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
The 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.
September 26: Chocolate! Sacred, Sinful or Salubrious?
Rev. Dr. Carrie Knowles (she/her)
Rev. Dr. Carrie Knowles shares the history of cocoa as the gift of the gods, as the temptation to sinful addiction, and what we know today of its contribution to mental health.
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.
October 3: Who Do We Want to Be When We Come Through This?
Rev. Marsh Agobert (he/him)
Let’s open a strictly positive conversation about who we want to be as a community. Today let us look at the smaller picture and, for a moment, release the planet’s broad concerns and “Straighten our room.” Who do We want to be coming out the other side of the Pandemic?
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.
October 10: Our Spiritual Ground - A BFUU Poetry Service
Frances Hillyard (she/her), Worship Coordinator
October 17: All the Stirrings of Compassion: Caring For One Another
Paikea Melcher (she/her), Worship Coordinator
How can we grow to experience hope and healing in the midst of life's challenges? We’ll create a blessing of our hands, our minds, our hearts, our spirits, and a blessing of our community. May our time together renew our spirits, deepen our community, and inspire us to lead lives of compassion and care to build the common good.
October 24: The Big Bang—and Seeing When the Universe Was Young
Rev. Dr. Carrie Knowles (she/her)
Rev. Dr. Carrie Knowles reminds us of the origin of time, space, and matter as our scientists dispatch a new telescope to go into orbit 1.5 million kilometers from planet earth. The telescope will send us images that capture light that has been traveling for about 13.8 billion years.
October 31: Blow In the Wind, Rise In The Sea: Nature And Spirit
Douglas Chambers (he/him) & Kathy Riehle (she/her), Worship Coordinators
How do we relate our experiences of Nature with our religious values or beliefs? Can our spiritual connections with the Earth help us work to protect our world? What cycles and seasons are we experiencing now, and how do they shape our spirituality? We will explore ritual acts in praise of Creation.