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. We are working through some technical issues with our T-Loop system. Thank you for your patience as this is a work in progress. Please stay tuned for updates. 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

RFKThe 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 Alliance sf911truth.org
Co-sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Committee


Consider The Homeless’ Fundraiser: Matinée Movie Q & A, & Dinner
Saturday, June 30 at 3:15 PM doors, 3:45 PM program in Fellowship Hall
ConsidertheHomelesscoverMost 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 Refugees HERE

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)
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Give us your name, address, email, phone & number of seats.
Please pay for all reservations by June 26th to guarantee your seat.

Checks made out to Consider The Homeless!
      mail to: PO Box#2771, Berkeley CA 94702
Cash to any of our volunteers
Credit Cards through PayPal
      (leave a note as to who this $ is for, OK?)
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


TB albatrosschick 72ppi 300Transition 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. Director Chris Jordan describes 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/albatross or Transition Berkeley’s fb page

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 Ongoing BFUU Events

Weekly Events

qigong2BFUU T’ai Chi & Qi Gong with Gene Herman
Please Note: This class is on hiatus effective 5/30/18 per Gene Herman.

gold choirBFUU Choir Practice
Wednesdays at 7-8:30 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
We practice songs for the Sunday services, learning melodies, and working on musicality. During the first part of the evening, we focus on choir numbers with harmonies. From about 8 pm on, we practice the hymns we'll lead on Sunday. Everyone is welcome to join in for fellowship and to be able to sing more confidently and joyously on Sundays. 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.


BiMonthly, Monthly, an 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
1st Tuesdays at 11 AM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

TB logo red horiz3inTransition Berkeley Presents
Quarterly - 1st Thursday of January, April, July, and October
meet and greet at 6:30 PM, film 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. 

Orientation for Newcomers
1st Sundays after service in the lobby of Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St. This may be suspended for July, 2018
The Rev. Elena Rose Vera will conduct an orientation for newcomers after the service on the first Sunday of each month in the lobby of Fellowship Hall. All are welcome, whether you are considering membership or not.

Pastoral Care
2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 2 - 6 PM in the Ministers’ Office – 1606 Bonita Ave.  Last session is June 26, 2018
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 via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact the Caring Committee (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..)

catonguitar100The 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!

Second 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 Groups 1 and 2
1-2nd Sundays at 1 PM in the Preschool Room – 1606 Bonita Ave. - no animals
2-4th Sundays, at 1 PM in the Preschool Room – 1606 Bonita Ave. - service animals
Wheelchair accessible. Beginners welcome! Group 1 (2nd Sundays) is for those who are allergic to animals, and/or don’t need to bring service dogs. Group 2 (4th Sundays) allows service animals. 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.

Uke Jam
3rd Fridays at 7 PM in the Preschool 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. 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.. Otherwise, please just drop in and join us! Welcome!

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

 BFUU Committee Meetings

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For more information, please see our Committees Page

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Second Fridays at 1:30 PM in the Fireside Room  – 1606 Bonita Ave.

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

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

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

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First Mondays at 3:00 PM at Fatapples Restaurant – 1346 Martin Luther King Jr Way

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First and Third Sundays at 12:30 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

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Second Tuesdays at 10:00 AM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

 Other Community Events Held at BFUU

ElayneArt20180618 163438ART WITH HEART Painting Process Workshop
First Saturdays from 2-4 pm in Fellowship Hall

Join us in creating a quiet, meditative space where YOU can paint what YOU feel moment to moment, be it contentment, confusion, love, or even emptiness. Where YOU can follow YOUR own energy. THE INVITATION is for you to be mindful that each person is in their own process, to respect what arises in yourself and in others. This is why silence is essential.

$20 includes supplies (tempura paints, brushes and paper). Fee reduction or waiver may be available. Text Elayne at 510 459-8654, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or just show up!


Sound Spirit500Sound Spirit
2nd & 4th Wednesdays each month 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
in the Connie Barbour Room

What does it mean to be a sound body, to be conscious & present? Intimate, fun sound/music exercises to discover your unique musical and alchemical powers! Explore to deepen your sense of self, and connection to ‘other,’ in community. Music, Improvisation, Circle Singing, Sound Games, Deep Listening, Discovery. Experiment and play. Grow with, and in, the support of community.
Join Meetup Group. https://www.meetup.com/East-Bay-Sing-Sound-Listen-Connect-Community/
Advance tix required @ Eventbrite. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sing-sound-listen-connect-community-tickets-45054323695
More information at https://clarehedin.com 


 womenandsong2Women & 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.