4-18-2021 Order of Service

Earth Day – Liberation for Tokitae

Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship

April 18, 2021, 10:20 am

Online on Zoom: 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

Today’s order of service is here:  Bring Tokitae Home Program

Song lyrics will be displayed during the service
Afterward: a series of 10-Minute Breakout Rooms
Stay with us. 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.




April 25          Trans-formations – Erika Sheppard

Continuing this month’s theme of “becoming,” Erika, a long-time BUFster, will share with us about her lifetime journey of becoming “her” when she’d been born “him.”

Sunday Service  Zoom Link: Meeting ID 738 363 620   Worship starts at 10:20am
Passcode is BUF
Phone: (346) 248-7799  Meeting ID: 738 363 620  Passcode: 306220


Sunday Service and Taize Service videos are posted on the BUF YouTube Channel:

Those video links, plus some sermon texts, are in the BUF archive


Congregational Dialog on Re-Opening

Sunday, May 2nd at noon.

We’ll address the breadth of questions and suggestions around the plan to safely reopen BUF. Please contact us: covidtaskforce@buf.org if you have questions or concerns… or to submit questions in advance for us to address at this meeting.  To read the full guidelines for the current plan to re-open BUF click here.


BUF is seeking a FT Administrator and PT Bookkeeper

Job postings and full job descriptions are here:



  • NOW through May 2, get donations from your home and favorite merchants
  • May 2-8, 4-6 pm: Deliver items to BUF
  • May 9-23 Bidding on Items at togetherauction.com/buf
  • May 24-26 Pick-up tangible items at BUF

Suggested Donations:

Goods and Services from your favorite merchants, Homemade desserts, soups and meals, Handcrafted items. Works of art made by you or artists in our community, Lessons & classes, Small outdoor gatherings, Outdoor excursions, Virtual (online) social events – musical performances, games, share a topic of interest, book discussion, etc., Use of your vacation home, Gently used treasures.

For more info, contact Debbie Boots or Lauralee Carbone.


BUF-SEJC Collection Recipient, Northwest Youth Services
The pandemic response has thrown into perspective how lack of housing always impacts the safety of unhoused youth. Many don’t have a safe place to isolate or quarantine, open access to a sink to wash their hands, or a phone to keep in touch with their support network. NW Youth provides services to youth from ages 13-24 who are experiencing homelessness in Whatcom and Skagit Counties. It engages in both crisis intervention and crisis prevention. They meet homeless where they are in providing basic needs like housing and access to services like mental health, substance abuse, vocational/employment and educational opportunities. They also have a restorative justice and diversion program for juvenile offenders and a Queer Youth Project.For more information, check out their website:  https://www.nwys.org. Contribution can be made throughout April.

~ In Peace, Sita Amba-Rao, BUF-SEJC


Another Porch Day Planned for May
Our series of ‘porch days’ have been a lot of fun this spring, with great music, a chance to stock up on Fair Trade items, just get together with a bunch of other BUFsters!

So we are hoping to do it again. Our next outside sale will be May 8-the day before Mother’s Day. Plenty of coffee, tea and chocolate and even more Fair Trade from Ten Thousand Village, music from the BUF songbook and more spring fun planned. You can shop online at Ten Thousand Villages until May 4th; fair trade items purchased will be delivered and available for pick up on May 8th.
For more info, contact Susan Thurn or Cleo Richard.


Nominations Committee for Board candidates is in full swing. We aspire to find folks who are committed to BUF and the UU principles that we all love.  We look for people who fulfill our principles of respect for one another, and in line with our recently adopted “Covenant of Beloved Community”, we are committed to creating a community and a world without racism, that is just for all. As we believe in democratic principles, we want you not only to vote on the candidates we have chosen, but to give you the opportunity to offer suggestions for people (or yourself) that you feel might fit the current criteria. Please contact a member of the Nominations Committee – Barbara Gilday, Claire Lending, Jeff Copeland, and Ann Lackland.


Pastoral Care: Let this be a gentle reminder to reach out both when you have a need and when you see a need in someone else; whether it is a big “ask” or a little acknowledgement. Taking the step to extend yourself to others in this congregation (and in the broader world) is an action you can take to make this community more welcoming and the world a kinder, gentler place.

Your Pastoral Care Team consists of: Mary Jane Brunt, Jan Krouskop, Joan Mackey, and Steffany Raynes. Ginny Baker and Rick Steele have both recently retired and we want to thank them for their service. The team will be seeking new members; let me know if you are interested. If you or someone you know needs emotional support please let us know at pastoralcare@buf.org.


BUF Neighbor2Neighbor invites you to join the Meal Train for Anna Avalon and Don Hicks
What is Meal Train?  When a friend is in need, everyone asks “What can I do to help?” The answer is always to provide support through a meal. When many friends provide support through a meal, Meal Train keeps everyone organized. MealTrain.com is a free meal calendar tool that makes planning meals among a wide group easy and less stressful. Please share this information and invitation with others. Learn how you can help at Open Meal Train.