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.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

My Year in Kuwait, with Zanne Alder. Oct. 21, 2018 @ 9:15am.

Join us in the Conference Room to hear local author Zanne Alder tell of the harrowing experiences in Kuwait that eventually required her to flee under cover of darkness. She had gone abroad broken-spirited, hoping to fulfill her ideals. But the job at Shamiya School did nothing to ease her angst.

Yet, she says, she learned so much. “The extremity of the  circumstances I encountered required me to dig deep for strength, and even flourish. I called upon my spiritual reserves as a long-standing member of the Sufi Order. Opening to guidance, I received realizations I could never have assimilated in the comfort of my own culture. The guidance was calm, centered, certain and loving. I took risks I would not even have entertained were it not for being lost, and then found, in the desert of Kuwait.”

Friday, October 5, 2018

Oct. 14, 2018. 9:15. The Way to the North, with Escarleth De Leon

Do you know that there are 56.5 million of Latinos/Hispanics living in the United States? Have you ever asked yourself: Is it possible to stop the immigration from Latin America? Do you feel overwhelmed trying to understand the complexities surrounding the crisis of human beings risking everything to leave their home country, in hopes of a better life in this country? Well, come join me as I share my own journey to this country. My hope is to leave you with more knowledge about the challenges that families face as they make their way to the North. 

Escarleth De Leon is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) working in private practice. Before becoming an LMFT she worked in hotels, in greenhouses, pruning and processing berries, picking apples, and more. Then she entered the field of social services in community medical/mental health centers, before going into private practice. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Oct. 7, 9:15: “Rising Tide and Smoky Haze: The Lowdown on Climate Change”

Our presenter Warren Sheay, a former teacher/educator,
recently attended the climate change training in Pittsburgh, PA offered by Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project. He conceived of and provided the commentary for a climate change photo exhibit that was displayed at Mindport Museum and the Western Washington University Library and will show slides from this photo exhibit climate change and impacts on local landmarks.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Sept. 30, 2018 Humanitas Team Forum at 9:15am

Humanitas Team Forum
Conference Room, 9:15

Our Humanitas Team provides support to local people in need by listening to their stories and offering limited, emergency financial assistance, such as a car breakdown on the way to work, in a safe and non-judgmental atmosphere. Nine volunteer members of the Team participate at a time. In addition, currently a tenth member of the Team oversees the "Laundry Love" program. Every Wednesday morning they give vouchers to individuals to wash a load of laundry. Up to 28 people per week have availed themselves this of this opportunity. 
Our Humanitas Team provides support to local people in need by listening to their stories and offering limited, emergency financial assistance, such as a car breakdown on the way to work,in a sage and non-judgmental atmosphere.
Interacting with people in need can be very difficult some days due to their emotional turmoil. But our patient Team members are there to listen and offer relief.

Please read the Team's stories of distress and relief, one in every week of BUF's Midweek Update.
The Humanitas Team follows BUF's covenant, "Love is the spirit of this Fellowship and Service gives it life. "You'll surely be moved to support this Team's noble work. -Sita Amba-Rao