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?    

Friday, November 10, 2017

Poetry, Music and Social Change, November 19, 2017

9:15 am. In his song Ebb and Flow, JP Falcon Grady sings: “Another day comes shining for you and me. To see Mt. Baker smiling over the Salish Sea. Come look at the islands, we’ve got an orca’s view. So much to see here. So much to do.” Come to the Sunday forum on Nov. 19th  at 9:15 a.m. to hear poet Betty Scott and JP Falcon Grady as they offer a rocking hour of music and poetry. We’ll talk, we’ll sing, we’ll play with words, and experience how collaborations can expand our conversations in an ever-changing social and physical environment.

JP Falcon Grady is a self taught acoustic guitarist, singer, songwriter and a proud member of the Blackfeet Nation. He performs originals and covers all over the Pacific Northwest, Montana, Hawaii and British Columbia as both a solo artist and with the J.P. Falcon Band. His original songs and ballads tell stories that beg to be told and include celebrating biodiversity and Mother Earth.

Betty Scott is a poet and essayist who enjoys collaborating with JP Falcon Grady. She is writing a third collection of poems and a book of essays. Her collection Central Heating: Poems that Celebrate Love, Loss and Planet Earth will be published in 2018 by Cave Moon Press. Currently, she and JP provide an open mic for music with poetry on Wednesday nights from 6:30 to 9:00 at Greene’s Corner, 2208 James Street.

The Fundamentals of Hinduism, November 12, 2017

At 9;15 am, Debu Majumdar will share with us the Fundamentals of Hinduism—what it really is. Unitarians will be interested in knowing the basic ideas of Hinduism, as it has a common theme with them.

"Hinduism is incomprehensible to non-Indians," Debu says. It has a deep, basic philosophy, but that is usually unspoken; non-Indians only see the gods and goddesses that ordinary Hindus worship. Most of the Hindus do not dwell with the Hindu philosophy or cosmology. Often, the religion leaves the adherents to find their own kind of god to worship or no god at all. That way it is the freest religion, but hard to understand when you see the different ways the Indians worship—from worshiping idols to snakes or just through meditation. Come and hear Debu explain some of the mysteries of this ancient religion.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Schelangen and the Lummi Youth Canoe Family, 11/5/2017, 9:15am

The youth of the Lummi Nation learn their schelangen by the examples and careful teachings of the elders, and through the experiences that grow out of those teachings. Canoes have been a means of survival in the long history of the Lummi Nation. In that context, what does the annual Stommish Water Festival mean to these youth?

Take advantage of this opportunity to hear from and about the Lummi Youth Canoe Family. What are they striving for? What do they have to teach us? Join presenter Rebecca Kinley, Youth Leadership Manager, for this fascinating and informative Sunday Forum session in the BUF Conference Room. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Whatcom Conservation District, October 29, 2017

Aneka Sweeney, Outreach and Education Coordinator, will introduce the impact and efforts of the Whatcom Conservation District (WCD), a local division of state government with a mission to assist landowners and farmers with their conservation choices.  Since 1946, WCD has been inspiring stewardship through a natural resource conservation program of leadership, partnership, and technical, educational and financial assistance to foster a healthy, sustainable relationship between people and the environment.