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.

We will be meeting on Zoom for Worship Services on Sundays at 10:30 AM. If you’d like to attend, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the meeting ID and link.

If you have the ID, go to https://zoom.us/join and enter the Meeting ID. One tap mobile: +16699006833,,<meetingID># US (San Jose) Dial by your location: +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) - to do this, dial: 1 669 900 6833, then dial the meeting number, then dial the # sign twice.) If you need help getting onto zoom, please include that in your email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or leave a voicemail at 510-841-4824 ext. 1.

people in a circle with heartMarch 29: How to Hold Onto Each Other at Arm’s Length
Melanie DeMore (she/he/they/them), Guest Worship Leader
we can always count on a message of hope from Melanie DeMore, the powerful musician and Oakland-based vocal activist whose anthem “One Foot in Front of the Other” inspired millions after the 2016 election.
 
technology greenApril 5:  Bingeing Netflix? The Algorithm Knew You’d Love It!  
Joe Gabaeff (he/him), Guest Worship Leader
With the proliferation of technology, competition for the eyes and ears of people has never been so high.  In fact, we humans now employ technology to hook folks into using more technology, many of us unaware of the forces at play: there is a reason some cannot stop watching Netflix, scrolling Reddit, or clicking on virtual carrot crops on a virtual farm.  Today, we explore how refining and optimizing engagement with technology, by using technology, has already led us into societally unexamined territory and will only continue to push us further toward a future locked to the screen.
Joe Gabaeff (he/him) is a first-year Mdiv student at Starr King School for the Ministry, looking toward ordination into the Unitarian Universalist movement. A former video game attorney, Joe decided to leave the corporate world to pursue a calling in creating safe spaces for others to further self-discover their own authenticity. As a lover of the other-than-human world, his ministry seeks to emphasize the interdependent nature of our existence with the web of All, and welcome in all sides of life as necessary for living from our true, authentic selves. The most important thing for you to know about Joe, is that, You, all of You, are welcome here.
 
cloudsbyGerdAltmannApril 12: Looking for our Resurrection  
Jeff Palmer (he/him), Lay Worship Leader
At times of distress and disaster we need a resurrection, an infusion of new life and new possibilities. Two thousand years ago the disciples of Jesus needed a resurrection to turn their disaster into hope. Today we look for our own sense resurrection in unsettled times.
Jeff grew up in the East Bay and attended Christian churches until adulthood. He has been a plumber, public school teacher, and a volunteer at a variety places including Haiti and more recently at BFUU as chair of Sunday Service Committee, and a board member. He joined BFUU a few years ago and he and his wife Margaret want to continue to be involved in the exciting things that BFUU does for social and environmental justice.
 
gratitudepyramidApril 19: Gratitude: A Timely Reminder
Rev. Marsh Agobert (he/him), Worship Leader
We’ve spoken of gratitude before. This is intended to be a return to that subject; among the greatest of all subjects and states of being. It seems particularly important at this point in time when it might be too easy to overlook its magic.
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.
 
687px Fasting 4 Fasting a glass of water on an empty plateApril 26: Faith, Feasting and Fasting  
Rev. Dr. Carrie Knowles (she/her), Worship Leader
In the month of Ramadan, our sisters and brothers of the Islamic faith fast every day till evening. This summer on July 30th and again on September 28th, Jews will fast for a day. Christians, Buddhists, Taoists, Jains and Hindus practice fasting.  Rev. Dr. Carrie explores the question of how fasting became part of the spiritual life of human beings.
Rev. Dr. Carrie Knowles describes herself as a recovering psychologist and recovering attorney, who graduated from Starr King in 2011 and was ordained to UU ministry in 2013. Along with providing pastoral care at BFUU and preaching at Bay Area churches as a guest speaker, she writes poetry, short stories, and is working on a memoir.