Ways to Fellowship with Like-minded People


Listed here are ways to meet, socialize, serve BUC, and expand your mind through programs and discussion groups within our community. Check out our Social Justice page to see the wonderful ways to serve the wider community with others at BUC. If you find yourself wondering, "How do I become a member of this community?", contact our minister, the Rev. Mandy Beal, at mandy.beal@bucmi.org.

Volunteer to Help with BUC's Popular Rummage Sales

In October and May of every year, BUC members and friends work together on our biggest fundraiser. You can spend an hour or a week, in the evening or during the daytime, helping carry, sort, price, sell, and clean up. Volunteers enjoy free lunches and loads of fellowship. This event is a wonderful time to get to know others in the BUC community. Sign-up sheets begin appearing in September and April in Hodas Hall after Sunday services and via SignUp Genius on the BUC home page. Contract Drieka DeGraff for more information. 

Spring 2022 volunteer info

Spring 2022 donation info

Sharing Dinners 

and Holiday Dinners

One Saturday each month from October to May, groups of six to eight folks from BUC gather in each other's homes for a potluck dinner. Once the number of available hosts for each month is determined, these guest spots will be filled on a first-respond, first-reserved basis. You will be contacted by your host with details. Dave Sabbagh is coordinator.


Holiday Dinners: Simplify your holidays by joining other folks from BUC for a potluck dinner complete with roast turkey on both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Contact Carol Winslow and watch for notifications in the November and December newsletters.

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Humanists of BUC

The Humanists of BUC explores humanism as part of the UU faith. They meet monthly eight to nine times a year for a program and light lunch at 12:00 noon on Sundays. The group's programs are guided by the Humanist Manifesto III: “Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without super-naturalism, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.” Contact Larry Larson for more information.

Sunday Morning Discussion Group and The Alliance

Sunday Morning Discussion Group

The Sunday Morning Discussion Group meets in the Lower Level Classroom from 9:00-10:15 a.m. on Sundays. Each week the topic to be discussed is determined by majority vote from topics anyone can nominate. Occasionally, the group discusses books on important, timely topics. We light a candle at our meetings, symbolizing the light of experiences, opinions and perspectives. We're also developing friendships to strengthen our community. Contact Larry Larson for more information.

The Alliance

The Alliance meets several times, October-April, usually at BUC, for conversation, lunch and a program. In December the Alliance hosts their Annual Holiday Luncheon at a venue off-site. Registration is required for the holiday event, but everyone is welcome to show up for at noon for the monthly "brown bag" lunches; the Alliance provides beverages and cookies. The programs typically begin at 1:00 p.m. Contact Ann Throop for more information.

Grief Support

If you've experienced a human loss, recent or past, and would like to be part of a grief support group, please call Alison Rule (248-320-1021) or Cindy Goldman (248-320-1750).

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Caregivers Support

Being a caregiver can be an isolating, overwhelming, and challenging
experience. If you'd like to be part of a caregivers support group, please call Alison Rule (248-320-1021) or Camille Harris (248-320-9651).

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Getting to Know UU (Unitarian Universalism)

This series of classes exploring BUC and Unitarian Universalism will be offered throughout the church year. Please see newsletter for details.


Film Buffs

Almost every month, September-June, Larry Wisniewski arranges a film to share with film enthusiasts on Fridays at 7:00 p.m. usually in the Commons. Snacks are provided. Promo pieces about the upcoming film will be in the newsletter and announcements. Contact Larry Wisniewski with questions.