Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Spirituality and Social Justice in the Heart of Berkeley

The Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists is a progressive spiritual community that stands proudly as a beacon for social justice. Join us for Worship services Sundays at 10:30 a.m. or find out more in upcoming BFUU events, calendar, and monthly newsletter.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed on www.bfuu.org are those of individuals and are not necessarily those of BFUU, its officers, or its trustees.

BFUU occasionally gets information for special events hosted by other UU’s. While we don't have the capacity to share all UU events, we will include flyers or information here as we can, when appropriate.

From Pam Tellew of Together We Will Albany Berkeley:

These events share effective ways we can address situations when someone makes a racist comment or questions the reality of racism, whether in our personal or work lives. They are led by Dr. David Campt, a nationally recognized expert in race relations and civic engagement, who uses brain science and communications research to teach the most effective ways to engage others on issues of race. I especially like that his approach doesn't use shame and blame, but instead uses empathy, storytelling and active listening to make change in our world.
 
For more info, check out this video.
 
Here's the event line-up:
 
Dismantling Racism One Conversation at a Time: Tools for Changing Hearts and Minds - 2 workshops on Saturday April 6th, 2019
First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th St, Oakland, CA 94612
 
Dismantling Racism Introductory session:  9:00 am to 12:00 noon.  Cost: $60
Going Deeper: Building Skills to Become a Better Anti-racism Ally - participants who have completed an introductory workshop can take this more advanced session.  1:30 to 4:30 pm. Cost $60
 
Cost for both sessions when registering in advance: $100
 
Free events:
 
Healing the History of Racism: The Role of Allies in Changing Hearts and Minds
Thursday, April 4th, 2019 7:00 pm
Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave., Albany CA 94706
 
Anti-racism Allyship as Part of Your Spiritual Journey
Friday April 5th, 2019 7:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, 1 Lawson Rd, Kensington, CA 94707
 

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To view other local UU websites, please click below:

UUCB - Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, located in Kensington, CA

UU Live Oak - Live Oak UU Fellowship, located in Alameda, CA

UU Marin - Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin

UU Oakland - First Unitarian Church of Oakland

UU San Francisco - First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco

MDUUC - Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church, located in Walnut Creek, CA

 

 

wheelchairTLoop no text50The Fellowship Hall (1924 Cedar St) is accessible by a ramp on the Bonita Avenue side of the Hall, and has a T-Loop system to enhance audio for those with hearing aids. The Preschool Room is only reservable by BFUU groups and is accessible on the ground level of our Religious Education Building (1606 Bonita Ave). At this time, all other rooms at 1606 Bonita Ave. (Connie Barbour, Fireside, and Benjy Rooms) are not wheelchair accessible.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed on www.bfuu.org are those of individuals and are not necessarily those of BFUU, its officers, or its trustees.

 Upcoming BFUU Events

ocean wave tallish greenGreen New Deal Town Hall
Saturday May 4 at 7-10 PM in Fellowship Hall
Big Green Wave Headed West Headed Your Way!
BFUU will share information on the Green New Deal, host a panel of local leaders, and provide time for discussion of local strategies for educating the public and getting politicians to endorse the Green New Deal.

Sponsored by BFUU Social Justice Committee

Ongoing BFUU Events

Weekly Events

qigong2BFUU Qi Gong & T’ai Chi with Gene Herman
Mondays, 4-5 PM in the Connie Barbour Room
Wednesdays, 3-4 PM in the Connie Barbour Room
This practice improves health and well-being at any age.

Pastoral Care Lincoln Statler, M.A.S.C. holds pastoral care office hours from 10am til 12p on Tuesdays in Fellowship Hall. Rev. Marsh Agobert' office hours (including pastoral care and other church work) are Wednesdays from 10am to 3pm. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or leave a message at 510-841-4824 ext. 2 for an appointment.

Ministerial Office Hours Rev. Marsh is in the Ministers Office on Wednesdays from 10 am - 3 pm. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an appointment.

gold choirBFUU Choir Practice
Wednesdays at 7-8:30 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
We practice songs for the Sunday services, learn melodies, and work on musicality and harmonies.
Everyone who practices with us is invited to sing with the choir at the front of the hall on Sundays, but no pressure! Everyone is also welcome to just join in on Wednesday practice for fellowship and/or to be able to sing more confidently and joyously in the congregation on Sundays. Please invite your friends and neighbors. These gatherings are offered by BFUU as a service to build community.


BiMonthly, Monthly, and Quarterly Events

Conscientious Projector for the 99% Film Series dates to be determined. Films with dates will be posted in Upcoming Events as they are determined.

Elders Circle - Special May In-service Meeting!
1st Tuesdays at 11 AM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Come one, come all who are young at heart! Age does not matter! Join us on the first Tuesday of the month, from 11:00 am to 12:30, for very lively conversation. We may even solve some of the worlds problems... or not. We’ll have fun trying. Last meeting, we had 14 in our circle, and of course always snacks! We would love to have you join us.
During May 2019 Elder Circle, Pastoral Care Associate Lincoln William Statler, M.A.S.C. will lead an informal educational in-service about the truths, strengths, and goals of hospice care. Hospice is symptom and pain management that focuses on patients’ physical, psychological, spiritual, and emotional health during the final months of terminal illness. It is a holistic and patient-centered healthcare service. Please join us for this special Elder Circle meeting!

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As scheduled - see “Upcoming BFUU Events” above for currently scheduled event(s)
Generally meet and greet at 6 PM, film/presentation at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Quarterly, BFUU’s Social Justice Committee and Transition Berkeley co-sponsor a film and/or presentation relevant to the ecology. Often, additional sponsors, speakers and presenters add to the discussion. Suggested donations of $5 – $20. No one turned away for lack of funds. See upcoming events above for the current listing. 

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3rdFridays Jam at 7 PM in the Fireside Room
BFUU holds a uke jam on 3rd Fridays for those who want to experience more music in their lives.  First-time players are welcome and if you need to borrow a ukelele, let us know because we might be able to loan you one. If you have questions or want to let us know you’re attending, please send your name and email address to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details on next meeting. Otherwise, please just drop in and join us!

Orientation for Newcomers
1st Sundays after service
BFUU has an orientation for newcomers after the service on the first Sunday of each month. All are welcome, whether you are considering membership or not.

cat bandThe Hardly Strictly Acoustic Jam Session
2nd Fridays at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Join us for BFUU's new jam session format. Come sit in our circle, share music, songs, poetry, excerpts from your new book, jokes and stories. We welcome all entertainers and entertainees to fill the Hall with performance, connection and appreciations for all forms of art.
Suggested donations of $5 – $20 No one turned away for lack of funds! Volunteers appreciated!

potluckSecond Sunday Potluck*
2nd Sundays at 12:30 PM in Fellowship Hall — 1924 Cedar St. 
Come one, come all! Whether you have a dish to share* or not, we in the hospitality and membership committees invite you, on behalf of all our membership, to join us as we break bread in the spirit of loving community. Immediately after service please help us set up tables and chairs and join in the bounty provided by members and friends. And all able-bodied persons are welcome to help put away tables at the end. Members, friends, neighbors and the wider community are welcome to join us.
*If you bring a dish, please also bring a printed list of all ingredients so those with allergies, interactions and dietary restrictions can enjoy the dishes they can eat and avoid those they can't. 

pen2 75x60BFUU Writers Group
2nd Sundays at 1 PM in the Preschool Room – 1606 Bonita Ave. - no animals (allergies)
Wheelchair accessible. Beginners welcome! We include all levels and genres. After a 7-minute writing exercise, we write for an agreed-upon period of time. Then we read our work aloud and give each other positive feedback. (Note that the 4th Sunday group has been cancelled.)

BFUU Board of Trustees Meeting
4th Thursdays at 7:15 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St. 

Couple dancing2Vintage Invasion Old Fashioned Dance Party
4th Fridays at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall
7 – 8 pm Beginning waltz lesson
8 – 10 pm DJ dance party
10 – 11 pm Dance to live music!
Full of waltz songs new and old, swing dance, and other ballroom dances
$10, $6 students with ID No one turned away for lack of funds. Class free with dance
www.ViDanceParty.com Sponsored by the BFUU Music Committee.

 BFUU Committee Meetings

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Second Fridays at 11:30 AM in Fellowship Hall

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Fourth Sundays at 12:30 PM in Fellowship Hall

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Fourth Sundays at 12:30 PM in Fellowship Hall

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Fourth Sundays at 12:30 PM in Fellowship Hall

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Second Sundays at 12:30 PM in Fellowship Hall

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Third Sundays at 12:30 PM in Fellowship Hall

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Second Tuesdays at 10:00 AM in Fellowship Hall

 Other Community Events Held at BFUU

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Our Revolution East Bay

Meetings are held at BFUU on the first Sunday of each month from 4-6pm
in the Connie Barbour Room.
Doors open at 3:45 PM
Pizza will be provided and feel free to bring something to share!


The Swinging Singing Seniors
Thursdays from 11 am to 12 noon in Fellowship Hall
We are an open sing-along group (for any age, in fact) accompanied by piano, and often other instruments. We have multiple books with the words of songs from every era–gay nineties to ragtime, folk, swing, show tunes, etc. Led by Frances Kandl & Sally Reyes, we invite everyone to join us.


womenandsong croppedWomen & Song, a women’s singing group

Directed by Deborah "DJ" Hamouris
2nd & 4th Thursdays, 7-8:30 pm
Preschool Kitchen, 1606 Bonita Ave.
$20-$10, sliding scale

Women & Song are looking for a few good women to sing & laugh with us! Each rehearsal we learn traditional and contemporary songs & rounds, including some originals. Women & Song have been meeting regularly for over a decade and welcome new singers. If you can hold your own on a round or maybe read a bit of music, you're welcome!

Reserve your space!
510/910-2574 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


VDP Image sat200Come dance, play and connect at Village Dance Party! This is a multi-generational community celebration of life for ALL ages and bodies, from babies to elders, and everyone in between. We highlight local musicians and facilitators and donate to organizations that support healthy people and a healthy planet. Third Sundays from 3:45 pm - 5:30 pm in Fellowship Hall.
More info: www.villagedanceparty.com


Seele Stars Summer Camp 2019 ImageSeele Stars Summer Camp
Summer is the time for friendship, imagination, and fun! Taught by a credentialed teacher with her Master Degree of Education, keep your students’ scholastic-based learning going as we incorporate singing, dancing, and acting into language arts curriculum in an engaging environment resulting in a musical theater showcase! June 17-21 & July 15-19 from 9-4pm M-F at 1924 Cedar Street Berkeley, $450.
https://www.seelestars.com/

wheelchair30x30The Fellowship Hall (1924 Cedar St) is accessible by a ramp on the Bonita Avenue side of the Hall. The Preschool Room is only reservable by BFUU groups and is accessible on the ground level of our Religious Education Building (1606 Bonita Ave). At this time the Connie Barbour, Fireside and Benjy Rooms are not wheelchair accessible.

 

BFUU Rooms:  BR = Benjy Room, CB = Connie Barbour Room, FH = Fellowship Hall, FR = Fireside Room, MO = Minister's Office, PR = Preschool Room

2019

War Tax Resistance Granting Ceremony
Sunday April 14 at 3 PM in Fellowship Hall
The People’s Life Fund of the Northern California War Tax Resistance will hold a Granting Ceremony Sunday, April 14 at 3 PM in the Fellowship Hall. We’ll begin with a potluck, then have our ceremony. We will give away $15,000 – interest on resisted war tax money – to organizations doing peace and social justice work, who will describe their organizations and specific projects.
The PLF offers counseling/education on various forms of war tax resistance. BFUU has long hosted this very inspiring and worthy event.
Suggested sliding scale donation $20 - $5 for building maintenance and BFUU Social Justice work. (No one turned away for lack of funds. Welcome!)
https://nwtrcc.org/resist/war-tax-resistance/
Co-sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Committee
 
Memorial Potluck Gathering for Richard Sandling
Saturday April 6 at 2:30 PM in Fellowship Hall
Richard Sandling, long-time BFUU Custodian, musician, and friend, passed away in his home. We gather together as a community to share our memories, stories, music, and food. Some refreshments provided, but bring a *potluck dish to share if you can. All are welcome!
If you have questions, please contact Kathy, Doug, or the office.
*If you bring a dish, please also bring a printed list of all ingredients so those with allergies, interactions and dietary restrictions can enjoy the dishes they can eat and avoid those they can't.
 
Hearts on Our Sleeves – Gender Expansive Community in America
Photo Exhibit by Richard Man (3/31-5/31-19 in Fellowship Hall)
Artist Reception March 31 from 12:30 - 1:30 PM in Fellowship Hall
Richard is a photographer specializing in 4 x 5 large format photography who is interested in fine arts, documentary, and portraits of people in the communities in which he is involved. This exhibit features 20+ images from his project of portraits and stories of transgender people. https://richardman.photo/PICS/HeartsOnOurSleeves-Portfolio/
Free tickets available via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hearts-on-our-sleeves-artist-reception-tickets-58677330475
Sponsored by the BFUU Aesthetics Subcommittee
March Motown Luau
Saturday March 30 at 7pm in Fellowship Hall
Hawaii Dance purpleIt’s time to boogie on down to rock, pop, and soul from a sizzling live band.
Have fun, and help support BFUU!
 7 pm – 8 pm Social Hour
8 pm – 10 pm Dance with music by Blue Moon Bandits
Bring a dish or drink to share for the Hawaiian-themed potluck!
$10-30 sliding scale tickets available on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/march-motown-luau-tickets-58676305409
No one turned away for lack of funds.
Sponsored by the BFUU Music Committee
 
Vintage Invasion Old Fashioned Dance Party
Friday March 22 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall
7 – 8 pm Beginning waltz lesson
8 – 10 pm DJ dance party
10 – 11 pm Dance to live music!
Full of waltz songs new and old, swing dance, and other ballroom dances
$10, $6 students with ID No one turned away for lack of funds. Class free with dance
www.ViDanceParty.com Sponsored by the BFUU Music Committee.
 
Potluck, Film & Panel Discussion:
What is humane meat?
Slow Food East Bay presents a screening of “Eating Animals”
Thursday March 14 – 6 PM potluck, 7 PM program in Fellowship Hall
Join Slow Food East Bay and Transition Berkeley to delve into the prickly questions involved in raising livestock for food.
The truth is - people eat meat. Instead of arguing that it shouldn’t be so, let’s talk about how to do it better. How we serve those needs and desires determines the welfare of many animals, the health of the planet and ourselves. Is there such a thing as ‘humane meat’? Can a small group of dedicated farmers change the agricultural industry? How can we encourage people to eat less, but better quality, meat?
Start at 6pm with a potluck demonstrating Slow Food values of Good Clean and Fair, then watch “Eating Animals”, a documentary by Jonathan Safran Foer and Natalie Portman.
After, hear from & ask questions of a panel made up of both omnivorous and plant-based guests, all involved in the good food movement from the production to the policy side.
Transition Berkeley logo imageEvent sponsored by: Transition Berkeley, Slow Food East Bay and BFUU Social Justice Comm.
More Info/ RSVP:  fb event: https://bit.ly/2SqGP6K  eventbrite: https://bit.ly/2RVk31u  email: slowfoodeastbay@gmail<br< a="">>Transition Berkeley Info: www.TransitionBerkeley.org       email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Potluck: Bring a dish true to Slow Food USA values of Good Clean and Fair Food and Plastic-Free if possible!
Suggested donation $5-$20 to cover event costs. No one turned away for lack of funds.
 
Open Mic Night with the Urban Adventure Club
Saturday February 23 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall
The Urban Adventure Club is raising money to help all the victims of the California fires last year by donating the proceeds over the costs of this event to California Fire Foundation.
The fundraiser will have an open mic portion where you are invited to show off your skills and talents! Do you like to sing? Dance? Tell jokes? All talents are welcome!
Register here: https://urbanadventureclub.com/event-3238237
Suggested donation $10-15, and no one turned away for lack of funds.
Sponsored by the BFUU Music Committee.
 
Vintage Invasion Old Fashioned Dance Party
Friday February 22 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall
7 – 8 pm Beginning waltz lesson
8 – 10 pm DJ dance party
10 – 11 pm Dance to live music!
Full of waltz songs new and old, swing dance, and other ballroom dances
$10, $6 students with ID No one turned away for lack of funds. Class free with dance
www.ViDanceParty.com Sponsored by the BFUU Music Committee. 
 
Vic Sadot Memorial Open Mic
Sunday February 17 from 3 PM to 7 PM in Fellowship Hall
Come share memories of Vic, the Broadside Balladeer, with a song, a poem, a story, or a dance.
Food provided.
Additional dishes are welcome.
 
Artist Reception with Edythe Boone/Film Screening
Sunday February 10 at 12:45 PM in Fellowship Hall
Meet living treasure Edythe Boone and enjoy the new installation of her works in Fellowship Hall. This bold muralist, activist, and educator tackles poverty, racism, and inequality—with a paintbrush. She makes murals with all who share her yearning for community. (Note that the reception takes place after the regular 2nd Sunday potluck, which starts around noon.)
As a special treat, we'll be screening the fascinating, award-winning documentary by Marlene “Mo” Morris, “A New Color: The Art of Being Edythe Boone.”
 
Vintage Invasion Old Fashioned Dance Party
Friday January 25 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall
7 – 8 pm Beginning waltz lesson
8 – 10 pm DJ dance party
10 – 11 pm Dance to live music!
Full of waltz songs new and old, swing dance, and other ballroom dances
$10, $6 students with ID No one turned away for lack of funds. Class free with dance
www.ViDanceParty.com Sponsored by the BFUU Music Committee.
 
2018
Vintage Invasion Old Fashioned Dance Party
Friday December 28 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall
7 – 8 pm Beginning waltz lesson
8 – 10 pm DJ dance party
10 – 11 pm Dance to live music!
Full of waltz songs new and old, swing dance, and other ballroom dances
$10, $6 students with ID No one turned away for lack of funds. Class free with dance
www.ViDanceParty.comSponsored by the BFUU Music Committee.
 
Human Rights and Dignity in the Americas
Celebrating the publication of Human Rights and Wrongs and Plan Colombia
Tuesday December 18 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall
Authors Adrianne Aron and John Lindsay-Poland discuss their new books, Human Rights and Wrongs (Sunshot Press) and Plan Colombia: U.S. Ally Atrocities and Community Activism (Duke University Press), respectively. Both books recount stories of individuals and communities - especially in Latin America - resisting U.S. and state violence, often at great cost, and the power of human solidarity. Aron’s vignettes in the style of Eduardo Galeano draw from her experience as a psychologist and work with Central American refugees. Lindsay-Poland narrates a Colombian peace community and a massacre, as well as the policy of training and equipping Colombian forces that serves as a template for U.S. intervention globally.
Books will be available for sale and signing.
www.sunshots.org/human-rights-and-wrongs

www.dukeupress.edu/plan-colombia(Preface and Introduction free online)
Sponsored by the BFUU SJC. Donations appreciated. No one turned away for lack of funds.

A Valve Turner In Person!
Is Civil Disobedience Necessary for Environmental Justice?
Sunday December 16 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall
Leonard Higgins and four other Valve Turners decided to turn off the valves that regulate the pipeline flow of Canadian crude oil into the US. They were following the honored tradition of civil disobedience – take the bold action, have it documented for all the world to see, then wait to be arrested. At their trials, they sought to use the Necessity Defense to challenge the nation’s energy policy.
Higgins is the only UU in the group of three men and two women. By their actions at the US borders, they demonstrated strong commitment to Environmental Justice.
Sponsored by the BFUU SJC. Donations appreciated. No one turned away for lack of funds.
ROY ZIMMERMAN: RIZE UP

Friday December 14 at 7:30 PM in Fellowship Hall
In the current political horror show, do you need some laughter? Some encouragement? Perspective? Inspiration? RIZE UP is Roy Zimmerman’s latest extravaganza, full of funny songs about ignorance, war, and greed. “With music this good and humor this insightful, there is good reason to be optimistic.” – No Depression Magazine
Roy’s songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime, and his videos have garnered tens of millions of views. He has recorded for Warner/Reprise Records. He’s shared stages with Bill Maher, Ellen DeGeneres, Holly Near, Robin Williams, Arlo Guthrie, John Oliver, Kate Clinton and George Carlin, and tours the country constantly with his wife and co-writer Melanie Harby. More information, videos, and merch athttps://www.royzimmerman.com
Sponsored by the BFUU SJC. $20 suggested donation. Sliding scale. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Artist’s Reception - Guy Colwell: Being in the Living World
Sunday December 9 at 12:15 PM in Fellowship Hall

The BFUU Aesthetics Subcommittee invites you to join us for a talk by the artist, view the art in Fellowship Hall, and enjoy light refreshments.

Free tickets:https://www.eventbrite.com/o/bfuu-16012788346

Guy Colwell’s work tries to answer questions about the purpose of visual art. Is it to create beauty and make pleasing, soothing, color-coordinated decorations for living room walls, or is there a more serious and important reason to make pictures? The reception will feature a selection of Guy’s dollhouse scale miniature oil and acrylic wildlife paintings on canvas, handmade painted boxes and books.

Art works related to themes of spirituality and social justice are welcomed for future exhibitions. Interested artists should contact Joanna Foley, Chair of Aesthetics atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tibetan Festival of Light
Sunday, December 2 at 7 PM in the Fellowship Hall
Ventul Rinpoché, who teaches reading and writing to Tibetan children on Sunday afternoons at BFUU, offers this gift in gratitude for the community's help with the Tibetan Resettlement Project. Everyone is invited to come for homemade soup and cookies with butter tea or sweet tea. Chanting & meditation are optional. Rinpoche-la pays for all the food and cooks it himself, over a three-day period, as his gift to the community. Please come and accept the Tibetans’ generosity.

Sharing Circle
Saturday December 1 at 2 PM in the Preschool Rooms
All BFUU members who identify as women are invited to join together in this safe space, to share our spiritual community and support. You may share your story, and the group will affirm: “We believe you. We love you.” You may instead sit quietly to write about or draw your feelings in a separate space.You may work with those developing an action plan to counter sexual harassment.We will all gather together for healing community with readings, poetry and music. We will affirm our resiliency as we pledge to continuing supporting each other and all the brave people coming forward now to tell their stories. Confirm to Joanna Foley (so we will have enough snacks):This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Vintage Invasion Old Fashioned Dance Party
Friday November 23 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall
7 – 8 pm Beginning waltz lesson
8 – 10 pm DJ dance party
10 – 11 pm Dance to live music!
Full of waltz songs new and old, swing dance, and other ballroom dances
$10, $6 students with ID No one turned away for lack of funds. Class free with dance
www.ViDanceParty.comSponsored by the BFUU Music Committee

KPFA Local Station Board Listener Candidate Forum
Saturday November 17 was cancelled due to anticipated poor air quality.

CUBA presentation
Thursday November 1 from 7 PM - 9 PM in Fellowship Hall
gg Winter and Cindy Sheehan have a slide presentation and report from their recent trip to Cuba, including a celebration with four of the released Cuban 5 where Cindy was honored for her work in helping get them released. It was an amazing musical and dancing program put on for her and our group. Nice pictures of the occasion, and many others of the trip will be shown. Please attend and ENJOY.
Sponsored by the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Committee.
Suggested donation of $5 - $20. Everyone welcome; no one turned away for lack of funds.

