Upcoming Worship Services

BFUU Fellowship Hall 1924 Cedar Street
(at the corner of Cedar St. and Bonita Ave.)
all services are on Sundays from 10:30 AM to around noon, unless otherwise noted

TLoop no text30wheelchair30x30The 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.

 

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February 2: When Schools Fail Our Young: A Glimpse into The Contagious Nature of a Poorly Understood Psycho-Emotional Affliction All Too Common Among Urban Youth of Color
Rev. Marsh Agobert (he/him), Worship Leader
We know that most of the ‘behavioral problems’ of urban youths are learned adaptations to their immediate environment. Yet schools and many social organizations are still ill-equipped to adequately recognize even the most common and hence provide effective supports. Can a spiritually based community be of use?

Marsh Agobert is an ordained Unitarian-Universalist cleric who ministered to the First Unitarian Church of Oakland in the 70s and 80s. He has long practiced psychotherapeutic treatment and has successfully worked with individuals, couples, families and the actively psychotic. Marsh is an experienced management consultant (he prefers small and mid-sized businesses) and a life coach, which well utilizes his broad background. Marsh has extended experience in several spiritual practices including martial arts, and other yogas.

house 2079057 640February 9: #Moms4Housing  
Minister Cherri Murphy (she/her), Guest Worship Leader
Although displacement happens to everyone, it mostly affects African Americans. Ten years ago, African Americans comprised 40% of the City of Oakland. Today that number hovers around 28%. Of those living on the streets, 70% are African American.
This abomination provides a much-needed spiritual response to the Empire’s legal and unjust methods to justify acts of violence and invites us to imagine new practices of belonging for EVERYBODY. Without an intentional practice of “getting free,” our souls are in grave jeopardy of becoming inaccessible.

Our thought partners to support us today are Moms4Housing, the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King and ancient Hebrew texts, Jeremiah 30. We are going to look at these texts through the hermeneutics of displacement.

Minister Cherri Murphy is a social justice minister in the East Bay area. She is also a member and licensed spiritual practitioner at Heart and Soul Center located in Oakland, Ca.

hand prints 146179 640February 16: Three Points Toward Raising Racial IQ 
Rev. Marsh Agobert (he/him), Worship Leader
Any conversation regarding race indicates controversy, a myriad of historical references, current factoids and a cyclone of emotion. Today we will simplify our quest with a look at three simple points that may help raise our Racial IQ by, well, three points; if we can relax and pay close attention. Fear not.
Marsh Agobert is an ordained Unitarian-Universalist cleric who ministered to the First Unitarian Church of Oakland in the 70s and 80s. He has long practiced psychotherapeutic treatment and has successfully worked with individuals, couples, families and the actively psychotic. Marsh is an experienced management consultant (he prefers small and mid-sized businesses) and a life coach, which well utilizes his broad background. Marsh has extended experience in several spiritual practices including martial arts, and other yogas.
 
clef croppedFebruary 23: Social Justice Through Music 
Clovice Lewis (he/him), Worship Leader
This service will focus on the power of music to encourage social justice. Music will take the lead, so be prepared to bring your voice. In addition to music of liberation and justice, Clovice will also offer selections from his new musical about social justice, “Harlem Voices.”
Clovice A. Lewis, Jr., who has composed numerous musical works ranging from ensemble to electronic and orchestral pieces, graduated from the prestigious College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He began teaching as a freshman at the school, and upon completion of his studies, accepted a position as an Associate Professor there and taught until 1985. He was, at the time, one of the youngest professors in the UC system (at 22 years old) to hold such a position. In addition to his experience as a composer and cellist, Clovice has also enjoyed a dual, and extensive career as a technologist and serial entrepreneur. Based in the Silicon Valley, Technology Media Enterprises, has been at the forefront of desktop publishing, computer graphics, 3D modeling and animation, digital audio, computer based training, high level object oriented programming, and multimedia productions. Since 1984, Clovice has created multiple businesses. He is presently at the beginning a new career, studying at the Starr King School of Ministry to become a Unitarian Minister.