2-28-2021 Order of Service

We Get to Love

Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship

February 28, 2021, 10:30 am

Online at https://zoom.us/j/738363620
Passcode: BUF

By phone, for audio only: (346) 248-7799
Meeting ID: 738 363 620
Passcode: 306220

Giving Options:

Please mail donations, payable to “BUF” to 1207 Ellsworth, Bellingham WA, 98225

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Announcements further below

Behind the scenes today: Jeff Copeland, Rod Haynes, Rory McLeod


Gathering Music                   Improv by Andrea Rackl

Welcome                                Lauralee Carbone and Rev Paul Beckel

Chalice Lighting                   


Singing Together                  Kevin Allen Schmid: #108 Come, Come, Whoever You Are

                                                #1008 When our Heart Is In A Holy Place


Children’s Focus                   Not My Idea by Anastasia Higginbotham

Meditation / Milestones                   

Anti-Racism Moment           Kara Black

Project Update                      Barbara Gilday

Interlude                                Saibei Dance by An-Lun Huang

On Widening the Circle       Genia Allen-Schmid

Rev Paul Beckel

Revs Rose Edington and Mel Hoover

Offertory                               Ufie III, by Christian Onyaji

Singing Together                  #1028 Fire of Commitment

Benediction / Extinguishing the Chalice                

Circle ‘Round           

Postlude                                 Improv (on Latin Dance)

Coffee Hour: Stay on Zoom AFTER the service. We’ll break into small randomized groups for about 10 minutes, then the groups will be juggled for another 10 minute period. Stay as long as you like to meet newcomers, and people that you might not otherwise have met … check-in on one another’s well-being … and reflect on the theme of today’s service.

Our BUF Covenant

Love is the spirit of this fellowship, and service gives it life.
Celebrating our diversity, and joined by a quest for truth,
we work for peace, and honor all creation. This is our covenant.


Come, Come, Whoever You Are

Come, come, whoever you are,
wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving.
Ours is no caravan of despair.
Come, yet again come.


When our Heart is in a Holy Place

When our heart is in a holy place,
When our heart is in a holy place,
We are bless’d with love and amazing grace,
When our heart is in a holy place.

When we trust the wisdom in each of us,
Ev’ry color ev’ry creed and kind,
And we see our faces in each other’s eyes,
Then our heart is in a holy place.


When we tell our story from deep inside,
And we listen with a loving mind,
And we hear our voices in each other’s words,
Then our heart is in a holy place.


When we share the silence of sacred space,
And the God of our Heart stirs within,
And we feel the power of each other’s faith,
Then our heart is in a holy place.



The Fire of Commitment

From the light of days remembered burns a beacon bright and clear
Guiding hands and hearts and spirits Into faith set free from fear.

When the fire of commitment sets our mind and soul a blaze
When our hunger and our passion meet to call us on our way
When we live with deep assurance of the flame that burns within,
Then our promise finds fulfillment and our future can begin.

From the stories of our living rings a song both brave and free,
Calling pilgrims still to witness to the life of liberty.


From the dreams of youthful vision comes a new, prophetic voice,
Which demands a deeper justice built by our courageous choice



Next Sunday, March 7                    The UU Journey to — and from — Selma

Revs Barbara Wells ten Hove & Paul Beckel   On the 56th anniversary of the march from Selma to Montgomery, retired UU minister and BUF member Barbara Wells ten Hove will reflect on the legacy of the march and its impact on our faith.

Sunday Zoom Link: Meeting ID 738 363 620
Passcode is BUF

Zoom Coffee Hour following Service at 11:30am.

Taize service on Monday, March 1 at 7:00 pm. Rev. Tessie Mandeville with pianist Andrea Rackl

Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/753181200
Meeting passcode: BUF
Or dial: (669) 900-6833 (Meeting ID: 753 181 200)


BUF Black Lives Matter Business/Planning Meetings – Monday, March 1 from 6-7 pm. Contact Cat McIntyre for zoom link. BUF Black Lives Matter Program Meeting – Monday, March 8 from 7-8:30 pm. A dialogue on reparations on H.R. 40 with Seattle group, GRACE (Grandmothers for Race and Class Equality). Contact Cat McIntyre for zoom link.