2018 World Conference Against Atomic & Hydrogen Bombs!
Sunday October 28 at 8 PM in Fellowship Hall
Don’t miss this riveting report on the state of the world and what’s being done to back away from the nuclear brink.

A Slide Show & Talk by John Steinbach, Hiroshima Nagasaki Peace Committee of the National Capital Area

Edging toward nuclear war, the world remains balanced precariously on the knife edge of nuclear annihilation.

Sponsored by the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Committee.
Suggested donation of $5 - $10. Everyone welcome; no one turned away for lack of funds.

49 Years: Suppressed Histories Archives
Saturday, October 27 at 7 pm in Fellowship Hall
Come help us celebrate 49 years of global women’s history with the Suppressed Histories Archives! See an overview of the visual shows on a wide range of topics, and learn about the Archives itself. We'll have musicians: Evelie Posch, Matu Feliciano and Mancha de Plátano, and speakers. Including you, if you’d like to share what the SHA has meant to you.

October 2018 makes seven times seven years of this research and the foundation of archiving cultural records that shine a light on women, in all times and places; on matricultural and cooperative societies; on how systems of domination work and spread; and on cultural heritages and spiritual philosophies. Ave.

Cosponsored by the Archives and the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Committee.
Suggested donation of $5 - $20. Everyone welcome, no one turned away for lack of funds.
Books, posters, prints and dvds will be there!

Vintage Invasion Dance
Friday October 26 in Fellowship Hall
7 –  8 pm beginning waltz lesson
  8 – 10 pm DJ dance party
10 – 11 pmLive musicians!
Full of waltz songs new and old, and a bit of other ballroom dances
October Dance - feel free to come in costume!

$10, $6 students with ID.
Class free with dance!
No one turned away for lack of funds
Questions text Remington 510-847-1892
www.ViDanceParty.com
Sponsored by the BFUU Music Committee

Rise Up Singing! and Rise Again!
Sunday October 21 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall

Join this inspiring sing-along concert led by Annie Patterson, co-creator of the popular Rise Up Singing and Rise Again songbooks.We’ll sing songs out of Annie and Peter Blood’s latest songbook Rise Again. Bring your songbooks. Copies will also be available to borrow or buy at the concert.

A FUN opportunity to build hope and community!

Annie will be joined by bassist/vocalist Mary Witt of The O-Tones, an award winning swing and soul band from Western Massachusetts.

Co-sponsored by the BFUU Music and Social Justice Committees & Strawberry Creek Quaker Meeting.
Suggested sliding scale: $15-$25 adults. $5 children/youth. No one turned away for lack of funds.
Tickets:https://www.riseupandsing.org/events, and at the door. 

David Swanson: “Making the World Great For The First Time”
Saturday October 13 at 3:00-5:00 PM in Fellowship Hall
This is “Active Hope” event #6 with Joanna Macy, and a benefit for David Swanson, CODEPINK, and the Berkeley Fellowship. Jen Myzel Swanson will perform.
David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is director of WorldBeyondWar.org and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org.
Joanna Macy is a distinguished author, eco-philosopher, Buddhist scholar and founder of The Work That Reconnects.
Jen Myzel is an Oakland, CA based singer-songwriter, elementary school music teacher, activist, and facilitator of Joanna Macy’s Work that Reconnects.
Plus brief presentations by Cynthia Papermaster of CODEPINK Golden Gate on the “Divest From War” campaign and much more.
Book signing, information tables, CDs for sale, bake sale featuring homemade organic pies will benefit CODEPINK. Suggested donation $5-$20, no one turned away.
Sponsored by CODEPINK Golden Gate and the BFUU SJC.

Not All BFUU Services Take Place on Sunday!
Special BFUU Healing Service
Saturday October 13 at 12:30 - 2:45 PM in the Preschool Rooms
Feeling like you need a little extra spiritual and community support to deal with your feelings and memories coming up now? The current Supreme Court confirmation process stirs up a lot for many of us. So BFUU will offer a special service on Saturday, Oct. 13, 12:30 pm. The facilitator will be Claire Eustace, a member of Oakland UU, current temporary BFUU Pastoral Care provider and frequent guest worship leader at BFUU.
If you want to tell your story in the sharing circle that will open this event, you will hear the whole group affirm: “We believe you. We love you.” If you prefer sitting quietly to write or draw about your feelings, there will be a separate room for that.
After a snack break, we will all gather together for a Healing Service of readings, poetry and music. We will affirm our resiliency as we pledge to continuing supporting each other and all the brave people coming forward now to tell their stories.
The preschool rooms at 1606 Bonita Ave. will be the site for this service so access is available to all. Please contact the office via emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or phone 510-841-4824 ext. 1 to confirm attendance (so there will be enough snacks!)

 

Transition Berkeley Presents:

NATURE NURTURES: The How and Why

Thursday, October 11, 2018, 6:30-9 pm in Fellowship Hall

6:30 - 7pm – refreshments, 7 pm - program starts                        

Feeling stressed? Hear from local experts about practices that can help connect you to nature and bring you into better balance.

Recent scientific studies confirm the medical, health and well-being results of being in nature. Two practitioners will share their earth-based wellness practices.Hana Lee Goldin, is acertified forest therapy guideand founder ofThe Sacred Wilds. She conducts forest bathing experiences at the UC Botanical Garden, celebrating the restorative power of nature.Pete Guinossa(E-RYT), a well-loved bay areayoga instructor, offers a wide range of yoga adventures, including yoga wilderness retreats. Drawing from his years as a scientist, Pete approaches practice with curiosity and wonder, helping students connect with their hearts.

We’ll round out the evening withBob Solotar,Hiking Section Chair of theSierra Club’s SF Bay Chapter. He will offer his experiences and direct us to many local hiking experiences appropriate to all levels.

This event is sponsored by:Transition Berkeley, the Sierra Club, and the BFUU SJC.

Bring:An earth-friendly, plastic-free snack to share at 6:30 pm if you like!

For more Info:Transition Berkeley’s fb page

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Vintage Invasion Dance
Musician Edition at BFUU!
Saturday September 29
  7 –  8 pm beginning waltz lesson in the Connie Barbour Room (follow the signs)
  8 – 10 pm DJ dance party in Fellowship Hall
10 – 11 pmLive musicians!in Fellowship Hall
Full of waltz songs new and old, and a bit of other ballroom dances
September 29th DJs are:Remington Stone and Bob Galloway

$10, $6 students with ID.
Class free with dance!
No one turned away for lack of funds
Questions text Remington 510-847-1892
www.ViDanceParty.com

Sponsored by the BFUU Music Committee
Ray McGovern and Emma's Revolution! w/Dennis Bernstein, M.C.

Friday, September 28 at 7:00 PM in Fellowship Hall
Ray McGovernwas a CIA analyst for 27 years, is a founding member of VIPS (Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity) and an erudite critic of U.S. foreign and domestic policy. Ray will speak on the "Russia thing", the situation in Syria, Gaza, Julian Assange, and more.

Dennis Bernstein, host of KPFA's "Flashpoints", will M.C.

Emma's Revolutionwill join us with their gorgeous soul-stirring music and will be joined by theCODEPINK Chorus.
CODEPINK dessert benefit (homemade pie and treats), Emma's CDs and t-shirts.
Admission by donation, $5-$20. Wheelchair accessible.
Tickets at:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ray-mcgovern-and-emmas-revolution-wdennis-bernstein-mc-tickets-50131135576

Sponsored by CODEPINK and the BFUU Social Justice Committee.

BFUU Congregational Retreat:Hand in hand, shoulder to shoulder, moving forward together
September 22 from 9:30 AM to 3 PM in Fellowship Hall 
Where do we come from? Who are we? Where are we going? Please share your spirit, voice, and presence with others of our BFUU family as we gather to craft a vision of next steps to our future.

The tentative schedule for the day is:
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM Coffee Hour
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM Convene
11:15 AM - 11:30 AM Break
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Reconvene
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch
  1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Action Planning

Please roll out of bed, grab your thinking cap, and join the rest of us sleepy-eyed BFUU-ers. Let's wake up together buoyed by coffee and breakfast treats, music, and movement as we prepare to share ideas and plan the future of BFUU. 

Grab Your Privilege Like a Bat & Swing It At Racism, Injustice
Sunday September 9 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM in Fellowship Hall
Join us for an exciting and inspiring evening with Berkeley-based activist Xan Joi, a self-proclaimed radical anti-racist Jewish and white lesbian feminist and now author. She will share stories and wisdom found in her new book “But What Can I Do?” gained from her experiences driving around the country over 400,000 miles since 9/11 in her veggie-oil powered box truck.
Her “radical ride” has mobile billboards emblazoned with large, pointed anti-war, anti-violence, pro-peace, pro-empowerment missives all four sides.
Xan shares her stories of engaging in dialogue with both the ‘choir’ and the ‘other’, organizing, and strategizing actions. Her book is an inspiring communiqué aimed at creating a common, shared knowledge base from which to foment individual and collective action dismantling patriarchy, racism, war, misogyny and creating the kind of society we want all to thrive in!.
Come join us! Bring an organic snack to share, if you want!
Sponsored by BFUU SJC. Suggested donation of $5-$20. No one turned away for lack of funds.

BDPNNetwork:  Jenny Wenk will present Animal Disaster Preparedness and First Aid
Thursday, August 30 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM in Fellowship Hall
Jenny Wenk has been a Registered Veterinary Technician who worked in both private veterinary clinics and with East Bay Humane Society. She is a volunteer for Berkeley Animal Care Services and is the current Chair of the City's Personnel Board. She has 3 totally adorable (most of the time) cats (as she describes them). She is a long time CERT volunteer, so you may know her from all her emergency prep activities.
Her presentation combines basic disaster prep for our animal companions with some simple first aid; she'll also give some tips on dealing with wildlife. Her reason for developing this talk:
We love these animals. They are members of our families. We saw after Katrina that some people died rather than abandon their dogs or cats. I want to help as many people and animals as possible survive whatever Nature has in store for us.
Per usual, we will have folks on hand beginning at 6 to answer questions and do some mentoring.

Book Reading: “Sign My Name To Freedom: A Memoir of a Pioneering Life”
Sunday August 26 after service in Fellowship Hall
Betty Reid Soskin, a 97-year-old Park Ranger at the Rosie the Riveter Center will read from her memoir, “Sign My Name To Freedom: A Memoir of a Pioneering Life.” She was one of the founders of the Walnut Creek UU congregation.

Artist Reception – Social Justice Sewing Academy
Sunday August 12 at 12:30 PM in Fellowship Hall

Want to know more about those amazing quilts gracing the walls of Fellowship Hall? Then plan to attend the Artists’ Reception to meet Sara Trail, the founder of the Social Justice Sewing Academy. The teens who made these quilts will talk about how they learned to sew and quilt to express their social justice ideas. You can chat with the artists, try your hand at a simple art activity under their guidance and share light refreshments. This is the third in a series of rotating art exhibits in Fellowship Hall sponsored by the Aesthetics Subcommittee.

Nonviolent Actions--’60s and Now
Sunday August 5 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall

DOUG CHAMBERS kicks off the program with a few movement songs.

PAULA FRIEDMAN discusses personal and political change during nonviolent actions against the Vietnam War and reads from her new novelThe Change Chronicles: A Novel of the Sixties Antiwar Movement. Parallels and contrasts in nonviolent action and government response then and now will be discussed.www.paula-friedman.com

LIZ DeCOU and Nohelya Zambrano report on Solidaridad Con los Niños. Nurse Liz was arrested in July at a detention center when delivering a doll to immigrant kids separated by ICE from their parents. She may face 6 years in jail.

PHOEBE SORGEN and other activists give updates on The Poor People’s Campaign, Move to Amend, and Families Belong Together big recent actions in D.C. and Sacramento.

Discussion follows re strategy for change moving forward.

Friedman's autographed books available for sale.

FREE event, but suggested donation of $20-$5, or whatever is comfy for you, if anything.
No one turned away for lack of funds.
After expenses, proceeds will assist Solidaridad Con los Niños (bail/bond for detainees, gas for caravans, etc.)
Sponsored by the Berkeley Fellowship of UU’s Social Justice Committee

Special Congregation-wide Meeting
Sunday August 5 at 12:30 PM in Fellowship Hall

Two years after BFUU adopted the Three Minister Plan, it's time to evaluate this experiment and decide what approach to hiring ministers will best serve our current needs. The Plan was adopted by the Fellowship after a long careful discernment process. Similarly, this meeting will mark the beginning of a new exploration, not the end stage of making a choice. The Board hopes to encourage respectful sharing of ideas that will contribute to the process of building our beloved community. Further meetings to continue the conversation or even an in-house retreat are possibilities to be discussed. Beginning at noon with a song and a potluck’s worth of food, the meeting will start promptly at 12:30 PM and welcomes all who want to contribute their ideas about ministry at BFUU.
 
4th Annual Better World Festival

Saturday August 4 at 3 PM in Fellowship Hall
The 4th Better World Festival will be held on Sat. Aug. 4, 2018 from 3 pm – 9 pm in Fellowship Hall. We need volunteers for a variety of tasks, including set up, clean up, kitchen, and the door. You can volunteer for all or some of the festival. There are also a limited number of 10 min. spots for performers. If you are an artist and would like to display your work, please contact us ASAP. Artists and performers may sell their merchandise. Please contact Holly atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for details.
This festival is being produced jointly by the Music Committee and the Poetry Committee.

Report back from the International May Day Brigade to Cuba
Saturday July 28 from 6 - 8 PM in Fellowship Hall
Join us to celebrate the 65th Anniversary of the attack on the Moncada bar­racks that marked the beginning of the Cuban Revolution. The program will include Bay Area Participants of the XIII May Day International Brigade to Cuba and US graduated from the Latin America School of Medicine in Cuba. Music by DUAMUX - Marci Valdivieso and Ricardo Valdivieso. Co-sponsored by National Network on Cuba, BFUU SJC, International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity.
$5-$20 Suggested Donation. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Vintage Invasion

Friday July 27 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall
Old-fashioned dancing fun with waltzes, swing, polkas, and more!
7 PM dance lesson
8-10 PM DJ’d music
10-11 PM live acoustic music
Sponsored by the BFUU Music Committee.
Suggested donation $10, dance lesson included; none turned away for lack of funds.

Emma’s Revolution with Lisa Gutkin of the Klezmatics
Thursday July 26 at 7:30 PM in Fellowship HallEmma’s Revolution is the award-winning, progressive activist duo of Pat Humphries and Sandy O, whose songs have been sung for the Dalai Lama, praised by Pete Seeger, and covered by Holly Near. With beautiful harmonies and acoustic guitars, the duo’s songs cover issues from reproductive injustice to refugees and Black Lives Matter to the sustaining power of love. You can find more about them and get tickets athttps://emmasrevolution.com/
Lisa Gutkin is a Grammy Award winning violinist, singer, actor, and composer, best known as a member of the acclaimed Klezmatics and most recently for her musical score and performance in the Broadway hit, "Indecent."

Co-sponsored by BFUU Music Committee
$20 suggested donation. No one turned away for lack of funds.
 

Transition Berkeley & the Ecology Center Present:Plastic-free July Event!
“Albatross” Film&DIY Opportunities
Thursday, July 12, 2018, 6-9 pm in Fellowship Hall
6 -7pm – DIY and refreshments, 7 pm-program starts

(Parents are advised that this film is not recommended for young children)

Join our “Plastic-free July Event” for an evening of connecting to nature and hands-on ways to lessen our impact!

“ALBATROSS”explores the beauty and tragedy in the cycles of birth, life, and death of creatures that live in the middle of the ocean on Midway Island, thousands of miles away from the nearest continent. DirectorChris Jordandescribes the motivations of the Midway Project as a drive to “convey the intensely vivid sensual, emotional, and spiritual experience of being with [the birds] on the island.” The intimacy of the birds’ nurturing, poetic and cyclical lives is starkly contrasted by the shocking images portraying the devastation of the effects of an unhealthy ocean.

Refreshments & DIY Opportunities:Come between 6-7 pm and learn how to make simple products you use every day to eliminate plastics in your life. Bring an earth-friendly, package-free snack to share if you like!

This event is sponsored by:Transition Berkeley, the Ecology Center and BFUU Social Justice Committee

Bring:An earth-friendly, package-free snack to share at 6:00 pm if you like!

For a Free Ticket and more Info:ecoctr.org/albatrossorTransition Berkeley’s fb page

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Consider The Homeless’ Fundraiser: Matinée Movie Q & A, & Dinner
Saturday, June 30 at 3:15 PM doors, 3:45 PM program in Fellowship Hall
Most of our fundraisers will be ways to reach out to the community of housed people in Berkeley through films, Q&A sessions, and a non-threatening space for all to gather. In keeping with the educational part of our mission, we deeply hope this outreach will soften some negative stereotypes that permeate those judging the entire “unhoused community” by the actions of a few. Through these films, we hope to show the community that most of the people that are living on the streets are not unlike ourselves, other than life circumstances.

Our second film event features the movie “HOMELESS: The Story of America's Economic Refugees”, from the internationally renowned author and scholar, Dr. Samar Habib. This is not only an interesting and eye-opening movie, it will be a day you will not want to miss.See Excerpts from HOMELESS: The Story of America's Economic RefugeesHERE

HOMELESS will be followed by a short film about the residents of the 2017/18 Berkeley Emergency Storm Shelter (B.E.S.S.) A collaborative effort by a few of Berkeley’s Homeless Advocates

PROGRAM (may be changed - not the films)
3:15 PM: Doors open
3:20 PM: Music & Slide Show
3:45 PM: Welcome: Consider The Homeless! founder, Barbara Brust
3:55 PM: Dr. Samar Habib introduces her film "HOMELESS"
4:05 PM: Screening of the film, “HOMELESS: The Story of America's Economic Refugees”
4:55 PM: Screening of the short film, “BESS - April 2018”
5:10 PM: Introductions - Special Guests
5:15 PM: Q & A with our guests
6:00PM: Dinner is Served

Tickets:$25.00 (more if you can, less if you can't)
Reservations:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or Call 510.560 4CTH (4284)
Give us your name, address, email, phone & number of seats.
Please pay for all reservations by June 26th to guarantee your seat.

Checksmade out toConsider The Homeless!
      mail to: PO Box#2771, Berkeley CA 94702
Cashto any of our volunteers
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TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR (if available)

Consider the Homeless! is a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Co-sponsored by BFUU Social Justice Ministry

The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy: Reassessing in Light of Suppressed Evidence
Saturday June 23 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall
Please join us for a video program and discussion presenting suppressed evidence in the Robert F. Kennedy murder case, which invalidates the verdict against Sirhan Sirhan, who remains unjustly imprisoned for the crime fifty years later.
$5-$20 sliding scale
Presented by the Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliancesf911truth.org
Co-sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Committee
 
Rise, Love, Resist with Codepink! Divest From the War Economy!
Friday June 15 6:30 PM in Fellowship Hall
With Medea Benjamin,Co-founder, Codepink Women for Peace andJoanna Macy,author, Buddhist scholar, eco-philosopher.
Plus beloved musician Betsy Rose, and dynamic activist leaders working to build a peace economy and to DIVEST from the war economy. This promises to be a serious, energizing and uplifting event for all who are concerned with peace and justice.

$5-$20 suggested donation; no one turned away for lack of funds. Sponsors: Codepink Golden Gate;  BFUU Social Justice Committee
Contact:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Facebook:Codepink Women for Peace, Golden Gate Chapter 

6:30 pm  Potluck dinner (organic + vegetarian please), music, information tables

7:00  Program

8:30  Book signing, Dessert Reception (for $5-$20 donation to Codepink). Stay for homemade pie, cookies, cupcakes, wine, tea.

Joanna Macy will open our program with wisdom fromActive Hope: How To Face The Mess We're In Without Going Crazy (https://www.activehope.info/joanna-macy.html)

Medea Benjamin will speak about her work and her new bookInside Iran,which "cuts sharply through the inflammatory rhetoric surrounding U.S.-Iranian relations to present a realistic and hopeful case for the two nations’ future" and asking the question "how is it that Iran has become the primary target of American antagonism, when Saudi Arabia – a regime far more repressive – has become one of America’s closest allies?"  Medea will sign copies of her book.

Eco-philosopher Joanna Macy PhD, is a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. A respected voice in the movements for peace, justice, and ecology, she interweaves her scholarship with five decades of activism.

Medea Benjaminis one of America’s best-known and most effective activists, co-founder ofCodePinkand Global Exchange, author ofDrone WarfareandKingdom ofthe Unjust: Behind the U.S—Saudi Connection.In 2012 she was awarded the U.S. Peace Memorial Foundation’s Peace Prize, and in 2014 the Gandhi Peace Award.

 

The Conscientious Projector Film Series for the 99% presents film:
The New Rulers of the World
Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall

The New Rulers Of The World (2001) is a documentary about how the US, UK, Dutch Neo-Colonial Corporations plotted General Suharto’s removal in 1966 of the first elected President of Indonesia, Sukarno, who had ruled from 1959 - 1966. It analyzes the corporate globalization economy and reveals that the divisions between the rich and poor have never been greater. The film turns the spotlight on the “new rulers of the world,” the great multinational corporations running governments that back them via the IMF, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization. They control developing resource-rich nations to impose austerity poverty on most of the people and to privatize the natural resources that rightly should be their commonwealth. The West, explains Pilger, has increased its stranglehold on poor countries by using the might of these powerful financial institutions to control their economies and keep them in debt. 

John Richard Pilgeris an Australian journalist and a legendary award-winning documentary film maker. Pilger has been mainly based in the United Kingdom since 1962 where he wrote for The New Statesman. Pilger is a strong critic of American, Australian, and British foreign policies, which he considers to be driven by an imperialist corporate globalization agenda.

Sponsored by BFUU Social Justice Committee
Suggested Donation $5 - $20
No one turned away for lack of funds! Volunteer help appreciated!

BFUU Annual Meeting
Sunday June 10 at 12:30 PM in Fellowship Hall
Please join us at BFUU’s Annual Meeting. Members will vote for three Board seats (2-year terms) and two Alternate seats (1-year terms) and, as always, enjoy time together with all the members who can make it over Fellowship Hall for the spring meeting!

Julie Bidou Celebration of Life
Saturday June 2 from 12:00 noon - 4 PM in Fellowship Hall
Julie passed peacefully in her sleep at the age of 100.  She requested a gathering with song, poetry and dance. Join us in celebrating the life of this amazing woman.
noon-12:45 Informal gathering, food (you may bring something to share, but there will also be food provided.
12:45-1:45   Formal program (family and friends sharing memories and singing a few of Julie’s favorite songs)
1:45-3:00    Song and Poetry Sharing Circle (bring instruments and your songs/poetry.)
3:00-4:00   Dancing (and a chance to look at old photos and memorabilia.)

