Adult Religious Exploration
Dec
1
to Apr 10

Adult Religious Exploration

Starting in October we will begin reading and discussing the book “White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism” by Robin DeAngelo. You can order the book from Mitzi's Books in Rapid City or visit Amazon.com to order online.

 

 

View Event →
Cookies and Carols
Dec
23
4:00 PM16:00

Cookies and Carols

(This is a change from the previous plans of not offering a service for this date.)

We will be meeting at 4pm for “Cookies and Carols” - come ready to sing some holiday tunes with Laural, our talented music leader, and bring a cookie or holiday snack to share afterwards!

View Event →

Thunder Valley: Building a Regenerative Community on the Pine Ridge Reservation
Dec
16
4:00 PM16:00

Thunder Valley: Building a Regenerative Community on the Pine Ridge Reservation

“Thunder Valley: Building a Regenerative Community on the Pine Ridge Reservation” presented by Erin Anderson with Lisa WhiteFace as Lay Leader

Thunder Valley is a grassroots Community Development Corporation on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Thunder Valley works to empower the Lakota community through the strengthening of cultural identity. We’ll learn about the exciting work happening at CDC, and have time to discuss how we, too, can work to create systemic change in our own local Rapid City community following this dynamic example being set by our Lakota neighbors.

View Event →
Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion
Dec
9
4:00 PM16:00

Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion

“Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion” presented by Doug Klinski

Sam Harris is a neuroscientist and author of numerous New York Times bestselling books. “Waking Up” is for the 20% of Americans who follow no religion but who suspect that important truths can be found in the teachings of figures such as Jesus, Buddha, Rumi, and other saints and sages of history.

View Event →
Want What You Have
Oct
14
4:00 PM16:00

Want What You Have

October 14

Service Leader: Vivian

Presenter: Laural Lantz

Program Title:Want What You Have

Program Description: This Sunday Laural Lantz will present a Soul Matters Sermon by Peter Friedrichs

Inspired by the life and works of Forrest Church, this presentation examines our human tendency to keep focusing on the dark and dismal and those things we can't envision rather than seeing clearly the positive light all around us. We will learn how to replace our "wishful thinking" with "thoughtful wishing".

View Event →
Church of the Holy Sunrise
Oct
7
4:00 PM16:00

Church of the Holy Sunrise

October 7

Service Leader: Jan Snedigar

Presenter: Bruce Roseland

Program Title: “Church of the Holy Sunrise”

Program Description:

“My poetry is about what connects us, we who live on and with the land.“

Bruce Roseland is a fourth generation rancher who grew up in north central South Dakota. His formal education ended when, after receiving a Master’s degree in sociology, he decided to return to the land, a place that made sense to him in a world that frequently does not. “The land talks and I listen. It has made me who I am; what I write and how I write all coming from the noisy quiet of this place I call home.”

View Event →
Blessing of the Animals
Sep
30
4:00 PM16:00

Blessing of the Animals

Service Leader:Valerie Naylor

Presenter: Valerie Naylor

Program Title: Blessing of the Animals

Program Description: Our annual service for the blessing of the animals. Bring a pet to receive a blessing – please use leashes and carriers as appropriate for your pets level of socialization, as there will be children and other animals present in a smaller space. If you have a beloved animal companion no longer with us you're invited to bring a photograph or memento for the altar.

informal/circle

POT LUCK SUNDAY - bring a dish to share if you are willing and able - but be sure to join us regardless!

View Event →
Rapid City's Affordable Housing Crisis
Sep
23
4:00 PM16:00

Rapid City's Affordable Housing Crisis

September 23

Service Leader: Ken Vogele

Presenter: Dr. Jared McEntaffer

Program Title: Rapid City's Affordable Housing Crisis

Program Description: Dr. Jared McEntaffer is the senior author of the John T. Vucurevich Foundation's “Rapid City Housing Affordability Study.” He will explain how decreasing median income and a shortage of low cost housing has converged to cost burden over half of Rapid City's lower income residents by forcing them to pay greater than 30% of their incomes on housing.

View Event →
The Feminine Divine
Sep
9
4:00 PM16:00

The Feminine Divine

Service Leader: Laural Lantz

Presenter: Katie Frooman & Teri Weathers

Program Title: “The Feminine Divine”

Program Description: Following a women's summer religious education program from UUWR (UU Women in Religion), Cakes for the Queen of Heaven, the facilitators of the workshop share some of the overarching themes and insights from the workshop about the divine feminine and the impact of patriarchy on women in religion.

formal/sanctuary

View Event →
Midwest Leadership School
Sep
2
4:00 PM16:00

Midwest Leadership School

September 2

Service Leader: Jan Snedigar

Presenter: Matie and Tom Tyson

Program Title: Report on Midwest Leadership School

Program Description: Matie and Tom will talk about the various activities, lessons, and experiences from their week in Decorah, Iowa. Each bring a different perspective and “a-ha!” moments.