Widening the Circle Study Group Details 

The study group will meet on Sundays to 8:30 to 10:00am beginning March 7.
HOMEWORK for our March 7 meeting

1.Take a look at this anti-racism continuum and be prepared to share your answers to the following questions:

  • Why was this study important enough for you to commit to be here at 8:30 on Sunday mornings from now until May?
  • What do you want out of this process and/or what do you hope WTC will do for you personally and for the BUF community?
  • What do you need from this experience to better equip yourself to model what Beloved Community looks in your personal life and for BUF?
  1. Read the Widening the Circle chapter Trends and be prepared to discuss it.

We want to clarify that this Study Group is a covenant group and we ask participants to commit to attending every session, barring an emergency of course. Anyone and everyone is welcome to read the report, but this study group is for those wanting to move themselves and BUF towards Beloved Community through action. This requires sustained time and attention.

If you have any questions, and/or wish to be added to the study group participant zoom list, contact Genia Allen-Schmid at genia@buf.org by March 1.


MAKE A CHALICE   Pick up your clay and instructions at BUF!  Pick up some modeling clay from BUF and make a chalice for your home. We invite you to light this homemade chalice on Sunday mornings until we can meet again in person. The first Sunday our building is open again, we will ask everyone to bring their chalice with them and light them together in our sanctuary in celebration of our resilient BUF community. More info: genia@buf.org or admin@buf.org



The COVID taskforce consists of Rev. Paul Beckel; Board members, Murray Bennett and Bharti Kirchner; Deb Cruz, Kathy Wahto, Lisa Moss and Ken Gass. Jim Reimer has been invited as a technical resource. Initially, we met weekly, and now we convene on an as-needed basis. Highlights of our activities are given below.

Improving the indoor air quality: What we know at present is that coronavirus is transmitted through respiratory droplets expelled when a person talks, sings, coughs, sneezes or shouts in an indoor environment. Bigger droplets fall to the ground, but smaller droplets can hang in the air for hours. Wearing a mask and social-distancing help but are not the entire solution. We are considering how to upgrade our ventilation system to aid in removing the droplets.

Measures that we may need to adopt are the following (although not limited to them): opening windows — if appropriate and weather permitting; increasing ventilation with outside air; and installing an effective filtration system. Led by Jim Reimer, this is perhaps the most critical of our tasks. Our progress has been hampered by the unavailability of expert HVAC consultants. It appears that most schools, offices, and commercial buildings in our town are also in need of such resources. Hence, there is a shortage of engineering advice and installation service, resulting in long delays.

We’re considering redoing the ventilation in the older parts of the building, especially the sanctuary, as well as the newer areas such as the social hall and classrooms. Potential problem spots include the bathrooms, which have low ceilings and are enclosed spaces. The coat closet falls in this category. The elevator has been checked and its status has proven to be satisfactory. We’re examining entry and exit protocols for safety.

Reopening: We don’t have a time frame when we might be able to reopen. Any attempt at reopening will initially be partial, with limited attendance. Only gradually and with much care and control will we be able to safely resume full in-person gatherings. Our Sunday Zoom service has proven to be popular and we’ll continue to offer it in foreseeable future. In the meantime, we encourage everyone to get vaccinated. For more information on reopening, click on this UUA piece:



2021-2022 SEJC Collections – Call for Applicants! The BUF Social and Environmental Justice Committee (SEJC) welcomes BUF Members and Friends to invite organizations to apply. Please be sure such organizations meet SEJC’s areas of justice focus: women and children, environment, poverty/homelessness, peace and human rights, social and economic justice, and health. Find the short (appx one page) application (due by April 1st) at buf.org, click on justice, then click on the side menu link to “SEJC collection application.” Each applicant will also be interviewed by May 24th. Questions? Contact Kara Black.


Rev. Tessie Mandeville and Andrew Schoneberg are co-producing a new podcast called Spirit Matters. The vision is that this how will encompass all manner of spirit and spirituality, casting a broad and deep net in the complex, multi-cultural, multi-dimensional, pluralistic world in which we live. Sometimes you’ll hear Tessie in a solo podcast and at other times you will hear Tessie interview guests — some of whom you may recognize from our BUF community. You are invited to listen in whenever you want at Bellingham’s local radio station KMRE 102.3 where you will find the podcast on demand at

http://kmre.org/podcasts/spirit-matters. Let us know what you think: Tessie@buf.org