Apr
24
Sat
Ethical Eating “Happy Hour” – POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Apr 24 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Ethical Eating "Happy Hour" - POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

The Ethical Eating Group is meeting outdoors at BUUF on Saturday, April 24th at 3 PM. All BUUFers are invited to attend! Please bring a snack, beverage and chair. We will be sharing ethical eating recipes but not sharing food. Children are invited to come along and play yard games!

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER

BUUF Youth Group Meeting
Apr 24 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
BUUF Youth Group Meeting

There will be a BUUF youth group gathering at BUUF on Saturday, April 24th, from 4-7pm. 10-18 year olds are welcome, and dinner will be provided. Outdoor fun and shenanigans will ensue! Parents are welcome to drop off their youth or stay around. Please let Dane Rasmussen know if there are any dietary restrictions. The new Youth Group will try to gather at least once per month going forward.

Apr
25
Sun
Sunday Service: “Generosity Sunday!”
Apr 25 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Sunday Service: "Generosity Sunday!"
This Sunday, April 25th, is a special Sunday in the life of our fellowship. It is the Kick-Off for our annual pledge drive.  In the service, Joanne Krettek, our very able administrator, will explain the Money Tree to us and Rev. Jim McConnell will deliver a sermon titled: “Your Money or Your Life.” Additionally, Janice Zerfas will bring us an original poem, Jim Dagleish will perform a work of his titled: “The Care and Feeding of the BUUF,” Vicki Dwyer-Thomas will share her views on generosity, and the BUUF musicians will bring us more great music. Hilary Ross will be doing our chalice work. See you on Zoom!
Those on our Order of Service distribution list will receive an Order of Service email on Saturday with the Zoom login details. If you are not on this list and would like to attend, please email office@berrienuu.org for Zoom information.
Builder’s Challenge for RE Kids: “Housing Accessibility”
Apr 25 @ 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Builder’s Challenge for RE Kids: "Housing Accessibility"

We will be meeting and continuing our Housing Accessibility challenge this week at approximately 11:30am following the Sunday service.

Housing accessibility:

Homelessness accounts for 0.2% of the population in the U.S.; that’s about 553,742 people without a place to stay every night. Access to affordable housing is very difficult- there is a shortage of 7 million affordable homes for US families. In addition, not all homes are built for everyone, people have differing needs.

Things to keep in mind when building your town:

  • Does everyone have a place to live?
  • How do people pay for their housing? Financially, with time or trade?
  • How do you make the quality of the housing equitable, meaning the same quality for different abilities to pay.
  • Can people in your town lose their housing and if they do, how are they taken care of?
  • What kind of housing is offered in your town? Houses, apartments, tents?
  • How does the kind of housing reflect your location & climate?
  • People’s accessibility differs, how do you account for this? Like some people use wheelchairs, is their home made for their needs?
  • How is homelessness and housing accessibility connected to other social issues like mental health, drug addiction, & healthcare needs – how can you address this interconnection?

Resources:

Parents & kids talk about homelessness:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CX4TzWdDAFY

How Finland solved their homeless crisis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuZLccdpUmE

Japan’s homeless v.s. North America: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eK–oCVP18A

Differing needs in housing:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzEiwPFiw80

Circle Talk
Apr 25 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Apr
27
Tue
BUUF Vision and Mission Discussion
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
BUUF Vision and Mission Discussion
Everyone who is a member or friend of BUUF is welcome to join. As part of the final stages of our 5-year strategic planning, we will be talking about our current vision and mission statements and how we may want to refresh them! If you think you are able to attend, please let Beth know (president@berrienuu.org).
Join Zoom Meeting:
https://zoom.us/j/98118305394?pwd=aFIxNFBCeDJNK0ltbHdqRVBrNkFKdz09

Meeting ID: 981 1830 5394
Passcode: 151847

Apr
28
Wed
Social Justice Committee Meeting
Apr 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Social Justice Committee will meet on Wednesday, April 28, at 7:00 pm. During the meeting, the committee will need to decide which social service organizations to recommend that BUUF support during the 2021-2022 fiscal year. Please contact Clark Gilpin if you would like to attend.

Apr
29
Thu
Racial Justice Discussion Group: Assorted Podcast Month @ Zoom
Apr 29 @ 7:00 pm
Racial Justice Discussion Group:  Assorted Podcast Month @ Zoom

The Racial Justice Discussion Group will meet in April to listen & discuss podcasts on racial justice issues.

April 29thThe Experiment – Confronting the Legacy of Robert E. Lee

What does it take to overcome one of the oldest disinformation campaigns in American history? The Experiment talks with historian, Ty Seidule about his book, Robert E. Lee and Me which deconstructs Lee’s legacy & unpacks the “Lost Cause” ideology.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/96533542977?pwd=ZlZKTnlzVmI1dmZwY0ZqSE10VytUZz09

Meeting ID: 965 3354 2977
Passcode: 231981

Racial Justice Discussion Group: “Confronting the Legacy of Robert E. Lee”
Apr 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Racial Justice Discussion Group: "Confronting the Legacy of Robert E. Lee"

We will be listening to the podcast, The Experiment and their episode: “Confronting the Legacy of Robert E. Lee.”

“What does it take to overcome one of the oldest disinformation campaigns in American history? Ty Seidule talks about his book, Robert E. Lee and Me which deconstructs Lee’s legacy & unpacks the ‘Lost Cause’ ideology.”

Racial Justice Discussion Group (Thursday, April 29)
Join Zoom Meeting:
https://zoom.us/j/96533542977?pwd=ZlZKTnlzVmI1dmZwY0ZqSE10VytUZz09
Meeting ID: 965 3354 2977
Passcode: 231981
May
1
Sat
Mindfulness Workshop: “Wheel of the Year – Beltane”
May 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Mindfulness Workshop: "Wheel of the Year - Beltane"

For this week’s mindfulness workshop, we will be adding to our Wheel of the Year and celebrating Beltane.  The Wheel of the Year is an ancient method whereby Northern agrarian societies marked the turning of the seasons. You will need: Current Wheel of the Year or if not yet created: paper or primed canvas/board. Other craft materials like: paint, marker, pencil, coloring pencils. No artistic skills required! This workshop will be led by Nan Lundeen.

Join Zoom Mindfulness Meeting:
https://zoom.us/j/98463284571?pwd=cTZCb1J1dWU1WHFoM1FiYjhFekR3dz09

Meeting ID: 984 6328 4571
Passcode: 988033