Please RSVPThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or 510-649-1423


The Plot to Kill Martin Luther King Jr.
There’s more to history than you might think!
Saturday, May 19 at 7:00 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
In two films, Prime Suspects: Who Killed Martin Luther King Jr.? (Court TV, 2000, 37 min.) and Truth At Last: The Assassination of Martin Luther King (James Corbett, 2018, 51 min.), the official story of the murder is convincingly disproved – James Earl Ray did not kill King – through the decades-long work of William F. Pepper, attorney, investigator, and author, an influential friend of Martin King in the last year of his life, and attorney for the King family. Pepper, in his third and final book on King’s 1968 murder, The Plot to Kill King (2017), revealed the disturbing truth with startling and explosive conclusions largely ignored by the media.
A discussion will follow the screening of the films.
$5–$20 sliding scale
Presented by theNorthern California 9/11 Truth Allianceco-sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Committeesf911truth.org
 
Tribute to Robert Parry

Saturday, May 19 at 2 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Robert Parry was instrumental in exposing the truth about the Nicaraguan Contras, the Cocaine shipments into the US and Ronald Reagan's "October Surprise". For breaking these stories, instead of winning a Pulitzer Prize, he was slowly but surely pushed OUT of mainstream media.
Parry then founded Consortiumnews which continues today as one of the best sources of analysis about international events.
Guest speakers at the event will include:
* Sam Parry, son of Robert
* Joe Lauria, new editor of Consortiumnews
* Natylie Baldwin, contributor to Consortiumnews
* Dennis Bernstein, KPFA Flashpoints
* Norman Solomon, co-author with Robert Parry
* Ann Wright (by video), contributor to Consortiumnews
This event will honor the great journalist Robert Parry and discuss the importance of Consortiumnews going forward.
Tickets are available at the door or in advance via brownpapertickets.com
Sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Committee.
Price: sliding scale $10 to $20. No one turned away for lack of funds.

ARTIST RECEPTION: Ross Drago
Sunday, May 6 at 12:15 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Join us for an artist reception for Ross Drago, whose works are on display in Fellowship Hall. Talk with the artist, view the art in the Hall, and enjoy light refreshments. For more information on the art & artist:https://rossdrago.weebly.com/Ross writes, “I vowed that one day I would develop a painting style that celebrated a person’s multiplicity, the many loves that live in each of us, and bring this diversity all together into a unified, integrated style of painting. This was developed over many decades. I call it Moduleart. Moduleart contains many diverse styles of painting, in triangles, squares, hexagons, pentagons and octagons that lock together into a single piece.”
If you are interested in showing your art at BFUU, please emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Berkeley Repair Café
Saturday May 5 from 11:00 to 2:30 in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Co-organized by The Culture of Repair Project and Transition Berkeley
Co-sponsored by: The Office of Berkeley Councilmember Sophie Hahn, The Ecology Center, and the BFUU Social Justice Committee
What Repair Café Events Are:
A community gathering — some folks bring broken things, others bring know-how and tools, and yet others bring hospitality — and everyone brings goodwill and zeal for fixing.
Though free, Repair Cafés aren’t free repair services. They’re participatory events — neighbors helping each other out, getting to know each other over coffee, baked treats, and repair projects, and squeezing more life out of things they already have.
Volunteer fixers will be on hand who know how to repair all kinds of things — from lamps, clothing, and toys, to bikes, mechanical, furniture, electronics, and appliances... pretty much anything that can be brought through the door. Fixers are volunteers. The fix rate runs about 70%, so your item might not be fixed. It might even get worse! Together, you’ll give it a good try and learn about fixing along the way.
Please register*and bring your broken things, puzzle over them with volunteer fixers, then work together to see if you can bring them back to life.
Besides Fixing... We’ll have a cafe — coffee, tea and goodies, perhaps repair tutorials, perhaps conversation with folks deeply involved in repair and reuse ... all’s in the works.
Volunteering: Interested in becoming a Volunteer Fixer or Host? Great! Check the website to find out what it’s about and sign up.https://www.cultureofrepair.org/call-to-volunteer
*Registeryour item and more information athttps://www.cultureofrepair.org/community-repair-events/

How YOU Can Help Get Rid of All* Nuclear Weapons
*not “some,” not “theirs,” but every single one
Sunday, April 22 at 7PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar

FREE Workshop with NuclearBan.US co-founders Timmon Wallis, PhD and Vicki Elson, MA.
Celebrating two huge victories for the world:
1. The new UN Treaty banning nuclear weapons, signed by 122 nations!
2. The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize awarded toICAN, the International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons, for achieving the “impossible!”

Come learn how, together, we will compel divestment, legislation, and enforcement, even though the US government hasn’t signed on yet.

Presented by the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Social Justice Committee with NuclearBan.US Join the campaign:www.NuclearBan.US

Co-sponsored by theWomen's International League for Peace & Freedom East Bay BranchandCode Pink Golden Gate

Refreshments! Free! (donations requested) Wheelchair access
The BFUU Fellowship Hall is on Cedar St. at Bonita, one block east of MLK Jr. Way, midway between downtown and north Berkeley BART stations.

ROY ZIMMERMAN: REZIST
Saturday April 21 at 7:30 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
ReZist is ninety minutes of Roy Zimmerman’s original songs, a funny and forceful affirmation of Peace and Social Justice. “Sometimes I think satire is the most hopeful and heartfelt form of expression,” says Roy, “because in calling out the world’s absurdities and laughing in their face, I’m affirming the real possibility for change.”
Roy’s songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime, and his videos have garnered tens of millions of views. He has recorded for Warner/Reprise Records. He’s shared stages with Bill Maher, Ellen DeGeneres, Holly Near, Robin Williams, Arlo Guthrie, John Oliver, Kate Clinton and George Carlin, and tours the country constantly with his wife and co-writer Melanie Harby.
Sponsored by the BFUU SJC. $20 suggested donation. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Tax Day Granting Ceremony!
Sunday, April 15 at 6 PM in Fellowship Hall
People's Life Fund Grants will be awarded at a public potluck and awards ceremony. It is always a joyous and inspiring evening, and you are encouraged to come out! Co-sponsored by the BFUU SJC andNorthern California War Tax Resistance/People's Life Fund.
$5 - $20 suggested donation. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Conscientious Projector for the 99% presents:Here I Stand
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hursday April 12 at 7PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
American Masters/Paul Robeson: Here I Stand presents the life and achievements of an extraordinary man. Athlete, singer, and scholar, Robeson was also a charismatic champion of the rights of the poor working man, the disenfranchised, and people of color. His story is one of the great dramas of the 20th century--spanning an international canvas of social upheaval and ideological controversy. Directed by St. Clair Bourne, narrated by Ossie Davis. 117 minutes.
Sponsored by the BFUU SJC. $5 - $20 suggested donation. No one turned away for lack of funds. 

Benefit concert for Camp New Harmony
April 7 at 7 pm, Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
San Francisco Folk Music Club presents: Bob Reid, Occupella, Art Peterson , Doug Olsen (from Oak, Ash and Thorn), Amelia Hogan & Margaret Miles
A benefit for Camp Harmony’s campership fund, providing admission for folkies on limited incomes.
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$20 suggested donation Catered food available for donation.

Transition Berkeley Presents film and discussion:
T O M O R R O W
Thursday April 5 at 6:30 pm in Fellowship Hall–1924 Cedar St.
Please join us for a showing of the French documentary Tomorrow (Demain), by actress Melanie Laurent and eco-activist Cyril Dion, a globetrotting documentary focused on solutions to our environmental crisis.
Tomorrow provides a comprehensive look at ways in which activists, organizers and ordinary citizens are trying to make the world a better, more sustainable place. It takes an optimistic view of the future and visits every corner of the earth to meet with men and women who are taking concrete, positive action for the planet.
Tomorrow shows communities taking power back from governments and corporations — a form of grassroots activism which may be the best way to undo the top-down policies that have set us on the fast track to destruction.
Come at 6:30 for meet-and-greet and bring vegetarian snacks or drinks to share if you can. Film begins at 7:00. Discussion will follow the film.
This event is cosponsored by Transition Berkeley and the BFUU SJC.
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Suggested Donation: $5 – 20 to cover event costs. No one turned away for lack of funds.
 
Seder for Black Lives
Sunday, April 1 at 4:30 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Please call or text to RSVP: 510 301 5073
Chicken, Matzah Ball Soup and Seder Plates provided. Please bring a dish representing your culture — however you define it.
Hosted by PEACE Out Loud and sponsored by BFUU, and Kehilla Community Synagogue in partnership with the Jewish Community Relations Council.
 
Berkeley Disaster Preparedness Meeting
Thursday, March 29, 6:30-9:30pm in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Our topic will be Red Cross shelters. The meeting’s speaker will center on requirements for shelter designation, what Berkeley sites have been designated so far, how they proceed in operation once a disaster occurs, how the community can help shelters get up and running, etc., plus Q&A.
All are welcome.
 
ARTIST RECEPTION:Cosmic Escapes
Acrylic paintings by Elayne Ryder

Sunday, March 25 - 12-1 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
“The intention of my artwork is to awaken in myself and in others, the wonder, awesomeness anddepth of nature in all its beauty and mystery. I see trees, clouds, birds, insects, mountains,planets and all of nature, as energy that speak to us
through colors, textures, patterns, and circles.I seek to combine macro cosmos with micro earth and nature.” – Elayne Ryder
If you are interested in showing your art, please emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Social Justice Action Ministry (SJAM) Meeting
Sunday March 4 from 12 - 12:30 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
We invite all interested in JUSTICE to stay after service together to brainstorm more actions in the three categories which we discerned were priority areas of justice action: economic, racial and environmental justice
Then the new SJAM group will discern from past and present brainstorming lists and by researching possibilities, the popular and possible actions we will then bring back to the congregation to vote on and join SJAM in organizing an action for this spring.
PLEASE plan to stay with us at the first meeting after service on the 4th March, to see and influence what SJAM is all about. We need your ideas, priorities, and energy again, so are inviting all to think about them and please come!!
See you there, thanks,
SJAM: Social Justice Action Ministry
(Which should include YOU!!)
 
Transition Berkeley Presents:
Protecting our Oak Woodlands
and Water Future

Thursday March 1, 2018 - 6:30 - 9:00 PM

BFUU Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Presentation, Film and Discussion

Did you know that Napa has the highest concentration of oak woodlands of any county in California? And that the Napa River is the second largest fresh water source emptying into San Francisco Bay?
Meet the two dynamic authors of a June 5th initiative to protect these treasures – Mike Hackett and Jim Wilson. Watch their film that tells the story of the Napa Valley watershed and the initiative they created to protect it – the Napa County Watershed and Oak Woodland Protection Initiative of 2018. Find out how you can help protect the forests, oak woodlands and watershed of Napa Valley from the ever-expanding wine industry.
Come at 6:30 for meet and greet. Bring vegetarian snacks/drinks to share if you can. Presentation starts 7PM.
Cosponsored by Transition Berkeley, The Ecology Center, Sierra Club SF Bay Chapter and BFUU SJC.
More info:wwwTransitionBerkeley.org/Transition Berkeley Facebook page/This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Suggested Donation: $5 – 20 to cover event costs. No one turned away for lack of funds.


The Crisis At KPFA & The Pacifica Network,  “Making Sausage” DemocracyAnd A National Alternative Multi-Media Network
Sunday, February 18 at 6:30 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Public Forum Opens at 6:30 PM Event Starts at 7:00 PM
KPFA and Pacifica have recently been threatened with bankruptcy and the possible closure of the stations and network. The financial crisis at Pacifica has been ongoing for many years. This forum will look at the present crisis and the views of those who want bankruptcy or a loan. It will also discuss the failure of Pacifica and the stations to bring new listeners, become a multi-media platform, and meet the needs of millions of people who want a vibrant national and international alternative media - a media network that would provide a voice to counter the growing rise of racism, fascism, xenophobia, sexism and the threat of world war with the bashing of Russia, North Korea, Venezuela  and China.
Speakers:
Maria Gilardin, TUC Radio
Frank Sterling, KPFA Apprentice Program & Full Circle
Jeff Blankfort, Founder of “Save KPFA” and Host of Host KZYX&Z Takes on The World 90.7, 91.5 
Janet Kobren, KPFA LSB  and former  Pacific National Board Member
Steve Zeltzer, KPFA WorkWeek Radio and KPFA LSB Staff Representative
Pedro Reyes, KPFA Host of Settin The Standard and Late Night Hype
For further information, call(415)282-1908
Sponsored by KPFA WorkWeek and the BFUU Social Justice Committee
 
Irish Dance
Friday, February 2 at 7:30 pm in the Connie Barbour Room
To bring more dance and music fun to BFUU, there will be an Irish dance with a lesson beforehand. Come cut a rug and dance a lively jig or reel! Live music will be by the band Cularan, where some of the musicians are former members of the Elderberries band.
7:30 pm Lesson
8 - 10 pm Dance
$5-20 sliding scale
FREE for BFUU members and friends (though contributions to help support the band are appreciated.)
No one turned away for lack of funds.
Sponsored by the Music Committee
 
Transition Berkeley’s Seventh Anniversary Potluck Dinner and Film

CALL of the FOREST

Thursday February 1, 2018

6:30 - 9:00 PM

6:30 pm Potluck Dinner

7:15 pm: Film

Transition Berkeley invites you to a potluck dinner and film marking our seventh anniversary! Come help us celebrate and bring your visions for Transition Berkeley’s future. How can we best inspire our community to action?

The beautiful film CALL of the FOREST – The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees, features scientist and author Diana Beresford-Kroeger a renowned world visionary.  She takes us on a journey from the sacred sugi and cedar forests of Japan to the great boreal forest of Canada explaining the legacy of old growth forests and their role in protecting and feeding the planet. She shows us that when we improve our profound connection to woodlands we can restore our spirit, our health and our planet.

Please bring a vegetarian plastic-free dish to share for the potluck dinner at 6:30.
This event is sponsored by Transition Berkeley, and the Social Justice Committee (Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists). The film is provided courtesy of Alisa Rose Seidlitz and Stephanie Thomas.

Historic Fellowship Hall, 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA 94709. Wheelchair accessible.
Suggested Donation: $5 – 20 to cover event costs. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Pastoral Care
Tuesday, January 23 at 2 PM in the Ministers’ Office – 1606 Bonita Ave.
Rev. Elena Vera will be offering open office hours for discussion and pastoral care at BFUU
She will also be available for pastoral meetings and visits by appointment. If you would like to schedule a time, please get in touch viaThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
 
Winter Solstice Dance
Saturday, January 6 at 6PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Come have fun, eat and dance at the Winter Solstice Benefit Dance, featuring classic rock by "As Good as it Gets." Benefits Earthjustice, the legal team for Standing Rock and fighting climate change.
6 - 7 PM Potluck
7 - 9 PM Dancing
$10-30 suggested donation - less if you can't, more if you can; no one turned away for lack of funds.
 
Note there was no Transition Berkeley event in January.
 

2017

Hanging the Greens
Saturday, December 16, 3:30-5:30 pm in Fellowship Hall  – 1924 Cedar St.
Decorations with be affixed to our living Christmas tree, a native evergreen of the Monterey Cypress species. Holly and mistletoe will also adorn the hall while singing and festive foods (including pizza) are shared. Mrs. Claus may make an appearance.

Uke Jam
Friday December 15 at 7 PM in the Preschool Room – 1606 Bonita Ave.
BFUU holds a uke jam on the 3rd Friday each month for those who want to experience more music in their lives. First time players are welcome and if you need to borrow a ukelele, let us know because we might be able to loan you one. If you have questions or want to let us know you're attending, please send your name and email address toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Otherwise, please just drop in and join us! Welcome!

What About Islam?
A Talk About Islam From a Muslim Activist, With Middle Eastern Music
Thursday, December 14 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
In this time of anti-Muslim propaganda, what about hearing from real Muslims who live among us? Come hear activist Ahmed Salah speak about how Islam has deeply influenced his philosophy, which is to create social change while preserving life on both sides. Ahmed Salah was one of the primary organizers of the Egyptian Revolution of 2011 where hundreds of thousands of protesters filled Tahrir Square, leading to the resignation of an oppressive president. Mr. Salah is the recipient of the Center for Justice and Accountability’s 2013 Champion of Justice Award. There will also be live Middle Eastern music at the event. Here is the Facebook event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1608835715830080/
Information on the musicians from one of their past events:
http://redpoppyarthouse.org/event/gari-hegedus-faisal-zedan/ 

Program:
7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Middle Eastern music
7:30 pm – 7:45 pm Break
7:45 pm – 8:45 pm Talk by Ahmed Salah
8:45 pm – 9:00 pm Q&A
9:00 pm – 10:00 pm Socializing, book signing
Suggested donation $10-20; no one turned away for lack of funds
Co-sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice and Music Committees

Tibetan Festival of Lights
Tuesday, December 12 at 7 PM in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Ventul Rinpoché, who teaches reading and writing to Tibetan children on Sunday afternoons at BFUU, offers this gift in gratitude for the community's help with the Tibetan Resettlement Project. Everyone is invited to come for homemade soup and cookies with butter tea or sweet tea. Chanting & meditation are optional. Rinpoche-la pays for all the food and cooks it himself, over a three-day period, as his gift to the community. Please come and accept the Tibetans' generosity.

The Hardly Strictly Acoustic Jam
Friday, December 8 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Join us for BFUU’s new jam session format. Come sit in our circle, share music, songs, poetry, excerpts from your new book, jokes and stories. We welcome all entertainers and entertainees to fill the Hall with performance, connection and appreciations for all forms of art.
Suggested donations of $5 – $20 No one turned away for lack of funds! Volunteers appreciated! 

Transition Berkeley Presents:Presentation, Discussion & DIY
Re-use and Re-create this Holiday Season!
This time of year 25% more landfill trash is created! Let’s change that!
Thursday, December 7, 2017 (6:30 – 9 pm, 6:30 pm - refreshments, 7 pm - program starts)
in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Join us for an evening of inspiration celebrating creative reuse!

Meet local Berkeley treasure,Jana Olson owner of Panache Lighting. She’s an artist, craftsperson and lighting fixit wizard. Jana loves old things and reuses them in unexpected ways: making lighting from old kitchenware, spools, and iron remnants.

Watch Annie Leonard’s video,“Save Money & the Planet This Holiday Season”. Annie urges us to slow down, shop less and enjoy time spent together more. After the video we’ll share ideas for activities that help us have less stress and more fun during the holidays. Making things together is one of the secrets so we’ll spend some time sharing DIY (do-it-yourself) projects.
Tea cup & saucer chandelier by Jana Olson. Photo: John Storey

Everyone will have a chance to try a project and get a copy of the directions for creating at home.

This event is sponsored by:Transition Berkeley and Social Justice Committee (Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists)

Suggested Donation:$5-20 to cover event costs. No one turned away for lack of funds!

Bring:An earth-friendly, package-free dish to share at 6:30 pm if you like!

For info:,Transition Berkeley’s fb pageorwebsite,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Conscientious Projector for the 99% presents film and discussion:
Generation Zapped
Saturday December 2 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Don't miss "GENERATION ZAPPED" the important, just released documentary on how to reduce wireless tech risks!
Learn the facts and how to minimize associated risks during this technological revolution.
Today we encounter a hundred thousand times the level of radiation from wireless technologies than we did decades ago.
Safety standards are outdated. Prolonged exposure to Radio Frequencies (RF) affect health, from links to breast and brain cancer, to associations with infertility and genetic mutations related to autism/ADHD, to new illnesses such as Electrical Hyper-Sensitivity (EHS).
 
“A wifi classroom is like the inside of a microwave oven set at very low power. Children are exposed to that wifi radiation 6 hours every school day, 5 days a week.” - Magda Havas

Discussion afterwards led by:
Lloyd Morgan, Senior Research Fellow, Environmental Health Trust, Retired Electronic Engineer, and
Ellen Marks, Director of the California Brain Tumor Association
Opening remarks by BFUU Social Justice Committee co-chair Phoebe Sorgen 

$10 - $5 requested donation. No one turned away for lack of funds.
A project of WIRED (WIreless Radiation Education & Defense) and the BFUU Social Justice Committee
www.GenerationZapped.comfor more info on the film
Info we all need!
Trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7R4gKs8ViI&feature=youtu.be

 

Special Thanksgiving Potluck!
Sunday November 26 at 12:30 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Please join us in sharing a bounty of Thanksgiving fare. Bring (safely preserved) leftovers*, a special dish you want to share* - or just your good appetite! Whether you have a dish to share* or not, we invite you to join us as we break bread in the spirit of loving community. If you can, please help us set up tables and chairs before, and put them away afterward. In between, join in the bounty provided by members and friends. Members, friends, neighbors, and the wider community are welcome!
*If you bring a dish, please also bring a printed list of all ingredients so those with allergies, interactions and dietary restrictions can enjoy the dishes they can eat and avoid those they can’t eat.

Rescheduled from October - we hope you'll join us for this important benefit.
Blossomy Project Benefit for Survivors of Human Trafficking In India:
A Screening of SOLD and a performance by Kristi Williamson of Spoken Word Mystic Poetry, Song and Movement
Saturday, November 18 at 7 pm - 10 pm in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Blossomy Project is a Berkeley based 501(c)3 working with trafficking survivors since 2004 in India and in 2016 expanded its reach to vulnerable communities in Thailand! The focus of Blossomy Project is empowerment through self expression.
Our programs include dance therapy, art therapy, music therapy and photography.
SOLD is a narrative film based on the true story of Lakshmi’s trafficking from rural Nepal to a brothel in Kolkata, India and highlights the brutality of child trafficking and the resilience of the human spirit. www.soldthemovie.com
Kristi Williamson is brilliant performer who is passionate about archetypal exploration through cultural dance forms and ritual theater and will be presenting a piece that embodies her experiences working with survivors in India. Kristi has been working with Blossomy Project in Kolkata at a shelter home with over 100 girls since 2014 leading a one month workshop in partnership with the Tamalpa Art Corps program.
This event is generously being sponsored by BFUU and all proceeds go to benefit the empowerment of trafficking survivors and those vulnerable to human trafficking.
Lulu Dharma jewelry and tote bags will be on sale at the event for half pricewww.luludharma.com
Lite fare will be on offer. Free popcorn! $5 Raffle Tickets!
$20 minimum suggested donation at the door. More Information:www.blossomy.org 

 

The Hardly Strictly Acoustic Jam
Friday, November 10 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

Join us for BFUU’s new jam session format. Come sit in our circle, share music, songs, poetry, excerpts from your new book, jokes and stories. We welcome all entertainers and entertainees to fill the Hall with performance, connection and appreciations for all forms of art.
Suggested donations of $5 – $20 No one turned away for lack of funds! Volunteers appreciated!


Does Non-Violence Work? Conscientious Projector for the 99% presents the film:
A Force More Powerful
Saturday, November 4 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
A Force More Powerful explores six nonviolent movements in the 20th century: Indian Independence, United States’ Civil Rights, South African Anti-Apartheid, Danish resistance to Nazi Occupation, Polish Solidarity and the Chilean Democracy ouster of Augusto Pinochet.
Details are still being worked out, but the BFUU SJC has invited author David Hartsough and Meleiza Figueroa, co-founder of UC Berkeley's Antifa to lead discussion after the film.
Sponsored by the BFUU SJC. Suggested donations of $5-$20. No one turned away for lack of funds.

