Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Sunday Forum: Whatcom County Domestic Violence Commission, January 21, 2018

Melissa Lacki, a representative of Bellingham/Whatcom County Commission against Domestic Violence—will speak about the history and makeup of the Commission, including projects being currently undertaken.  In particular, Lacki will speak about Toolkit for Faith Communities, which was developed when it became clear that most abuse victims, family members and perpetrators seek help from clergy and religious leaders than all other professional providers combined.  Be sure to attend this interesting, educational discussion in the Conference room from 9:15-10:15am 

Monday, January 8, 2018

Sunday Forum, Restorative CommUnity Coalition, January 14, 2018

Irene Morgan is the Founder of the Restorative Community Coalition (formerly Whatcom County Re-Entry Coalition) that supports prisoners and homeless who are striving to return to work. She will discuss the Coalition’s successes, including their recent role in defeating the jail sales tax, and their vision and strategy for the future, as well as current difficulties and needs.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The Road to Magyarszovát, January 7, 2018

Join four members of the BUF touring choir and friends as they detail adventures of their June 2017 pilgrimage to the BUF partner church in Magyarszovát, Transylvania, through photos, story, music, and other souvenirs. 

The region of Transylvania is known for the scenery of its Carpathian landscape and its rich and abundant history and multicultural convergence of Romanians, Hungarians, Saxons and Roma. It is a region rich in myth and misty medieval sites. Romania's greatest and best-preserved castles, fortresses, and fortified churches are to be found here. Modern-day Transylvania is home to some of the most developed cities in Romania, but also villages where people still live as they did a hundred years ago. There are many small villages still centered around their community churches, still depending upon the bounty of their livestock and land for their survival.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

BUF Sunday Forum: End Child Abuse with Brigid Collins, December 17, 2017

Andrea Harrison of Brigid Collins Family Care and Support Center will update us on the work of Brigid Collins, which has served Whatcom County for 27 years. Each year, we help more than 3,000 families in our Whatcom community who are at-risk or have been victims of child sexual abuse, physical abuse, and neglect. Our Stewards of Children program is an evidence-based prevention education program that has armed more than 6,000 residents of Whatcom County with the skills to prevent child sexual abuse and how to spot and respond to child abuse when it does occur. Our goal is to educate 10,000 Whatcom County residents by 2020, and in this Forum we will share how we plan to do this. Andrea Harrison, MSW, is the Development & Outreach Manager/Stewards of Children Facilitator at Brigid Collins.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Bringing Hope to Nepal: One Woman, One Child at a Time, December 10, 2017


Nicole Strachan, a Seattle volunteer with the Friends of the Women’s Protection Center Nepal, will speak on the tragic stories behind the creation of the Center. “If a person has had to experience human trafficking, they have known a life worse than death itself. Sometimes they try to escape. When they do, they are punished, and this can be unimaginable to anyone with a conscience.”  Women’s Protection Center (WPC Nepal) supports various awareness programs in the rural villages with the partnership of the local community to raise awareness and prevent girl trafficking. 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Engaging White Supremacy: Is dialogue possible?, December 2, 2017

The Five Races of Mankind (1911)
9:15 am. Alan Friedlob, David Curley and Lauralee Carbone have collaborated to present this forum focusing on the psychological and social realities of white supremacy in America today. They will show excerpts from BLINK, an award winning film made in 2000 that is especially relevant after Charlottesville.  It focuses on the personal journey of Greg Withrow, once a charismatic rising star in the white supremacist movement who dramatically turned his back on the ideologies of hate. 

After showing the film excerpts, our conversation will turn to what we have seen, heard, and felt in the context of the Unitarian Universalist principles and our daily lives. Is dialogue possible and what would such engagement look like? What do we hope for from dialogue, and why?