6-13-2021 Order of Service

Remembering the Tulsa Massacre

June 13, 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

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Gathering Music         Andrea Rackl, Improvisation

Welcome                     Rev Paul Beckel

Chalice Lighting


Singing Together        #153 Oh I Woke up this Morning


Meditation / Milestones

Anti-Racism               Ann Stevenson

Interlude                     Elie Friedlob, Freedom

Reflections                  Rev Marlin Lavanhar, All Souls Unitarian Church, Tulsa OK

Offertory                     Prelude #20 in A Minor, by Robert Vandall

Benediction / Extinguishing the Chalice        Paul


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.

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.


Oh, I Woke Up This Morning

Oh, I woke up this morning with my mind stayed on freedom.
Woke up this morning with my mind stayed on freedom.
Woke up this morning with my mind stayed on freedom,
Hallelu, Hallelu, Halleluia.

I was walking and talking with my mind …

I was singing and praying with my mind …

Oh, I woke up this morning with my mind …




NEXT SUNDAY: Flower Communion

We will continue our annual tradition: in which we create a flower mandala together, then release it into Whatcom Creek at Maritime Heritage Park.

Please come to BUF on Saturday between 11 and 1 to place your flower(s) on the mandala. Or you can drop them off from your car, also from 11 to 1.

Then on Sunday, you can tune in on Zoom as usual … OR come to Maritime Heritage Park.

Come at 10:30 to enjoy the morning at the park (it’s predicted to be lovely) while attending the service via Zoom on your phone or laptop.
Come at 11:30 when we plan to release of the mandala (just below the Dupont Street bridge).

Our current guidelines specify distancing outdoors, but no masking. So just before 11:30, please spread out on the Dupont Street Bridge, and below, on both sides of the creek, or on the footbridge below the falls.


Covid Safety Update

Vaccination Survey Results

A survey was sent to all by the Covid task force on May 15 to get information on the vaccination status of members. We received 221 replies. Of those 221 respondents 209 reported being fully vaccinated, another 5 reported being partially vaccinated and 3 more say that they intend to get vaccinated soon. If you add those numbers together the total is about 98%.

Sunday Services

After 15 months of go-go-go, our staff and volunteers will be taking some long-delayed time off. So services in July and August will be on Zoom only. Presenters will also be on Zoom from their homes (or the Chuckanuts).

Guidelines for Groups of 15 or Fewer

Our guidelines remain the same. They are rephrased a bit here for clarity:

  1. When all participants attest that they are vaccinated
  • Distancing and masking are not required
  1. In all other cases:

Indoors at BUF

  • 6-foot distancing and triple masking are required
  • Triple masking means a single three-layer mask such as the KN-95


  • Distancing is required; masking is not required

In your home or yard:

  • Stay within State guidelines
  • Ask your guests about their needs … and establish a group agreement about expectations in advance
 Please contact covidtaskforce@buf.org with questions or feedback


Sunday, June 27: UUA General Assembly

Last year more than 10,000 screens tuned in to the watch the Sunday Morning Worship at GA. This year the service will be led by First Universalist of Minneapolis, which has been a model of shared ministry and what it means to put the work of dismantling white supremacy and building anti-racist, anti-oppressive practices at the center of their ministry. They have been on the front lines in support of the Movement for Black Lives in Minneapolis, bringing spiritual care and moral leadership in the wake of George Floyd’s murder by police and the important uprisings for justice that followed. Children and families are a vital part of their ministry, and they have been using creative approaches to engage all ages in worship during the pandemic. Their leadership exemplifies some of the best practices for the creativity, spiritual depth, and moral leadership that is possible when we embrace the work of shared ministry rooted in love and justice.


Services in July and August

After 15 months of go-go-go, our staff and volunteers will be taking some long-delayed time off. So services in July and August will be on Zoom only. Presenters will also be on Zoom from their homes (or the Chuckanuts). We hope to be able to return to the sanctuary following Labor Day.


Black Lives Matter Program Meeting

Monday, June 14 at 7pm. Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 969 1772 7292   Passcode: BUF


BUF-SEJC Collection Recipient for June

Whatcom Family and Community Network

The WFC Network brings together community organizations concerned with children, youth and family welfare and supports to build their capacities — skills and competencies — to respond to issues and challenges in innovative and inclusive ways. The Network’s ultimate purpose is to develop a thriving community built upon equity, social connection, participation and opportunities.

Reflecting the values of equity and participation, the MAD HOPE is a youth initiated and peer-led wellness training for middle school and high school students in classrooms (and this year over Zoom) throughout Whatcom County. More details of how this process works, the important need it meets and the critical role of peers will be presented, with an illustrative story, in the upcoming Midweek Update. Please be sure to return for more information.

In Peace, Sita Amba-Rao, BUF-SEJC


Summer Publishing Schedule for the Midweek Update

During the summer we’ll publish the MWU every other week, so look for the newsletter on June 16, June 30, July 14. July 28, Aug 11, Aug 25 and Sept 8 … then weekly thereafter.


Widening the Circle – Please join follow-up meeting on June 20th   

While we have concluded our 10-week Widening the Circle study group session, participants were grateful for the opportunity for small group sharing, and learning about anti-racism and anti-oppression – and decided we weren’t done yet!

We will meet on Sunday, June 20, at 8:30am to talk about, and formulate, teams for future discussions, classes and action. We warmly welcome anyone at BUF to join us as we look at ways we can help BUF transform our culture to a more inclusive, Beloved Community.

More information about the meeting will be in the MWU and BUF News, or you can contact Genia Allen-Schmid for more information about how you can be a part of Widening the Circle at BUF.


Creative Arts Eliot August 14–18

Seabeck Conference Center on Beautiful Hood Canal – Camp theme: Yes, the Circle is Unbroken! Led by BUFsters Barbara & Jaco ten Hove, camp co-deans The only on-site UU Eliot Institute camp this summer will take place from dinner on Saturday, Aug. 14, to Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 18, at the gorgeous Seabeck Conference Center. This camp is designed to bring out your creative spirit and includes numerous focus workshops ranging from African drumming to working with BUF’s Drew Betz on creating prayer flags. All participants must be fully vaccinated and space is limited. Learn more and register at Eliotinstitute.org — soon! If you have questions, contact Barbara ten Hove at revbabs10@gmail.com