wheelchairThe 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.

 Upcoming BFUU Events
active hope wmwdn cropActive 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/

SGMSmall 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 email This 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.

Transition Berkeley - there is no August event, but will resume in September.

The Summer of Love: Benefit Dance for BFUU and 60th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, BFUU Fellowship Hall–1924 Cedar St., Berkeley, CA
summer of love benefit6 3007 pm – 8 pm Social Hour, 8 pm – 10 pm Dance with music by Soul Rising
It’s the 50th anniversary of the “Summer of Love” and also BFUU’s 60th anniversary. 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.
cat on hornHardly Strictly Acoustic Jam Session
Friday, August 11 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!


Jiwon ChungTheater 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


ukulele flowers hulaLearn New Songs on the Ukulele and Hula Movements at BFUU This Summer!
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! Email This 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.
 

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

 Ongoing BFUU Events

qigong2BFUU T’ai Chi & Qi Gong with Gene Herman
Mondays at 4 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Wednesdays at 3 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
This practice is appropriate for people of all ages. It improves health and well being at any age.

gold choirBFUU Choir Practice and Neighborhood Sing!
Wednesdays at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
From 7 pm – 8 pm, we learn songs and harmonies
From 8 pm – 8:30 pm, we sing other songs for fun with our wonderful pianist Andy
Join us for either or both parts of the evening! Please invite your friends and neighbors. There's no pressure to sing in the choir on Sundays. These gatherings are something BFUU offers as a service to build community.

Elders Circle
First Tuesdays at 11 AM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

TB logo red horiz3inTransition Berkeley Presents - Note: No August 2017 event, but will resume in September
First Thurdays, meet and greet at 6:30 PM, film at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Each month, 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. 

loaves and fishes3Loaves and Fishes: Food for the Soul - Note: No Loaves and Fishes in August 2017
Second Tuesdays at noon in Ministers Office–1606 Bonita Ave.
These meetings are an opportunity for participants to explore spiritual questions about which they are curious. The group develops 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.
Please bring your own brown bag lunch and a beverage.

SGMSmall Group Ministry with Rev. Dr. Carrie Knowles - July 28 - Special Event!
Friday July 28 meet 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) in advance so shared transportation can be arranged. Parking is limited on Holy Hill.

BFUU Leadership Meeting
Second Thursdays at 7 PM in the Preschool Room

BFUU Committee Chairs and all BFUU members seeking leadership and group facilitation skills are welcome to attend the monthly Leadership Meeting.

Conscientious Projector for the 99% Film Series
Second Thursdays bimonthly (odd number months) at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Every other month (on odd number months), BFUU’s Social Justice Committee presents a film that engages an aspect of social justice. Suggested donations of $5 – $20. No one turned away for lack of funds. See upcoming events for the current listing.

catonguitar100Hardly Strictly Acoustic Jam Session
Second 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!

Second Sunday Potluck*
Second 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
Group 1: 2nd Sundays at 12:30 PM in the Preschool Room – 1606 Bonita Ave. - No animals, please. (allergies!)
Group 2: 4th Sundays at 12:30 PM in the Preschool Room – 1606 Bonita Ave. - Service animals welcome!

Wheelchair accessible. Beginners welcome! Group 1 (2nd Sundays) is for people who are allergic to dogs, and people who don't need to bring service dogs to the group. Group 2 (4th Sundays) is for people with service animals and people who are not allergic to dogs. You are welcome to attend both groups if you are able. Our writers group is for all levels, from beginner to experienced, and all genres, including poetry, memoir, and fiction. After a 7 min. writing exercise, we write for an agreed upon period of time. Then we read our work aloud and give each other positive feedback.

BFUU Board of Trustees Meeting
Fourth Thursdays at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St. 

 BFUU Committee Meetings

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First Wednesdays at noon in Benjy Room  – 1606 Bonita Ave.

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Fourth Sundays at 12:30 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

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First and Third Sundays at 12:30 PM in the Preschool Room—1606 Bonita Ave.

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First Tuesdays at 7:00 PM in the Preschool Kitchen – 1606 Bonita Ave.

 Other Community Events Held at BFUU

Summertime Jams & Potlucks! August 13, and August 27 at 4:00 PM
Preschool Backyard, 1606 Bonita Ave.(enter the gate south of the main gate on Bonita Ave.)
DulcimerPlayersIt’s Summer! Let’s enjoy the weather & each other’s company. We’ll be outside in the yard and will have a cooler with ice, paper plates, napkins & utensils. First, jamming (dulcimer-centric, but other instruments welcome) Be ready to call a tune or two for all to play!
Then, potluck & schmoozing. Bring a dish or drinks to share.
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womenandsong2Women & Song, a women's singing group

Directed by Deborah "DJ" Hamouris
2nd & 4th Thursdays, 7-8:30pm 
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!
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Horace AlexandercroppedMemorial for Horace Vincent Alexander (May 17, 1924- February 22, 2016)
Saturday, August 5th, 2-6pm in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

A son of Texas sharecroppers, Mr. Alexander became a prominent activist for peace with justice in the 50’s.  After organizing nationally with progressive luminaries, he landed in the Bay Area and was a CCSF engineering instructor and a mediator with SEEDS thru his late 80’s. Mr. Alexander was a member of the 1st Unitarian Church of Los Angeles, under the leadership of Stephen Fritchman. He cut society’s cold steel with a blade of stronger metal, guided by his ideals.  All are welcome.