Monday, June 4, 2018


Sunday Forums have finished for the 2017-18 year. We'll start up again in early September. Have wonderful summers, all!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Ecuadorian Arm Chair Travels

May 27th, 9:15am, upstairs in the Flex Room 

Travel vicariously with BUF members Beth Brownfield and daughter Jenny Bowefield as they share their 16 days in Ecuador. Meet a prostitute and a pickpocket in Quito, the capitol, experience 4 nights in the Amazon, and a week of wonder in the Galapagos Islands.  With the help of Overseas Adventure Travel, we’ll climb through a giant kapok tree up into the canopy of the rainforest to see a few of the billions of specimens of Amazonian flora and fauna. On a night walk in the jungle we’ll meet tarantulas, scorpions, centipedes and spiders, then awaken to the screeches of monkeys passing nearby. Our Ecuadorian lunch includes a local delicacy of live grubs. Then on to the Galapagos to swim with sea lions, sea turtles, manta rays, and tropical fish, and to walk beside a freeway of sea iguanas leaving the beach to catch the sun. Prepare to be amazed.

Monday, May 14, 2018

A Year of Black Lives Matter at BUF: Looking Back, Feedback, Looking Forward, May 20, 2018

9:15 am.  Presenters will be members of BUF: 
  • Lauralee Carbone
  • Cat McIntyre
  • Karen Nuckles-Flinn 

Discussion moderator will be David Curley.  

This forum invites members and friends of BUF to hear a brief report from the Black Lives Matter Action Team about what we have done in 2017-18.  We then will invite you to share your feedback about Eracism moments in the service and anything else you would like to discuss to help us evaluate our work and plan for next year. Finally we will have a chance to hear about plans for next year that are being developed by Religious Education, Healthy Relations, and the Black Lives Matter teams. These plans are both in the beginning stages and exciting. Please come!

Friday, May 4, 2018

Palliative Care: Creating a Healing and Caring Community, 9:15am, May 13, 2018, Conference Room

Marie Eaton, Director of the Palliative Care Institute at WWU and professor emerita of Fairhaven College, will talk about our community’s need for expanded palliative care services and programs. According to the PEW Research Center, roughly 10,000 Baby Boomers will turn 65 today, and about 10,000 more will cross that threshold every day for the next 19 years. As our population ages, the complexity of patients seeking care in the emergency department also increases dramatically. In addition to treatment for chronic and terminal diseases, patients increasingly need to negotiate challenges like functional and cognitive decline. Yet for both these patient groups our current medical model often prioritizes treatment over a patient’s quality of life goals. Bring your questions and thoughts about this relatively new modality that helps those who experience a decreased quality of life because of symptoms related to a serious illness or a current treatment plan.
During her more than 40 years of teaching, Prof. Eaton explored themes of Death and Dying, Childhood in America, Food Pathways, Memoir and Memory, and Music with her students. 

A Unique Childcare and Learning Center, May 6, 2018 at 9:15am. Conference Room

Karen Ekdahl, Director of the Bellingham Childcare and Learning Center will share with us why the Center is unique, in demand and impactful for local families.

BCLC was established 30 years ago to provide affordable childcare for families in need throughout Whatcom County. As an aid to the escalating need for affordable childcare, BCLC offers the only program in Whatcom County with a sliding scale available to all. In partnership with the community, $99,744.00 went towards assisting 64 children last year. Affordable, high quality early childhood education enables children and families to hold onto hope—and their belief in themselves.

Monday, April 23, 2018

No forum on April 29th

There will be no Sunday Forum on April 29th. Next Forum will be May 6th.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Sharing Cultures, Building Peace in your Own Home, April 22, 2018

9:15 a.m. Learn something new when BUF member Carol Sheppard speaks about how we can take advantage of a little known cultural exchange visa program that’s sponsored by the U.S. State Department.  Hosting a cultural exchange student is a great way to learn about another cultures, while allowing students from other countries to overcome the many misperceptions that abound about Americans.  In addition, Sheppard will talk about a single opportunity—right here in Bellingham—to host students from 30 different countries in your home for a semester or school year.  Help live the message of peace while building rewarding international friendships. Your attendance is valuable in this educational Forum; attendees will appreciate hearing about your own experiences hosting cultural exchange students.