Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Jan. 6, 2019, 9:15am. Carrie Koehnline, Making Space for New Beginnings

If we want to set intentions and bring something fresh into our lives for the New Year, we need to open up some room. That means taking a fresh look at what has become clutter for us, and refraining from immediately filling the spaces we open up. It means clarifying what we're attempting to bring in, while staying open to the possibilities that may be coming our way. Come join this interactive workshop where we'll explore Making Space for New Beginnings in our homes, heads, hearts, and schedules.

Facilitator and BUF member Carrie Koehnline is a psychotherapist, journal therapist, author, and artist. She is also the creator of Gentle Approach Coaching to support clutter clearing, navigating transitions, and creative endeavors. She has two books: Confronting Your Clutter and The Bear's Gift. Her upcoming book, Clearing Clutter as a Sacred Act will be available in mid-January 2019. http://www.GentleApproachCoaching.com

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Bridges of Hope - Dec. 16, 2018 9:15 in the Conference Room.

Kim Sauter, director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Whatcom County, will answer questions about Bridges of Hope, which educates faith communities regarding mental illness. Faith communities can then create stronger safety nets as well as welcoming communities of faith for people affected by mental illness. What is mental illness and what is its impact? What is the role of the community in helping the mentally ill and their families? And what is NAMI and what does it offer?

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Dec. 9, 2018, 9:15am. Zen Buddhism & Political Activism

Edie Norton, Zen Buddhist priest at Red Cedar Zen Center in Bellingham, will discuss with us the practice of zazen and three foundational teachings of Buddhism—the Four Noble Truths, the Eight-Fold Path, and the Bodhissatva Vow. Reading from the forthcoming memoir of her 50 years of Zen practice, she will describe how Zen training has helped her in her political work during the past two years of turmoil in our country.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Dec. 2nd, 9:15am: What is Waste Diversion? Conference Room.

Be inspired by WSU Master Composter/Recycler and retired UU minister, Jaco ten Hove, on how and why to avoid sending any more than necessary to the landfill. Waste Diversion usually means reducing consumption and repurposing, recycling or composting everything possible. You’ll see a quick slide show about plastic pollution and recycling. Bring your ideas for creative recycling, your curiosity and your questions!

Check out Jaco's blog at
Trimming Our WasteLine  - http://bellcoho.com/blog

Monday, November 12, 2018

Thanksgiving Holiday. Nov. 25th

There will be no Sunday Forum on November 25th, due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. 

Nov. 18th, 9:15am, Conference Room. Aquaponics and York Community Farm

Food for the Future

Mary Loquvam, founder and Director of the York Community Farm, will share with us how she and the York Community are developing a sustainable symbiotic food-growing system at their urban farm. York Community’s Farm’s vision is to create a living wage, skill-building, and sustainable aquaponics industry in Whatcom County. Aquaponics is system of agriculture wherein fish are grown in tanks, and their nutrient-rich “fishy” water is pumped to vegetables growing near the tanks. The plants then up-take nutrients from the water and return clean water to the fish. 

The mission to date has been to create food security projects in the city, to provide a living-wage, resume-building internship program for our community's underserved (veterans, homeless, and recently incarcerated), and to serve as a model of sustainable urban food production.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Oct. 28, 2018, 9:15am. Food Sovereignty for Every Season & Day of the Dead

Rosalinda Guillen, executive director of Community to Community Development will present our Forum. C2C’s broad mission includes developing crow-cultural awareness and restoring justice to our food, land and cultural practices. Accordingly, Rosalinda will discuss food sovereignty  and how this relates to the cycle/seasons of life and death, touching on the meaning of the Day of the Dead.