 

Transition Berkeley Presents: Presentation & Discussion
ZERO WASTE in the Classroom & Beyond
Celebrate Zero Waste Month with Berkeley’s Ecology Center and the City of Richmond!
Thursday, November 2 at 6:30 PM refreshments, 7-9 PM program, in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Transition Berkeley invites you to an evening of ZERO WASTE inspiration, based on the testimony of students from Oxford School in Berkeley and their teacher Jackie Omania.
We’ll hear from the students how they eliminated waste in their classroom and how they replicated the same practices at home. Then we’ll enjoy two films by the students to inspire us all to get to ZERO WASTE.
We’ll have an opportunity to ask questions and plan our own steps to get from where we are today to . . . . Zero Waste at home, in schools, and where we work and gather in the community.
Please bring healthy, no waste refreshments to share at 6:30 pm. The Challenge – bring foods that are not packed in plastic or require plastic to serve. The Fellowship Hall thoughtfully provides real dish ware and utensils for us to use, as part of their own zero waste efforts.
This event is sponsored by: Transition Berkeley and Social Justice Committee (Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists)
Suggested Donation: $5-20 to cover event costs. No one turned away for lack of funds!
Bring: An earth-friendly, package-free dish to share at 6:30 pm if you like!
For info:  Transition Berkeley’s fb page or website, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

BFUU SemiAnnual Meeting
Sunday, October 29 at 12:30 PM in Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
BFUU's Semiannual Meeting will be held on Sunday October 29 at 12:30 PM in Fellowship Hall.
Your voice counts and your vote matters! We look forward to seeing you at this meeting.

Fourth Friday Fellowship Free Funny Family-Friendly
Film Festival for Friends & Family

Friday, Oc
tober 27th at 7:00 pm in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Hope you can join us as we try out this new event!

Uke Jam
Friday, October 20 at 6:30 in the Fireside Room – 1606 Bonita Ave.
BFUU holds a uke jam once a month for those who want to experience more music in their lives. First time players are welcome and if you need to borrow a ukelele, let us know because we might be able to loan you one.Welcome!

The Hardly Strictly Acoustic Jam
Friday, October 13 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

Join us for BFUU’s new jam session format. Come sit in our circle, share music, songs, poetry, excerpts from your new book, jokes and stories. We welcome all entertainers and entertainees to fill the Hall with performance, connection and appreciations for all forms of art.
Suggested donations of $5 – $20
No one turned away for lack of funds! Volunteers appreciated!Sunday October 8 at 3PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

 

Fundraiser for Cuba Hurricane Relief
Join us for an afternoon of Solidarity with Revolutionary Cuba at this Critical Time

Irma is the largest hurricane ever to hit Cuba. The government and their mass organizations are still assessing the damage, but we know it will be great. While socialist Cuba is pulling together as a society the cruel and inhumane blockade is making it nearly impossible for them to get much needed funds. Many people are asking how they can help. Our event is one of many that people around the state, country and around the world are organizing to help Cuba at this difficult moment. All proceeds from this event will go directly to Cuba, no administrative costs, no bank transaction fees.

$10-20 at the door, (no one will be turned away for lack of funds)

MUSIC by local Bay Area group

Program includes

  • Nancy Morejon,one of Cuba's most foremost poets. 
  • Dr. Lucia Agudelo, US graduate from the Latin American School of Medicine in Cuba (ELAM)
  • Dr. Abraham Vela, US graduate from the Latin American School of Medicine in Cuba (ELAM)
  • Daysi Salas, from the Cuban Union of Writers and Artists.

Organized by the International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity.

Sponsored byBerkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists

Initial list of endorsers: Altruvistas, Clínica Martín-Baró, Alianza Martiana Coalition: Brigada Antonio Maceo, Alianza Martiana, Asociación José Martí, Asociación de Mujeres en Defensa de la Familia, and Círculo Bolivariano de Miami, Freedom Archives, Global Exchange, Martinez & Associates, National Network on Cuba (NNOC), Playtwo Pictures, Inc., SOL Economics, Task Force on the Americas

To endorse write to:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Visit ourFACEBOOKpage and invite your friends

For more information call 510-219-0092

Peace or Planet: Book Launch Party for The War and Environment Reader
Saturday, October 7 doors at 7 PM, program at 7:30 PM in Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Help unite the environmental and peace movements! Gar Smith's new book examines Permawar (the culture of war), Terracide (war’s impacts on nature), and Ecolibrium (paths to a world in balance with nature). With essays by Daniel Ellsberg, Medea Benjamin, Jerry Mander, Helen Caldicott and others. Select readings by special guests, followed by a Q&A.
Suggested donation: $5-20. No one turned away for lack of funds! Sponsored by BFUU's Social Justice Committee.

 

Transition Berkeley and Center for Biological Diversity Present:
OR7 – The Journey
Thursday, October 5 at 6:30 PM refreshments, 0 7-9 PM program, in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Please join us for a screening of “OR7: The Journey.” This inspiring film is about Oregon’s famous wandering gray wolf, OR-7, who made international news after trekking hundreds of miles across Oregon down into Northern California -- the first wolf in the Golden State in nearly 90 years. OR-7 is back in Oregon now with a mate; they’ve had pups four years in a row, two of which have traveled to California on their own. Thrillingly, one of them found a mate and formed the Lassen pack right here in California, and had pups of their own this year.
Not sure how OR-7 and other wolves establishing territory here changes the game for wolves and people on the West Coast? The Center for Biological Diversity’s Amaroq Weiss will host a post-screening Q&A to answer questions about the film, share wolf news at the state and federal level, and explain how you can get involved.
Meet and greet at 6:30 pm before the film. Bring healthy vegetarian snack or a refreshment to share if you can. The program begins at 7:00 pm. This event sponsored by: Transition Berkeley, Center for Biological Diversity and the BFUU SJC.
Suggested Donation: $5 – 20 to cover event costs. No one turned away for lack of funds.

 

 

Memorial Service for Evelyn Berman
Sunday, October 1 at 2:00 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
The BFUU community grieves the passing of our friend and Fellowship member, Evelyn Berman. Please join Evelyn’s husband Bob, their family and friends at this gathering in honor of Evelyn’s life.

A Night for the Buffalo: Buffalo Field Campaign
Friday, September 29 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall–1924 Cedar St.

Marking 2 decades of front line action for the wild buffalo, the Buffalo Field Campaign 2017 Roadshow is coming to the Bay Area with a special 20th anniversary presentation. Co-founder Mike Mease brings engaging stories and films straight from the field, in the land of the buffalo, with music by Native American flutist Mignon Geli and special guests.
This event benefits the Buffalo Field Campaign.
Sliding scale at the door—no one turned away for lack of funds.
Sponsored by BFUU, Earth First! and the Bay Area Coalition for Headwaters
Info: 510-548-3113;This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; buffalofieldcampaign.org

The mission of the Buffalo Field Campaign (BFC) is to stop the harassment and slaughter of Yellowstone’s last wild buffalo herds; protect the natural habitat of wild, free-roaming buffalo and other native wildlife; and work with all people—especially Indigenous Nations—to honor and protect the sacredness of the wild buffalo.
Volunteers from around the world spend every day, sunrise to sunset, monitoring and documenting threats to the buffalo, running patrols on skis and snowshoes to defend buffalo in their traditional habitat. BFC is the only group working in the field, every day, to stop the slaughter and harassment of the last wild buffalo.
“We envision a world in which buffalo and all other native wildlife are allowed to exist for their own sake, are given priority on public lands, and herds are allowed to maintain self-regulating, sustainable populations.” says BFC.

Ordination of Tom McAninley
Saturday, September 23 at 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

 

Ordinations are a milestone marking the culmination of a faith journey that an individual and a congregation have taken together. Tom McAninley, his mentors, family, fellow political activists, and longtime friends will join The Berkeley Fellowship Of Unitarian Universalists in joyfully celebrating Tom's ordination to the Unitarian Universalist ministry. A social hour featuring food and fellowship will follow. Please see the event on Facebook:https://facebook.com/events/350372672066603

 

Hardly Strictly Acoustic Jam
Friday, September 8 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

Join us for BFUU's new jam session format. Come sit in our circle, share music, songs, poetry, excerpts from your new book, jokes and stories. We welcome all entertainers and entertainees to fill the Hall with performance, connection and appreciations for all forms of art.
Suggested donations of $5 – $20
No one turned away for lack of funds! Volunteers appreciated!

Transition Berkeley Presents:Open Meeting & Discussion

REPORTING BACK – LOOKING FORWARD
SHARING WISDOM AND SHAPING THE FUTURE OF TRANSITION BERKELEY - JOIN US!
Thursday, September 7th, 2017 (6:30 – 9 pm, 6:30 pm - refreshments, 7 pm - program) in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Join us to hear about the Transition US National Gathering from Transition Berkeley member Bonnie Boruki, who traveled to St. Paul, Minnesota to attend the 3-day conference this past August.

She’ll report back about the exciting work that is going on and the variety of approaches different Transition Towns are taking to building strong sustainable communities in towns and cities across the US.

We’ll watchTransition Movement founder Rob Hopkinsas he highlights successes of the movement in his address to the conference. Then we will receive inspiration and wisdom from video ofStanding Rock leaders Phyllis YoungandPearl Meanswho spoke at the conference.

Berkeley Transition Steering CommitteememberAyako Naganowill report on the Transition work she witnessed going on in Cambridge, England this summer, while away on sabbatical with her family.

With a clearer view of what the Transition Movement can be around the world, we’ll invite everyone to envision what they would like the future of Transition Berkeley to be and how they can be part of it.

What new films would you like to see, what projects can we get involved with, how can we best influence our local government, businesses and organizations? Are there any campaigns that you would like to help Transition Berkeley take an active part in?Let’s tap into the collective genius of ordinary people working together.

This event is sponsored by:Transition Berkeley and Social Justice Committee (Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists)

Location: Historic Fellowship Hall, 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA 94709

At Bonita Ave, one block east of MLK Way & three blocks west of Shattuck Ave

Wheelchair accessible via the ramp

Suggested Donation:$5-20 to cover event costs. No one turned away for lack of funds!

Bring:Bring an earth-friendly dish to share at 6:30 pm if you like!

For infoemail:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., orTransition Berkeley’s fb pageorwebsite

 

Better World Festival
Saturday August 26 from 3 PM - 9 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Bay Area stars will perform music, spoken word, theater, dance and more! The event will begin with the Native American group Theatre Movement International. Oakland’s fabulous Paradise the Poet will mesmerize with his amazing performance poetry. Local artists will display their work. Festival-goers are invited to share their ideas for a better world. Community organizations will offer opportunities to shape a better world. Produced by the BFUU Music Committee and the BFUU Poetry Committee.

Suggested donation $30, more if you can, less if you can't. No one turned away for lack of funds. Volunteers appreciated!

 

BFUU Ukulele Camp (Intermediate)
$50/session; $25/session for BFUU Members and Friends
Mon August 14 - Fri August 18 6:30 - 8:30 PM in the Preschool Kitchen – 1606 Bonita Ave.
Learn some Hawaiian songs and simple hula movements in Session II (Intermediate.) The ukelele is a friendly, portable instrument that is a great way for folks to take part in the fun of music! EmailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to sign up or for more information. Adults and children are welcome.
Theater of the Oppressed Workshop  

Saturday, August 12 from 1 pm – 4 pm in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Admission $30 (more if you can, less if you can’t)
Tickets:http://theatreofoppressed.bpt.me
Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) is a set of techniques, games & practices for using theater as a vehicle for transforming individuals and their communities, and effecting social and political change. It is a method of harnessing the theatrical process as a powerful tool for healing communities and breaking cycles of oppression; resulting in empowered and engaged individuals and groups that have the tools to dialogue, educate, problem-solve, and effect change. TO is a collective, creative, whole-brained problem-posing/solving technique of learning and transformation.

Prof. Jiwon Chung, a student of Augusto Boal, the creator of Theatre of the Oppressed, is faculty at Starr King School for the Ministry, at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. He has been teaching theater and activism around the world for over 3 decades. For more information, please call 510-499-1839

Hardly Strictly Acoustic Jam Session
Friday, August 11 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Join us for BFUU's new jam session format. Come sit in our circle, share music, songs, poetry, excerpts from your new book, jokes and stories. We welcome all entertainers and entertainees to fill the Hall with performance, connection and appreciations for all forms of art.
Suggested donations of $5 – $20
No one turned away for lack of funds! Volunteers appreciated!

 

The Summer of Love: Benefit Dance for BFUU and 60th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, BFUU Fellowship Hall–1924 Cedar St., Berkeley, CA

7 pm – 8 pm Social Hour, 8 pm – 10 pm Dance with music by Soul Rising
It’s the 50thanniversary of the “Summer of Love” and also BFUU’s 60thanniversary. Boogie on down to the sizzling sounds of late 60’s music with Soul Rising. Have fun and help support BFUU too! In addition to helping support the constant maintenance needed to keep our facilities in shape, this dance will help us make desired improvements to BFUU such as adding solar panels and making the buildings more accessible.

$10-30 sliding scale tickets. No one turned away for lack of funds.
Tickets available through EventBrite here:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-summer-of-love-benefit-dance-for-bfuu-and-60th-anniversary-celebration-tickets-36259146082
Please contribute to the potluck! Donation baskets will be put out for those who enjoy the food and drink to further help BFUU.

 

Small Group Ministry with Rev. Dr. Carrie Knowles -Special Event!
Friday July 28 meeting at noon on the steps of Fellowship Hall
– 1924 Cedar St.
A Small Group Ministry was launched this spring at BFUU to provide shared spiritual exploration and support for members and friends. Led by Rev. Doctor Carrie,  this group will meet on Friday, July 28th to visit a religious service of another faith.
Qual'bu Maryam (Maryam's Heart) Women's Mosque opened its doors recently and meets at 2441 LeConte on the Starr King campus. According to the website, "This is a place of inclusivity; we welcome people of all faiths who are curious about Islam and want to get to know us in a relaxed, no pressure environment of support."
Three BFUU members who attended midday Friday prayer (Jumu'ah) were welcomed warmly by participants including Starr King students and a rabbi. Modest dress is recommended but no head covering is required for non-Muslims.
Rev. Carrie invites all who want to take part to meet  on the front steps of BFUU at noon, Friday, July 28. Please call the office (510-841-4824 ext. 1) or emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.in advance so shared transportation can be arranged. Parking is limited on Holy Hill.

Active Hope: What Must We Do Now
Tuesday, July 25 6 - 9 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Featuring Joanna Macy, Starhawk, and Ahmed Salah.
Active Hope events aim to lift us out of inaction and despair and into a beautiful, caring world of peace, love, and concern for all beings. This program will include inspiration from those working to save the world; bringing us together and unifying us in this work. It will include voices from the First Nations people, social and environmental justice activists, music, delicious organic vegetarian food, a book signing, heart connections, and inspiration to action.
$10-$20 suggested donation. Book signing, information tables, opportunities for action and networking. Wheelchair accessible. 6 pm potluck dinner; 6:30 pm Program. Sponsored by Codepink Golden Gate:https://www.facebook.com/CodepinkGoldenGate/ 

Learn the Ukulele at BFUU This Summer!
BFUU Ukulele Camp (Beginners)
$50/session; $25/session for BFUU Members and Friends

Tickets available on Eventbrite:Ukulele Camp Tickets
Mon July 17 - Fri July 21 10 am - 12 noon in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Learn to play the ukulele if you don't know how in Session I (Beginner.) The ukelele is a friendly, portable instrument that is a great way for folks to take part in the fun of music! EmailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to sign up or for more information. Adults and children are welcome.

 

Hardly Strictly Acoustic Jam Session
Friday, July 14 at 6:30 PM sign up / 7 PM start in Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Join us for BFUU's new jam session format. Come sit in our circle, share music, songs, poetry, excerpts from your new book, jokes and stories. We welcome all entertainers and entertainees to fill the Hall with performance, connection and appreciations for all forms of art.
Suggested donations of $5 – $20
No one turned away for lack of funds! Volunteers appreciated!
Conscientious Projector Presents "The River Ran Red"

Thursday, July 13 at 7 pm in Fellowship Hall–1924 Cedar St.
In the summer of 1892, the nation’s largest steelmaker (Carnegie) took on its most militant labor union, with devastating consequences. Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick head a fascinating cast of characters, including Pinkerton guards and anarchist Alexander Berkman. Directed by Steffi Domike and Nicole Fauteux. To evoke the period, the film employs documentary techniques, primary sources, dramatically staged scenes shot on location in the Pittsburgh area, and lyrical commentary found in poetry, song and fiction. Labor Singer Jimmy Kelly Will Lead a Sing-Along Song Salute to Woody Guthrie, the Dustbowl Balladeer.
Suggested donation $5 – $20. No one turned away for lack of funds!

Party for a Potty! Benefit for FTCFTH and FNB
Sunday July 9 from 6 - 10 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Why the Potty? If you were homeless, you would know. First They Came For The Homeless and Food Not Bombs will unite to hold a joint benefit at BFUU featuring music, dancing, juggling, poetry, politics, and a performance of shadow puppetry. FTCFTH fights for the right of homeless people to create and defend their own communities. It operates a drug-and-alcohol-free camp at the intersection of Ashby and MLK, between the signs reading “HERE” and ‘THERE.” Food Not Bombs has been cooking and distributing food to people in need for 35 years.
Suggested donations of $5 – $20 No one turned away for lack of funds! Volunteers appreciated!

Transition Berkeley Presents Film Screening and Discussion
“SMOG OF THE SEA”
Thursday, July 6 at 6:30 PM doors, 7-9 PM program, in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Please join us for a film screening of Smog of the Sea, followed by a discussion with San Francisco’s Senior Commercial Zero Waste Coordinator, Jack Macy, who will share info about local efforts to reduce single use plastics. Smog of the Sea follows the crew of @5Gyres SEA change research expedition, as they discover that the great ocean garbage patch is actually a “fog” of microplastics – trillions of barely visible shards. The crew includes renowned surfers Keith & Dan Malloy, musician Jack Johnson, spearfisher woman Kimi Werner, and bodysurfer Mark Cunningham. Smog of the Sea makes an artful call to action for rethinking single-use plastic.
You are invited to meet and greet at 6:30. Please bring healthy snacks to share if you can. Co-Sponsors: Transition Berkeley, The Ecology Center and BFUUs Social Justice Committee. This event is part of The Ecology Center series for Plastic-Free July. Learn more athttp://ecologycenter.org/plastic-free-july/
Suggested Donation: $5-20 to cover event costs. No one turned away for lack of funds! 

Theater of the Oppressed Workshop
Saturday, June 24 from 1 pm – 4 pm in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Admission $30 (more if you can, less if you can’t)

Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) is a set of techniques, games & practices for using theater as a vehicle for transforming individuals and their communities, and effecting social and political change. It is a method of harnessing the theatrical process as a powerful tool for healing communities and breaking cycles of oppression; resulting in empowered and engaged individuals and groups that have the tools to dialogue, educate, problem-solve, and effect change. TO is a collective, creative, whole-brained problem-posing/solving technique of learning and transformation.

Jiwon Chung studied with Augusto Boal, the creator of Theatre of the Oppressed and has been teaching Theatre of the Oppressed for over 30 years in several countries.

 

Indivisible Berkeley Film Screening: "Merchants of Doubt"
Sunday June 18 at 7PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
The Indivisible Berkeley First Amendment team will be screening the new documentary "Merchants of Doubt" at 7:00 p.m. with discussion to follow. The excellent film (based on the book) is the troubling story of how a cadre of influential scientists with extensive political connections ran effective campaigns to mislead the public and deny well-established knowledge about tobacco, acid rain, the ozone hole, global warming and DDT. It shows how the ideology of free market fundamentalism, aided by a too compliant media, skewed public understanding of scientific facts to advance a political and economic agenda. 

This documentary takes audiences on a satirically comedic yet illuminating ride into the heart of conjuring American spin. Filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the curtain on a secretive group of highly charismatic, silver-tongued pundits-for-hire who present themselves in the media as scientific authorities - yet have the contrary aim of spreading maximum confusion about well-studied public threats ranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change.

  • Free (donations accepted!)
  • RSVP helpful but not required
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Hardly Strictly Acoustic Jam
Friday, June 9 at 6:30 PM sign-up / 7 PM start in Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Join us for BFUU’s jam session! Bring out your acoustic instrument, voice (music and/or spoken word), appreciation, and good rhythm to fill the hall with performance, connection, and appreciation.
$5-$20 suggested donation. No one turned away for lack of funds.

 

Transition Berkeley Presents: Film & Discussion
“DEAR GOVERNOR BROWN: STOP DRILLING CALIFORNIA”
Thursday, June 1 at 6:30 PM refreshments, 7-9 PM program, in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Learn the sobering facts about oil production in California and the damage it’s doing to families, agriculture, our water and environ-ment. Explore ways we can work together to challenge our Governor to be consistent in his environmental policies. We’ll watch a short film called DEAR GOVERNOR BROWN, STOP DRILLING CALIFORNIA. The discussion afterward features representatives from Food and Water Watch, a leader in the anti-fracking movement, and several other organizations concerned about fracking in California. We’ll close out the evening with a postcard writing campaign.
Bring healthy vegetarian snacks or a refreshment to share for meet and greet at 6:30. The program begins at 7:00 pm. This event is sponsored by: Transition Berkeley, San Francisco Bay Chapter, Sierra Club and BFUU Social Justice Committee.
Suggested Donation: $5-20 to cover event costs. No one turned away for lack of funds!
Bring: A healthy vegetarian snack to share at 6:30 pm if you like!
For info email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Memorial for Séon O'Neill
Sunday, May 28 at 2:00 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
The memorial service for Séon O'Neill will take place in the Fellowship Hall this Sunday, May 28 at 2 pm with Rev. Elena Rose Vera presiding. Please encourage all who knew Seon to attend. She was a longtime member who faithfully served BFUU. Please bring photos or mementos for a commemorative display if you wish. Light refreshments will be served after the service (around 3PM).

Russia, the US, Trump, Putin, and the Danger of World War
Saturday, May 27 at 7:30 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
The forum will look at the growing confrontation between the US and Russia and what is behind this growing threat of world war. Speakers include George Wright, Retired Professor Chico State University; Tony D’Agostino, Professor SFSCU, Russian History; and Steve Zeltzer, KPFA WorkWeek Radio.
For more information, please contact Steve Zeltzer at 415-282-1908 or go to www.upwa.info.

The Rockin' Solidarity Labor Chorus performs
Paul Robeson: A Portrait in Story & Song
Sunday May 14 at 3:30 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
This is a musical biography of the great African-American artist, athlete, and activist based on material gathered from primary sources by Alex Bagwell.
Sponsored by The Rockin' Solidarity Labor Chorus and BFUU Social Justice Committee.

$5-$20 suggested donation. No one turned away for lack of funds.
For more information, please call Pat Wynne at 415-648-3457.

 

The Oasis in Berkeley (open mic and jam session)
Friday, May 12 at 6:30 PM sign up / 7 PM start in Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Join us for BFUU’s open mic night and jam session! First come, first choice of 10-minute slots, available until the slots fill up.
We welcome entertainers and entertainees to fill the hall with performance, connection, and appreciation.
$5-$20 suggested donation. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Conscientious Projector for the 99% Presents
“The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!”

