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.

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BFUU is a dynamic Unitarian Universalist congregation that plays an important role as a progressive spiritual community in the heart of Berkeley. The Fellowship enriches the life of the surrounding community as a much-used and much-loved venue for social justice and cultural programs.

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2018-2019 BFUU Board of Trustees Members:

Doug Chambers, President
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Doug Chambers, is serving his second term as President of the BFUU Board of Trustees. He has been a member of BFUU for 6 years and also serves on the Membership Committee and Music Committee. He works with his partner Kathy Riehle on the monthly Friday night, very musical Hardly Strictly Acoustic Jam.

He, along with his partner and two daughters, lives in Berkeley. He is an accomplished musician who plays several instruments and is a retiree of UC Berkeley. 


Ira Armstrong, Vice President
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Michael Gardner
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Mike at Meade croppedMike Gardner: I was born in Wichita but my early life was spent growing up in Los Angeles, surrounded by my loving family. My mom’s Irish activism helped draw me to the political left. In the early 1960s I began meeting other left-leaning students, many of whom were members of the youth group at the Los Angeles Unitarian Church. So, “when in Rome….” I became involved with the group.
However, my adventures with BFUU began when my first wife and I were married in Fellowship Hall in 1967. After our first child was born we wanted him to have the opportunity of having a draft deferment, and Unitarians were allowed these, so we joined the Fellowship. We were active in the Social Action Committee, now the SJC.
By 1980 I was deeply involved of the Communist and Socialist movements, and stepped away from BFUU. But in 2014 I realized that I’d been away too long, and rejoined, along with Jinky, my wife. So with ‘me’ smart Irish wit, half of it anyway, and a grasp of left-wing financial responsibility, I’ve been immersed with our Fellowship. For the past two years, with your votes of confidence, I’ve been a member of the Board of Trustees. So if you can tolerate me for two more years, I’ll work with the new Board to help keep things moving forward spiritually, socially and financially. There is a lot of hard work ahead and we all need to pitch in.


Jeff Palmer, Secretary
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Judith Granada-Dewey, Treasurer
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judithJudith Granada-Dewey and her husband, Richard, began their UU odyssey in New England. Their decision was based on the need for a spiritual home that supported exploration and development of a personal belief system and code of ethics, primarily around social justice. They have since been serving members of fellowships and congregations in Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and California, as well as the Church of the Larger Fellowship abroad.
Over the years, Judith has served as a UU Religious Education instructor, co-chaired a Unitarian Universalist Service Committee chapter, for several years facilitated the Guest At Our Table program, and held a variety of other posts. Judith joined BFUU with her husband in 2007. For the last two years, she has served as BFUU Treasurer with the able assistance of an outstanding Finance Committee, and as an alternate member to the Board of Trustees, where she cheekily harasses the BOT about money matters.


Ben Burch (Alternate) Treasurer and Secretary
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Ben Burch cropped300Ben Burch is a retired UC Berkeley library worker who has been an active member of BFUU since the late ’90s. He has served on the board several times, and has been an active member of the Social Justice, Buildings and Grounds, and Finance committees. He has served as chair or co-chair of the Buildings and Grounds Committee and the Finance Committee for some time. He has also served on the Committees for Ministry and Fellowshipping for Rev. Ben Myers and Rev. Earl Koteen.


 Joanna Foley (Alternate)
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JoannFoleyinFHcropshop2cropJoanna Foley, a retired social worker, joined BFUU in 2014. Prior to moving to Berkeley, she was active in the Fourth Universalist Church on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. There she worked with V-Day4thU, a group which worked to end violence against women and girls by sponsoring an annual fundraising production of “The Vagina Monologues.”
The civil rights movement in the 1960s brought Joanna in the UU world in Nashville, TN.
Joanna chairs BFUU’s Worship Services Committee and the Aesthetics Subcommittee of Buildings and Grounds, and serves on the Personnel Committee. If elected to the Board, she hopes to learn more about leadership and to share her writing skills.
When she can find free time away from BFUU, Joanna is a practical mystic, a good cook, a folk dancer and the grandmother of two.

bfuuatbonitacedar2The Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists (BFUU) is a dynamic Unitarian Universalist congregation that plays an important role as a progressive spiritual community in the heart of Berkeley. Founded in 1957, the Fellowship has had a rich and distinctive life as a congregation. The Fellowship Social Justice Committee has been recognized by the Pacific Central District of the Unitarian Universalist Association for its dedicated and outstanding social justice work around environmental issues, against capital punishment, and in promoting peace, democracy, and human rights. BFUU has a history of welcoming people from all walks of life, and many have found here friendship, community and a spiritual home. The Fellowship also enriches the life of the surrounding community as a much-used and much-loved venue for social justice and cultural programs.

Legend has it that the Fellowship’s formation was in part due to the University of California Berkeley’s attempt to force professors to sign a loyalty oath swearing they were not members of the Communist Party, during the mid-1950’s. Of the professors who refused, ninety were members of the UU Church of Berkeley, which had its sanctuary on campus. The case was taken to the Supreme Court who ruled in favor of the professors. The (unverified) legend is that the University retaliated by evicting the UU Church from Campus, leading to the founding of two separate UU congregations in Berkeley, one of which was the Fellowship.
The Fellowship’s first minister Clark Olsen was financially supported by the congregation to participate in the Selma to Birmingham civil rights march in 1965 along with UU minister James Reeb of All Souls Church in Washington, DC and one other UU minister. James Reeb was beaten to death by a white segregationist mob. Clark Olson was not harmed, but he became part of this watershed moment that was a catalyst in passing civil rights legislation that year. The Fellowship has been the site and catalyst of other seminal moments and political emergences. Notably, it was at a Fellowship Sunday Service that Cindy Sheehan spoke publicly about her son Casey’s death in Iraq, quickly leading to her emergence as an anti-war activist. The Green Party of California was also founded at the Fellowship in 1991.

