BFUU offers a central location for community group meetings, presentations or gatherings, for private celebrations or memorials, religious services, gatherings or rites, rehearsals, recitals and performances. We offer wi-fi internet access, a digital projector, and projector screen for use in all rooms, and a full audio system with the ability to record your event in the Fellowship Hall.
The BFUU facility consists of two buildings at the corner of Cedar and Bonita: our main Fellowship Hall (1924 Cedar St.) and, just behind it, our Education Building (1606 Bonita Ave.). The lower floor of the Education Building houses the BFUU Office and the New School of Berkeley; and the upper floor has three additional rooms available for community use -- the Connie Barbour Room, the Fireside Room, and the Benjy Room.
The BFUU Fellowship Hall is the place we hold our Sunday Services and it is very special to us. The main hall is approximately 1700 sq. ft. (36' x 48'), with a slightly raised and recessed stage/chancel (6'8" x 17'4") on the east wall, a small kitchen and serving alcove on the west wall, a separate foyer at the front door, and another side entrance room with a wheelchair accessible ramp. A grand piano, chairs, tables, and lecturn are available for your use. There are two restrooms directly off the Hall. The Fellowship Hall is particularly suitable for larger audiences with a speaker, performance or presentations or practice (capacity 100 seated audience), sit-down dinners (capacity 80 seats with tables), larger receptions and stand-up affairs, memorials and religious services or rites, and large group meetings. Maximum capacity is 175 people.
The BFUU Connie Barbour Room, also known as the "smaller hall" or the "yoga room", is an open space suitable for a variety of uses. Chairs can be left stacked against the wall or arranged for circle-style or audience-style use. An upright piano is available for use. A small kitchenette is available in the hall beside the room. Restroom available. It is 750 sq. ft. (24' x 32'), on the second floor - not wheelchair accessible, and maximum capacity is 60.
The BFUU Fireside Room provides a cozy spot for groups as small as 5 or 6, or as large as 30. The room is divided into three sections. It is furnished comfortably with easy chairs and couches around a coffee table. This room is especially nice for conversation groups, small receptions, memorials and celebrations as well as small meetings. A small kitchenette is available in the hall beside the room. Restroom available. The room is 750 sq. ft. (16' x 48', divisible into 18' + 16' + 14'), it is on the second floor - not wheelchair accessible, and maximum capacity is 50.
The BFUU Benjy Room, also known as the Children's Room or the Art Room, is an intimate space furnished with a couch, chairs and a coffee table. It can be divided into two sections, or opened up for larger meetings. The room also has a kitchenette with a sink, coffee maker and microwave. It is 550 sq. ft. (14-16' x 36'), on the second floor - not wheelchair accessible, and maximum capacity is 20.
(Please note that not all events are listed on the calendar, and an open time might not be actually available.)