Thursday, May 11 at 7 pm in Fellowship Hall–1924 Cedar St.
Set during the “Cold War” era of nuclear hair-trigger brinkmanship, this comedy depicts the chaos following the grounding of a Soviet submarine off a small New England island. The film stars Carl Reiner, Eva Marie Saint, Alan Arkin, Brian Keith, Theodore Bikel, Jonathan Winters, and Paul Ford. A rare positive portrayal of Russions at the time, the film had a profound impact on both American and Soviet leaders.
Sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Committee.
Suggested donation $5-$20. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Transition Berkeley Presents Film and Discussion
“Normal is Over” A Story About Solutions
Thursday, May 4 at 6:30 PM refreshments, 7-9 PM program, in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
“Normal Is Over” is a compelling and visually rich film directed by award winning investigative journalist Renee Scheltema.
Her film chronicles the way humans have inadvertently imperiled our planet: species extinction, climate change, depletion of critical natural resources and industrial control of our food production.
This unique documentary examines how our economic and financial system connects these issues and offers SOLUTIONS that could be implemented immediately, from practical everyday fixes to rethinking the overarching myths of our time. Meet and greet at 6:30 pm before the film. Bring healthy vegetarian snack or a refreshment to share if you can. The program begins at 7 pm.
This event sponsored by: Transition Berkeley, Social Justice Committee (Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists).
Suggested Donation: $5-20 to cover event costs. No one turned away for lack of funds!
Bring: A healthy vegetarian snack to share at 6:30 pm if you like!
For info email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

Social Justice Discernment
Sunday, April 30 at 12:30 - 2:00 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
This is the final workshop in the social justice discernment series (though the work continues!) Join us in learning from and working with Evan Junker. For more information, please contact Elayne Ryder at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


"Rock & Reel" An Irish Dance Benefit for Standing Rock
Saturday, April 29, 6 PM - 11 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
6 PM (potluck/speaker)
7 PM (dance lesson)
8 - 10 PM (dance with live music)
10 PM - 11 PM (acoustic hour)
Sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Committee
Sliding scale: $5-$10
Tickets at: http://bfuu4standingrock.brownpapertickets.com
Live Irish music from musicians from the community, including former members of the Elderberries and the band Alatriel.
Even if you don't know how to dance, you can join in a dance lesson, bring a potluck dish and enjoy the social scene, and listen to a knowledgeable speaker on issues facing the Standing Rock and DAPL protestors' legal fight. Or consider buying a ticket as your donation to this important cause.
Let's come together as a community to support policies and movements for clean water and human rights. Please share this ticket link and help spread the word to the community!
The protest camps have been evacuated and the battle is now in the courts where legal motions to stop the DAPL are being heard. If a minimum of $1,000 is raised, all proceeds will go to Earthjustice, the legal group representing Standing Rock in current court battles, earmarked for Standing Rock legal defense. Otherwise all proceeds will go to the Sioux Tribe of Standing Rock to be used as they deem best for their legal defense expenses.
Here’s a BFUU music video with a sample of Irish music. Playing along is our custodian Richard Sandling on the drum, and our Board President Doug Chambers on the “bones.” https://youtu.be/G86SaTZEJIk

People's Life Fund Award Ceremony
Saturday, April 15 at 6:00 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
6:00 PM Potluck- Please bring a Vegetarian Dish to Share for the Potluck!
Every year on April 15th, The Northern California War Tax Resistance/People's Life Fund honors organizations who make the connection between our war taxes and the violence and oppression our bloated military budget causes. The People's Life Fund is an opportunity for all those who resist militarism. Essentially, it is War Tax Redirection.
The Fund is part of the Northern California War Tax Resistance which is part of the National and Worldwide Organization of Resistance to Taxes for war and repression. Further info: NWTRCC.org or locally http://www.nowartax.org or call 510-842-6124.
This event is sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Committee and the Northern California War Tax Resistance/People's Life Fund. Urge you not to miss this special event as one of finest events the SJC sponsors.
Suggested donation $5 - $20. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Active Hope: RISE, LOVE, RESIST!
Friday, April 14 at 6:30 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Speakers include Joanna Macy, Antonia Juhasz, Donald Goldmacher, "Heist" film, co-founder Berkeley Progressive Alliance; Shahid Buttar, Electronic Frontier Foundation; Mike Rufo, Bill of Rights Defense Committee; Rev. Earl Koteen, Sunflower Alliance; Tracy Rosenburg, Oakland Privacy Working Group; Michael Wong, Veterans for Peace; Susan Harman, Friends of the Public Bank of Oakland; Marylia Kelley, Tri-Valley Cares; 350.org Bay Area; April 29 Climate Mobilization; Codepink Women for Peace; Indivisible Berkeley; Diablo Rising Tide, and more!
Music: Lydia Violet (tentative), Betsy Rose, Mike Rufo, Francis Collins, more!
Suggested donation: $5-$20, no one turned away for lack of funds.
An evening for conscious activists, organizers, musicians, writers, poets, artists, thinkers who work for justice, peace, the future. The concept for “Active Hope” events is meeting outside our ‘silo’ issues - seeing common threads, connecting the dots, drawing from each other the inspiration and courage to act. We will again bring multi-issue activists and organizers together to hear, speak, network, collaborate, strategize. Groups will present briefly across the activist spectrum— environment, social justice, civil liberties, peace and anti-militarism, health care, education, jobs, immigration, and more-- all with an emphasis on action opportunities.

Contact: Cynthia Papermaster, Codepink Golden Gate, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Codepink Women for Peace, Golden Gate Chapter

Small Group Ministry with Rev. Dr. Carrie Knowles
Wednesday, April 12 at 2-4 PM in the Minister's Office – 1606 Bonita Ave.
This group will focus on spirituality and our search for meaning. As the group develops, participants are encouraged to develop topics related to their interests.

This group will meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays in the ministerial office.


Loaves and Fishes: Food for the Soul
Tuesday, April 11 at noon in Ministers Office–1606 Bonita Ave.
As an expansion of her caring ministry, the Rev. Carrie Knowles is offering a new lunch time group called "Loaves and Fishes: Food for the Soul."
These meetings are an opportunity for participants to explore spiritual questions about which they are curious. The suggested topic for the first group is "Did God Have a Wife?" Thereafter, the group will develop topics to fit the interests of those taking part. Loaves and Fishes welcomes participants not only from BFUU but also friends of church members, neighborhood residents and anyone from other UU congregations.
The group will meet on the second Tuesday of each month, noon to 1 PM in the ministerial office. Please bring your own brown bag lunch and a beverage.


Transition Berkeley Presents Film and Presentation
CAPITALISM & DEMOCRACY: Can They Co-Exist?
Thursday, April 6 at 6:30 PM refreshments, 7-9 PM program, in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

How can we shift our economic structure to be more equitable and humane?
Please join Transition Berkeley for a short film: “How Class Works”, an animated overview by Richard Wolff.
The film will be followed by a talk and discussion led by local author and distinguished Marxist scholar Richard Lichtman, who has taught at UC Berkeley, SF State, and the Wright Institute. His topic will be Marxism 101: Capitalism and Democracy - Can They Co-exist?
Is capitalism the root cause of the climate crisis? How can we shift our economic structure to be more equitable and humane? If capitalism is the problem, what alternatives do we have? We’ll discuss these issues and more.
Meet and greet at 6:30 pm before the film. Bring healthy vegetarian snack or a refreshment to share if you can. The program begins at 7:00 pm.
This event is sponsored by Transition Berkeley and the BFUU Social Justice Committee.
Suggested Donation: $5 – 20 to cover event costs. No one turned away for lack of funds. 


Responding to Mental Health Crises without Berkeley Police: A Community Forum
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Saturday, April 8 at 12:30 meet and greet, 1 PM program in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

What can mental health care and crisis response look like without police involvement? Join the Justice 4 Kayla Moore Coalition and Berkeley Copwatch for a forum to address that question. The forum will feature individuals and organizations who are fighting for, building and living out mental health alternatives to the police. We will also discuss next steps for our campaign to fight for changes in how our communities and the City of Berkeley approach mental health crises. Please refrain from wearing scented products to the event.

Accessibility info: The space is wheelchair accessible and we will have a scent-free seating area during the large-group portion of the event. Please contact us (see below) to let us know what your access needs are.

Need a ride or childcare? Contact us (below) to request these resources. Arrangements to make childcare and rides available are in progress.

Interested in presenting at the forum? Have experience (through life and/or work) with non-police mental health resources or the intersection of mental health and policing? Contact Charlotte at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 510-847-6310. We'd love to hear from you! Volunteers also welcome!

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Social Justice Discernment
Sunday, March 19 at 12:30 - 2:00 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
BFUU has begun the exciting process of what social justice issues call to us to work on as a whole congregation. This Sunday's workshop will again be led by Evan Junker, and we'd love for you to join us! This workshop will cover the five components of a balanced Social Justice Program. We will explore new ideas. For more information, please contact Pam Norton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Elayne Ryder at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Oasis in Berkeley (open mic and jam session)
Friday, March 10 at 6:30 PM sign up / 7 PM start in Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Join us for BFUU’s open mic night and jam session! First come, first choice of 10-minute slots, available until the slots fill up.
Our very own Doug Chambers and Susan T. Mashiyama have set up this special session, and they welcome entertainers and entertainees to fill the hall with performance, connection, and appreciation.
$5-$20 suggested donation. No one turned away for lack of funds. 

Conscientious Projector Presents “13th”
Thursday, March 9 at 7 pm in Fellowship Hall–1924 Cedar St.
The words of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution were supposed to guarantee that slavery and involuntary servitude effectively were outlawed. The exception of punishment for a crime where the “party shall have been convicted” is the loophole. As detailed in Ava DuVernay’s “The 13th”, the injustice system in America has not changed all that much since the earliest days of slavery. The statistics DuVernay puts onscreen say it all: African-Americans make up 6.5% of the U.S. population but a whopping 40% of the prison population — in a country with the highest level of incarceration in the world; up more than tenfold since 1970 and existing mostly to put away black and Latino men.
Sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Committee.
Suggested donation $5-$20. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Transition Berkeley Presents Movie and Panel
COWSPIRACY: The Sustainability Secret
Thursday, March 2 at 6:30 PM potluck, 7-9 PM program, in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
How do our eating habits affect Climate Change?
Transition Berkeley invites you to view COWSPIRACY: THE SUSTAINABILITY SECRET a ground breaking documentary that takes a sobering look at a destructive industry that is threatening the health of our planet. The film documents this industry’s impact on species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution and more. Learn how we can be part of the solution.
Before the film our special guest, attorney Jeff Pierce with the Animal Legal Defense Fund, will talk about efforts to combat the environmental harms of industrial animal agriculture, and highlight ways our individual choice to consume fewer animal products can help solve the problem. He’ll also discuss policy changes that can be implemented at the local level to address the impacts of animal agriculture on the environment.
After we watch COWSPIRACY we’ll have a time for discussion and planning local actions.
Please bring vegan snacks to share for the social gathering at 6:30. The program begins at 7pm.
This event is sponsored by Transition Berkeley and the BFUU Social Justice Committee.
Suggested Donation: $5 – 20 to cover event costs. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Josh Kornbluth in "Citizen Josh" Fundraiser for Indivisible!
Saturday, February 25 doors 7 PM, event 8 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.$25 suggested contribution (not tax-deductible)Josh Kornbluth will be performing his one-man show Citizen Josh as a fundraiser for Indivisible Berkeley. A radical conservative has just been elected to the U.S. presidency, confounding polls and expectations -- and now Josh is struggling against his strong desire to curl up in a ball for four years. Sound familiar? Well, this particular story takes place just after George W. Bush has defeated John Kerry -- but it could apply to ... other times as well. How does a profoundly passive citizen become an activist? In Josh's case, becoming a parent sure helps -- and when plans to refurbish the neighborhood playground (in Ohlone Park) threaten to be scuttled by neighborly conflict, a reluctant activist is born. Citizen Josh, a comic monologue, traces events from Princeton, NJ, to Berkeley, from present-day Berkeley back to Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957. It is also about one man's brave quest to submit his undergraduate senior thesis -- only 25 years late. It's about climate change, too. Citizen Josh is a raucous comedy about learning to participate in our democracy (and also windmills).
More info and tickets at: https://www.indivisibleberkeley.org/events/citizenjoshfundraiser

59th Anniversary of the Peace Symbol
Monday, February 20th at 2 PM in Fellowship Hall–1924 Cedar St.
Remember on Presidents' Day the origins of the Peace Symbol, which is an essential part of our Peace Movement. Join Arnie Passman and others. Musicians, poets, comedians will perform and offer their thoughts. We will shine light on the history of the Peace Symbol and discuss how we can have a lasting peace and a joyful resistance.
Refreshments, All Welcome.
Donation $5-20 appreciated. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Social Justice Discernment Process
Sunday, February 19 from 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Please join Evan Junker as we begin the exciting process of what social justice issues call to us to work on as a whole congregation.
For more information, please contact Pam Norton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Elayne Ryder at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SJC Speaker Series: Alison Weir
Thursday February 16 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
100 Years of Pro-Israel Activism:
How a Special Interest Lobby Enabled the Colonization of Palestine
The creation of Israel in 1948 was the result of a worldwide movement called Political Zionism, active in the United States since the late 1800s. After Israel was created, this movement – which then became known as the "Israel lobby" – continued to work on behalf of Israel. Today it is one of most powerful and pervasive special interests in the U.S. Among its many achievements has been to re-define the term anti-Semitism to increasingly mean criticism of Israel and/or support for Palestinian human rights. Another accomplishment has been to procure massive aid to Israel: on average, 7000 times more per capita than to others around the world.
Drawing on her best-selling book, Against Our Better Judgment: The Hidden History of How the US Was Used to Create Israel, former journalist Alison Weir will discuss this movement, its history and current reality, media coverage of Israel-Palestine, and the role of Israel partisans in promoting the Iraq War and in the continued demonization of Iran. The lecture will be followed by a question and answer session.
Weir’s book will be available at the event.
Weir is executive director of If Americans Knew (www.ifamericansknew.org) and president of the Council for the National Interest (www.cnionline.org).
More info at www.againstourbetterjudgment.com/ and http://ifamericansknew.org/
This talk is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Social Justice Committee of the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists.
$5 - $20 suggested donation. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Dancing on the Side of Love: A Valentine’s Dance Party
Saturday, February 11 at 7 - 10 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Featuring dance music and songs from the 60s, 70s and 80s played by Soul Rising, an 8-person band led by Moses Channels with vocals by Doug Chambers and Elinor Roberts.

Admission is $10 to $20 on a sliding fee scale with no one turned away for lack of funds. Food and beverages available.

Wheelchair accessible via the ramp on Bonita Ave.
This is a fundraiser for BFUU and Pacific Center for Human Growth, an organization which fosters and enhances the well-being and self respect of LGBTQ youth, adults and seniors.

Free Valentines Balloon Decor Workshop
Dozo the Clown, Instructor - ages 8 to adult – Class Size Limited
Saturday, February 11, 3-6 PM in the Fireside Room – 1606 Bonita Ave.

Learn how to make decorative columns and arches using round, latex balloons. We'll start with how to inflate a balloon using a hand pump or an electric pump and how to tie off balloons. You will learn how to make columns and arches without using helium or a stand. Run wild, and help Dozo create a giant balloon heart!

We will decorate Fellowship Hall with our sculptures. The larger pieces will be in sections and assembled onsite. There will be a bonus "Pop Party" after services on Sunday. Please sign up ASAP as the class is limited to 4 adults (children not limited). No heavy lifting required!

Call the BFUU office at 510-841-4824 ext 1 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up!

The Oasis in Berkeley: Blackberri Live! and Open Mic
Friday, February 10 at 6:30 PM sign up / 7 PM start in Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Join us for BFUU’s revamped open mic night! First come, first choice of 10-minute slots, available until the slots fill up.
Our featured performer is the legendary Blackberri. Blackberri is a black, gay singer-songwriter guitarist who lives, loves, struggles and performs in San Francisco. He has roots in blues and gospel, but plays many styles. His music reaches a wide range of people of all ages, races and sexual preferences. He performed on "Walls to Roses: Songs of Changing Men" produced by Smithsonian Folkways.
$5-$20 suggested donation. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Transition Berkeley Presents Music, Potluck & Inspiration
Celebrate & Get Activated!
Thursday, February 2 at 6:30 PM potluck, 7:30-9 PM program, in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
It’s Groundhog Day! Raise your heads up, celebrate and learn ways you can take action!
Transition Berkeley invites you to help us celebrate our sixth anniversary with live Old Time Music by the Share Croppers, a delicious potluck supper, presentation by staff from the fabulous Story of Stuff Project and a panel of some of your favorite Local Change Makers.
Following up on last month’s film which documented the devastating impact of homo sapiens on Mother Earth, this month’s two short films The Story of Change and The Story of Solutions, will give us tools to guide our urgent actions for a more just and sustainable world. We’ll reflect in small groups on methods for organizing, and then hear from the Local Change Makers featured at our Screening the Green film nights. These Transition leaders will bring us up to date on their projects: Wee Bee Gardeners, Transition Streets, Roots of Empathy, Native Plant Neighborhood Building, Consider the Homeless, Dump Wells Fargo and more.
It’s time for us all to become active, informed and collegial in the life of our community. YOU can make a difference. Come out, sign up!
This event is sponsored by Transition Berkeley and the BFUUSocial Justice Committee.
Suggested Donation: $5 – 20 to cover event costs. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Killer Drones - Obama’s Tragic Legacy and a Blunt and Homicidal Weapon Handed to His Successor
Saturday January 28 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Brian Terrell participated in the first protests against killing by remote control in 2009, shortly after newly elected President Obama made assassination by Predator and Reaper drones the cornerstone of his military policy. Since his arrest at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada that spring, Brian has participated in nonviolent protests around the country and abroad as this deadly technology has been proliferating. At these protests he has been arrested many times, serving jail sentences in New York and Nevada and in 2013, he spent six months in federal prison for presenting a petition at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. As a co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, he has traveled to Iraq and made several visits to Afghanistan and has met with drone victims there. He has spoken about drones at universities, high schools, churches and rallies in the United States, Europe and Asia and his writings on the subject have been widely published and translated into several languages. A peace activist for more than 40 years, Brian lives on a Catholic Worker farm in Maloy, Iowa, and is on the Nevada Desert Experience Council.

Sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Committee. Suggested donation $5 - $20. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Self Defense for Women Workshop
Saturday, January 14 at 1 PM - 3:30 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
A one day workshop of practical self defense techniques plus hands-on practice-session at the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists.
Assault on women is unfortunately all too common in our culture. Attacks can happen anywhere including your own neighborhood.
Self Defense for women is intended for self-identified women who do not see themselves as martial artists or fighters, but who would also not like to be victims if they are targeted.
This is a hands-on, no-nonsense, frank, and highly practical workshop. Come prepared to move and engage our instructors who will teach specific techniques for ending an assault.
Cost: free, but passing a hat to cover transport costs and feed our volunteer coaches and bring them to the east bay.
Note: This workshop covers material which may be triggering and emotionally difficult for some individuals.

The Oasis in Berkeley - CANCELLED
Friday, January 13 at 6:30 PM sign up / 7 PM start in Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
This event has been cancelled due to illness. Sorry for the late notice. Hope we'll see you next month.

Conscientious Projector Presents “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy”
Thursday, January 12 at 7 pm in Fellowship Hall–1924 Cedar St.
This "Tale of Billionaires and Ballot Bandits" is Greg Palast's documentary about steering an election through calculated racist disenfranchisement. Beginning with the 2000 election and continuing to the 2016 campaign, Palast interviews those who've been victimized, identifies schemes and villains, and presents the case for powerful corruption of the election system in the United States.
Sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Committee. Suggested donation $5-$20. No one turned away for lack of funds. 

Transition Berkeley Presents: The Root Cause
Thursday, January 5 at 6:30 PM refreshments, 7-9 PM program, in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
The Root Cause is a documentary film about the impact humans have had upon the earth and its creatures. In the film scholars present their research about changes that are already taking place on earth and those we can expect in the future.
The scholars conclude that human activity on the planet is a geological force, changing the climate and the oceans, reshaping the landscape, causing pollution, and driving extinctions of other species. As a result, human civilization as we know it is facing its own demise. Can humans change the way we interact with the environment and change our future to avert disaster, or are we bound by our innate nature to continue as a destructive geological force?
Please join us for this thought provoking film and meet the filmmakers Julia Buss and David Millett. We are also fortunate to have notable climate experts from the film with us. UC Berkeley Geography Department Chair Nathan Sayre and Stanford Anthropocene expert Michael Osborne will join the filmmakers for a panel discussion that seeks solutions and audience participation.
Come at 6:30 for meet and greet, bring healthy snacks to share if you can.
The film begins at 7:00 and will be followed by the panel discussion.
This event is sponsored by Transition Berkeley, Social Justice Committee (Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists) and The Ecology Center.
Suggested Donation: $5 – 20 to cover event costs. No one turned away for lack of funds.

 

December 2016

Saturday December 24: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Please join us at 5:00 PM for our Christmas Eve service. Hear beautiful music, sing carols, and enjoy the season with us. Please bring something warm (socks, gloves, hats, scarves) or food (nonperishable, peanut butter or cans with pop tops) for our homeless sisters and brothers. The collection will be donated to Berkeley Food and Housing.

Tibetan Festival of Light
Friday, December 23 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Ventul Rinpoché, who teaches reading and writing to Tibetan children on Sunday afternoons at BFUU, offers this gift in gratitude for the community's help with the Tibetan Resettlement Project. Everyone is invited to come for homemade soup and cookies with butter tea or sweet tea. Chanting & meditation are optional. Rinpoche-la pays for all the food and cooks it himself, over a three-day period, as his gift to the community. Please come and accept the Tibetans' generosity.

Water Protectors of Standing Rock Update/Fundraiser
Tuesday, December 20 at 7PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St. 

Support the “Water Protectors of Standing Rock" fundraiser in Historic Fellowship Hall! Dr. Maria Michael will speak on her recent trip to North Dakota. Dr. Michael is a ceremonial leader and medic for the water protectors. She will be joined by faith based and cultural leaders. Dr Michael is a medical intuitive with a background in neuropsychology. She is a Lakota/Navajo traditional elder and has conducted traditional Native American ceremonies and creates sacred space for people of all races and cultures. Sponsored by the Social Justice Committee of the BFUU. For more information contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

No one is ever turned away from a BFUU SJC event for lack of funds, and we do appreciate volunteer labor donated. Keep in mind that this particular event is a fundraiser in support of those standing in solidarity against the Dakora Access Pipe Line.

Suggested donations of $5 – $20. No one is turned away for lack of funds! Volunteers appreciated!

