Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Fighting Unfairness in our Legal Systems

At 9:15 a.m., join us and longtime environmentalist Ronna Loerch of Democracy Awakening as she tells us about that organization’s local work, and that of their partner organization Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), a fee-free environmental law firm.

It’s time for us to come together and claim a democracy where every voice is heard and every vote counts equally — a democracy that works for all of us. About 200 communities across the nation are standing up to legal systems and corporations that permit environmental harm and negate our rights. These communities are adopting local ordinances that go against ‘the rules.’

We will watch a short section of the CELDF documentary “We the People 2.0,” and Ronna will tell us more about the actions that people are taking across the nation, and how we can join in.

Humanistas Ministry - Helping People in a Pinch, September 17, 2017

Humanitas is an alms program and as such we operate as simply as we can.  All the money we collect goes directly to the people who come to us for help.  Our stationery supplies and hospitality expenses (coffee, tea, etc), are paid for by the Humanitas team.  Our finances are kept up to date on a computer spreadsheet and sent in to BUF on a weekly basis.

The Ministry provides emotional support and limited emergency financial assistance in a safe, warm and non-judgmental atmosphere to local people in need.  We work with other churches and charitable agencies through Bellingham’s Community Resource Network to actively and directly help the poor and marginalized people in our midst. Typical requests include help to purchase gasoline or a WTA monthly bus pass.  Larger amounts are “gathered” by the recipient who is given pledges from one or more of the other ministries in Bellingham, eventually accruing enough to pay for items such as car registration or a small utility bill.  Our goal is to continue this work. Our financial mainstay comes through our ten-bucks-a-month club augmented by the special social justice annual collection and other donations.


We will share how we came into being, how our ministry works (we will bring pledge and voucher forms to illustrate the difference), how we serve the neighborhood, how we partner with other churches, and answer any and all questions about the ministry.  We will have pamphlets to hand out and applications for our ten-bucks-a-month club will be available..

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Helping People in a Pinch: Humanitas


Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017 
9:15am-10:15, in the BUF Conference Room

The BUF Humanitas Ministry provides emotional support and limited emergency financial assistance in a safe, warm and non-judgmental atmosphere to local people in need.  We work with other churches and charitable agencies through Bellingham’s Community Resource Network to actively and directly help the poor and marginalized people in our midst. Typical requests include help to purchase gasoline or a WTA monthly bus pass.  Larger amounts are “gathered” by the recipient who is given pledges from one or more of the other ministries in Bellingham, eventually accruing enough to pay for items such as car registration or a small utility bill.

Our goal is to continue this work. Our financial mainstay comes through our ten-bucks-a-month club augmented by the special social justice annual collection and other donations.
We will share how we came into being, how our ministry works (we will bring pledge and voucher forms to illustrate the difference), how we serve the neighborhood, how we partner with other churches, and answer any and all questions about the ministry.
We will have pamphlets to hand out and applications for our ten-bucks-a-month club will be available.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

The 2017-2018 Sunday Forums are back! Environmental Organizing and Corporate Accountability, September 10, 2017

What do oil refinery expansion, dirty cruise ships, Starbucks cups, and Bellingham's log exports have in common?  Join us and Jim Ace, Senior Campaigner, of Stand.Earth and discover the answer.

Stand Earth, formerly Forest Ethics, is dedicated to protecting endangered forests and wildlife from the destructive and often clandestine practices of natural resource extraction industries. The organization looks to harness the power and influence of Fortune 500 companies for good, ushering the new culture of environmental stewardship that fosters sustainable management of forests, holds companies accountable for the sourcing of their products, while simultaneously supporting companies that and interested and willing to move toward better environmental practices. Jim Ace, a senior campaigner at Stand Earth, is coming to talk about environmental issues that need our attention, why environmentalists fight for these changes, how they do it, and how we can all take part in the action.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

June 11th is the last forum until Fall 2017. Look for postings then.

Amplify Your UU Justice Reach & Impact, June 11, 2017

Come talk with representatives of WA UU Voices for Justice and Northwest UU Justice Network on Sunday, June 11. DD Hilke and Bill McPherson will lead the conversation about how these organizations are amplifying the voices of UUs across our state and connecting like-minded activists to each other. Explore how you and other BUF UUs can amplify your justice work with impacts rippling across the state or region. Whether you are working for justice within your congregation, lobbying the state legislature, or striking out individually or with secular, interfaith or tribal allies, this forum has something to offer you, and you likely have something to offer these networks of UUs who are working for justice. Join us.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Decreasing Pain through Nutrition, June 4, 2017

Join nutritional therapist and fellow BUFster, Linda Fels, at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship (BUF) on Sunday, June 4, at 9:15 a.m. for a discussion on how to proactively work with your body to decrease pain.

Chronic pain affects over 50 million Americans, resulting in lower health status, missed income and greater suffering. Many do not realize that what they ingest at every meal can increase or lessen pain. This goes beyond pain in the digestive system to headaches, joint, nerve and muscle pain. Optimal nutritional status can assist the body in responding better to medical treatments.

Linda Fels is a nutritional therapist in private practice in Bellingham who specializes in digestive issues and brain health. She is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP), Restorative Wellness Practitioner (RWP) and a certified GAPS Practitioner. Linda's vision is a world of people so healthy that everyone can pursue their own dreams with the energy, means and sharp minds they are meant to have. She focuses on education, support and the joy of eating. Food is the fuel and the main building block for our bodies. What we take in by eating, breathing, touching and experiencing affects us physically, mentally and emotionally.