Welcome to Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship!
BUUF AffirmationWe join, in the spirit of love, to develop our religious attitudes objectively and honestly that life may be more meaningful.
The Shapes of Liberal Religion
Does faith have a shape? Do faith communities have a geometry? Let's find out through a series of actions, reflections, interactions, ponderings, and challenges that build on your own personal experiences seen through the lens of shared community. Come prepared to think about the ways in which being in liberal religious communities of memories and hope, values and vision invites us to be mindful and a little daring about the architecture of our faith.
This year’s series of keynote workshops at Chalice Sparx Unitarian Universalist family camp in the Midwest will be presented by Rev. Dr. Randolph W.B. Becker ("Randy"), a life-long Universalist Unitarian now in his 43rd year of Parish and Religious Education ministry. Rev. Randy is no stranger to summer camps given he founded the Sophia Fahs Religious Education Camp on Long Island, NY, which will be celebrating its 35th Anniversary in August.
- interactive worship services which invite deep connections with Unitarian Universalists from Michigan, Indiana and Illinois
- religious education programs for children with connections to our natural environment
- multigenerational activities designed for the entire family and people of all ages
- workshops on spiritual practices, labyrinth walks and archery
>>Chalice Sparx UU Family Camp: July 14-19, 2015>
At Amigo Centre outside of Sturgis, Michigan
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LGBT Sensitivity Training
The Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (BUUF) is offering a workshop entitled “LGBT Cultural Competency and Sensitivity Training: Creating Whole Communities” on April 25, 2015, 10:00AM until 12:30PM, at BUUF. This training event is specifically designed for clergy, church leaders and members of Southwest Michigan churches. There is no cost for participants. Advanced registration is necessary. Please call 269-429-2883 to register by leaving your name and phone number. You will receive a call confirming your registration. The deadline for registration is April 18, 2015.
The workshop, funded by a grant to the OutCenter from the Southwest Michigan Community Foundation, is designed to help decrease discrimination and increase empathy. The training prioritizes education and understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) diversity and inclusion. Starting with a simple overview, presenters walk groups through the science and language in an open, honest and engaging manner, inviting insights and observations along the way. Time tested exercises are included along with smaller group case study sessions developed in concert with the host organization to ensure applicability. Attendees leave with a greater understanding of LGBT people and information they can comfortably share with others.
Jennifer C. Hsu will serve as presenter at the workshop. Jen has over ten years of LGBT diversity training experience, including six years professional experience providing support, education and advocacy to the Southwest Michigan community. Jen has facilitated cultural competency trainings for many groups. She has also conducted organizational development and institutional policy analysis to assist institutions with the elimination of barriers and the creation of welcoming spaces for underrepresented communities. Jen currently serves as the Coordinator of Western Michigan University’s Office of LGBT Student Services. She was formerly the Executive Director of the OutCenter in Benton Harbor.
Earth Day Celebration
The Social Justice Coalition is sponsoring its 3rd Annual Earth Day Celebration at Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. This event will begin with an Interfaith Earth Blessing at 6:00 p.m.. Reception with light refreshments to follow the blessing.
“The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed. …More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.”-Earth Day Network
The Earth Day Celebration is sponsored by the Social Justice Coalition which includes: the Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, First Congregational UCC, First Presbyterian Church, Pilgrim Congregational UCC, St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, and the St. Joseph Buddhist Sangha. The Social Justice Coalition is an interfaith community of individuals and institutions dedicated to expanding knowledge about social justice issues as they exist in our community and our country.
BUUF Pledge Dinner and Cabaret
Please join us at BUUF on Saturday, April 25, for an evening of fun and camaraderie as we share some of our talents. Dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m. with chicken and beverages provided by BUUF and a potluck of veggies, salads, and deserts provided by all who attend.
The purpose of the Pledge Dinner is for BUUFers to make a pledge (cash or in-kind) for next year in order to maintain their voting member status and for our Treasurer to prepare a proposed budget to be presented at our Annual Meeting (June 7, 2015).
There will be a sign-up sheet at BUUF for performances during our Cabaret. In the past we’ve enjoyed song and dance, pantomime, drama, short story readings, poetry, comedy skits, and jokes (especially jokes that poke fun at UU’s!). Members of our BUUF Jam Session will be performing a variety of musical numbers. Don’t be bashful, join in the fun! A good time will be had by all. It not, my name’s not Rufus T. Firefly!