The Fellowship also has many individual members whose lives are part of the rich tapestry of the social movements and cultural developments of the twentieth century.

BFUU is bolstered by dedicated volunteers comprising key committees. If you are interested in joining a committee or have a question about BFUU that you think is best addressed to a committee chair, please click on the Chair's name(s) below to send them email.

Aesthetics Subcommittee of B&G
Meets 2nd Friday at 11:30 AM in Fellowship Hall

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Buildings & Grounds Committee (B&G)
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Caring Committee
Meets 4th Sunday after service in Fellowship Hall

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Committee on Ministry
Meets as needed – please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Finance Committee
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Hospitality Committee
Meets 4th Sunday after service in Fellowship Hall

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Membership Committee
Meets 4th Sunday after service in Fellowship Hall

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Music Committee
Meets 2nd Sunday at 12:30 PM in Fellowship Hall
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Personnel Committee
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Poetry Committee
Frances Hillyard, Chair
Marianne Robinson, Poet Laureate
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Religious Education (RE) Committee
Meets monthly, please contact Doug Chambers

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Social Justice Committee (SJC)
Meets 3rd Sundays at 12:30 PM in Fellowship Hall

Cynthia Johnson (no current email),This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Co-Chairs

Social Justice Ministry Task Force Subcommittee of SJC
Meets 1st Sundays at 12:30 PM in Fellowship Hall
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Worship Services Committee (WSC)
Meets 2nd Tuesday at 10 AM in Fellowship Hall

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BFUU Publications

The BFUU has several channels for distributing information. BFUU only publicizes its own events, events at its location (per contract terms), and events of our larger UU community (PCD, UUA). We don't accept ads from outside for-profit sources in any of our publications. We may accept flyers from non-profit organizations at our discretion. The BFUU Board of Trustees may remove or edit items for content at its discretion. The Office Coordinator may edit for space as needed.

All notices, articles and items should be emailed (preferably in .docx or .doc format) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All images should be in jpg format, medium size (ie. 450 px on widest edge maximum). Two copies of approved flyers should be delivered to the BFUU Office at 1606 Bonita Ave in Berkeley. If these guidelines won't work for your submission, please contact the Office Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 510-841-4824 ext. 1.

Website: bfuu.org
Approval:
Committee Chairs approve articles on their pages. The Office Coordinator and Event Space Coordinator approve contracted event notices.
Deadline:  there is no deadline but it is recommended to submit items for the website at least three (3) weeks in advance of the event. Items are added when work allows and there may be delays. Please follow up with the office staff if your item doesn't appear on the website within one business day of submission.
Audience: the general public

Monthly Newsletter: The Communicator
Approval: Committee Chairs approve articles associated with their committees. The Office Coordinator and Event Space Coordinator approve contracted event notices. The Office Coordinator approves member submissions (via a Board Member or Committee Chair if appropriate.)
Deadline: the 20th of the month preceding publication. ie. September 20th is the deadline for the October Communicator.
Distributed: by the last Sunday of each month
Audience: members, friends and the general public (a pdf of the newsletter is posted to the website)

Weekly ENews: This Week at BFUU
Approval: The Office Coordinator and Event Space Coordinator approve contracted event notices. The Office Coordinator approves member submissions (via a Board Member or Committee Chair if appropriate.)
Deadline: Thursday 11:00 AM
Distributed: Thursday by 5:00 PM
Audience: members, friends and the larger BFUU community (approx. 330 as of Sep 2016)

Flyers posted in Fellowship Hall and/or the bulletin board on the stairs in the RE Building
Approval: Event Space Coordinator. Items posted without permission will be removed.
Deadline: there is no deadline but it is recommended to submit items for the bulletin boards at least three (3) weeks in advance of the event. Items are added when work allows - there may be delays. Please follow up with the office staff if your item doesn't appear on the bulletin boards within one business day of submission.
Audience: Building users

Weekly Announcements insert to the Order of Service
Approval: This channel is limited to BFUU-sponsored events and news. Committee Chairs approve notices associated with their committees. The Office Coordinator approves member submissions (via a Board Member or Committee Chair if appropriate.)
Deadline: Thursday 11:00 AM
Distributed Sunday at 10:30 AM
Audience: Sunday Worship Service attendees

Members-only email
Approval:
Only Board Members and Committee Chairs can use this channel - all items may be subject to Board approval.
Deadline:
there is no deadline. Emails will be sent when work allows. Please follow up with the office staff if your item doesn't appear within one business day.
Audience: Active Members and Pledging Friends who allow the use of their email addresses.

Facebook Page
Approval:
Only BFUU and BFUU-sponsored events can use this channel - all items may be subject to Board approval.
Deadline: there is no deadline. Items will be posted when work allows. Please follow up with the committee sponsoring your event and/or office staff if your item doesn't appear one month before your event.
Audience: the general public

 

 

 

 

Worship
Services

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Join us for Worship Services on Sundays
at 10:30 AM in our Fellowship Hall at
1924 Cedar Ave. in Berkeley CA

 

Social
Justice

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BFUU's Social Justice Committee is involved in
diverse educational
and activist campaigns

 

 

Religious Exploration

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Classes and workshops for children
and adults

 

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