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.


USFlagbyimcomhqCCPDM1.0March 7: Why it’s So Hard to be an American
Rev. Marsh Agobert (he/him)
It seems as though The Insurrection is over and that our ‘Enemy’ has suffered a massive defeat. However, their orders were to Stand Back AND Standby. Why do we say that the South won the last Civil War, even after it seemed to be over? How Did the South win that war and how can we avoid repeating our mistake? Moreover – What’s fundamentally wrong with the idea of winning a civil war?

Marsh Agobert is an ordained Unitarian-Universalist cleric who began his ministry with the First Unitarian Church of Oakland in the late 70s and early 80s. He has long practiced psychotherapeutic treatment and has successfully worked with individuals, couples, families, and actively psychotic inpatients. 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 extensive experience in several spiritual practices, including martial arts and yogas such as Mindfulness, Anusara, and Tai-Chi/Qi Gong, being among the most recent during the past ten years.


womansymboluuchalicepinkMarch 14: Good Trouble: UU Women, Past, Present and Future
Joanna Foley (she/they) and Sarah Bergdahl (she/her)

UU women have been getting into “Good Trouble” for over 100 years. Why don’t we know their names or powerful accomplishments? You probably learned that Julia Ward Howe created “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” but have you heard of the Iowa Sisterhood? Do you know that Lucile Longview, a funny, feisty woman and her like-minded organizers led the way to creating our Seventh Principle? Women’s History Month is the time to celebrate stories of UU women leaders — told by our own female members. Share a story about your UU female ancestor or role model in the breakout room if you wish.

 
Sarah Sayner Bergdahl: Sarah realized she was a feminist before age 10 but never had a label until moving from Wisconsin to California and becoming employed by the National Organization for Women in San Francisco in the early 1980’s. After marriage, two children and a move to WA with her family, she earned a master’s degree in intercultural communication, which she applied immediately to her work as a mediator. She served as president of the WA State Mediation Association and was awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Education and Promotion of Mediation award.
 
Her love and respect for Unitarian Universalism started in a fellowship in Santa Rosa, CA and developed through many leadership roles in her home church, East Shore Unitarian in Bellevue, WA. The Dances of Universal Peace and the local Sufi community have also been rich sources of experiential learning, singing and dancing. Currently she is thoroughly enjoying her 39-year marriage, being a grandmother to 3 grandchildren, and the local Master Gardening clinic leader.
 
Joanna Foley, a retired social worker, joined BFUU in 2014. Prior to moving to Berkeley, she was active in the Fourth Universalist Church on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. There she worked with V-Day4thU, a group which worked to end violence against women and girls by sponsoring an annual fundraising production of “The Vagina Monologues.”
The civil rights movement in the 1960s brought Joanna in the UU world in Nashville, TN.
Joanna has chaired BFUU’s Worship Services Committee and the Aesthetics Subcommittee of Buildings and Grounds, and served on the Caring Committee. When she can find free time away from BFUU, Joanna is a practical mystic, a good cook, a folk dancer and the grandmother of two.

transgender symbol rainbowMarch 21: Welcome All of You – A Holy Journey to Good Trouble
Pastor Jacqueline K. Duhart (she/her), Guest Worship Leader

Equity, diversity, and inclusion, in this present moment our national conversations are buzzing with discussions about equity, diversity and inclusion. Everywhere you look there is panel that unveils the injustices toward transgender and nonbinary folk. Wise leaders are being appointed to commissions to investigate the obstacles to inclusion. What is being offered to help the individual examine what keeps them from truly, sincerely, genuinely embracing “the inherent worth and dignity of every person.” On a personal soul level do you 100% believe that YOU ARE worthy? Do you WELCOME ALL of who you are called to be?

Please join Pastor Jacqueline as we pause and journey inside to our souls to sit a spell. While there, take a spiritual look-see at what obstacles may block us from 100% welcoming all of who we are. A journey to good trouble.

Pastor Jacqueline K. Duhart: Black American- African descent, eldest sibling in a military family, lesbian, mother, committed partner & deeply spiritual/religious. Earned a Master’s of Science in Social Work (University of Texas) & a Masters of Divinity (Starr King School for the Ministry-2008). August 2019 received Certificate for Spiritual Direction (Interfaith Chaplaincy Institute, Berkeley CA). Retired from United States Air Force after 21 years of service (2000) and served in the first Gulf War, retired June 2019 from urban church ministry after ten years of service. Also served for 8 years as an intern and volunteer Chaplain at Federal Corrections Institute (facility for women) Dublin, CA. Avid gardener, hiker, lover of humanity, gospel music, walking meditations, authentic movement, creating beauty & being an instrument of grace, mercy & justice. Amin, Ashay, Blessed Be and Shalom.


BibleWomenStainedGlasspexels paolo 3993919cropMarch 28: Women in the Life of Jesus
Rev. Dr. Carrie Knowles (she/her)
On this Palm Sunday, we also celebrate Women’s History Month. Rev. Dr. Carrie Knowles will consider the significance of women in the life of Jesus and the legacy for today.

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.