The 2016 Selection - What Do We Do Now?With Harvey Wasserman and guests Joanna Macy and Dennis Bernstein
Sunday December 18 at 7:00 PM in the Connie Barbour Room – 1606 Bonita Ave.
Harvey Wasserman co-wrote THE STRIP & FLIP SELECTION OF 2016 (with Bob Fitrakis), soon to become THE STRIP & FLIP DISASTER OF AMERICA’S STOLEN ELECTIONS: FIVE JIM CROWS & ELECTRONIC ELECTION THEFT at www.freepress.org and www.solartopia.orgFunny things will happen on the way to the Trumpocalypse. We will fight like hell. We will win a few (already the TPP). And we’ll never lose, because it’s never over til it’s over. We will also take California (and then the world) to Solartopia, because we have no choice.At this gathering we’ll discuss the 2016 Selection, including how it was REALLY rigged, how we will cope with the coming of The Donald, and how we will shut Diablo Canyon while making California the decentralized post-grid renewable energy capital of the world. And all because of you! Don’t miss this talk!!! No Nukes/4 Solartopia.
Sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Committee and Codepink Women for Peace.Suggested donations of $5 – $20 will support the work of the Social Justice Committee! No one is turned away for lack of funds! Refreshments provided. Volunteers appreciated!*Note: This event will be in the Connie Barbour Room, which is not wheel-chair accessible. It’s on the second floor of the RE Building of the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists at 1606 Bonita (@ Cedar) in Berkeley (next door to Fellowship Hall).

The Oasis (open mic) with Featured Artist Roger Brown & Leslie Thorne
Friday, December 9 at 6:30 PM sign up / 7 PM start in Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

Join us for BFUU’s monthly Open Mic night! First come, first choice of 10-minute slots, available until the slots fill up. Featured Artist performs around 8:30 PM.
Roger Brown, originally from New York, has lived in Berkeley since 1979. He has been involved in the local music scene since the early 90’s as a blues guitar player. He also plays bass and harmonica, and writes original songs in a variety of styles. Leslie Thorne is also originally from New York. She plays the upright Bass in a variety of genres, including jazz, swing, blues, and folk. Leslie formed her band Yanqui Gumbo earlier this year with Roger and several other players, and they perform locally. They will be performing originals and covers out of their eclectic set list. They can be seen locally every third Tuesday at Caffé Trieste in Berkeley with their full band.
Hali Hammer is an award winning singer-songwriter and social activist who has been performing in the Bay Area for over four decades. She is a founding member of Occupella, plays bass and sings with Jump-In (which performs "folk & oldies - don't say it too fast) performs with The ReSisters, and can be found on many You Tube videos. Her latest CD is called Eclectic Circus, and a new one is in the works.

$5-$20 suggested donation. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Conscientious Projector Presents “The Brainwashing of My Dad”
Thursday, December 8, 7 pm in Fellowship Hall–1924 Cedar St.

"The Brainwashing of My Dad" is a documentary film by acclaimed filmmaker Jan Senko, which examines the rise of the right-wing media machine through the conversion of her non-political Democratic party father to become a supporter of Rush Limbaugh, Fox News et al. It powerfully shows how a father and a nation can become radicalized.
It shines light on a propaganda machine can have a profound influence especially after the Fairness Doctrine was removed in 1986l Don't miss this compelling story.
Sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Committee.
Suggested donation $5-$20. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Women's Meeting
Sunday, December 4 after service in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Women of BFUU are invited to gather after services in the main Hall the first Sunday in December. We will discuss BFUU, ideas for the future, etc.

November 2016

Transition Berkeley Presents: Potluck, Singing & Discussion
Let Our Voices Be Heard
Thursday, December 1 at 6 PM refreshments, 7-9 PM program, in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Please join us for a relaxing evening of nourishment for body and soul. We’ll share a warm and healthy potluck supper accompanied by the mellow sounds of live piano music.
After dinner we’ll be treated to an improvisational song circle led by Berkeley artist and circle song enthusiast Phoebe Ackley. We’ll circle around as we lift our voices in harmony under Phoebe’s skillful guidance, creating unique and lively songscapes as we respond to her cues.
Following our singing we’ll exchange ideas for making the winter holidays stress free and waste free. (Bring your favorite ideas to share with others.)
We’ll close the evening with a half hour practice session for the active listening skills we learned last month from empathy expert, Edwin Rutsch. Edwin will facilitate Empathy Circles in which each of us will have a chance to be a speaker in a small group and an active listener. Active listening is key to opening channels of communication with those you disagree with. People are more willing to listen when they feel fully heard.
So come on out, lift your voice and open your ears, for a joyful, sustainable and just future.
This event sponsored by: Transition Berkeley, Social Justice Committee (Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists), and Citizens’ Climate Lobby.
Suggested Donation: $5-20 to cover event costs. No one turned away for lack of funds!
Bring: An earth-friendly potluck dish or refreshment to share at 6 pm.
For info: www.transitionberkeley.com or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Brilliant Banners: Faiths Bloom Through Fabric Art: Artist Reception
Sunday, November 20 at 12 noon in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Newly displayed in BFUU’s historic Fellowship Hall are nine large colorful banners which symbolize many of the major religious traditions from which Unitarian Universalists derive inspiration.
Each banner represents a specific religion through its best known symbol: the Cross for Christianity, the Yin/Yang for Taoism, the Star of David for Judaism, the Om for Hinduism, the Four Directions Medicine Wheel for Native American Traditions, the Arabic Script for Allah to represent Islam, the Wheel of Dharma for Buddhism, the Venus of Laussel for Feminine Spirituality and the Chalice for Unitarian Universalism.
Collectively, the banners stand for the Unitarian Universalist commitment to religious pluralism and cross cultural spiritual sharing. They also represent all the colors of the rainbow, offering a strong statement of support to LGBTQI persons and communities.
The banners will be formally presented to BFUU members, friends and guests at a reception honoring their creator Emma Lehman on Sunday, Nov. 20, noon to 1 pm. After viewing the banners in the Fellowship Hall, guests will learn of Ms. Lehman’s background and sources of artistic inspiration.
She earned an M.A. in Textiles (Clothing and Design) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She specializes in costumes for the San Francisco Opera and scenic design for the Berkeley Repertory Theater. She is an active recreation costumer for the Society for Creative Anachronism, helping to celebrate its 50th anniversary this year.
Light refreshments will be served. This is the first public event presented by BFUU’s Aesthetics Subcommittee. The historic BFUU Fellowship Hall is accessible for persons with disabilities.
 
Book Launch: Cecile Pineda's “Three Tides: Writing at the Edge of Being”
Saturday, November 19 at 4:00 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Cecile Pineda touches on issues of displacement as she talks about 40 years of the writing life, the breakthroughs, the discouragements, and the daily practice. She will read and sign copies of Three Tides: Writing at the Edge of Being. Time will be set aside for questions and answers. 
Pineda is widely recognized as the author of nine published works of fiction and non-fiction. She is the winner of the Gold Medal from the California Commonwealth Club and nominee for the 2015 Neustadt International Prize for Literature.  Like the Nobel, it is awarded not for any one work, but for an entire body of work. Ms. Pineda is available for interviews at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

The Oasis in Berkeley (BFUU Open Mic) with Featured Artist Arnie Passman
Friday, November 11 at 6:30 PM sign up / 7 PM start in Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Join us for BFUU’s monthly Open Mic night! First come, first choice of 10-minute slots, available until the slots fill up. Featured Artist performs around 8:30 PM.
Poet, satirist, songwriter, playwright, essayist Arnie Passman will read at the bfuu, featuring his smash hit single, “Acne is good for you.” Passman is the author of “The Deejays,” two plays about black radio history, collected work, “Climbing Whateverest,” an epic poem, “Occupy Your Nearest Country Club,” and is completing a poem about the 80 year history of morning radio from Arthur Godfrey to Howard Stern and beyond, how we ha-ha hate to get up in the morning. He is also the composer of a dozen musical histories of corporations, and “The Damned of Enchantment,” about the biggest nuclear accident in U.S. history, on the Navajo reservation, months after Three Mile Island.

November’s host, Holly Harwood, is a poet and peace activist. She is the current BFUU Poet Laureate, previous Chair of the BFUU Social Justice Committee and Coordinator of Code Pink Golden Gate Chapter. Holly is also Dozo the Clown at various Bay Area locations. Holly understands the power and influence of good poetry and song in creating meaningful community, wholesome values, and achievable visions. Join Holly Harwood as our host and team create another unique and memorable monthly open mic! http://hollyharwood.com

$5-$20 suggested donation. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Conscientious Projector Presents
“A REALLY Inconvenient Truth”
Thursday, November 10, 7 pm in Fellowship Hall–1924 Cedar St.
A Film by Cambiz A. Khosravi which is a critical look at Al Gore's “An Inconvenient Truth.”
What is “really inconvenient” is the truth that global warming is directly related to the uncontrolled growth of the dominant world capitalist system. Joel Kovel, who is featured in this video, explores positively what we really need for a livable future. Kovel is the author of “The Enemy of Nature” and editor of the journal Capitalism Nature Socialism.
Sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Committee.
Suggested donation $5-$20. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Transition Berkeley Presents Presentation & Discussion:
Empathy: The Bridge for Our Country’s Social Divide
Thursday, November 3 at 6:30 PM refreshments, 7-9 PM program, in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

This evening will address the extreme polarization highlighted in this election year and help us learn ways to talk to and understand those who think and feel differently than ourselves. We’ll begin with the film: “Love Hate and Everything in Between.”
Empathy - a subject increasingly tested by world events and studied by scholars - is put under the microscope in this documentary. Can empathy resolve issues of aggression and subjugation, where wars, politics and economic sanctions have failed? “Love Hate and Everything in Between” looks into the world of neuroscience, psychology, education and technology to explore the extraordinary relevance of empathy in today’s increasingly interconnected world.
After the film empathy expert Edwin Rutsch will lead us in small interactive groups that will allow us to practice empathy skills and experience the power of active listening. (Edwin directs the Center for Building a Culture of Empathy and is founder of the International Empathy Trainers Association. The center’s CultureOfEmpathy.com website is the internet’s most comprehensive portal for empathy related material including interviews with over 300 experts on the topic.)
This event sponsored by: Transition Berkeley, BFUU SJC, and Citizens’ Climate Lobby.
Suggested donation $5-$20. No one turned away for lack of funds. 

October 2016

Conscientious Projector Presents “Paying the Price for Peace: The Story of S. Brian Willson”

Thursday, October 20, 7 pm in Fellowship Hall–1924 Cedar St.
“Paying the Price for Peace: The Story of S. Brian Willson” is an exciting film packed with ideas on how we can overcome the fears that fuel endless war. It is also the heroic story of the courageous dedication of Brian, a longtime friend of the Fellowship, who lost his legs at the Concord Naval Weapons Station in 1986.
www.payingthepriceforpeace.com
Suggested donation $5-$20. No one turned away for lack of funds.  

BFUU Open Mic with Featured Artist Dolores Helman
Friday, October 14 at 6:30 PM sign up / 7 PM start in Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Join us for BFUU’s monthly Open Mic night! First come, first choice of 10-minute slots, available until the slots fill up. Featured Artist performs around 8:30 PM.
Featured artist Dolores Helman has been a well-known bay area tapper forever. She has performed throughout the world and has pioneered several healthy tap exercise programs, including Dance with Dolores and Tappersize.  She has been an important part of Tap Dance Day celebrations since 1995. She has inspired hundreds of dancers as she infuses her own jazzy influence with her love of rhythm.

October’s host Gene Herman has been writing poetry for 30 plus years; genres cover politics, romance, the environment, and sailing. He was host of the Wind Song Coffee House on Nantucket and is a past president of the Bay Area Poets Coalition. He's still writing... still musing around.
$5-$20 suggested donation. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Conscientious Projector Presents Book Party for “Nuclear Heartland”

Thursday, October 13, 7 pm in Fellowship Hall–1924 Cedar St.
“Nuclear Heartland Revised Edition: A guide to the 450 land-based missiles of the United States” edited by Arianne Peterson and our guest speaker John M. LarFarge of Nukewatch, an educational project based in Wisconsin which raises public awareness of nuclear weapons, reactors and waste.
Dr. Helen Caldicott states that every American should read this book, learn that under our farms and prairies are the ICBMs with nuclear warheads and take on the entities that imperil our survival. Much of the original content was by the late Sam Day who was most helpful to our SJC on past anti-nuclear actions.
www.nukewatchinfo.org
Suggested donation $5-$20. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Transition Berkeley Presents: Carbon Pricing - Climate Game Changer
Thursday, October 6 at 6:30 PM refreshments, 7-9 PM program, in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Join us for an evening with Citizens’ Climate Lobby members, Amy Gorman and Harry Chomsky for a presentation and discussion on CCLs’ legislative proposal for a comprehensive and effective solution to the climate crisis. Learn about tools on how to pass climate change legislation. CCL is a national organization that is committed to creating the political will for a sustainable planet.
The presentation will include a specific nonpartisan proposal for pricing carbon emissions. CCL has an active chapter in Alameda County and will be talking about progress made locally toward garnering support for their proposed legislation. This includes recent unanimous passage by The Berkeley City and Albany Councils of resolutions supporting a fully rebated fee on all carbon emissions (differing from cap and trade plans) at the national level.
Event co-sponsored by Transition Berkeley, the Social Justice Committee (of the BFUU), and Citizen's Climate Lobby (CCL)

Bring: An earth-friendly snack or refreshment to share at 6:30 pm if you would like to.
For info: www.transitionberkeley.com or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Suggested donation $5-$20. No one turned away for lack of funds.

September 2016

Night for the Buffalo: Buffalo Field Campaign 2016 Roadshow
Friday, September 30 at 7:00 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Native flute music by Mignon Geli; special musical guests; videos, storytelling and front lines reports from BFC co-founder Mike Mease - 20 years in the field.
For more information, please go to www.buffalofieldcampaign.org
Suggested donation $5-$20. No one turned away for lack of funds.
Sponsored by Buffalo Field Campaign and BFUU Social Justice Committee

Bing Futch Mountain Dulcimer Concert
Sunday, September 25, 6:30-8PM in the Connie Barbour Room – 1606 Bonita Ave.
Bing Futch plays his 2nd concert here in Berkeley, performing his original songs on mountain dulcimer and native american flute. He was a 2016 International Blues Challenge Finalist, winning the "Best Guitarist" award in the solo-duo category at the International Blues Challenge while playing the mountain dulcimer! Engaging, unexpected and talented, Bing's concerts just fly by with fun, depth and all-around enjoyment.
Mountain Dulcimer workshops precede his concert. For full information, go to the link below.
Presented by Deborah Hamouris
Tickets: $10 at the door or advance
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2592136

UN International Peace Day - a free event!
Sunday, September 25 at 1 PM in the Fireside Room – 1606 Bonita Ave.
An inspiring talk and panel discussion on:
*Why sharing is the only path to peace
*Why the voice of the people will soon become the most potent force on the planet
*Learn about a group of highly advanced spiritual teachers focused on the practical solutions needed for our world.
*Introduction to a world service group meditation

https://m.facebook.com/UN-Peace-Day-Berkeley-Sept-25-252466008481467/

For more information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

“Entwined” Book Reading and “Outsider” Film
Tuesday, September 20 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Down Syndrome and deafness in 1950 consigned Judith Scott to a state institution for 35 nightmare years before her twin sister obtained her release. Once discarded by society, she responded to opportunities at Creative Growth Art Center by becoming a world-famous fiber artist. “Entwined”, a book by her sister Joyce, explores the twins’ closeness and the profound impact of Judith’s extraordinary life and remarkable creativity. Copies will be available for sale. Also on this program, Betsy Bayha’s film, "Outsider", is an intimate portrait of a compelling, eccentric and talented individual who prevailed in the face of daunting odds.
For more info: http://judithandjoyce.com/ or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sponsored by the BFUU SJC Suggested donation $5 - $20. No one turned away for lack of funds.
 
EarthShare Film Screening: Sonic Sea
Thursday, September 15 at 6 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Sonic Sea is an award winning 1-hour 2015 documentary about the impact of human-made ocean noise on whales and other marine life. Narrated by actress Rachel McAdams, with musician Sting, and renowned ocean experts Dr. Sylvia Earle and Jean-Michel Cousteau. Learn more at www.sonicsea.org
Tickets $10, event proceeds benefit EarthShare California, a non-profit alliance: www.earthshareca.org
 
Vic Sadot Concert
Sunday, September 11 at 7PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Featuring Songs from the CD “9/11 Truth & Justice Songs” released 5 years ago on 9-11-11. Featuring New Songs from the soon to be released “Truth Troubadour” 2016 CD. Free Concert! Fundraiser to get the CD out!

Maybe one of these songs will be what moves you to show support and solidarity: originals like “Full Spectrum Dominance” (Rob Sadot on electric guitar), “No Nuke Blues Fukushima Update”, “An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King”, “Courage To Resist - Free Chelsea Manning”, “The Kidnapping Coup” (Haiti 2004), and the 2016 “Spirit of the Trees”. Love songs: “The Harbor of Love” and “Lori”.

The style on "Truth Troubadour" is simple folk acoustic with Vic singing and playing acoustic guitar, and occasionally accordion. Eric Golub is marvelous on his improvisations on violin, viola, and ukulele! The Indiegogo Fundraiser campaign is over, but the description of the new cd is still up there if you are curious about that! Hope to see you in Fellowship Hall on 9/11/16!

Free Concert! It’s a fundraiser to help release the work in progress CD to be titled “Truth Troubadour.” Donations Are Welcome! No one ever turned away for lack of funds!

Berkeley Public Library Workers’
Whistleblowers Defense Fun(d)raiser and Reception
Sunday, September 11 at 3:00 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Gather to support the Berkeley Public Library whistleblowers - brave library workers who spoke up last year about the decimation of the library collection, and who are now being harassed and threatened with being fired.
There will be jazz and classical music, a no-host pie bar, and a chance to learn about upcoming actions on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at the City Council meeting (public comment, gathering at 6:30) and significantly on Wednesday, Sept. 14th for the Board of Library Trustees meeting (rally at Central Library steps at Noon; rally and public comment at the BOLT meeting at Tarea Hall Pittman /South Branch 6:00 pm.)

Sign the petition and learn more at www.savethebplbooks.org
Contact the ad hoc library advocacy support group at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Committee.
Donations at the door - sliding scale - suggested $5-$20. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Conscientious Projector Presents “Babel”

Thursday, September 8, 7 pm in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

“Babel” is a 2006 drama by Academy Award winning Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu, considered a masterpiece by some critics. The film shows there are consequences and redemption for our actions. And though cultures differ in language and values, the multi-narrative stories highlight that we are all connected as one human family. Beautifully filmed over three continents. There are no heroes, just victims of fate and circumstance.
Sponsored by the BFUU SJC. Suggested donation $5-$20. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Transition Berkeley Presents Film and Discussion: "A Place at the Table"
Exploring Food Inequality & Waste
Thursday, September 1 at 6-7 PM potluck, 7-9 PM program, in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Join us for a screening of the eye-opening film “A Place at the Table.” The film will be preceded by a community potluck, please bring a dish to serve at least five people.
After the film, we will hear from a panel of people working to address inequality in the food system and spread awareness of hunger and food waste in our communities. They will discuss how the issues affect us here and what we can be doing to help.

Confirmed speakers for the panel are Sara Webber, director of the Berkeley Food Pantry and Sarah Palmer Defrank, policy advocate at California Association of Food Banks, with more to come. Stay tuned!

This event sponsored by: Transition Berkeley, Social Justice Committee (Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists), the Ecology Center and Slow Food East Bay.

Tickets encouraged: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2594455
Suggested Donation: $5-20 No one turned away for lack of funds!
For info: www.transitionberkeley.com or
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August 2016

A Better World Festival
Saturday, August 20 3 PM - 9 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

The theme of this year's festival is "a better world." Singer-songwriters, poets, musicians, comedians - all performers - are welcome to sign up for one of 30 ten minute slots. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Slots are filling up fast. We also invite artists to display their works on the walls of the Hall. Groups working to make a better world will table in the courtyard. Volunteers are needed to take tickets, set up, work with food, clean up, and other positions. Please contact Holly if you are interested in volunteering, performing, or sharing your art. Participants are welcome to sell their books, CDs, art, etc. There will be a half hour dinner break. This event is going to be a lot of fun! It is sponsored by the Social Justice Committee.

 

BFUU Open Mic CANCELLED
Friday, August 12th

Sorry all! The Open Mic for August has been cancelled. Please join us on August 20th at 3:00 PM for A Better World Festival - music and art galore! See details below!

Conscientious Projector Presents "Where To Invade Next"
Thursday, August 11, 7 pm in Fellowship Hall–1924 Cedar St.

Michael Moore's Latest, Most Hilarious and Best Yet Film!
Prepare to be Liberated and Laugh as well at this special free screening of of this provocative and subversive comedy/documentary which confronts the most pressing issues facing America today and finds the solutions. Just when we need it most, the Academy Award-winning director comes up with his best ever film – so rich we encourage folks to see it again! A truly enjoyable, patriotic and thoughtful film not to be missed.

Sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Committee as part of our Conscientious Projector series.
Free! Suggested donation $5 – $20. No one turned away for lack of funds!

Transition Berkeley Presents Film & Discussion:
Save the Delta "Over Troubled Waters"
Thursday, August 4 at 6:30 PM refreshments, 7-9 PM program, in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.Join us for this visually rich documentary, “Over Troubled Waters,” the story of the battle being fought by the people of the Delta to protect the region they love and to encourage saner water policies for the Golden State and all the people of California.

The evening will feature the controversial Delta Tunnels project. Our panel will include representatives from Restore the Delta and Sierra Club and Dr. Patty Oikawa, a UC Berkeley researcher investigating the climate benefits of Delta wetlands restoration. They are working furiously to save the Delta from the Tunnel project, which will seriously undermine this essential treasure.
This event sponsored by: Transition Berkeley, Social Justice Committee (Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists), and the Water Working Group (Berkeley Climate Action Coalition)
More info: www.transitionberkeley.comor email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Suggested donation $5 – $20. No one turned away for lack of funds!

July 2016

Witches and Pagans Book Release Party
Saturday, July 30 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Max Dashu reads excerpts from her new book, with special guests. “Witches and Pagans: Women in European Folk Religion” pulls the covers off little known cultural heritages in a compelling exploration of language, archaeology, medieval literature and art. Decades in the making, this sourcebook gathers together strands of folk wisdom to reweave the ripped webs of women’s culture in Europe.

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Suggested donation $5 - $20. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Rally for Police Accountability
Tuesday, July 17 at 6 PM at Berkeley City Council Bldg – 2134 MLK Jr. Way, Berkeley

The BFUU-SJC Interfaith Committee sees police accountability as key to its commitment to stop mass incarceration of people of color.

Council Member Kriss Worthington (Dist. 5) will hold a press conference on his "BALLOT MEASURE TO INCREASE POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY" to be discussed at the Berkeley City Council meeting. The many reform measures coming out of many community meetings will be explained. The plan is to submit amendments as a ballot measure in November for voters to decide about poLice accountability reform measures.

Please come out and attend the meeting to speak in favor. Or, write the city council at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Conscientious Projector Presents "The Occupation of the American Mind"
Thursday, July 14, 7 pm in Fellowship Hall–1924 Cedar St.

