BFUU Staff

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Interim Minister

Rev. Joy Atkinson received her MDiv from Starr King School For the Ministry in 1974. She also has an MA in English Literature and Teacher Education from Hunter College in the Bronx (1970) and an M.S. from Cal State, East Bay in Counseling (1988). She has served UU congregations for 25 years as a settled minister and for 11 years as an interim minister, mostly in California. She became an Accredited Interim Minister with the Unitarian Universalist Association in 2005.
Rev. Joy has enjoyed the opportunity to work as an Interim Minister with many different congregations that are in transition between settled ministers, which she believes is an especially fertile time in a congregation’s life—an opportunity to explore the congregation’s unique identity, strengths and challenges and to experiment with new ideas. 

Rev. Joy's office hours are 11 AM - 5 PM, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Other times are available: please call 
510-841-4824, ext. 2, for an appointment.

Find out about our incoming Developmental Minister, Theresa Novak, by clicking here!

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Community Minister

Rev. Earl W. Koteen, whom BFUU ordained, is our Community Minister for Climate Justice. He also serves as the Consulting Minister for Climate Justice with Unitarian Universalist (UU) Legislative Ministry CA and is on the board of UU Ministry for Earth and the steering committee of CA Interfaith Power & Light.  Before entering the ministry, Earl had a 30-year career in strategic planning, organizational development, and human resources. He's a lifelong UU, who grew up in the All Souls Unitarian Church in DC. He has two adult daughters.


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Katrina is a dreamer, healer, and teacher, as well as an award-winning writer and photographer. She holds a Master's degree in Consciousness and Transformative Studies from John F. Kennedy University, a teaching license from the University of Colorado, Denver, and Bachelor's degrees in Journalism and English from the University of Colorado, Boulder. 

Katrina published a children's book, Denise's Mold, and she is also the author of a chapter in the terrapsychology anthology Rebearths: Conversations with a World Ensouled.
She is involved in ecopsychology and ecotherapy work, conneciting people with nature through meditative hikes and healing circles. She also does ancestral healing work with clients. She is passionate about dreamwork and she works with private clients and leads dream groups in the East Bay. Find out more about her work at Katrina is also a tutor in English, writing, study skills, test preparation, and English as a Second Language. Find out more at

Originally from Colorado, Katrina enjoys hiking in the East Bay hills, especially in the redwoods, and she visits the ocean as often as she can. She loves cooking and music, and can often be found curled up with a good book.

Katrina is in the office on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. She can be reached at 510-841-4824 ext. 1

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Deborah is a musician, teacher, and community organizer with a long history in the East Bay. Born in Oregon & raised in the greater Bay Area she has felt like Berkeley is her spiritual home ever since her first visit in the 70s. She teaches Mountain Dulcimer classes at the Freight and Salvage, directs Women & Song and is organizing the first ever Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering this year in May. Deborah is active in the local Pagan spiritual community and has several recordings. Her previous experience with booking events was at the First Congregational Church of Oakland. Deborah lives locally with her husband of 30 years and likes to knit when her cat allows.

Deborah is in the office from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. She can be reached at 510-841-4824 ext. 3

Ed Keating - Building Manager

Ed was born in Chicago, IL and came to the Bay Area in the mid-60s with his family. Since then he has made the Bay Area his home, moving to Berkeley in 1976 after college. Ed became a peace activist in response to the Vietnam War. He is also very passionate about the use of energy efficiency and renewable energy; a passion he brings to his work in construction and maintenance.

Ed is an avid reader, and likes to write prose poetry and scientific non-fiction. He likes to spend time in nature, with regular trips to the beach and mountains. Ed has been married to Mary Kay Coen since 2009.

Richard Sandling - Custodian

Richard started as custodian at BFUU in 1978, the same year as past minister Paul Sawyer, and has worked at least 22 of the last 34 years here.

He is most engaged in the world with Afro-Cuban music and has played latin piano montunos for 25 years and congos for 35 years. He also enjoys watching cooking shows on PBS and usually has 20 or so books checked out from the library. His world view has been most influenced by the writing of the late Quaker economist and philosopher Kenneth Boulding.