BUUF AffirmationWe join, in the spirit of love, to develop our religious attitudes objectively and honestly that life may be more meaningful.
Busy Teens in Our RE Program
Our RE teens have busy times ahead. Here’s a rundown on their upcoming activities.
First, our teens want to finish the sewing, knitting, etc. project they started last year. They’ve chosen to add to that project by providing personal hygiene kits (in some as yet not completely decided upon bag-like container) along with the scarves and blankets. They will use the November 1st BUUF Auction to sell off the really well-knitted scarves so they can purchase a greater number of scarves, gloves, and caps at Goodwill in order to provide all of these things to a larger number of our homeless people in Berrien County. At the same time Katie is in command of fundraising through gathering returnable cans and bottles and all of our teens will be involved in selling lunch to BUUFers on November 9th between our Sunday service and the BUUF Retreat IV.
Wrestling with a Gift
Dear Members and Friends
Have you ever had a gift given you that you did not wish to receive, but the conditions of life forced you to accept the gift? In my case the gift was a child named Henry Edward Werrbach. This child was presented to Robert and me in Broadhead, Wisconsin, by the social worker of Green County, Wisconsin. This child had been placed for adoption and the state was most anxious to find a home for Henry. The social worker brought the child to us because he was enrolled in Robert’s Sunday School. So the task was given us and we proceeded to question members of the congregation to see if anyone would adopt Henry, aged six.
There was a wealthy parishioner and his wife who had watched Henry go by their house on his way to kindergarten. He was a very handsome and sociable child. We thought we had solved the problem. Suddenly the wealthy parishioner was stricken with a very serious medical condition which required immediate surgery. The wife called me and explained that in view of the seriousness of the medical problem, they would not be adopting Henry. We were left with the task of finding a home for this beautiful child.
A Prayer to the Mother Goddess
I grew up on a farm. The summer I turned ten I witnessed a drama that I shall never forget. A killdeer, a small brown and white ground nesting bird about the size of a small child’s fist, had built a nest about 50 feet or so from my favorite shade tree. I knew about the nest and had been waiting for the four eggs it contained to hatch. Like many ground nesting birds, mother killdeers play a feint and dodge game when intruders get too close. This mother was a master at the art of deception. She would fly away from her nest and then act as if she had a broken wing, pretending to be an easy meal for a hungry predator, thus drawing harm away from her eggs.
One hot day as I lay in a state of torpor under my tree, I saw a fox trotting across the field directly towards the killdeer nest. The mother killdeer burst out of the grass and for twenty minutes danced her dance of deception with the fox. I was frozen in place. Something held me back from intervening. I wouldn’t be articulate enough to express it until I became an adult, but even as a young child I knew I was witnessing something holy.
September: A Time to Begin Again
September 2014 Pastoral Letter
Dear Members and Friends,
We all need Septembers, a time to begin again. I think that more resolutions are made in September than on January 1st. When I was a student I remember saying to myself this semester I will do the Latin translation before Sunday midnight. Latin translation is so time consuming unless you use a "pony." For the innocent who do not know what a "pony" is I will explain. A "pony" is an exact translation into English of the text. Looking up words in the Latin dictionary is so time consuming that many students resort to the "pony." If you get caught using a "pony" you will get a "C" or worse for the course. We were working on Virgil's Aeneid and if your translation was too smooth, the teacher would catch you and drop you down to a "C" or "C-" for cheating. At a beginning time we are always hopeful that we will do better and this time get it right. By October we have already broken our resolution.