Welcome to BUUF’s “Perspectives”

A new monthly offering

A space for Fellowship members and friends to share their personal journey of change or transformation.

The purpose of Perspectives is to share our collective stories of personal transformation; broadening the regular ‘news feed’ of BUUF information. Each month, we will share personal stories from members and friends of our fellowship, stories of spiritual growth, transformation, challenges met, change, awakening – in other words, story-telling to the larger BUUF community that strengthens our connections.

Perspectives column by a BUUF member or friend might be seen as answering Oriah Mountain Dreamer’s challenge:
“It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away.”

What this column is not:

  • A place for political or social advocacy.

There are many other venues within BUUF for those activities.

  •  Intellectual or philosophical inquiries,

unless they are supportive of your story. 

  • The focus should be on the personal, the emotional, the transformative. 

How do I submit a story? E-mail your submissions or questions to Ahley Newman.All submissions will be reviewed by editors Patricia Heeb and Ahley Newman to ensure they reflect the purpose and theme of this column. The editors reserve the right to edit pieces for length and clarity. Column length: 600-700 words Perspectives will appear once a month.

Past Columns

Volume 1, Issue, 1 (from April 2021)
Volume 1, Issue 2 (from May 2021)
Volume 1, Issue 3 (from June 2021)
Volume 1, Issue 4 (from July 2021)
Volume 1, Issue 5 (from August 2021)
Volume 1, Issue 6 (from September 2021)
Volume 1, Issue 7 (from October 2021)
Volume 1, Issue 8 (from November 2021)
Volume 1, Issue 9 (from December 2021)
Volume 2, Issue 1 (from January 2022)
Volume 2, Issue 2 (from February 2022)
Volume 2, Issue 3 (from March 2022)
Volume 2, Issue 4 (from April 2022)
Volume 2, Issue 5 (from May 2022)
Volume 2, Issue 6 (from November 2022)
Perspectives took a hiatus through the summer months.


We have initiated the monthly “Perspectives” column to share stories from members and friends of BUUF that tell of personal transformation or change, challenges met, awareness broadened, lessons learned.  It’s these stories that strengthen the connections that deepen the bond of community.

Everyone has a story.  Would you be willing to share one from your life?  If “yes,” contact editors Ahley Newman, or Patricia Heeb, to get details, examples and encouragement.