainable Business Forum and Michigan’s Great Southwest Sustainable Business Forum will host an online round-table highlighting how a community can collectively work to advance social equity in our businesses, institutions, systems, and communities.

Three leaders will discuss how they are working to elevate issues of inclusion and equity in St. Joseph, Benton Harbor and Southwest Michigan through community leadership, improved business practices and municipal policy.

Lynn Todman, Executive Director for Population Health, Spectrum Health Lakeland and a St. Joseph City Commissioner will introduce research on local social determinants of health and how those are impacting health and prosperity in Southwest Michigan. Exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, problems such as poverty, unemployment, food insecurity, incarceration, violence, and homelessness are contributing to poor public health outcomes and increased health care costs.

Laura Goos, another St. Joseph City Commissioner and Mayor Pro-Tem, will explain the process by which the commission created the new Nondiscrimination Ordinance and how that will impact municipal service and outcomes.

Mary Jo Schnell, Executive Director, OutCenter of Southwest Michigan, based in Benton Harbor, will highlight opportunities to develop and implement inclusive and equitable policies and practices within businesses.

Together, the panel will share perspectives on how businesses, institutions, individuals, and the greater community can provide support and solutions in the creation of a more sustainable and equitable future. Webinar participants will learn about important research, recent actions, and how to become involved in these critical issues. Although the stories shared will feature examples local to Southwest Michigan, participants from across the Great Lakes will learn valuable lessons from the work being done in Berrien County.

Panelists include:
    • Lynn Todman, Executive Director for Population Heath, Spectrum Health Lakeland (SHL) & Commissioner, City of St. Joseph
    • Laura Goos, Mayor Pro-Tem & Commissioner, City of St. Joseph
    • Mary Jo Schnell, Executive Director, OutCenter of Southwest Michigan

This is part of a series of webinars hosted by West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum exploring sustainability and sustainable business in context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Register here.

May
23
Sat
Mindfulness Workshop: “Sound Bathing” @ Zoom Meeting
May 23 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Mindfulness Workshop: "Sound Bathing" @ Zoom Meeting

“A SOUND BATH IS A DEEPLY-IMMERSIVE, FULL-BODY LISTENING EXPERIENCE THAT INTENTIONALLY USES SOUND TO INVITE GENTLE YET POWERFUL THERAPEUTIC AND RESTORATIVE PROCESSES TO NURTURE THE MIND AND BODY. It is not meditation as you may traditionally think of it, but the Sound Bath experience can be helpful for anyone who wants to access the benefits of meditation or a moment of relaxation. This particular sound is only happening right now – and thus an awareness of each sound helps you connect to the present moment, and explore mindfulness.”

Join us as we bathe in the relaxation of Sara Auster’s sound meditation. You will need a comfortable place to sit or lay.

 

May
24
Sun
Sunday Service: “Community in the Time of Covid” @ Zoom Meeting
May 24 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Sunday Service: "Community in the Time of Covid" @ Zoom Meeting
This Sunday, May 24th, we will explore what it means to be a community. In his sermon, “Community in the time of Covid,” Rev. Jim McConnell will do some prognosticating about what our community might look like in a new, after virus, normal. Additionally, Lisa Fuller and the Rev. Roger Brewin will share their thoughts about community, Gloria Weberg will share her famous “Chicken Man” story, and the BUUF Musicians will bring us some more wonderful music.
Join on Zoom. No need to get up early to get ready for church. You can come in your jammies.
The Zoom link, Meeting ID and password will be sent out on Saturday with the emailed Order of Service. Please check your inbox! 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.
Attached Image: Having the right protective gear is important in the Time of Covid.
Circle Talk
May 24 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm