Our Commitment to Sexual Wholeness

Part 2: Education and Affirmation

Sunday, December 4, 2022, 10:25 am

Online on Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/738363620
Passcode: BUF

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

Gathering Music                  Andrea Rackl, piano

Welcome                              Rev. Paul Beckel

Chalice Lighting                  “Embodiment and Sexuality,”  written by Rev. Seth Carrier-Ladd


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.

Singing Together                  #128, For all that is Our Life

Children’s Focus                  featuring Hootie and Barnie

Children’s Blessing

Where are you going my little one, little one?
Where are you going my baby, my own?
Turn around and you’re two, turn around and you’re four
Turn around, now you’re grown and dancing out of my door

Messages                             Genia Allen-Schmid

Matt Bianconi, AYS student, OWL parent and facilitator

Henry Ohana, AYS student and parent

OWL Parliament

Message                               Jenn Mason

Sharing our Gifts                

Benediction                          #715

Singing Together                 #155, Circle ‘Round

Circle ‘round for freedom, circle ‘round for peace
For all of us imprisoned, circle for release
Circle for the planet, circle for each soul
For the children of our children, keep the circle whole


If you’re with us on Zoom today, please stay after the service for our online coffee hour. If you’re here in person, please join us downstairs for coffee and conversation.  

If you’re new, we’d be grateful to have you provide us with contact information so we can let you know what’s happening here. There are buff-colored visitor contact cards in the pew racks, and in the entryway, that you can drop in the collection basket. Or provide your contact information HERE. 

Contributions payable to “BUF” may be sent to:
1207 Ellsworth Street, Bellingham 98225

For info about donating online (credit card or PayPal), by automatic bank transfer, or via phone apps, see the “give” button in the upper right-hand corner at buf.org or contact the office: (360) 733-3837 / admin@buf.org


Upcoming Services

December 11 — A Ceremony of Carols
BUF’s annual holiday music service, featuring a forty-five voice choir and soloists singing Britten’s magnificent “Ceremony of Carols,” accompanied by Jill Whitman, WWU professor of harp. Followed by our spectacular annual BUF holiday potluck lunch!

December 18 — Wonder in the Natural World
Rev Paul and celebrants Jeff Copland and Su Livingston lead a service celebrating nature around the time of the winter solstice.

December 24, 7:00 pm — Christmas Eve Service
A traditional service of carols and candles to bring warmth and cheer.

Note: There will be no service at BUF on Christmas morning, Sunday, December 25

January 1 — What Gives You Hope
You are invited to share your answers to the question “What sustains you and gives you hope?” We will share these answers on January 1st in the form of poetry, short stories, original art, dances or music. Submissions should be under 3 minutes. Submit your original offerings to Rev. Paul Paul@buf.org or Steffany stefandlin@gmail.com by December 18th. Help make our first service of the new year inspirational and community-building.

Taizé Service Monday
December 5 Taizé Service at 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Holiday Blues As we enter the season of holidays and holy days, we can find grief in our hearts that has been covered up from the last year or that is brand new. Sometimes we feel pressured to be merry and to make bright, despite the pain that is inside of us. Let’s not do that to one another. Let’s be a sacred circle of folks who come together to name what is true, to light candles, and to sing simple songs that call us to gentleness, kindness, and compassion toward ourselves. Our theme is: Holiday Blues We’d love to have you join us either in person or via zoom for our monthly service. If you join us in person, we strongly encourage you to be vaccinated and to wear a mask so this singing service can be accessible to as many as possible, especially the most vulnerable among us.
Here’s the Taizé link: https://zoom.us/j/753181200
Meeting ID: 753 181 200
Passcode: BUF
If you have any questions or concerns, please email Rev. Tessie at Tessie@BUF.org


December 10 and 11, 2022 Fair Trade Shopping Event at BUF
An opportunity to purchase ethically and environmentally- sourced gifts crafted by hand in one of the Ten Thousand Villages (TTV) around the world. TTV is an international fair trade, nonprofit that has been in existence about 70 years, helping people in third world countries learn about and practice Fair Trade. TTV items will be able for purchase at BUF Saturday Dec. 10, 11 am- 3 pm and Sunday Dec. 11, 10 am- 3 pm. Thank you for supporting Fair Trade. Contact Cleo Richard with questions, 360-733-3203 or to volunteer for this two day event at BUF.


BUF Mindfulness Meditation Group Meets
Since 2012, BUF’s very own Flowering Cherry Sangha is a mindfulness meditation group. Generally speaking, a sangha is a community of folks who meditate together. Our diverse group was founded on and loosely follows a Vipassanā (Insight Meditation) approach. We gather in the sanctuary every Thursday at noon. We are always delighted to welcome new participants, whether you are a seasoned practitioner or newly curious. For more information, contact Cynthia Bauman at 408.656.6083 or cynauman@gmail.com com.


Saturday, Feb 11, 4:30-7 pm  BUF Annual Auction: Now Accepting Donation Forms!
All UU Need Is Love! Now Collecting Donation Forms! We are getting fabulous donations rolling in! Here are just a few examples: Quilts made by Francie Gass and Sharon McCarty, High British Tea with Rose and Mel, Musical hour with Andrea Rackl, Two-month membership to Bellingham Jazzercise, 4 hours of skilled labor by Connie Murphy, and more!
Not sure what to contribute? Drop by the Auction Table after Sunday Services in December to brainstorm ideas and pick up a donation form and idea sheet. Physical donations can be dropped off at BUF (basement floor) beginning Jan 1, but submit the donation form to Barbara Gilday anytime now. Bidding will occur only at the event on Feb 11th.There will be no on-line bidding this year. Event and Raffle Tickets go on sale after the service on January 8th. Contact the following: Barbara Gilday (Donations within BUF: journeys333@comcast.net, 360-927-6627); Naomi Gary (Business Donations and questions: naomiwwwgary@gmail.com, 619-808-1522); Henry Ohana (Event Volunteering: Text or call 360-303-6903)