Formal/Sanctuary

View Event →
"Joanna Macy and 'The Great Turning'" - Visiting Minister Rev. Jennie Mulqueen
Aug
26
4:00 PM16:00

"Joanna Macy and 'The Great Turning'" - Visiting Minister Rev. Jennie Mulqueen

Service Leader:

Presenter: Rev. Jennie Mulqueen

Program Title:  Joanna Macy and “The Great Turning"

Program Description:  Sister Simone Campbell (of the Nuns on the Bus fame) encourages us to practice holy curiosity and spread sacred gossip. This service will indeed spread the hopeful and prophetically sacred vision of Joanna Macy, Buddhist Eco-Philosopher. In this troubled time, Joanna invites every soul to be part of  “The Great Turning.” Gathered in sacred space, we will imagine how our stories might weave with life-giving practices that can support Earth’s sustainability for generations to come.

 

A singer and music educator, Jennie attended Boston University heeding a call to faith formation ministry. She believes that when more humans can hear the call to the divine, the world can be transformed for peace, and this happens one soul at a time. After graduating in May 2017, Jennie served as ministerial intern at the Hopedale Unitarian Parish in Hopedale, MA. She will sit for her MFC interview in December 2018 and will be serving as a community minister until ready and called otherwise.

 

This week is pot luck Sunday! If you are willing and able, please bring a dish to share for our time together after service.

View Event →
Drum Circle
Aug
19
4:00 PM16:00

Drum Circle

Service Leader: Laural Lantz

Presenter: Laural Lantz

Program Title: “Drum Circle”

Program Description: Drum for Change, Drum for Courage, Drum for Peace

We will be meeting in the big fellowship room, in a circle.

If you have a drum, tambourine, maracas, or some other percussion instrument, please bring them. Or you can clap your hands and stomp your feet   There are a few extra drums if you don't have one.  If you have more than one and don't mind sharing, you can bring extra. .

View Event →
Why is Buddhism True?
Jul
29
4:00 PM16:00

Why is Buddhism True?

Service Leader: Ken Vogele

Presenter: Brian Bach

Program Title:Why is Buddhism True?

Program Type:  Robert Wright in his book, "Why Buddhism is True", looks at the meditative side of the Eastern religion with an aim to understanding the evolution of the human mind. He explores some of the ills of the human condition in the context of human evolution, our understanding of perception, and the value of mindfulness in today's time.

View Event →
Overcoming Fear
Jul
22
4:00 PM16:00

Overcoming Fear

Service Leader: Jan Snedigar

Presenter: Rev. Christine McFarland

Program Title: “Overcoming Fear”

Program Type: Overcoming fear is a challenge. It is a departure from something known into the unknown. FEAR is False Evidence Appearing Real. To overcome fear... that takes courage.

View Event →
Interfaith Pride Service
Jul
15
12:30 PM12:30

Interfaith Pride Service

There will not be a regularly scheduled 4pm service at BHUUF today.  Instead, please join the Black Hills Center for Equality at their first annual Black Hills Pride Interfaith service.

This will be from 12:30-1:30pm at Old Storybook Island.  Please bring a chair or blanket to sit on;  the picnic shelter is also available should it rain or to accommodate anyone with mobility needs. 

This service features musicians from BHUUF, led by our own Bob Fowler, and from Agape.  We will have several interactive ritual stations, including sharing of Joys and Concerns facilitated by Jan Snedigar, communion presented by Open Heart United Methodist Church, prayer bowl and affirmation cards by Unity, and smudging provided by a member of our LGBTQ+ two-spirit community.  Several speakers from local LGBTQ+ inclusive faith communities will be participating, and we look forward to having many people come to show their support. 

View Event →
Gnosticism: The Heresy that Just Won't Die
Jul
8
4:00 PM16:00

Gnosticism: The Heresy that Just Won't Die

Service Leader: Laural Lantz

Presenter: Bob Fowler

Program Title: Gnosticism: The Heresy that Just Won't Die

Program Type: Gnosticism was a group of 2nd century heresies that claimed to possess secret teachings of Jesus that no one else had.  In this presentation, Bob will outline several Gnostic teachings and practices.  Then he will describe several Gnostic themes found in denominations that exist today.

View Event →
Annual Meeting - NO "Service"
Jul
1
4:00 PM16:00

Annual Meeting - NO "Service"

Sunday, July 1 will be the BHUUF Annual Meeting.  This is a business meeting in which we will elect about 1/2 of the board for 2 year terms, vote on the next annual budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal church year, and discuss and vote on other business matters for the Fellowship. 

