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.

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 Upcoming BFUU Events

 George Lakey Kazu HagaHow We Win

Workshop Facilitated by George Lakey and Kazu Haga
Sunday February 2 at 2:30-5:30 PM in Fellowship Hall
“It's a good time to take a fresh look at what has worked in times of trouble, and share what we have learned about successful campaigning that gives hope for the future." George Lakey.
George Lakey, a campaigner and activist-sociologist, has led workshops on five continents. His first arrest was in the civil rights ovement, and most recetly in March 2018. His tenth book is How We Win.
Kazu Haga is the founder and coordinator of East Point Peace Academy, a core member of the Ahimsa Collective, ad is a trainer in Kingian Nonviolence, a philosophy developed out of teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Limited space available! Sliding scale donation: $20 - $80  Tickets at: http://eastpointpeace.org/event/howwewin/
Sponsored by the BFUU SJC.

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Women’s Voices 3
Tuesdays February 11 & 25, March 10 & 24, April 14
4:30-6:00 pm in the Fireside Room
a group for women in the BFUU community (members, friends, all who walk through our doors) to share spiritual community and support, to put forth our truths where we can be truly heard, to find our own inner voices as we hear our siblings speak
Lifting up our voices together!
Facilitated by:  Rev. Dr. Carrie Knowles, BFUU Minister/Pastoral Care, and
Joanna Foley, Chair, Worship Services Committee
For more information or to sign up, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | (510) 841- 4824 ext 5
speech bubble speakingfreelyWomen’s Voices Alumnae
Special Event February 6 at 11:00 am
meet at Berkeley Art Museum (BAMPFA) 2155 Center St (at Oxford)
to see an exhibition of paintings by 100-year-old Sylvia Fein
Regular Meetings: Thursdays February 13 & 27, March 12 & 26
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm in the Fireside Room
Welcoming all who have participated in the Women’s Voices groups!
For more information or to sign up, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | (510) 841- 4824
Active Hope: How Will We Survive?
Saturday February 15 & Sunday 16, 2020
BFUU Fellowship Hall, 1924 Cedar St., Berkeley
Co-hosts: BFUU Social Justice, Codepink Women for Peace, BARC (Barkers Agitating for Reactor Closures)
Invited: Extinction Rebellion, Poor People's Campaign, Idle No More, Public Bank of California & East Bay, Sunflower Alliance, Youth vs. Apocalypse, DIRT, 350.org, Ecology Center, Sierra Club, Transition Berkeley, Greenpeace, California ICAN, WILPF, Indivisible, Mayor of Berkeley, City Council members Ben Bartlett, Cheryl Davila, Kate Harrison, Sunrise Movement
Saturday, February 15:
4:00 pm  Active Hope Part #1: Harvey Wasserman & Election Integrity: Making Sure Our Votes Count
6:00 pm  Active Hope Part #2: Shut the Devil Nuke Down!
6:00 pm  Potluck Dinner
6:15 pm  Program: Codepink welcome and campaigns; video “El Diablo Destroys California and Has an Epiphany”;
Joanna Macy, Keynote: A Nuclear-free Future?; Emma's Revolution gifting us with their cogent lyrics and transcendent harmonies; brief updates from Extinction Rebellion, Idle No More, Poor People's Campaign, Public Bank, Sunflower Alliance, others; BARC video “Pooping at the PUC,” followed by Nancy Schimmel (Malvina Reynolds’ daughter) singing Malvina’s 1977 “Nuclear Power Reggae” with Margaret Hurlbert, Ukes Against Nukes, and BARC*; Harvey Wasserman, Linda Seeley, John Geeseman, Cynthia Papermaster: Strategies to Shut Diablo in 2020; Q&A; Wrap Up, What’s Next?
Social time: Pies (Impeach pie, Apple pie, pear tart, Cheesecake, vegan chocolate mousse pie, tea, wine for a donation of $10-20 to Codepink “Shut Diablo 2020 Campaign.”
Sunday, February 16
7:00 pm “Harvey Wasserman's History of the United States in 54 Minutes.” Can he really do that? Come see!
Hosted by the BFUU Social Justice Committee and Codepink Women for Peace.
Free event, donations accepted
(we hope to cover Harvey’s travel expenses).

 

Ongoing BFUU Events

Weekly Events

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Mondays, 4-5 PM in Connie Barbour Room
Wednesdays, 3-4 PM in Connie Barbour Room
This practice improves health and well-being at any age.

Pastoral Care/Ministerial Office Hours
Rev. Dr. Carrie Knowles’s office hours (including pastoral care and other church work) are Tuesdays from 2pm - 6pm. 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. 5 for an appointment.

Rev. Marsh Agobert’s 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.

gold choirBFUU Choir Practice
Wednesdays at 7-8:30 PM in Fellowship Hall
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. Folks are also welcome to come to the meditative tea from 6:30 - 7 pm right before the singing practice.


BiMonthly, Monthly, and Quarterly Events

Elders Circle
1st Tuesdays at 11 AM in Fellowship Hall
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, and we share snacks! We would love to have you join us.

BFUU Men’s Group
2nd Thursdays at 7-9 PM in Fireside Room
We would like to invite all men to a Men’s Group on the second Thursday of the month. Our goal is to encourage each other as we build community. Hope to see you there next time.

Orientation for Newcomers
1st Sundays after service in Fellowship Hall
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.

Board President Ira Armstrong Office Hours
2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 1:30-3:30 PM in the RE Office
Please contact Ira via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 510-841-4824 ext. 4 to make an appointment.

cat bandThe Hardly Strictly Acoustic Jam Session
2nd Fridays at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall
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
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. 

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2nd Sundays at 1 PM in the Fireside Room - no animals (allergies)
Note: not accessible space. 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.

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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!

BFUU Board of Trustees Meeting
4th Thursdays at 7:00 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 – 11 pm DJ dance party
with some 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.facebook.com/groups/VintageInvasion/ Sponsored by the BFUU Music Committee.

 BFUU Committee Meetings

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For more information, please see our Committees Page

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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

Committee on Ministry
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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 Mondays at 2:00 PM at Fatapples (1346 MLK Jr. Way)

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Third Sundays at 12:30 PM in Fellowship Hall

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First 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


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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!

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 Linda Metcalf“Writing the Mind Alive”: An Introduction to Proprioceptive Writing® (PW). The class Saturdays January 11th - February 1st from 2pm-5pm in the Fireside Room.
Most of us live our lives without the time or tools to reflect on our experience. PW is a 20-minute writing meditation that enables deep reflection on inner thought. An empowering practice, PW can be used for therapeutic and creative purposes. Everyone is welcome—no prior writing experience is required.
More information on PW: www.pwriting.org, Instagram: proprioceptivewriting
To Register: https://pwriting.eventbrite.com


WHClogoWorld Harmony Chorus Concert
Jan 28 2020 7:30 PM in Fellowship Hall Refreshments.
World Harmony Chorus will perform stunning arrangements of a cappella songs from Galicia, Kenya, Iceland, and Bulgaria. The audience will learn a song. If you are considering joining a no-audition chorus that sings world music, check it out! Stay for refreshments. Director: Betsy Blakeslee.


181209 BrigidCauldronReclaiming Brigid
Saturday February 1 5:30 - 8:30 PM in Fellowship Hall
Join us for a magical journey to Brigid’s Well of healing and inspiration, where we forge our visions for the coming year.
BFUU folks are especially invited. Reclaiming is an inclusive tradition, and welcomes all sorts of people. Kids circle part of ritual.
Silent auction and snack-potluck follow ritual.
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