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. 


Trans Identity, October 22, 2017

Join a panel of trans-gendered individuals in the Library at 9:15am this Sunday for an educational forum addressing aspects of trans-identity history, use of pronouns and how to support this group in our community.

The Forum dovetails with this Sunday’s service titled, “Present Perfect/Bring a Friend to BUF”, and is sponsored by BUF’s INTERWEAVE LGBTQ Affinity Group. Panelists include Breanna Anderson, Ryan, Michelle Kammer and Jake Pavy—local Bellingham residents.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Whatcom Conservation Priorities, October 15, 2017

Gabe Epperson is the conservation director of Whatcom Land Trust, will be providing an update on the Trust to those attending the Sunday forum of Bellingham Universalist Fellowship on Sept 24, 2017 at 9:15 a.m. He will present survey findings from their public outreach process about conservation priorities in the County. An updated Land Conservation Plan will be the culmination of this process.

The mission of Whatcom Land Trust, a nonprofit organization started in 1984, is to preserve and protect wildlife habitat, scenic, agricultural and open-space lands in Whatcom County for future generations by securing interests in land and promoting land stewardship. We partner with local government in Whatcom County, state agencies, tribes and other organizations to help us plan and implement critical land conservation projects.

Farm Workers in the New Administration, October 8, 2017

Join Rosalinda Guillen in BUF’s Library to learn how working together through our partnership with Community to Community has created opportunities for building justice for farm workers locally. Dialogue covers what threats farm workers and immigrant families may be facing soon, and what we can do to be in equitable alliance with them.
Please note venue change to BUF’s Library, 9:15-10:15am.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Our Relatives, the Plants

October 1, 2017

Stunning similarities between the root of a plant and the human gut could transform how we grow food and counter the onset of chronic diseases through merging the mind of an ecologist with the care of a gardener and the skills of a doctor. Join a fascinating discussion led by BUF member Dave Zeretzky, an amateur scientist who has made a study of the research on microbial life, specifically, how human microbes relate closely to plant microbes. 

Hear about microbiomes and the concept of hologenomes, which challenge our definition of ‘human.’  Bring your curiosity and your questions!

9:15-10:15am, BUF Conference Room 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Fighting Unfairness in our Legal Systems

At 9:15 a.m., join us and longtime environmentalist Ronna Loerch of Democracy Awakening as she tells us about that organization’s local work, and that of their partner organization Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), a fee-free environmental law firm.

It’s time for us to come together and claim a democracy where every voice is heard and every vote counts equally — a democracy that works for all of us. About 200 communities across the nation are standing up to legal systems and corporations that permit environmental harm and negate our rights. These communities are adopting local ordinances that go against ‘the rules.’

We will watch a short section of the CELDF documentary “We the People 2.0,” and Ronna will tell us more about the actions that people are taking across the nation, and how we can join in.

Humanistas Ministry - Helping People in a Pinch, September 17, 2017

Humanitas is an alms program and as such we operate as simply as we can.  All the money we collect goes directly to the people who come to us for help.  Our stationery supplies and hospitality expenses (coffee, tea, etc), are paid for by the Humanitas team.  Our finances are kept up to date on a computer spreadsheet and sent in to BUF on a weekly basis.

The Ministry provides emotional support and limited emergency financial assistance in a safe, warm and non-judgmental atmosphere to local people in need.  We work with other churches and charitable agencies through Bellingham’s Community Resource Network to actively and directly help the poor and marginalized people in our midst. Typical requests include help to purchase gasoline or a WTA monthly bus pass.  Larger amounts are “gathered” by the recipient who is given pledges from one or more of the other ministries in Bellingham, eventually accruing enough to pay for items such as car registration or a small utility bill.  Our goal is to continue this work. Our financial mainstay comes through our ten-bucks-a-month club augmented by the special social justice annual collection and other donations.

We will share how we came into being, how our ministry works (we will bring pledge and voucher forms to illustrate the difference), how we serve the neighborhood, how we partner with other churches, and answer any and all questions about the ministry.  We will have pamphlets to hand out and applications for our ten-bucks-a-month club will be available..