 This documentary explores why some U.S. policies regarding the Middle East have been banned from public discussion. The film is 82 minutes long, narrated by Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, and provides a sweeping analysis of the battle for the hearts, minds and tax dollars of the U.S. people. Sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Committee as part of our Conscientious Projector series.

Suggested donation $5 – $20. No one turned away for lack of funds!

Save the Trees
Sunday July 10 at 6:30 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

UC Berkeley thinks it's above the law. It's not. This August, The University will again try to ignore California laws and cut down tens of thousands more healthy trees, then spray the stumps and other plants with Dow Garlon™ and Monsanto Roundup™ in a 10-year-long "treatment" plan.

Join the Bay Area community protecting our forests and keeping thousands of gallons of toxic herbicides out of public lands, waterways, foxes, coyotes, rabbits, raptors, songbirds – and your children.

The Hills Conservation Network will show an 8 minute video that focuses on the beauty and value of trees vs the dangers of pesticides, and the drastic change in the landscape that will occur when the trees have been cut down. The Hills Conservation Network's goal is to stop the deforestation of the Berkeley/Oakland Hills. For more information, please see www.hillsconservationnetwork.org and/or TreeSpiritProject.com/event.

$5-20 suggested donation at the door. No one turned away for lack of funds.

BFUU Open Mic with Cynthia Johnson, featuring Victor K 
Friday, July 8 at 6:30 PM sign up / 7 PM start in Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Join us for BFUU’s monthly Open Mic night! First come, first choice of 10-minute slots, available until the slots fill up. Featured Artist performs around 8:30 PM.

Our July 2016 Host is Cynthia Jean Johnson. Featured Artist: VICTOR K. Victor is an accomplished pianist, poet, and writer. He has warmed our Fellowship Hall at the piano before and after many of our recent Social Justice events.
$5-$20 suggested donation. No one turned away for lack of funds.

The Ecology Center & Transition Berkeley Present:
Plastic-Free July Solutions Salon: Short Films & Discussion with Beth Terry
Thursday, July 7 at 6:30 PM refreshments, 7-9 PM program, in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Led by plastic-free activist and author Beth Terry, Ecology Center, Transition Berkeley, and the BFUU SJC present an evening of short films and plastic-free ideas to inspire your zero waste efforts!
Join us to view an assortment of short films about plastic pollution and consumption, share our triumphs and challenges around reducing plastic waste, and explore some fun, DIY solutions to replace common plastic household goods. Copies of Beth Terry’s book Plastic Free will be available for purchase and signing.
Sponsored by: Transition Berkeley, Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists’ Social Justice Committee, and the Ecology Center.
Suggested Donation: $5-20 No one turned away for lack of funds!
More info: www.transitionberkeley.com

June 2016

Berkeley Disaster Preparedness Neighborhood Network
Thursday, June 30 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Please join us for the BDPNN quarterly meeting:Tips from the Trenches - Does your insurance safety net have holes? Do you have the coverage and the documentation you need for recovery after a disaster?From our presenter, Emily Rogan, Program Coordinator with United Policyholders:Join us for an insurance and preparedness check-up to discuss how to make sure you have the right kind and right amount of home/renters insurance in case of a wildfire, housefire, earthquake or other disaster. Since 1991, the non profit organization United Policyholders has a helped disaster survivors navigate the insurance claim process and long term recovery. Through our preparedness program we pass along lessons learned from disaster survivors as well as information from leading experts in insurance and financial preparedness. We do not sell insurance or take money from insurance companies - visit www.uphelp.org for more information.We'll be at our usual meeting place, the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists (BFUU). Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the BFUU Fellowship Hall, corner of Cedar and Bonita. And per usual, we will have folks on hand beginning at 6 to answer questions and do some mentoring.Reminder: Network meetings are dessert and snack pot luck and Network members are invited to bring something small to share. Beverages are provided.

 

San Francisco Pride!
Sunday June 26 in San Francisco

BFUU is joining with the UU Church of Berkeley (UUCB) and other Bay Area UU Congregations to march in this year's SF Pride Parade on June 26. The theme of this year's SF Pride Parade is Racial and Economic Justice and the Grand Marshal of the parade is Black Lives Matter! UU Congregations will be marching with our congregational Black Lives Matter banners - bring yours! UUCB is also seeking volunteers to attend the safety monitor training for the parade. Please contact Jean Hyams from UUCB at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for more information.

USS Liberty Survivor Don Pageler
Saturday, June 25th 2016 at 7:30pm in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Don Pageler will give his first hand account of how the USS Liberty, a virtually unarmed American navy ship, was attacked by Israeli planes and torpedo boats on June 8, 1967. 34 American sailors were killed and 174 injured that day, a casualty rate of 70%. This is among the highest casualty rates ever inflicted upon a U.S. naval vessel. President Lyndon Johnson recalled the planes that responded to the distress call, saying he didn't care if they all died, he did not want to embarrass an ally.
Hear about one of the biggest cover ups in American military history.
$5-20 donation at the door. No one turned away for lack of funds.
Sponsored by the BFUU SJC and No Lies Radio.
 
SJC Presents the Film "Power of the Weak"
Saturday June 18 at 7:30 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
"The Power of the Weak" film, sponsored by BFUU's SJC and the International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity, is a documentary film by independent German filmmaker Tobias Kriele, which highlights being disabled does not have to mean weak. In this film, Jorgito, a young Cuban with severe cerebral palsy, shows how a society structured to support human development can make the disabled powerful.
Refreshments available. All Welcome.

Suggested donation $5 – $20. No one turned away for lack of funds!

BFUU Candlelight Vigil for Orlando
Friday, June 17 at 7:00 PM in Fellowship Hall  – 1924 Cedar St.

Please join BFUU in honoring the lives of those murdered in Orlando. We will share prayer and song in support of LGBT rights and freedom. 

We hope to have enough flameless candles for all but please bring your own flameless candle if you have one.

 

BFUU Open Mic with host Hali Hammer, featuring Manantial
Friday, June 10 at 6:30 PM sign up / 7 PM in Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

Join us for BFUU’s monthly Open Mic night! First come, first choice of 10-minute slots, available all evening or until the slots fill up. Featured Artist performs around 8:30 PM.
"Manantial" means "spring" – as in a fountainhead – in Spanish. It is also the name of a group of four friends - Nancy Gendel, Karen Chester, Carol Pierson, and Jan Thyer _ who have been playing and singing Latin American Nueva Canción and topical songs for social change together for over 20 years. They are all members of the La Peña Community Chorus and their inspiration draws both from the great traditions of Latin American and North American songwriters, as well as from the folklore of both continents.

Hali Hammer is an award winning singer-songwriter who enjoys writing and playing a wide variety of music. She has sung and played for peace and political causes for over four decades, is a founding member of Occupella and also performs with The ReSisters, Jump-In, and Hali Hammer & Friends. Her diverse work (and play) have made her comfortable performing with all age groups, from preschoolers to senior citizens. Hali Hammer Official Website: http://www.halihammer.com

$5-$20 suggested donation. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Conscientious Projector Presents "Jihad for Love"
Thursday, June 9, 7 pm in Fellowship Hall–1924 Cedar St.
Islam today is the world’s second largest and fastest growing religion. Muslim gay filmmaker Parvez Sharma travels the many worlds of this dynamic faith, discovering the stories of its most unlikely storytellers: lesbian and gay Muslims. “A Jihad for Love” was filmed in 12 countries and 9 languages and comes from the heart of Islam. Looking beyond a hostile and war-torn present, it reclaims the Islamic concept of a greater Jihad, whose true meaning is akin to ‘an inner struggle’ or ‘to strive in the path of God’ - allowing its remarkable subjects to move beyond the narrow concept of Jihad as holy war.
Sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Committee as part of our Conscientious Projector series. Wheelchair accessible.
Suggested donation $5 – $20. No one turned away for lack of funds!
 
Berkeley Dulcimer Orchestra Recital
Saturday June 4 2:30 - 3:15 PM in the Connie Barbour Room – 1606 Bonita Ave
Join the Berkeley Dulcimer Orchestra for a recital of classical & folk arrangements for 2 to 5 dulcimers.
This is the 3rd season for the Berkeley Dulcimer Orchestra, and our ensemble is really starting to come together. With selections from Sacred Harp hymns, unexpected arrangements of folk tunes and early music I think Steve Eulberg has created a fun program for all! Please join us.
This year's ensemble consists of Nomi Harris, Romy Fogel, Ellen Roosevelt, Deborah Hamouris & Steve Eulberg.
Light refreshments follow the recital. Free.
 
The Ecology Center and Transition Berkeley Present: "Occupy the Farm"
Thursday June 2 at 6:30 pm in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Please join us to witness an incredible drama that took place in our own back yard in 2012 and that continues to unfold today. “Occupy the Farm” tells the story of 200 urban farmers who walk onto a publicly-owned farm in Albany, California and plant two acres of crops in order to save the land from becoming a real-estate development.
This direct action set up a vibrant tent village on land destined to become condos, while their crops blocked the development plans of UC Berkeley.
Director Todd Darling will be present for Q&A, and the event will include updates on the current status of the farm and the developers. Copies of the DVD will be available for purchase at the event.
Sponsored by: Transition Berkeley, Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists’ Social Justice Committee, and the Ecology Center.
Suggested Donation: $5-20 No one turned away for lack of funds!
More info: www.transitionberkeley.com
 

May 2016

What's Going On In Venezuela? Eye Witness Report Back
Tuesday May 31, 7PM - 9PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St. 

An update on the current political situation and women’s empowerment, including food sovereignty projects. Teri Mattson, Exectutive Director of Task Force on the Americas, will do a power point presentation followed by Q&A.

Sliding Scale $7 – 20 requested. No one ever turned away due to lack of funds. Volunteer help with chair set up and take down and after event clean-up is much appreciated!

David Swanson, in conversation with Cindy Sheehan: War Is A Lie

Sunday May 29, 7:30-9:00 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Join David and Cindy to mark the publication of the new, 2nd edition of War is A Lie, a thorough refutation of every major argument used to justify wars, countering the theory that war is an inevitable part of human nature and drawing on evidence from numerous past wars, especially those wars that have been widely defended as just and good. This is a handbook of sorts, a manual to be used in debunking future lies before future wars have a chance to begin.

Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is director of WorldBeyondWar.org and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org. Swanson's books include War Is A Lie, When the World Outlawed War, Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union, The 35 Articles of Impeachment and the Case for Prosecuting George W. Bush, and Tube World (a childrens' book). He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org. He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee.

Cindy Sheehan has authored five books, including Peace Mom: A Mother's Journey Through Heartache to Activism and Revolution, A Love Story, her latest, a love note to Venezuela. Cindy's oldest child, Casey, was killed in Iraq on April 04, 2004 in a war that neither she nor he supported. Cindy garnered international notoriety in the summer of 2005 when she camped out at George Bush's ranch in Crawford, Tx. Cindy is mother to three surviving children and four grandbabies. She divides her time between writing, traveling to work for peace and justice, playing with her grandchildren, and hosting The Soapbox radio show http://cindysheehanssoapbox.blogspot.com/
$5-$10 suggested donation; no one turned away.
Autographed Copies of War Is A Lie will be for sale.

Sacred Ecstatic participatory Music Community, Raza de Olma
Saturday May 21, 7PM-9PM in the Fireside Room – 1606 Bonita Ave.
We are wired for the spiritual, and what tunes us in is chanting and drumming.
We will do this in English, Hebrew, Aramaic and Arabic.
We will learn the chants and simple drum beats.
Thus we will enter into dveikut - simply defined as:

I am I
and the Beloved is the Beloved
and the boundary between us vanishes!

R Tsvi Bar-David, R Sara Shendelman, and Friends
Co-Sponsors: Aquarian Minyan, Beyt Chesed >
Your generosity: $20 suggested

The Skerries Sextet
Saturday May 21 at 8 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
The Skerries Sextet is an instrumental band led by master guitarist and composer Bill Horvitz, and includes Steve Adams, Cory Wright, Hal Forman, Scott Walton and Zach Morris. The Skerries will present an evening of all-original instrumental jazz, funk, folk, and rock-based music. Bill Horvitz's long and varied experience as a guitarist and composer has resulted in a strongly original compositional voice. All of the musicians have impeccable credentials and experience in jazz, improvisation, rock, folk and new music and have been performing and recording for decades. “This fusion of their remarkable talents is not to be missed!”
Tickets at the door $15-$20 sliding scale.
For more information, please see www.billhorvitz.com and the Skerries' Facebook page. 
 
BFUU Open Mic featuring Sarah Kobrinsky and Nancy Schimmel
Friday, May 13 at 6 PM sign up / 7 PM in Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Join us for BFUU’s monthly Open Mic night! First come, first choice of 10-minute slots, available all evening or until the slots fill up. Featured Artist performs around 8:30 PM.
Please join host Nanci Armstrong-Temple (BFUU member and Berkeley City Council Candidate), poet Sarah Kobrinsky (former Poet Laureate for the city of Emeryville) and singer/songwriter Nancy Schimmel (Bay Area local legendary Songwriter and Activist) for an open mic night and community dinner at BFUU in the historic Fellowship Hall.
Dinner and sign-up at 6pm. Open mic at 7pm.
$5-$15+ suggested donation for dinner and open mic. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Conscientious Projector Presents "This Changes Everything"
Thursday, May 12, 7pm in Fellowship Hall–1924 Cedar St.
"This Changes Everything" is the great critically acclaimed film inspired by Naomi Klein's book and directed by Avi Lewis about how the challenges of climate change can lead us to a post-fossil fuel, post-capitalist future. This is an ultimately encouraging film, which everyone must as most if not all people do care about justice.
The film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.
Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.
Suggested donation $5 – $20. No one turned away for lack of funds!
 
Transition Berkeley & Friends of Five Creeks Present:
Meet the Changemakers - You and Me!
Thursday May 5 at 6:30 pm in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Join us and Friends of Five Creeks for an evening of short documentaries that highlight how individuals have made an incredible difference in their communities.
From Ron Finley, planting an artistic, urban organic garden in South Central LA’s food desert, to a few women mobilizing hundreds to protect the mission blue butterfly by saving San Bruno Mountain, to a Volunteer Firefighter saving a pair of shoes in a house fire.
In addition, Friends of Five Creeks will share their 20-year history right here in Berkeley, Albany and El Cerrito, as they restored one creek after another. Discover what it took to build their group of Weed Warriors, adopt a half dozen parks, produce a speaker series on local environmental issues and positive solutions, and build an environmental coalition of organizations to protect the bay.
This event is co-sponsored by Transition Berkeley, the BFUU SJC and Friends of Five Creeks.

Suggested donation $5 – $20. No one turned away for lack of funds!

 

April 2016 

 

Active Hope: Going Forward
Friday, April 29, 6-9PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

This is the second in the 2016 series on “Active Hope” to bring issues and activists together in one room, to work together, share information, plan and strategize for real and lasting change. Join us for conversation, music, potluck dinner, fun. “Active Hope: Going Forward,” will include Ray McGovern, Joanna Macy, activist leaders from peace, environment, social justice campaigns, including Codepink, Berkeley Progressive Alliance, Berkeley Peace and Justice Commission, Sunflower Alliance, No Fracking/No Nukes, Black Lives Matter, Bill of Rights Defense Committee, End Mass Incarceration, Sustainable Berkeley, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Occupy the Farm, Postal Banking, Move to Amend, Divestment from Fossil Fuels, Save the East Bay Forest, Stop Destruction of Ace Hardware, BARC (Barkers Agitating for Reactor Closures/Shut Diablo Canyon), more.
$5-$20 suggested donation. No one turned away for lack of funds.
 

People's Life Fund Award Ceremony
Friday April 15 at 6:00 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St. Potluck

6:00 PM Potluck- Please bring a Vegetarian Dish to Share for the Potluck!
Every year on April 15th, The Northern California War Tax Resistance/People's Life Fund honors organizations who make the connection between our war taxes and the violence and oppression our bloated military budget causes. The People's Life Fund is an opportunity for all those who resist militarism. Essentially, it is War Tax Redirection.
The Fund is part of the Northern California War Tax Resistance which is part of the National and Worldwide Organization of Resistance to Taxes for war and repression. Further info: NWTRCC or locally htpp;//www.nowartax.org or call 510-842-6124.
This event is sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Committee and the Northern California War Tax Resistance/People's Life Fund. Urge you not to miss this special event as one of finest events the SJC sponsors. Suggested donation $5 - $20. No one turned away for lack of funds.


Conscientious Projector Presents "EMERALD FOREST"
Thursday, April 14, 7pm in Fellowship Hall–1924 Cedar St.
The film "Emerald Forest" is an amazing adventure and environmental drama for the whole family. The film is based loosely on a true story of a young child who is raised by an indigenous tribe in the Amazon. It is a film from decades back that somehow was under the radar, though many to this day consider it one of their favorite films. You may look up Rotten Tomatoes and see that this is a beloved ecological film that you might want every youngster to see as they look at the values of our U.S. "empire" and others that may not value consumerism and extreme greed as acceptable values. This film is appropriate for Earth Day month, even though one of our treasured late members Hal Carlstad liked to say that every day is earth day and we the homo sapien species are just one part of this beautiful earth. Also this film is beautifully filmed in the rain forest which gives us so much.
Suggested donation $5 – $20. No one turned away for lack of funds!
 
BFUU Open Mic featuring William Ryan
Friday, April 8 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

Join us for BFUU’s monthly Open Mic night! First come, first choice of 10-minute slots, available all evening or until the slots fill up. Featured Artist performs around 8:30 PM.
Will Ryan is a bay area tenor saxophonist. He started playing playing in his hometown, San Jose, and is currently attending the California Jazz Conservatory.
April Host Dominic Jeffries is the choir conductor at the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists. He is currently working on his BA as a guitarist in Jazz Studies at the California Jazz Conservatory and will most likely be the first openly transgender student to get his degree there.
Suggested donation $5 – $20. No one turned away for lack of funds! Volunteers welcome!

BFUU Discernment Weekend!
Friday, April 8- Sunday April 10 in various rooms–1924 Cedar St. and 1606 Bonita Ave.
Jared Finkelstein and Gregory Rouillard of Living Seven Principles (www.livingsevenprinciples.com) will lead our Discernment workshops, where we are clarifying what we want BFUU to be and do—for our congregation and in the world. We encourage all members and friends who consider themselves part of this community to carve out the time to attend as much of the weekend as possible. If you consider yourself a BFUU leader, please make sure to attend the Friday night leaders' workshops/mixer. If you have attended one the Discernment Weekends, please bring your packets with you!
Please RSVP by April 4 if you plan on attending the weekend, so that we can coordinate food and childcare. Please include dietary restrictions and allergies for yourself and any children you plan on bringing in your RSVP. 

The NorCal Community Resilience Network and Transition Berkeley Present
The Community Resilience Challenge and RECLAIMING COMMUNITY
Thursday April 7 at 6:30 pm in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Lights, camera, action! This month’s Screening the Green will be an action-packed evening designed to inspire you to participate in projects that build resilience in your community.
6:30 PM Potluck snacks and Meet and Greet
7:00 PM Community Organizer Susan Silber leads a lively discussion about organizing to build resilient communities and the upcoming Community Resilience Challenge. Local eco-heroes Wanda Stewart, Catherine Sutton Dave Drummond and Carole Bennett-Simmons will also share stories and secret organizing ingredients of their successful projects.
7:30 PM - Get fired up to organize your own project! Join the ProAction Café, a structured conversation that will get you excited to plug into existing community projects or organizing a new project.
8:30 PM – The short film “Reclaiming Community.” takes place in Oakland and Toronto and demonstrates that it only takes a few brave souls who refuse to give up on community to take back public spaces to use for the benefit of all.
This event is wheelchair accessible and cosponsored by Transition Berkeley, the NorCal Community Resilience Network and BFUU’s Social Justice Committee.
Donation $5-$20. No one turned away for lack of funds! For info contact: www.transitionberkeley.com

 

March 2016

Ken O'Keefe Uncensored and Unscripted
Sunday March 20, 5:30-8PM in Fellowship Hall–1924 Cedar St.

Ken O’Keefe’s original marine conservation work has been somewhat overshadowed by his non-violent, but fully confrontational work for human rights. He is an ex-US marine and Gulf War Veteran, who formally renounced his US citizenship in 2001. O’ Keefe’s activities to date include founding Human Shield Action to Iraq (2003), serving as a captain on the first Free Gaza Mission (2008), surviving an Israeli attack on the ship Mavi Marmara (2010) and becoming Social Enterprise Managing Director of Aloha Palestine CIC and the Samouni Project.O’ Keefe is a published author and lecturer who now holds Irish, Hawaiian and Palestinian citizenship, but his ultimate allegiance is to his ‘entire human family’ and ‘Planet Earth’. His style of activism is characterised by his involvement in disarming two Israeli commandos as nine of his fellow Mavi Marmara passengers were executed.
The Israeli military later claimed O’Keefe was a "terrorist operative of Hamas". O’Keefe has repeatedly stated that Israeli Mossad and its assets, along with traitorous elements within the US, are directly responsible for the ‘false flag’ 9/11 attacks. http://www.worldcitizen.uk.net

Suggested Donation $5-$20 - Sliding Scale - No one turned away.

Tom Neilson Concert: Fundraiser for No Nukes Action
Saturday, March 19 Doors 6 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St
No Nukes Action educates and organizes around the need to end nuclear power, the ongoing disaster at Fukushima, and the urgency of shutting down Diablo Canyon. Tom is an acclaimed topical singer-songwriter who travels a lot to spread his messages.
Suggested Donation $20 - Sliding Scale - No one turned away.  

Annual Bay Area Seed Swap & Celebration
Friday, March 18, 7:00 pm — 9:00 pm in Fellowship Hall–1924 Cedar Street

Join us for a fun and festive Annual Seed Exchange hosted by the Bay Area Seed Interchange Library (BASIL). Come learn about seed libraries, swap home-grown garden seeds, share a potluck supper, enjoy music and the company of fantastic local gardeners and earth stewards.

Sign up ahead of time to let us know you’ll be there, or just drop in!

Interested in volunteering at the swap? We would love to have your help! Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Co-sponsored by the BASIL, a project of the Ecology Center; Transition Berkeley; and BFUU’s Social Justice Committee.

Cost: Free if you bring food and seeds to share OR suggested donation of $5-$20. No one turned away for lack of funds!

www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2510817

Event Phone: 510-548-2220 x239
Event Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
This event is wheelchair accessible.

EcoCalendar listing:
ecologycenter.org/events/17th-annual-bay-area-seed-swap-celebration 

The Freedom Bus Ride Through The West Bank: A Photo-Movie Presentation
Thursday March 17 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Skip Schiel is a Cambridge-based socially engaged photographer and teacher who has produced many justice presentations from Hiroshima, environmental and racial justice, to poverty and oppression here and abroad.
YouTube https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=UUVp-eqKQLwLAETqn-Kral-w
Web Site http:teeksaphoto.org)
In 2015 Skip spent 3 months in Israel and Occupied Palestine and produced 5 powerful photo-movies. SJC has chosen is The Freedom Bus Ride thru the West Bank which highlights a cross section of oppression and resistance in key sites such as Tuwani, Bil'in and Nabi Saleh. One reason we chose this is the Black Lives Matter Movement powerfully connects to the Palestine Freedom movement.
Suggested donation $5 – $20. No one turned away for lack of funds!
 

