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

FEMA East Bay Hills Tree Removal Plan

Friday July 31 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

EAST BAY HILLS FORESTS: INVASIVE FIRE HAZARDS OR NATURAL TREASURES?

Meet a Firefighter called on by local mayors after the 1991 hills fire, and a Conservation Biologist discussing species migration throughout history

DAVID THEODOROPOULOS

Conservation Biologist; Author: Invasion Biology -Critique of a Pseudoscience; Slideshow Presentation

DAVID MALONEY

Retired Oakland Fire Department; Chief, Fire Prevention, Oakland Army Base; appointed to 1991 Oakland-Berkeley Mayors' Task Force on Emergency Preparedness and Community Restoration

KEN CHEETHAM

Forest Photography; Bay Area Progressive Directory

Ken Cheetham BAPD Photo Collection “Trees Threatened with Destruction by UC Berkeley”. http://bapd.org/trees.html

Plus updates from the Hills Conservation Network about their work and lawsuit, and CUIDO (Communities United in Defense of Olmstead -a disability rights organization)

Are eucalyptus, acacia, and Monterey pines invasive non-native fire hazards, or carbon sequestering habitat and natural treasures? Do we want Dow and Monsanto profiting more than they have already with UC's pesticide use on clearcuts done in the hills over the past decade? Are our East Bay Lungs being sold off for wood pellets for Europe, biomass for China's coal plants, toilet paper for Japan? Longshore workers confirm wood chips are being shipped out of West Coast ports.

Participate in a community discussion of the FEMA-funded tree removal projects in the East Bay Hills, from Richmond to Hayward, which are opposed by 90% of the 13,000
comments on FEMA's Environmental Impact Statement.

Both the Sierra Club and Claremont Canyon Conservancy, which are actively promoting the downing of nearly half a million East Bay Hills trees, and are suing FEMA to
demand that more trees are killed, were invited to participate on a panel of both proponents and opponents of these projects. Neither organization responded to East
Bay Pesticide Alert's invitation.

**Please refrain from using scented products prior to attending
**Wheelchair accessible

Co-sponsored by East Bay Pesticide Alert (dontspraycalifornia.org) (see wildfire pages)
& the Social Justice Committee of Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists (labor donated)

Suggested donations of $5 – $10 will support the work of the Social Justice Committee! No one is turned away for lack of funds! Volunteers appreciated!


BFUU Game Night
Monday, August 3 at 6:30 PM in the Fireside Room–1606 Bonita Ave.
The Membership Committee is hosting a first-ever game night! Please join us for board games and conviviality! All ages - children are welcome! Note that this space is not wheelchair accessible.


Screening the Green Film Series: The Breach
Thursday, August 6 at 7:00 PM in Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Pot-luck begins at 6:00 PM.
BreachedJoin Slow Food East Bay and Transition Berkeley for an evening delving into the prickly world of fish, fishing and the health of the oceans. We'll start at 6pm with a potluck dinner (true to Slow Food USA local and sustainable values!) then see the amazing new film about salmon and the northwest, The Breach.

 

The evening comes to a point with a short panel of local fisher(wo)men, fish mongers and others involved with keeping this huge part of our ecosystem healthy and in balance and Q&A with local folks involved in the worlds of fishing and the oceans. How can we both support those that make their livelihood from the ocean and the fish populations? How can we be educated and inquisitive consumers of seafood, asking the right questions about sourcing, distribution and health? Join us in the conversation to try to find answers to these questions and more.

Representatives from Slow Food will also talk about the political & gastronomic history of the Slow Food movement, explain the ‘Good Clean & Fair For All’ mission, and announce current projects and opportunities for involvement. For more information: http://www.thebreachfilm.com/Or http://slowfoodeastbay.com/. This event is wheelchair accessible and cosponsored by Transition Berkeley, Slow Food East Bay and BFUU’s Social Justice Committee.

Suggested donation $10-20. No one turned away for lack of funds.


