3-7-2021 Order of Service

The UU Journey To — and From — Selma

Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship

March 7, 2021, 10:20 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

Or donate online at buf.org

Or from your phone, use “Give+” for iPhone / Android


Announcements further below

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


Gathering Music     Traditional Spirituals, arr. by Harry T. Burleigh

Welcome & Opening Words           

       Revs Paul Beckel & Barbara ten Hove

Chalice Lighting / Covenant       

Singing Together      Melanie Rieck #1058 Be Ours a Religion

Canvass Video          Vlad the Improver a.k.a. Rick Steele

Meditation / Milestones

Interlude                    I Don’t Feel No-Ways Tired


Video                          “The President Sang Amazing Grace”

Singing Together      #205 Amazing Grace


Singing Together      Revs Barbara & Jaco ten Hove #1007 There’s a River

Offertory                   Lift Every Voice and Sing by John R. Johnson & James W. Johnson

Closing Words          

Singing Together      #1018 Come & Go with Me to that Land


Circle ‘Round

Postlude                     Let Us Break Bread Together arr J. Carter


Social Hour                Small Groups

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.


Be Ours a Religion

Be ours a religion
which like sunshine goes everywhere,
its temple all space,
its shrine the good heart,
its creed all truth,
its ritual works of love.


Amazing Grace

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see.

‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved;
how precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed!

Through many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come;
‘tis grace that brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.

When we’ve been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun,
we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise than when we’d first begun.


There’s a River

There’s a river flowin’ in my soul.
There’s a river flowin’ in my soul.
And it’s tellin’ me that I’m somebody.
There’s a river flowin’ in my soul.

There’s a river flowin’ in my heart…
There’s a river flowin’ in my mind…


Come and Go with Me to that Land

Come and go with me to that land,
Come and go with me to that land,
Come and go with me to that land
where I’m bound.  (2x)

There’ll be freedom in that land…

There’ll be justice in that land…

There’ll be singin’ in that land…


Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship Announcements – March 7, 2021


Next Sunday Service

March 14            Are We On Course?

Many years ago, I became disillusioned with Christianity because I did not think it was on course to fulfill its promise. Now I have to ask: is Unitarian Universalism on course to fulfill its promise? How do the challenges that our movement faces today hearken back to our Christian origins and schisms? What does this say about our potential, now, to join with other faith traditions in pursuit of greater wholeness?

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


Zoom Coffee Hour following Service at 11:30am.


2021-22 PLEDGE DRIVE begins this Sunday!  Because of the pandemic, this year we are trying to accomplish most of the process virtually (online). The BUF stewardship team is mailing out the pledge drive packets this weekend. There, you will find a letter from the board, our annual brochure with an inspiring message from Roz Reynolds, and a letter from me explaining how we envision working together for this year’s pledge drive.

To get to the pledge drive page, go to buf.org, click on Give link in upper right-hand corner, then click on 2021-2022 Pledge Drive link on the left side of the Give page.

Spoiler alert – there will be no canvassers this year! Personally, I love the canvass experience – getting to share our feelings about BUF one on one. We certainly plan to return to canvassing next year as it is near and dear to so many of our hearts by helping us all to more deeply connect. You all know that I love to count. The BUF stewardship team is counting on you! Blah! I mean Cheers, Vlad (aka Rick Steele)


BUF-SEJC Collection Recipient, March 14, 2021: Growing Veterans

(Contribution can be made throughout March) Mission of the Organization: To empower veterans to cultivate purpose and belonging by growing food, community and each other. Their Vision: End isolation that leads to veteran suicide. They started an agricultural project that involves the veterans’ participation, thereby enabling the military veterans to build (“grow”) community, grow food and support each other.


Walking Meditation Meet Up–Special Walk in March

In March, the walking meditation meet-up group will do a longer-than-usual meet up in a special out-of-town setting. We’ll be walking for 60 minutes in the Silver Lake Park wetlands outside Maple Falls (about 45 mins from central Bellingham). Vaccinated folks (or those who are comfortable doing so masked) could carpool. At this time of year, this very large park is characterized by having few other people, lots of places to sit, many trails, good footing without much elevation change, birdlife galore, and stunning scenery.

We will be meeting there at 1:30 pm on a Sunday afternoon (we pick a Sunday with decent weather forecast). We spend time at the end of our walk in a socially distant circle to share/reflect on our experience. You might want to plan to spend more than our designated time, as there is so much to explore in this large park, and it is so very beautiful.

If you are interested in joining us, please contact Kara Black.


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 Task Force 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.