Berkeley's 2nd Annual Women's Film Festival
Norma Rae, 1979 directed by Martin Ritt

Sunday, March 13th, 7pm in Fellowship Hall–1924 Cedar St.
Sally Field won the Oscar for her performance in the title role. A young single mother and textile worker agrees to help unionize her mill despite the problems and dangers involved. The story is based on Crystal Lee Sutton's life as a textile worker and then union organizer, in North Carolina where the union battle took place against a J.P. Stevens Textiles mill. Photo here is of Crystal Lee Sutton.
Suggested donation $5 – $20. No one turned away for lack of funds! 

BFUU Open Mic with Soul Rising, featuring Moses Channels
Friday, March 11 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Join us for BFUU’s monthly Open Mic night! First come, first choice of 10-minute slots, available all evening or until the slots fill up. Featured Artist performs around 8:30 PM.

"Soul Rising" is a rock and soul group specializing in performing contemporary and classic R&B hits for spiritual - not religious - Saturday and Sunday morning services throughout the Bay Area. The lead singer, Moses, is a seminarian graduate student at Berkeley's Pacific School of Religion. They specialize in getting any crowd to dance and celebrate life. "Soul Rising" just completed a six week run performing all secular rock hits at the Kensington Unitarian Church. They are currently performing Saturday mornings at 10:30 am at the Church of the Great Commission on 1798 Scenic Avenue.

Doug Chambers is the host for the March Open Mic. He'll kick off the evening with two songs and keep the evening rolling along. In his own music, Douglas brings you along on a journey through acoustic music old and new. Songs and stories you may not remember, or just think you forgot, tumble from his banjo and guitar with surprising ease!
Suggested donation $5 – $20. No one turned away for lack of funds! Volunteers welcome!

Discernment Weekend!
Friday, March 11 - Sunday March 13 in various rooms–1924 Cedar St. and 1606 Bonita Ave.

Jared Finkelstein and Gregory Rouillard of Living Seven Principles (www.livingsevenprinciples.com) will lead our Discernment workshops, where we will clarify what we want BFUU to be and do—for our congregation and in the world. We encourage all members and friends who consider themselves part of this community to carve out the time to attend as much of the weekend as possible. If you consider yourself a BFUU leader, please make sure to attend the Friday night leaders' workshops/mixer.
Please RSVP by March 4 if you plan on attending the weekend, so that we can coordinate food and childcare. Please include dietary restrictions and allergies for yourself and any children you plan on bringing in your RSVP. To RSVP or for information, please contact Nanci or Frankie:
Nanci Armstrong-Temple, Discernment Task Force Chair / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 510-301-5073
Frankie Hill / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Berkeley's 2nd Annual Women's Film Festival
Rosenstrasse, 2003 directed by Margarethe Von Trotta
Thursday, March 10th, 7pm in Fellowship Hall–1924 Cedar St.

In the Berlin winter of 1943, Jewish husbands of Aryan wives were imprisoned in a factory on a street named Rosenstrasse. The women stood on that street and protested in defiance of the Nazis. They stood there until reunited with their men. Margarethe Von Trotta, director of the recent film, Hannah Arendt, has won dozens of awards for her films, including Best Actress and best Cinematography for this one.
Suggested donation $5 – $20. No one turned away for lack of funds!

Berkeley's 2nd Annual Women's Film Festival
Salt of the Earth (original), 1954. Film was Banned in U.S.

Tuesday, March 8th, 7pm in Fellowship Hall–1924 Cedar St.
Produced, Directed and Written by victims of U.S.Congressional blacklisting, (aka redlisting), directed by Herbert Biberman, one of the Hollywood Ten. Cast is almost entirely workers who participated in the real-life strike film is based on.
In a gritty mining town in New Mexico, Mexican-American workers go on strike to protest their dangerous working conditions and low wages. They meet with fierce opposition from company thugs and local deputies. After vicious beatings, the wives and mothers of the striking workers take over the picket line in a final demand for justice.
Suggested donation $5 – $20. No one turned away for lack of funds!

Transition Berkeley Presents: “Tiny: A Story About Living Small”
Thursday, March 3, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM in Fellowship Hall–1924 Cedar St.

Join us for a film and discussion about the tiny home movement. A screening of “Tiny: A Story About Living Small” will be followed by a panel discussion led by members of Tiny House In My BackYard (THIMBY), an interdisciplinary collaboration of UC Berkeley students designing and building a zero-net-energy tiny house on the Berkeley Global Campus.
“The film follows one couple’s attempt to build a “tiny house” from scratch, and profiles other families who have downsized their lives into homes smaller than the average parking space. TINY is a story for a society redefining its priorities in the face of a changing financial and environmental climate. More than anything, TINY invites its viewers to dream big and imagine living small.”
Potluck snacks and meet and greet at 6:30pm; film at 7pm, followed by discussion.

Event Website: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2500946

Cost: Suggested Donation $5-$20. No one turned away for lack of funds! Purchase tickets ahead of time, or just drop in!
Event Phone: (510) 548-2220 x239 / Event Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sponsored by: Transition Berkeley, BFUUs’ Social Justice Committee, and the Ecology Center.

 
February 2016
 
Jazz in the Neighborhood presents
Terence Brewer’s Friends of Mine Quartet
Saturday February 27 at 8 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St. 

Guitarist Terrence Brewer is joined by musicians on his new album Friends of Mine—Tim Campbell, keyboard; Doug Ebert, acoustic bass; and Greg German, drums.

For tickets and more information, see www.jazzintheneighborhood.org

Acoustic Music Berkeley presents
Laura Benitez and the Heartache with Loretta Lynch
Friday, February 26, 2016 at 8 PM in Fellowship Hall - 1924 Cedar Street

Laura Benitez and the Heartache use the three chord tools of country music to tell the simple, unvarnished truth about love, too much whiskey, and the call of the road. Their songs range from honky-tonk shuffles to rock ‘n’ roll numbers to sweet old time waltzes. Their twangy honesty shines through in straightforward arrangements, crystalline harmonies, and spare instrumentation. 

Loretta Lynch believes in having the right regrets. With lush three-part harmonies, raucous surf-tinged guitar and tongue in cheek, the East Bay Area’s own alt-country outfit Loretta Lynch’s stirring songs reach the shady grove in all of us.

Tickets $15 advance available at www.acousticmusicberkeley.com

BFUU Open Mic featuring Karl Pascal
Friday, February 12 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Join us for BFUU’s monthly Open Mic night! First come, first choice of 10-minute slots, available all evening or until the slots fill up. Featured Artist performs around 8:30 PM.

Karl Pascal is a Bay Area singer/songwriter who has enjoyed folk music all of his life. Karl been an acolyte of Phil Ochs since the day after Phil died, when a savvy, tearful high school social studies teacher played the "Phil Ochs in Concert" record in class.
Most recently, Karl has been vigorously vociferating against the advancing “Vaccinocracy” at Anti-SB 277 mandatory vaccine law rallies from the steps of the California State Capitol, to the Golden Gate Bridge, to the front door of KPFA after Bonnie Faulkner was censored while the oppressive legislation was not yet passed by the CA State Legislature. Karl was an Event Team Organizer & MC for the recent “Celebration of Phil Ochs’ 75th Birthday”.April's host, Vic Sadot, is a singer-songwriter in the Broadside Balladeer tradition of Phil Ochs and Woody Guthrie.
Suggested donation $5 – $20. No one turned away for lack of funds! Volunteers welcome!  

Conscientious Projector Film Series: Salute to Syliva McLaughlin

Segments of "Saving the Bay: The Story of San Francisco Bay"
Thursday, February 11 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall–1924 Cedar St.

Sylvia McLaughlin, who died recently at age 99, was a most gracious friend of our BFUU and her daughter and granddaughter were treasured and active members for some years in the 1990's.
We will honor Sylvia by showing Episode 3: “Miracle Workers”; and Episode 4: “Bay in the Balance” of the film "Saving the Bay." This is a film by Ron Blatman and KQED Public Television, narrated by Robert Redford. It shows how Sylvia was one of the “miracle workers” in the 1960's who saved this beautiful and magical bay on which every human inhabitant (originally the Miwoks and Ohlones) of the Bay has depended. From the earliest inhabitants 5,000 years ago through the Mexican colonization and missionary period, the Gold Rush, the 1906 Earthquake and Fire, the corporate privatizations, the Free Speech, environmental and anti-war movements, to Silicon Valley, this mighty bay, which drains a third of California highlands, has endured.
Suggested Donation $5-20. No one turned away for lack of funds!

BFUU Discernment Weekend!
Friday, February 5 - Sunday February 7 in various rooms–1924 Cedar St. and 1606 Bonita Ave.
Jared Finkelstein and Gregory Rouillard of Living Seven Principles (www.livingsevenprinciples.com) will lead our Discernment workshops, where we will clarify what we want BFUU to be and do—for our congregation and in the world. We encourage all members and friends who consider themselves part of this community to carve out the time to attend as much of the weekend as possible. If you consider yourself a BFUU leader, please make sure to attend the Friday night leaders' workshops/mixer.
Friday 6pm-9pm: Dinner and Mixer; Leadership Pre-Workshop
Saturday 10am-6pm: Daylong workshops with lunch, snack, stretching & singing breaks
Sunday 10:30am-3:30pm: Sunday service with Gregory and Jared. Lunch and workshop afterward.
Childcare and lunch will be included for everyone who RSVPs. There is no cost to attend, but we will be taking donations to offset our expenses.
Please RSVP by January 30th if you plan on attending the first weekend, so that we can coordinate food and childcare. Please include dietary restrictions and allergies for yourself and any children you plan on bringing in your RSVP. To RSVP or for information, please contact Nanci or Frankie:
Nanci Armstrong-Temple, Discernment Task Force Chair / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 510-301-5073
Frankie Hill / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Transition Berkeley Presents: “Share the Love!”
A Celebration of Community Leaders & Transition Berkeley’s 5th Anniversary Party!
Thursday, February 4 at 6:30 pm in Fellowship Hall–1924 Cedar St.

*Potluck, BHS Jazz & “Share Croppers” Music & More!
Help us celebrate our Community Partners and fifth year anniversary!
Delicious Potluck Supper—6:30-7:30 pm with joyful old time music from the “Share Croppers”.
Also featuring Berkeley High Jazz trio – award-winning musicians!
Recognize our fabulous Community Leaders and spotlight the great work they have been doing!
Learn about the Transition Streets project and how YOU can create a more healthy, sustainable and connected community in your own neighborhood!
This event is co-sponsored by Transition Berkeley and the BFUU Social Justice Committee.
Cost: Suggested Donation $5-20. No one turned away for lack of funds!
Bring: Something delicious for the* potluck! Local and plastic-free if possible!
For info: www.transitionberkeley.com , email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

*If you bring a dish, please also bring a printed list of all ingredients so those with allergies, interactions and dietary restrictions can enjoy the dishes they can and avoid those they can't.

January 2016

Acoustic Music Berkeley presents Josh Gallup and Friends - My Wolf & I
A Concert Benefiting M.J.F.F. (the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research)
Saturday January 30 at 8 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Josh Gallup was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) in 1987 at the age of 44. The songs in this concert are about his experience with PD including the difficult issues as well as the inspiration that has come from this time in his life. With the assistance of good friends and excellent musicians he's able to put together a concert to benefit the foundation that provides hope and inspiration for many.
Tickets $15 advance available at www.acousticmusicberkeley.com

 

The 2016 Tom Paine Courageous Spirit Celebration
Friday, January 29 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Annual Fellowship gathering for the reading of quotations from Common Sense, The Crisis Papers, The Rights of Man, The Age of Reason, and Paine’s many letters of correspondence. It is always inspiring! Every year we put Tom Paine quotations in a hat or a basket. Audience members pick them at random and then take turns reading them over the microphone. We have relevant music, and we discuss how Paine’s writings ring true today.

Suggested Donation $5-20. No one turned away for lack of funds!

Apology to a Whale: Words to Mend a World

Newly Published Work by Cecile Pineda
Sunday January 24 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Cecile Pineda will talk about how she came to write Apology to a Whale: Words to Mend a World, and how her message relates to all those speaking English and other European languages in terms of our cultural and technological impacts on the planet.
Cecile Pineda is the author of six works of fiction, and two of non-fiction. J.M. Coetzee, winner of the Nobel for Literature describes her as “a writer of the highest artistic integrity.” http://cecilepineda.com/ 

Acoustic Music Berkeley presents Tim White & Jack Gates
“IMPROMPTU” Album Release Concert
Friday, January 22 at 8 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Tim White began study of the sitar with Ali Akbar Khan in 1975 and was an instructor at the Ali Akbar College of Music for many years. As a solo sitarist, White has performed in India, Europe, Canada and the U.S., and has composed for and accompanied classical dancers of India, including Chitresh Das, Mytili Kumar, Vijay Shankar, Anuradha Nag, Anjani Ambegaokar, and Sandhya Desai.
The musical career of guitarist Jack Gates includes live performance, recording, composition and music production in Northern California. From early studies with masters of Jazz, Classical, Latin and North Indian music, Jack has developed a broad range of guitar styles.
Tickets $15 advance / $20 day of show available at www.acousticmusicberkeley.com
 

CSAI Accountability Forum 2
Tuesday, January 19 at 6 PM potluck*, 7 PM Forum in Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
At the BFUU event on October 30, 2015, Escalating Inequality Forum: Police Responsibility and Accountability, a motion was made and seconded, then passed by majority acclaim by approximately 50 attendees, calling for the Berkeley City Council to address nine specific points. There were no objections to four amendments that were proposed, moved, and seconded.
Many thanks to our distinguished panel: Ms. Richie Smith, Ms. Andrea Pritchard, Ms. Amanda Weatherspoon and Mr. Jessie Arreguin for their significant contribution in this endeavor.
Great big kudos and hugs to our very own Phoebe Sorgen for putting the above motion together and helping get it to the Berkeley City Council for their December 15th meeting.
The next forum will address WHO enters the Police Academy, in the first place; and adding teeth to the Police Review Commission. Addressing these issues should help wrap up Police Accountability concerns.

Suggested Donation $5-20. No one turned away for lack of funds!
*If you bring a dish, please also bring a printed list of all ingredients so those with allergies, interactions and dietary restrictions can enjoy the dishes they can and avoid those they can't.

Conscientious Projector Film Series: "Pray the Devil Back to Hell"

Thursday, January 14 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall–1924 Cedar St.
A film by Abigail E. Disney and Gini Reticker
The untold story of the everyday women who brought a warring nation to its senses, armed only with the courage of their convictions is an uplifting and inspiring as well as enraging story of a group of Muslim and Christian women, rich and poor, urban and rural, who bring peace to their beloved but war-torn Liberia. This unsung ac hievement is gripping suspenseful and ultimately incredibly satisfying. Touching and even funny this film will stay with you for years. In the words of Archbishop Tuttu it "captures the power each of us innately has within our souls to make the world a far better, safer, more peaceful place." A wonderful way for our Congregation to being the New Year.
Suggested Donation $5 - $20. No one turned away for lack of funds.

2016 New Beginnings: Activating for The Best Year Ever!
Sunday, January 10 at 4:30 PM - 9 PM (potluck* 6-7 PM) in Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

Shut Gitmo; Prosecute Torture Now!

Guantanamo 14th Year Anniversary Program will feature speakers and legal, justice, human rights and peace group efforts to shut Guantanamo Prison and push for prosecution of torture policy makers, including Berkeley's own John Yoo and 9th Circuit Judge Jay Bybee.

January 2016 marks the end of 14 years of Guantanamo Bay prison. It also signals the start of President Obama's last year to close the prison. After that its fate will be up to his successor—and the American people. The remaining prisoners at Guantanamo must either be freed or charged with crimes and tried. Hunger strikes and forced feeding continue at the prison. Prisoner releases are at a trickle, but we can celebrate the recent release of Shaker Aamer, the last British prisoner.

A recent 2nd Circuit Court ruling allows the prosecutions of government officials for torture to go forward. The ruling will likely be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, but meanwhile we have new impetus to call for the prosecution of lawyers John Yoo and Jay Bybee, as well as Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, David Addington, Condoleeza Rice, George W. Bush, George Tenet, and the rest of the U.S. torture policy makers.

Sponsors: Codepink Women for Peace, BFUU SJC, Veterans for Peace, No More Guantanamos, Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute, Center for Constitutional Rights, ACLU, National Religious Campaign Against Torture, others being added.

Contact: Cynthia This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 510-365-1500

Suggested Donation $5-20. No one turned away for lack of funds!

*Vegetarian or Vegan preferred. If you bring a dish, please also bring a printed list of all ingredients so those with allergies, interactions and dietary restrictions can enjoy the dishes they can and avoid those they can't. 

BFUU Open Mic featuring Lawson Barnes

Friday, January 8 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Join us for BFUU’s monthly Open Mic night! First come, first choice of 10-minute slots, available all evening or until the slots fill up. Featured Artist performs around 8:30 PM. 

Lawson Barnes is the music minister at Grace North Church in Berkeley. For the past 30-some-odd years he has been serving as music director at a string of small to very small churches which include, in chronological order, Southern Baptist, American Baptist, Episcopal and Congregationalist. Lawson is a singer/songwriter/guitar player who dabbles with the banjo, mandolin and ukulele and is intrigued by the Autoharp. He is an INTP, a self-avowed theology geek and an aspiring iconoclast.

Lauren Renée Hotchkiss is a singer/songwriter/composer/ arranger, multi-instrumentalist, writer, and playwright. She currently plays in the band at Grace North Church, and as a Masters of Divinity student at the Pacific School of Religion is active as a singer and musician in the Tuesday Chapel, leads the Taize service, co-leads the Praise and Worship service, and plays for other special events. She also plays at Taize services at Newman Hall and the Metropolitan Community Church in San Francisco.

Suggested donation $5 – $20. No one turned away for lack of funds! Volunteers appreciated!

Transition Berkeley Presents "Climate Action Now"
Thursday, January 7 at 6:30 refreshments/7 - 9 PM program in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

What really happened at the Paris Climate Talks and what does it mean now that they are over? Hear first hand from Kathy Dervin, 350 Bay Area, Andy Katz, Sierra Club, Tom & Jane Kelly, representing CCA (community choice energy)

Why does local action matter? Learn about the City of Berkeley's progress in reaching its climate action goals and how YOU can take action now through the Transition Streets program and the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition.

Bring your questions and ideas on how we’re going to transition to a lower carbon, more equitable and connected future. Please feel free to bring a snack to share around 6:30 pm (ditching plastics if you can).

This event is co-sponsored by Transition Berkeley, the BFUU's Social Justice Committee, the Ecology Center and the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition.

Cost: Suggested Donation $5-20. No one turned away for lack of funds!

For info: www.transitionberkeley.com


For events prior to 2016, please contact the BFUU office by phone 510-841-4824 ext. 1 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

BFUU offers a central location for community group meetings, presentations or gatherings, for private celebrations or memorials, religious services, gatherings or rites, rehearsals, recitals and performances. We offer wi-fi internet access, a digital projector, and projector screen for use in all rooms, and a full audio system with the ability to record your event in the Fellowship Hall.

Please submit a request to use one of our rooms. Contact the BFUU office at 510 841-4824 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your questions. Download our Room Use Agreement.

The BFUU facility consists of two buildings at the corner of Cedar and Bonita: our main Fellowship Hall (1924 Cedar St.) and, just behind it, our Education Building (1606 Bonita Ave.). The lower floor of the Education Building houses the BFUU Office and the New School of Berkeley; and the upper floor has three additional rooms available for community use -- the Connie Barbour Room, the Fireside Room, and the Benjy Room.

2015 BFUU Rooms Hourly Donation Table*

 Room  sq.ft  Maximum
Capacity

 Mon-Fri
8AM-4PM

Mon-Fri
4PM-12M
 Sat/Sun
8AM-4PM
 Sat/Sun
4PM-12M
 Fellowship Hall  1,700  175  $80/hr  $100/hr**  $100/hr  $100/hr**
 Connie Barbour Room  750  60

 $45/hr

 $45/hr  $45/hr  $40/hr
 Fireside Room  750  50  $40/hr  $40/hr  $40/hr  $35/hr
 Benjy Room  335  20  $35/hr  $30/hr  $30/hr  $25/hr

 

*Rates subject to change. Rentals subject to availability. All rentals require a damage deposit and may require additional deposits. Proof of insurance and/or an insurance rider may be required. BFUU offers a discount on Fellowship Hall rentals for 501(c)(3) non-profits. Inquire about on-going and rehearsal rates.

**There is a three (3) hour minimum use booking for Fellowship Hall use Friday 4:00 PM - Saturday 12 midnight.

Fellowship Hall 1924 Cedar St.

The BFUU Fellowship Hall is the place we hold our Sunday Services and it is very special to us. The main hall is approximately 1700 sq. ft. (36' x 48'), with a slightly raised and recessed stage/chancel (6'8" x 17'4") on the east wall, a small kitchen and serving alcove on the west wall, a separate foyer at the front door, and another side entrance room with a wheelchair accessible ramp. A grand piano, chairs, tables, and lecturn are available for your use. There are two restrooms directly off the Hall. The Fellowship Hall is particularly suitable for larger audiences with a speaker, performance or presentations or practice (capacity 150 seated audience - 118 chairs and 2 pews in the room for 124 seats on hand), sit-down dinners (capacity 80 seats with tables), larger receptions and stand-up affairs, memorials and religious services or rites, and large group meetings. Maximum capacity is 175 people. There is a three (3) hour minimum use booking for Fellowship Hall use Friday nights and all day and night on Saturdays.

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Education Building 1606 Bonita Ave.

Connie Barbour Room

The BFUU Connie Barbour Room, also known as the "smaller hall" or the "yoga room", is an open space suitable for a variety of uses. Chairs can be left stacked against the wall or arranged for circle-style or audience-style use. An upright piano is available for use. A small kitchenette is available in the hall beside the room. Restroom available. It is 750 sq. ft. (24' x 32'), on the second floor - not wheelchair accessible, and maximum capacity is 60.

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Fireside Room

The BFUU Fireside Room provides a cozy spot for groups as small as 5 or 6, or as large as 30. The room is divided into three sections. It is furnished comfortably with easy chairs and couches around a coffee table. This room is especially nice for conversation groups, small receptions, memorials and celebrations as well as small meetings. A small kitchenette is available in the hall beside the room. Restroom available. The room is 750 sq. ft. (16' x 48', divisible into 18' + 16' + 14'), it is on the second floor - not wheelchair accessible, and maximum capacity is 50.

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Benjy Room

The BFUU Benjy Room, also known as the Children’s Room or the Art Room, is an intimate space furnished with a couch, chairs and a coffee table. There are additional chairs available for your use. The room also has a sink, coffee maker and microwave. It is 335 sq. ft. (approx. 17'-19'), on the second floor - not wheelchair accessible, and maximum capacity is 20.

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(Please note that not all events are listed on the calendar, and an open time might not be actually available.)

Make a Room Interest Inquiry: BFUU Room Inquiry Form

 

 

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at 10:30 AM in our Fellowship Hall at
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