6-20-2021 Order of Service

Flower Communion

June 20, 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

On Sunday at 10:30, tune in on Zoom as usual … and/or come to Maritime Heritage Park (forecast: wonderful) and tune in there on your phone or laptop becauauauase … we’ll be releasing the mandala into Whatcom Creek at about 11:30 (this too will be livestreamed).

We’ll release the mandala just below the Dupont Street bridge (immediately north of the Post Office): Directions from BUF to Whatcom Creek
Our current guidelines specify distancing outdoors, but no masking. So when the time comes, please spread out on the bridge, or take the steps down from the bridge–on either side of the creek–to the walkways above the falls, or the footbridge below the falls.

Order of Service

Gathering Music                   Kevin Allen-Schmid, Album for the Young, Schumann

Welcome                                Revs Tessie Mandeville and Paul Beckel

Chalice Lighting                    Jeff Copeland and Ron Quinn


Singing Together                  #1067 Mother Earth Beloved Garden


Singing Together                  #78 Color and Fragrance

Social and Environmental Justice Collection

Danielle Humphreys for the Whatcom Community and Family Network

Offertory                               Su Livingston, Longer Boats, by Cat Stevens

Folding the Mandala

Singing Together                  #305 De Colores

Reflections                            Ron Quinn

Special Music                        Father & Son, by Cat Stevens

Reflections                             Jeff Copeland

Interlude                                 Misalliance, by Donald Swann / Michael Flanders, sung by Scott Heise

Benediction/Meditation        Rev Tessie

Blessing/Releasing the Flowers into Whatcom Creek                

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.


Behind the scenes this week: Rory McLeod, Lisa Heezen, Robin Brown, Mark & Brendan Leonard, Erica Mallin, Joe Shuster, Amoret & Scott Heise, Mark Allyn, Jim Reimer, Andrew Schoneberg, Rod Haynes

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.


Mother Earth, Beloved Garden

Mother Earth, beloved garden, living treasure under foot,
All our days you ground our being: sage and thistle, grass and root.
Herbs to heal us, plants to feed us, land to till and tend and plow.
With the pendant, deep as midnight, North we ask you: be here now.

Father Air, your inspiration holds together all that lives.
As we breathe, our minds see clearly, leading us to love and give.
Raging whirlwind, whispered breezes, violent gale and gentle cloud.
With the blade as sharp as morning, East we ask you: be here now.

Brother Fire, great transformer, share the passion of the sun.
In our hearths, your warmth revives us, cooks our food and heats our homes.
Flaming candle, blood within us, blazing desert, will to grow.
With the wand, directing power, South we ask you: be here now.

Sister Water, ever flowing, ocean, river, pond and rain.
Drink we now and quench our thirsting, cleanse us, we begin again.
Mist and ice, a host of changes, all that courage will allow.
With the cup, the holy chalice, West we ask you, be here now.

Lover Spirit, intuition in the center of our souls.
In your love we find relation. All connected, we are whole.
Timeless mystery, quiet conscience, deepest values, voice inside.
With the drum and with the cauldron, this we ask you, be our guide.


Color and Fragrance

Color and fragrance, magical rhythm,
sweet changing music will change us with them:
life within life, inner light gently glowing,
surely you seem to be God’s vision growing.

O starry heavens, worlds of all splendor,
suns without number, new life engender:
wheel in a wheel with the light brightly glowing,
moving in harmony, God’s vision growing.

Hand full of pebbles, high mountain passes,
depths of the ocean, dew on the grasses:
great things and small, with the light gently glowing,
word of the wordless song, God’s vision growing.

Delicate beings, lacewing and sparrow
in field and forest, clover and yarrow:
life greeting life with the light brightly glowing,
none are too small to be God’s vision growing.

In human eyes burns the soul of living,
illumines altars of loving giving:
greeting, we meet, seeing light brightly glowing,
share in a greater life, God’s vision growing.

Shaper of all things, to us you’ve given
our chance to keep here on earth, a heaven.
Moving in harmony, light gently glowing,
may we be, gratefully, God’s vision growing.



Next 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

July 4 Independence through an Anti-Racist Anti-Oppressive Multicultural Lens

July 11 The Gifts of Imperfection – Bonnie Phinney

July 18 Everyday Heroes – Jeff Copeland

July 25 Rising from the Ashes – Rod Haynes August 1 Lammas – Liz Roberts

Aug 8 To be Determined

Aug 15 Summer Camp Revisited – Rod Haynes

Aug 22 To be Determined

Aug 29 Love and Unity: The Principles as Pillars of Our UU Faith – Rev Barbara ten Hove

Sept 5 Animal Blessings


UUA General Assembly This Week

Free Live-streamed events

  • General Sessions
    June 23-27, 2021
    Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Co-Moderators Meg Riley and Charles Du Mond preside over the general sessions in which the business of the Association is conducted.​ General Session IV will include a collection to benefit Side with Love.
  • Candidates Forum and Information Session
    Thursday, June 24, 2021
    5:00 – 6:30 p.m. EDT / 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. PDT
  • Service of the Living Tradition
    Thursday, June 24, 2021
    7:00 – 8:15 p.m. EDT / 4:00 – 5:15 p.m. PDT
    Led by the Ministries and Faith Development Staff Group, this service honors fellowshipped and credentialed religious leaders; remembering those who have died, recognizing those who have completed active service, and welcoming those who have received fellowship or credentialed status in the past year. The service includes a collection to benefit the Living Tradition Fund.
  • Synergy Bridging Worship
    Friday, June 25, 2021
    7:00 – 8:15 p.m. EDT / 4:00 – 5:15 p.m. PDT
    This is a transformative multi-generational worship. Come be inspired and illuminated at a celebration of treasured worship elements, rites of passage and brilliant contemporary musical performances. The service includes a collection to benefit the Katie Tyson Fund for Youth and Young Adult Ministries.
  • Sunday Morning Worship
    Sunday, June 27, 2021
    12:00 – 1:15 p.m. EDT / 9:00 – 10:15 a.m. PDT
    Join us for the largest annual gathering of UUs joining in worship. The service includes a collection to benefit MICAH: Milwaukee Inner-city Congregations Allied for Hope.

Full program book for paid registrants: https://www.uua.org/files/2021-05/2021%20Program%20Book.pdf


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 30, July 14. July 28, Aug 11, Aug 25 and Sept 8 … then weekly thereafter.


Widening the Circle – 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.


Upcoming BUF Meetings and Events

June 25 4:00 p.m. Community 2 Community Meeting – BUF RSVP: Kara Black by 6/24 360-676-2300

June 28 6:30 Multi-faith Network for Climate Justice – Dr. Kurt Russo Zoom space is limited so register as soon as possible. Register here: https://tinyurl.com/5yn3x6uh

July 5 7:00 p.m. Taizé Via Zoom or in Person Contact BUF Admin to reserve a spot

Aug 9 Family Promise -Week of Service contact: ann.v.stevenson@gmail.com

Aug 14-18 Creative Arts Eliot Contact: Barbara Ten Hove: revbabs10@gmail.com