wheelchairThe Fellowship Hall (1924 Cedar St) is accessible by a ramp on the Bonita Avenue side of the Hall. The Preschool Room is only reservable by BFUU groups and is accessible on the ground level of our Religious Education Building (1606 Bonita Ave). At this time the Connie Barbour, Fireside and Benjy Rooms are not wheelchair accessible. 

 Upcoming BFUU Events

Transition Berkeley Presents Film and Presentation
CAPITALISM & DEMOCRACY: Can They Co-Exist?
Thursday, April 6 at 6:30 PM refreshments, 7-9 PM program, in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
tb flier photo copyHow can we shift our economic structure to be more equitable and humane?
Please join Transition Berkeley for a short film: “How Class Works”, an animated overview by Richard Wolff.
The film will be followed by a talk and discussion led by local author and distinguished Marxist scholar Richard Lichtman, who has taught at UC Berkeley, SF State, and the Wright Institute. His topic will be Marxism 101: Capitalism and Democracy - Can They Co-exist?
Is capitalism the root cause of the climate crisis? How can we shift our economic structure to be more equitable and humane? If capitalism is the problem, what alternatives do we have? We’ll discuss these issues and more.
Meet and greet at 6:30 pm before the film. Bring healthy vegetarian snack or a refreshment to share if you can. The program begins at 7:00 pm.
This event is sponsored by Transition Berkeley and the BFUU Social Justice Committee.
Suggested Donation: $5 – 20 to cover event costs. No one turned away for lack of funds. 


Responding to Mental Health Crises without Berkeley Police: A Community Forum
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Saturday, April 8 at 1pm in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St, Berkeley

Kayla MooreWhat can mental health care and crisis response look like without police involvement? Join the Justice 4 Kayla Moore Coalition and Berkeley Copwatch for a forum to address that question. The forum will feature individuals and organizations who are fighting for, building and living out mental health alternatives to the police. We will also discuss next steps for our campaign to fight for changes in how our communities and the City of Berkeley approach mental health crises. Please refrain from wearing scented products to the event.

Accessibility info: The space is wheelchair accessible and we will have a scent-free seating area during the large-group portion of the event. Please contact us (see below) to let us know what your access needs are.

Need a ride or childcare? Contact us (below) to request these resources. Arrangements to make childcare and rides available are in progress.

Interested in presenting at the forum? Have experience (through life and/or work) with non-police mental health resources or the intersection of mental health and policing? Contact Charlotte at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 510-847-6310. We'd love to hear from you! Volunteers also welcome!

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loaves and fishes2Loaves and Fishes: Food for the Soul
Tuesday, April 11 at noon in Ministers Office–1606 Bonita Ave.
As an expansion of her caring ministry, the Rev. Carrie Knowles will offer a new lunch time group called "Loaves and Fishes: Food for the Soul."
It will offer an opportunity for participants to explore spiritual questions about which they are curious. The suggested topic for the first group is "Did God Have a Wife?" Thereafter, the group will develop topics to fit the interests of those taking part. Loaves and Fishes will welcome participants not only from BFUU but also friends of church members, neighborhood residents and anyone from other UU congregations.
The group will meet on the second Tuesday of each month, noon to 1 PM in the ministerial office. The next meeting is on Tuesday, April 11. Please bring your own brown bag lunch and a beverage.


