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.

An Earth Day Film: “Love Thy Nature” @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
An Earth Day Film: "Love Thy Nature" @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

In celebration of Earth Day (Monday, April 22), Berrien UU Fellowship will be screening the film Love They Nature. (2016). This cinematic journey vividly illustrates how we’ve lost touch with nature and presents a compelling case that reconnecting with the natural world is the key to improving personal health and ensuring our survival on earth. The film is 76 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!

CANCELED – Creative Conversations: “After L, G and B” @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Apr 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
CANCELED - Creative Conversations: "After L, G and B" @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

This session is being postponed to a later date. 

Taking a closer look at the UU World article: “After L, G, and B

In the Spring 2019 UU World, an article “After L, G, and B” was published which caused immediate pain & anger. UU World’s editor, Chris Walton, later wrote a letter of apology for the article & outlined steps UU World will take to correct its mistake. This month for Creative Conversations, we invite you to join us in taking a closer look at this article and why it is so harmful. The conversation will be facilitated by recommendations from Transforming Hearts Collective*. Being a welcoming congregation is an ongoing process of learning, let’s take an evening to learn more.

https://www.uuworld.org/articles/after-l-g-b (link to article)

*Transforming Hearts Collective: a collective of four trans and queer faith leaders that supports congregations in becoming radically welcoming spiritual homes for queer and trans people of all races, classes, abilities, sexualities, and ages.

BUUF’s 60th Anniversary Party @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Apr 27 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm


Celebrating 60 years of liberal religion, social and environmental justice in Berrien County

SATURDAY, APRIL 27th, 2019

5:30 PM Happy Hour
6:00 PM Group Photo
6:30 PM Dinner

Child care provided / Casual attire

Donations joyfully, cheerfully, happily accepted!


Host:  David Sarra, Berrien UU Board Member

Beltane Ritual Women’s Gathering @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
May 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Beltane Ritual Women's Gathering @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

All women are invited to gather in sacred circle to celebrate Beltane* on May 1st at 7pm at Berrien UU Fellowship. This is a sacred time of year which celebrates fertility, abundance, renewal and joy.
What has been growing inside you and is ready to be birthed? What attachments might need releasing in order for new growth to occur? Let us gather, as women have for thousands of years, in healing circles, sharing and caring for one another and celebrating the changing seasons with joy and wonder, together.

Please bring a symbol for our altar of something you want to manifest in your life. Something ready to be nurtured and developed during this growing season. And if you are willing and able, please bring a snack to share after the ritual.

If you have any questions, or suggestions for this gathering, please feel free to contact Renee Kauffman at rdjtck@yahoo.com (a former BUUF member and forever friend)

* From Wikipedia: “Beltane (/ˈbɛl.tn/)[3][4] is the anglicised name for the Gaelic May Day festival. Most commonly it is held on 1 May, or about halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. Historically, it was widely observed throughout IrelandScotland and the Isle of Man. It is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals—along with SamhainImbolc and Lughnasadh—and is similar to the Welsh Calan Mai.

“Beltane is mentioned in some of the earliest Irish literature, and it is associated with important events in Irish mythology. It marked the beginning of summer and was when cattle were driven out to the summer pastures. Rituals were performed to protect the cattle, crops and people, and to encourage growth. Special bonfires were kindled, and their flames, smoke and ashes were deemed to have protective powers. The people and their cattle would walk around or jump over the bonfire or pass between two bonfires, and sometimes leap over the flames or embers. All household fires would be doused and then re-lit from the Beltane bonfire. These gatherings would be accompanied by a feast, and some of the food and drink would be offered to the aos sí. Doors, windows, byres and the cattle themselves would be decorated with yellow May flowers, perhaps because they evoked fire. In parts of Ireland, people would make a May Bush: a thorn bush decorated with flowers, ribbons and bright shells. Holy wells were also visited, while Beltane dew was thought to bring beauty and maintain youthfulness. Many of these customs were part of May Day or Midsummer festivals in other parts of Great Britain and Europe.”

First-Sunday-of-the-Month Potluck @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
May 5 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

2019 Dates: Jan 6, Feb 3, March 3, Apr 7, May 5, June 2, July 7, Aug 4, Sept 1, Oct 6, Nov 3 and Dec 1.

Bring a dish to pass, or just bring your appetite. Not everyone brings a dish every time, but everyone is encouraged to enjoy the food and fellowship.

Berrien UU Fellowship Monthly Board Meeting @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
May 12 @ 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

May 31- June 2 UU Women’s Connection Retreat in Princeton IL @ Pilgrim Park
May 31 @ 12:00 pm – Jun 2 @ 12:00 pm

Note: Gretchen Ohmann will be attending this event and would be willing to carpool with other participants.

Geri Schrab, author and artist, returns! Speaking of her artwork of rock art (petroglyphs and pictographs), she says:

The painting gives me balance, it gives me voice. This is how they weave together, my court reporting and painting rock art. A karmic pattern of my soul, I am a record-keeper.

My passion is deep and strong. The Native American lives that were disregarded, lost in the creation of this country, were real. Their tears were as salty and wet as yours and mine. They loved their children and the land; many lost both, their loved ones and the land beneath their feet.

My perspective is not only of an artist, but also that of a woman. When I enter a cave or sacred site that has been vandalized, my discomfort is primal and visceral. There is a reason ancient people venerated places where the outer landscape enters the inner realms of Mother Earth. To see these sacred places vandalized echoes disrespect for the feminine in her many forms.


Spring retreat will be May 31 – June 2, 2019 at Pilgrim Park in Princeton IL

Prepare and Serve Lunch at Benton Harbor Soup Kitchen @ Benton Harbor Soup Kitchen
Jun 1 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Berrien UU  Fellowship serves lunch at the Benton Harbor Soup Kitchen the first Saturday of every even-numbered month (February, April, June, August, October and December). Berrien UU volunteers prepare the meal, greet guests and help clean up the kitchen. This is a terrific opportunity to serve the greater community, support our Social Justice mission and enjoy the company of fellow BUUFers and guests at the kitchen. Rev. Jim McConnell generously leads the group in planning the meal and dessert and he will gladly find a role for all volunteers, whether they’ve helped dozens of times or this is their first time. Please consider coming to the Soup Kitchen to help, even if it’s only for an hour or two.

The Soup Kitchen is located at 233 Michigan Street in Benton Harbor.

First-Sunday-of-the-Month Potluck @ Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Jun 2 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

2019 Dates: Jan 6, Feb 3, March 3, Apr 7, May 5, June 2, July 7, Aug 4, Sept 1, Oct 6, Nov 3 and Dec 1.

Bring a dish to pass, or just bring your appetite. Not everyone brings a dish every time, but everyone is encouraged to enjoy the food and fellowship.