Transition Berkeley Presents: A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet
Thursday, November 6 at 6:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
A Fierce Green Fire : The Battle for a Living Planet is the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement – grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change. Directed and written by Mark Kitchell, Academy Award-nominated director of Berkeley in the Sixties, and narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep, the film premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2012, has won acclaim at festivals around the world.
A Fierce Green Fire chronicles the largest movement of the 20th century and one of the keys to the 21st. It brings together all the major parts of environmentalism. It focuses on activism, people fighting to save their homes, their lives, the future – and succeeding against all odds. The film ends with the movement to stop Climate Change.
Our special guest speaker is Kathy Dervin, Berkeley public health educator and environmental activist now working with 350 Bay Area. She will report back on the recent People's March for Climate Action in New York City and talk to us about ways to get involved with the work of 350.org. After the film. signups will be taken for a book group to read and discuss Naomi Klein's new book This Changes Everything.
Please join us for locally grown snacks at 6:30. The film will start promptly at 7:00.
This event is co-sponsored by Transition Berkeley, and the BFUU Social Justice Committee.
Suggested Donation $5 - $10. No one turned away for lack of funds.
David Hartsough Book Release Celebration:
Sunday, November 9 at 6:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
“David Hartsough knows how to get in the way. He has used his body to block Navy ships headed for Vietnam and trains loaded with munitions on their way to El Salvador and Nicaragua. He has crossed borders to meet “the enemy” in East Berlin, Castro’s Cuba, and present-day Iran... Waging Peace is a testament to the difference one person can make. Hartsough’s stories inspire, educate, and encourage readers to find ways to work for a more just and peaceful world… Hartsough’s story demonstrates the power and effectiveness of organized nonviolent action. But Waging Peace is more than one man’s memoir. Hartsough shows how this struggle is waged all over the world by ordinary people committed to ending the spiral of violence and war.” http://www.pmpress.org/content/article.php/DavidHartsough/print.
Conscientious Projector Film Series: Here Comes the Sun
Thursday, November 13 at 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
The reality of the progress in the development and applications of solar power energy are described and celebrated in this short film. “Countries all over the world are leading the way towards a green economy. Unfortunately lobbying by the oil, gas, coal and nuclear industries are hindering progress. Very soon, perhaps even now depending on the cost of electricity in your area, solar technology will be more economically cost effective than traditional forms of electrical production.”
Suggested donation $5-10. No one turned away for lack of funds.
BFUU Monthly Open Mic
Friday, November 14, 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Join us for BFUU's monthly Open Mic night. Note to Musicians/Performers: Signups for the 20 available 10-minute slots begin at 6:30 PM and the featured artist performs at 8:30 PM.
This Berkeley Fellowship Monthly Open Mic (BF MOM) the “Featured Artists” will be a trio called “Muse Crossing”: Shawn Dohring, Michèle Voillequé and Mark Walstrom. “Shawn learns nearly everything by ear and never goes anywhere without a hat and guitar. Michèle is a classically trained violinist and soprano who sings and teaches voice for a living. Mark is a multi-instrumentalist who loves European folk music. As Muse Crossing, they play eclectic acoustic arrangements of folk, popular and classical songs, always with an emphasis on tight vocal harmonies.”
Our Host, Vic Sadot, is a long-time activist singer-songwriter in the Phil Ochs “Broadside Balladeer” tradition. Since arriving in Berkeley in 2008, Vic has been writing new songs and making a lot of music videos for them on the “Truth Troubadour” YouTube Channel. The latest videos are “Mad Cowboy Disease”, “The Harbor of Love”, and “Le Port de L'Amour”.
The Hal Carlstad Social Justice Center Awards Annual Dinner Benefit for the BFUU
Saturday, November 15, Doors open 6:00 PM, Dinner Buffet 6:15 PM, Program 7:00-9:00 PM
Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
The Social Justice Committee of BFUU (Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists) presents their annual Awards dinner. Dinner: 6 pm. A catered Mexican-themed Dinner Buffet suitable for omnivores, vegetarians and vegans. Program: 7-9 pm. Event MC will be Rocky Morrison. Featuring Comedy by Mrs. T-Bill Banks (Selma Vincent). Music by Holly Harwood, Dan Tussey, Vic Sadot, and Ajaya Davidson and friends. Thanks to everyone on the organizing committee! See you there!
For more information, please see flyer here: 2014 SJC Awards
Suggested Donation $25-$50 per person
Tickets available at brown paper tickets:http://sjc2015awards.brownpapertickets.com/
BFUU Welcome Reverend Theresa Novak Celebration!
Sunday, November 16 at 4:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
We will welcome our new developmental minister with ritual, ceremony, and song as we celebrate a new vision for the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists. The event is open to the public and clergy and seminarians are invited to robe and process. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony.
Memorial Gathering for Tod Fletcher & Susan Peabody
Saturday, November 22, 1:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Tod Fletcher was a major researcher, writer, editor, and speaker in the global 9/11 Truth & Justice movement. Tod was the editor for many of “Process Theologian” David Ray Griffin's books. Tod's last interview on Bonnie Faulkner's "Guns & Butter" Radio Show on KPFA was on Sept 3, 2014 and is archived there and at No Lies Radio. Griffin Tribute: http://www.globalresearch.ca/in-memory-of-911-activist-tod-fletcher-a-life-of-service-1952-2014/5407016
Recurring BFUU Events
BFUU T'ai Chi & Qi Gong with Gene Herman
Mondays and Wednesdays, 4 to 5 p.m. —Connie Barbour Room— 1606 Bonita Ave.
