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.


Michael Servetus in prison statue by C. Roch. Credit Wellcome Collection. CC BYtranscropOctober 27: The Legacy of Michael Servetus, a Father of our Faith
Rev. Dr. Carrie Knowles (she/her), Worship Leader
Humanist, theologian, medical pioneer, student of law, master of classical languages, and one of the fathers of Unitarianism—this sixteenth century genius offered his powerful critique of trinitarianism that led to his execution for heresy on October 17, 1553. Rev. Dr. Carrie Knowles considers his life in a time of ferment, his quest for truth, and his courage in confronting orthodoxy when it errs.
image: Michael Servetus in prison statue by C. Roch. Credit Wellcome Collection. CC BY
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 preaching at Bay Area churches as a guest speaker, she is active with the Rossmoor Interfaith Council and also writes poetry and short stories.
 
PowertothePeopleAnitaHartFlickrNovember 3: An Unsettling Force, the Revival of Class Organizing
Millie Phillips (she/her), Guest Worship Leader
The past several years have demonstrated an enthusiastic revival of organizing on the basis of class. From teachers unable to afford to live where they work to the new Poor Peoples Campaign reintroducing the spirit and tactics of the Civil Rights Movement, more and more of us are realizing that economic injustice is entwined at the roots of all our social problems. Frankly, many UUs have been a bit slow to engage in this “new” approach. Millie will discuss why UUs need to get on board practically, ethically, and spiritually.
photo: Anita Hart Flickr
Millie Phillips recently became the consulting minister for the UU Community of Lake County. She is planning ti be ordained in January by the San Francisco UU congregation, her home church. Millie is a graduate of Starr King School for the Ministry (2015) and served two years as the intern minister at Santa Rosa UU. Before retiring to study for ministry, Millie focused on labor activism. Today, she remains active as a volunteer, including serving on the board of the national Labor Fightback Network. Millie lives in Oakland with her husband, a jazz musician. She has two adult children and two grandchildren.
 

191110 Patience Munjerix100191110 KTO mbiraNovember 10: Patience & Kelly visit BFUU for a Zimbabwean themed service
Kelly Takunda Orphan (she/her), Guest Speaker
Kelly will tell us about her musical journey and how it moved her spirit to embrace Zimbabwean music and how it transformed her and the music community here in the Bay Area.
We have the honor of meeting Patience Mujeri who is visiting here from Zimbabwe. Patience will share her Zimbabwean culture and music.

Patience Munjeri, one of Zimbabwe’s rare women mbira players, has played in traditional ceremonies since she was very young. Because her mother is a traditional healer and medium and her brothers also played mbira for the spirits, Patience grew up immersed in mbira music and deep Shona culture. She has earned a university degree and communicates very well in English.

Kelly Takunda Orphan received a grant in 1994 to do a year-long Ethnomusicology course at the University of Zimbabwe as part of her California State University education. Kelly continues to have a strong relationship with the musicians who reside in Zimbabwe and has been fortunate to travel back to Zimbabwe this year to record a new album with her band The KTO Project. The Record release party will be held at the Freight & Salvage Jan 28, 2020.

800px Vasnetsov Sirin AlkonostNovember 17: Joy in the Darkness
Claire Eustace (she/her), Worship Leader
It is said that joy and sorrow are two sides of the same coin. In this service we will delve into the mystery of what brings us joy and how to access it in our lives. We will move, sing, and be still as we contemplate joy in the short days of this season.

Claire Eustace is a Unitarian Universalist ministerial candidate who serves as a hospice chaplain in the East Bay. Claire is a member of First Unitarian Church of Oakland and graduate of Pacific School of Religion. She lives in Oakland with her spouse, child, and two cats.


Evolution by latvian flickrNovember 24: Why Can’t Religion and Evolution Just Get Along?
Rev. Dr. Carrie Knowles (she/her), Worship Leader
One hundred and sixty years ago today, Charles Darwin’s world-changing book, “On the Origin of Species,” was published in England. Rev. Dr. Carrie Knowles surveys the almost endless struggle over time between conservative religious doctrine and the careful, caring science that upended old assumptions with the power of truth.

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 preaching at Bay Area churches as a guest speaker, she is active with the Rossmoor Interfaith Council and also writes poetry and short stories.