A Note from the Minister
My calling, as Religious Leader, is to be present to the members of the congregation during the landmark events in life. Some times it means sitting with the sick and dying, being present in times of difficulty, or officiating at memorial services. Other times it means sharing in the joys of family accomplishments like, getting a child through college, celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary, and officiating at a marriage, or a naming ceremony. Mostly being the Religious Leader means standing with the Beloved Community as the ‘Spirit of Life’ manifests itself in peoples lives. My greatest challenge is to be faithful to my own spiritual process, so that I can speak from the pulpit with a voice that inspires wise, courageous, compassionate, and mindful living.
The Reverend Jim McConnell
Our Philosophy of Religion
Everybody is welcome at Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. We have no creed. We have a covenant in which we promise to be faithful and supportive of each other in our individual spiritual quests. It makes no difference whether one is liberal, conservative, gay, straight, transgender, Christian, Pagan, or Religious Atheist. We honor the search for meaning. In community we find a source of strength in the hard times and a place to celebrate the joys of living. We learn together how to listen to the voice of the spirit, as it speaks to each one of us. Berrien UU is a place where one can truly find one’s spiritual anchor. Our worship services draw from many sources of wisdom: The traditional religions (Christianity, Paganism, Taoism, Buddhism, etc), philosophy, modern psychology, the religions of indigenous peoples, earth wisdom, and the Spirit of Life as it manifests in community.
We, the members of the Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, covenant to provide a caring community that nurtures and respects the worth and dignity of each person, recognizes the interdependence of all living things, supports the individual in the search for spirituality and the exploration of the mysteries of life, and extends itself into the world in which we live.
Services at Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (BUUF) are held Sunday mornings at 10:30 am.
Children’s Classes and Nursery Care also begin at 10:30.
The people of BUUF welcome you to our Sunday Service. Visitors are invited to join us for coffee and conversation in the Fuller Fellowship Hall immediately following the Worship Service. After coffee we usually gather again in the sanctuary for Circle Talk, an open discussion of the morning’s topic; some consider this to be the most important part of the service. Visitors are invited to join or participate in Circle Talk as they feel comfortable.Check Out BUUF’s Online Calendar