Active Hope: RISE, LOVE, RESIST!
Friday, April 14 at 6:30 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Active Hope Antonia JuhaszActive Hope Joanna MacySpeakers include Joanna Macy, Antonia Juhasz, Donald Goldmacher, "Heist" film, co-founder Berkeley Progressive Alliance; Shahid Buttar, Electronic Frontier Foundation; Mike Rufo, Bill of Rights Defense Committee; Rev. Earl Koteen, Sunflower Alliance; Tracy Rosenburg, Oakland Privacy Working Group; Michael Wong, Veterans for Peace; Susan Harman, Friends of the Public Bank of Oakland; Marylia Kelley, Tri-Valley Cares; 350.org Bay Area; April 29 Climate Mobilization; Codepink Women for Peace; Indivisible Berkeley; Diablo Rising Tide, and more!
Music: Lydia Violet (tentative), Betsy Rose, Mike Rufo, Francis Collins, more!
Suggested donation: $5-$20, no one turned away for lack of funds.
An evening for conscious activists, organizers, musicians, writers, poets, artists, thinkers who work for justice, peace, the future. The concept for “Active Hope” events is meeting outside our ‘silo’ issues - seeing common threads, connecting the dots, drawing from each other the inspiration and courage to act. We will again bring multi-issue activists and organizers together to hear, speak, network, collaborate, strategize. Groups will present briefly across the activist spectrum— environment, social justice, civil liberties, peace and anti-militarism, health care, education, jobs, immigration, and more-- all with an emphasis on action opportunities.

Contact: Cynthia Papermaster, Codepink Golden Gate, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Codepink Women for Peace, Golden Gate Chapter


Social Justice Discernment
Sunday, April 16 at 12:30 - 2:00 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
This is the final workshop in the social justice discernment series (though the work continues!) Join us in learning from and working with Evan Junker. For more information, please contact Pam Norton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Elayne Ryder at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Irish Dance to Benefit Standing Rock
Saturday April 29 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
BFUU will hold an Irish dance to benefit the Standing Rock defense against DAPL. The event will start with a dance lesson at 7 pm followed by a dance from 8 pm to 10 pm featuring live Irish music from musicians in our community, including our Music Director, Susan T. Mashiyama on fiddle and harp. Let’s come together as a community to support policies and movements for clean water and human rights. Please help spread the word to our BFUU and extended community! Here’s a BFUU music video with a sample of Irish music. Playing along is our custodian Richard Sandling on the drum, and our Board President Doug Chambers on the “bones.” https://youtu.be/G86SaTZEJIk

 

 Ongoing BFUU Events

qigong2BFUU T’ai Chi & Qi Gong with Gene Herman
Mondays at 4 PM in the Connie Barbour Room – 1606 Bonita Ave.
Wednesdays at 3 PM in the Connie Barbour Room – 1606 Bonita Ave.
This practice is appropriate for people of all ages. It improves health and well being at any age.

gold choirBFUU Choir Practice and Neighborhood Sing!
Wednesdays at 7 PM in the Preschool Kitchen – 1606 Bonita Ave.
From 7 pm – 7:45 pm, we learn melodies and work on harmonies, timing, and musicality of a couple of songs that we’ll sing at BFUU’s Sunday services.
From 7:45 pm – 8:30 pm, we sing the songs from the first part with our wonderful pianist Andy and then relax and informally sing songs together.
Join us for either or both parts of the evening! Please invite your friends and neighbors. There's no pressure to sing in the choir on Sundays. These gatherings are something BFUU offers as a service to build community.

Elders Circle
First Tuesdays at 11 AM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Transition Berkeley Presents
First Thurdays, meet and greet at 6:30 PM, film at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Each month, BFUU’s Social Justice Committee and Transition Berkeley co-sponsor a film and/or presentation relevant to the ecology. Often, additional sponsors, speakers and presenters add to the discussion. Suggested donations of $5 – $20. No one turned away for lack of funds. See upcoming events above for the current listing. 

BFUU Leadership Meeting
Second Thursdays at 7 PM in the Preschool Room

BFUU Committee Chairs and all BFUU members seeking leadership and group facilitation skills are welcome to attend the monthly Leadership Meeting.

Conscientious Projector Film Series
Second Thursdays bimonthly (odd number months) at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Every other month (on odd number months), BFUU’s Social Justice Committee presents a film that engages an aspect of social justice. Suggested donations of $5 – $20. No one turned away for lack of funds. See upcoming events for the current listing.

SJC Speaker Series
Third Thursdays bimonthly (even number months) at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Every other month (on even number months), BFUU’s Social Justice Committee presents a speaker who engages an aspect of social justice. Suggested donations of $5 – $20. No one turned away for lack of funds. See upcoming events for the current listing.