Anyone is welcome to attend and observe the proceedings and provide input, but only members who have signed the book and who are in good standing with their pledges are eligible to vote.  We must have a quorum of a specific percentage of those good-standing members to conduct business, so we encourage everyone to come!

This is a pot luck event, and certainly it is never boring.

View Event →
 The Relationship Between Social Action and Spirituality
Jun
24
4:00 PM16:00

The Relationship Between Social Action and Spirituality

Lay Leader: Jan Snedigar

Program Presenter: Bob, Ken, Susan, and Valerie

Program Title: The Relationship Between Social Action and Spirituality

Description: Does social justice activism deepen our Spirituality? Or does spirituality deepen our commitment to social justice activism?  Or do they operate together?  Which is more characteristic of our fellowship, spirituality or social justice activism?  Which characterizes you, and why?  Four panelists will present their opinions, and then we will all explore these questions together.

NOT a pot luck because July 1 is the annual meeting and that will be a pot luck :)

View Event →
Why should we try for Welcoming Congregation recognition from the UUA? A Panel Discussion
Jun
10
4:00 PM16:00

Why should we try for Welcoming Congregation recognition from the UUA? A Panel Discussion

Lay Leader:

Program Presenter: BHUUF Welcoming Congregation Task Force

Program Title: Why should we try for Welcoming Congregation recognition from the UUA? A Panel Discussion

Description: Society at large and especially religious spaces haven't always been a welcoming place for those on the sexuality and gender spectrums.  As UUs we are called to affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person and this includes individuals in the LGBTQ+ population.  Each of us has worth and that includes those on the gender and sexuality spectrum. How can our congregation be as inclusive as possible to affirm and welcome the LGBGTQ+ population of the Black Hills area to our space? This Sunday the Welcome Subcommittee will be talking about their work of looking as ways to make our congregation as welcoming and affirming a space as possible for the Black Hills LGBTQ+ community, and how this will help us gain UUA recognition as an LGBTQ+ Welcoming Congregation and steps to achieve that.


 

View Event →
The Songs of Slavery and Freedom, Banishment and Homelessness, and Hope
May
20
4:00 PM16:00

The Songs of Slavery and Freedom, Banishment and Homelessness, and Hope

Lay Leader: Matie Tyson

Presenter: Bob Fowler and Choir

Program Title: The Songs of Slavery and Freedom, Banishment and Homelessness, and Hope

Description: The BHUUF choir will present a program of music and commentary.  The focus this year is on freedom songs; songs about hope in the midst of homelessness, and freedom in the midst of slavery.  The songs we will sing employ the close harmonies of songs of Africa, and the close harmonies of African American freedom songs.

Program Type: Discussion

View Event →
Stewardship and Visioning for the Future
May
6
4:00 PM16:00

Stewardship and Visioning for the Future

Lay Leader: Mahala Bach

Presenter: Jane Galbraith

Program Title: Stewardship and Visioning for the Future

Description: Successful religious communities do three essential things. They care for one another, they provide and engage in opportunities for spiritual growth and transformation and they are committed to serve the needs of others.

Program Type: Formal

View Event →
America's Obsession With Guns: Prying Guns from the Hands of Dead, Cold People
Apr
29
4:00 PM16:00

America's Obsession With Guns: Prying Guns from the Hands of Dead, Cold People

Lay Leader: Mahala Bach

Program Presenter: Brian Bach

Program Title:America's Obsession with Guns: Prying Guns from the Hands of Dead, Cold People

Program Description: This program will discuss the psychology of gun ownership in America and touch upon the deep currents that drive our obsession with guns, gun violence, and the myth of security.

POT LUCK SUNDAY! Bring a dish to share, but don't let that stop you from coming if you can't!

View Event →
Earth Day
Apr
22
4:00 PM16:00

Earth Day

Lay Leader: Mahala Bach

Program Presenter: guest Rick Bell

Program Title: Earth Day special program

Description: Rick Bell, President of Sustainable Environmental Engineering and current President of the Dakota Rural Action Black Hills Chapter will be the featured speaker. He will speak about his work as an environmental engineer and why Earth Day is so important.

View Event →
Hashtag Movements: Voices Rising to Change the World
Apr
15
4:00 PM16:00

Hashtag Movements: Voices Rising to Change the World

Lay Leader: Jan Snedigar

Program Presenter: Mahala Bach

Program Title: Hashtag Movements: Voices rising to change the world

Description: #MeToo and #TimesUp are part of a movement of empowerment and justice, bringing sexual harassment and sexual violence awareness into our everyday conversations. What do these movements ask from us and are we ready to respond with honesty and a willingness to act with bravery? People are telling their stories, telling their truth. Are we listening? And, if we listen, what is the next step?

View Event →