Rev. Jim McConnell
Minister (2009 to present)
Our minister Rev. Jim McConnell provides 18-36 thought-provoking services per year in which he draws from his extensive knowledge of how various cultures experience and communicate the mysteries of the universe. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Community Forum for Economic Justice, South Bend, and is active in many community events. He leads BUUF volunteers in preparing and serving lunch at the Benton Harbor Soup Kitchen and for 20 years, has been a regular soup kitchen volunteer at Broadway Christian Parish, South Bend. He is a retired union carpenter with experience within the local labor movement. Rev. Jim also pastoral care and is available for baby-naming ceremonies, weddings, and memorial services.
Director of Religious Education (2022-present); Welcoming Congregation Committee Chair (2020-present)
Beth La Fleur
Music Director, Tech Manager, Endowment Committee (2021-2024, 1st term)
Office Administrator (2022-present)
Candace Onweller is our pianist most Sundays. She is also available for private lessons and holds an annual recital at BUUF each spring. When possible, live music is offered on Sundays when Candace is not at the piano, using members of our BUUF Jam Session.