The Oasis in Berkeley
Second Fridays at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Join us for a revamped monthly open mic experience. We welcome instrumentalists, singers, poets, spoken word artists and other performers to the stage! We are a family-friendly community with a focus on social justice, so hone your creativity toward that environment. First come, first choice of 10-minute slots, available all evening or until the slots fill up. Featured Artist(s) perform around 8:30 PM.

Suggested donations of $5 – $20 will support the work of the Social Justice Committee! 
No one turned away for lack of funds! Volunteers appreciated!

Second Sunday Potluck*
Second Sundays at 12:30 PM in 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. Members, friends, neighbors and the wider community are welcome to join us.
*If you bring a dish, please also bring a printed list of all ingredients so those with allergies, interactions and dietary restrictions can enjoy the dishes they can eat and avoid those they can't. 

BFUU Writers Group
Second Sundays at 12:30 PM in the Preschool Room – 1606 Bonita Ave. - No animals, please. (allergies!)
Fourth Sundays at 12:30 PM in the Preschool Room – 1606 Bonita Ave. - Service animals welcome!

Wheelchair accessible. Beginners welcome! Due to popular demand, the BFUU Poetry Committee is adding a second monthly writers group. The first group is the second Sunday of the month. It is for people who are allergic to dogs, and people who don't need to bring service dogs to the group. The second group is the fourth Sunday of the month. It is for people with service animals and people who are not allergic to dogs. You are welcome to attend both groups if you are able. Our writers group is for all levels, from beginner to experienced, and all genres, including poetry, memoir, and fiction. After a 7 min. writing exercise, we write for an agreed upon period of time. Then we read our work aloud and give each other positive feedback.

Good Grief
Fourth Wednesdays at 7 PM in the Minister's Office  – 1606 Bonita Ave.
The Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists offers a monthly gathering place where group members may share the experience of grief and loss. A small group, led by Rev. Dr. Carrie Knowles, will meet in the minister’s office on the fourth Wednesday of each month, from 7 to 8:30PM. 

If you would like to join “Good Grief,” please call the BFUU office at (510) 841-4824 between 11:00AM and 5:00PM or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve a place. You may contact Rev. Carrie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

BFUU Board of Trustees Meeting
Fourth Thursdays at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St. 

 BFUU Committee Meetings

Click the Committee/Subcommittee name to initiate an email to the Chair(s) of that Committee/Subcommittee

For more information, please see our Committees Page

Aesthetics Subcommittee
First Wednesdays at noon in Benjy Room  – 1606 Bonita Ave.

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Fourth Sundays at 12:30 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

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Third Sundays at 4:30 PM in the Fireside Room – 1606 Bonita Ave.

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Fourth Sundays at 12:30 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

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Fourth Sundays at 12:30 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

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First and Third Sundays at 12:30 PM in the Preschool Room—1606 Bonita Ave.

Sunday Services Committee
First Tuesdays at 7:00 PM in the Preschool Kitchen – 1606 Bonita Ave.

 Other Community Events Held at BFUU

GGF image1GGF image2Girls Go Figure Camp boosts the confidence & aptitude of middle school girls as problem solvers. Working collaboratively with GGF image1brainteasers, puzzles, games, videos, and word problems, they develop practical math skills for school.
Meets Monday-Friday, June 25-29, 2017, 9:00 to Noon, $250 by May 31. Tralee Johnson, MA, Coordinator, is a 25-year veteran of math education and counseling. www.GreatMathTutoring.com 415-508-MATH


womenandsong2Women & Song, a women's singing group

Directed by Deborah "DJ" Hamouris
2nd & 4th Thursdays, 7-8:30pm 
Preschool Kitchen, 1606 Bonita Ave.
$20-$10, sliding scale

Women & Song are looking for a few good women to sing & laugh with us! Each rehearsal we learn traditional and contemporary songs & rounds, including some originals. Women & Song have been meeting regularly for over a decade and welcome new singers. If you can hold your own on a round or maybe read a bit of music, you're welcome!

Reserve your space!
510/910-2574 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.