This practice is appropriate for people of all ages. It improves health and well being at any age.
BFUU Elders' Circle
First Tuesdays, 11:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall
The BFUU Elders' Circle meets at 11:00 AM on First Tuesdays in the Fellowship Hall.
BFUU SpiritUUal Contemporaries
First Thursdays, 7:00 PM in the Benjy Room–1606 Bonita Ave.
SpiritUUal Contemporaries at BFUU, an open covenant group for self-defined middle adults, welcomes those who would like to experience open covenant small group worship. Please contact
for more information.
BFUU SJC Wind Song West Cafe
First Fridays at 11:30 a.m. in the Fireside Room—1606 Bonita Ave.
Join us in the Wind Song Cafe to share music, poetry, and discussion. For the month of November, the gathering will include a mini-writing session. Please bring your own writing materials. Note that this room is not wheel-chair accessible.
BFUU Monthly Open Mic
Second Fridays, 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall
Join us for BFUU's monthly Open Mic night. Note to Musicians/Performers: Signups for the 20 available 10-minute slots begin at 6:30 PM and the featured artist performs at 8:30 PM. See this month's detail above.
BFUU Second Sundays Potluck
Second Sundays, after service (around 12:30 PM) in the Fellowship Hall–1924 Cedar St.
Come one, come all! Whether you have a dish to share or not, we in the hospitality and membership committees invite you, on behalf of all our membership, to join us as we break bread in the spirit of loving community. Immediately after service please help us set up tables and chairs and join in the bounty provided by members and friends. And all able-bodied persons are welcome to help put away tables at the end. In between we talk and laugh and cry and sing. Members, friends, neighbors and the wider community are welcome to join us.
BFUU Third Thursday Taizé
Third Thursdays, 7:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall–1924 Cedar St.
Taizé music originated in the Taizé Monastery in France as an opportunity for people of various religious faiths to unite in spirit and song. It quickly spread through Europe and is now becoming very popular in the United States. Come join us each third Thursday at 7:30 in the Fellowship Hall as BFUU takes its place in the growing Taizé community.
BFUU Pub Theology
Third Fridays, 7:00 PM at Au Coquelet–2000 University Ave.
BFUU's young adult group meets monthly at Au Coquelet. Please contact
for more information.
Other Community Events held at BFUU
T'ai Chi Ch'uan with Karina Epperlein: The Principles and Art of Slowing Down
Mondays, 6-7 p.m. in the Connie Barbour Room — 1606 Bonita Ave.
Breath, sound, movement, qi gong, imagination and intention, standing and walking meditation, balance, centering and grounding. Karina brings to her 37 years of teaching an extensive background and training in T'ai Chi Ch'uan, dance, physical theater, music, voice, breath, and meditation.
Ongoing. $90 per month. Please call in advance to register: 510-559-8892. Visit www.karinafilms.us for more information.
Dancing Life From Your Core: CoreConnexion Transformational Arts® with Eva Vigran, MA Psych
Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Starting in the NOW, we will listen to body and soul, following movement that emerges from moment to moment. Through playful connection with ourselves, others and nature, we can illuminate our individual and authentic aliveness and strengthen our inner nature and resources. Participants will gain access to the wisdom and joy at their core. First class is free! www.coreconnexion.net
Song and Chant
Second Sundays, 4 PM in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Ajaya Davidson weaves a musical fusion of classical Indian and Western music on keyboard. The music creates a lush undercurrent for chanting, open listening and meditation. Come and experience original songs and chants in Sanskrit and English and with the poetry of Rumi and Shakespeare!
Suggested donation: $5-10, no one turned away for lack of funds
Feel the power of musical space and time.
Motown Dance Party: Soul Rising
Friday, November 7, 7:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Come hear the band: "SOUL RISING"! ! !
We continue the Great American Dance Party Series, featuring the Bay Area's top R & B and Soul playing musicians! Great vocalists belt out the Greatest Hits of Motown, Stax Studios and the Philadelphia Sound LIVE.
Suggested donation is $10 person.
Jazz in the Neighborhood presents TBD
Friday, November 21, 8:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Jazz in the Neighborhood is proud to present top flight jazz musicians in local settings. Please check back for the featured artist for November.
Berkeley Disaster Preparedness Network presents "Securing your home for earthquakes"
Thursday, October 30, 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall - 1924 Cedar St.
Glen Granholm, Director of Seismic Services Programs for ETC Building & Design and Safe-T-Proof Disaster Preparedness Co., will be talking about how to best secure your home followed by a Q&A.
This is a free program.
Deborah Hamouris presents Sharon Knight & Winter
Friday, October 31, 8:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
An evening of Dark Enchantment. Haunting tales of myth and magic from beyond the veil.
Tickets $15 adv. $20 door.
Goat Hall Productions presents Little Weill Women in the Cities of Nets
Saturday, November 15, 8:00 PM in the Connie Barbour Room – 1606 Bonita Ave.
Sunday November 16, 2:00 PM in the Connie Barbour Room – 1606 Bonita Ave.
Join us on a journey along a path of Desolation and Despair as Little Weill Women join a plucky band of ladies down on their luck and on the run, fleeing from city to city on the road to Redemption.
Tickets ($25 at table, $20 general, $15 student/senior) available at goathall.org.