Book Signing/Discussion of Peter Mathews' Dollar Democracy: with Liberty and Justice for Some; How to Reclaim the American Dream for All
Friday, August 7 at 7:00 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Renowned Scholar, Author, and Political Activist Dr. Michael Parenti will introduce Professor Peter Mathews.

Peter Mathews’ new book, Dollar Democracy: with Liberty and Justice for Some; How to Reclaim the American Dream for All, is about the corrupting influence of private money in politics that has caused a disappearing middle class, environmental destruction, the dismantling of the public education system, the endangering of our food and water supply, and a lack of health care. Dollar Democracy also provides real solutions to the major crises in America and the world.

Peter Mathews is a Professor of Political Science at Cypress College and Adjunct Professor of Sociology at Long Beach City College. He is also a guest host at KPFK radio 90.7 FM, and has been a Political Analyst for over 10 years on network TV and radio stations. To hear some of his radio host work and his radio and TV political analysis please click on www.epetermathews.com


Interfaith Power and Light
Monday August 10 6:30 PM in the Fireside Room – 1606 Bonita Ave.

The BFUU Social Justice Committee and the Alameda Interfaith Climate Action Network (a regional working group of California Interfaith Power and Light) will host an interfaith study group to discuss Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si. Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, people of all faiths are welcome. For more information, please contact Will Scott (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Suggested donation $10-20. No one turned away for lack of funds.


Conscientious Projectors Film Series: Standing Army
Thursday, August 13 at 7:00 PM in Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St. 

standing armyThis is an acclaimed 2010 Documentary by Enrico Parenti on the hundreds of U.S. bases around the world, the rationale for these bases and the impact on the local populations. This is an appropriate film for remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki August 6 and 9 and looking more deeply into why the U.S. "needs" this global network of increasing our unquestioned military budget. Discussion will follow the film.Suggested donation $5-20. No one turned away for lack of funds. Volunteers appreciated!


PhilOchsBerkeley Protest Festival - A Festival toCelebrate Protest in Song and Poetry
Saturday, August 15 from noon to 9 PM in Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

PLEASE NOTE NEW EXTENDED TIME!

BFUU will host a full day of songs from “Noon to 9 pm” in which each performer has 10 minutes to do one or two songs. For the “protest fest” each performer and audience member will be asked to donate $5, which will benefit the Fellowship. 

Over 50 performers of song, poems, comedy and performance art have signed up to share their artistic creations inspired by pickets, rallies, sit-ins, marches, strikes, walkouts and all forms and range of protest and the issues that incite them. We invite you to enjoy this veritable variety show of thinkers, doers, entertainers and agitators!

To contact the Social Justice Committee call The Hal Carlstad Social Justice Center during the open hours of 1:30 – 5 pm, or leave a message on the answering machine at 510-275-4272 at any time.

Tickets: http://berkprotestfest.bpt.me

Suggested donation $5-20. No one turned away for lack of funds. Volunteers appreciated!

 Ongoing BFUU Events

BFUU T’ai Chi & Qi Gong with Gene Herman -  6/24 class cancelled
Mondays and Wednesdays at 4 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.

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

BFUU Escalating Inequality Class
First and Third Tuesdays at 5 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
The evening begins at 5 pm with a potluck, and then the class runs from 6 to 8 pm. The BFUU is embracing the call from the Unitarian Universalists Association to engage in a program about the widening gap in well-being and incomes in the United States. Gene Herman will lead the discourse. There is a study guide for this program.

Sunday Services Committee
First Tuesdays at 7:00 PM in the Minister's Office – 1606 Bonita Ave.

Screening the Green Film Series - Note: the potluck on Aug 6 starts at 6PM
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 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 SpiritUUal Contemporaries
First Thursdays at 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

BFUU SJC Wind Song West Cafe
First Fridays at noon in the Fireside Room – 1606 Bonita Ave.
Join us in the Wind Song Cafe to share music, poetry, and discussion. 
Note that this room is not wheelchair accessible.

BFUU Social Justice Committee Meeting
First and Third Sundays at 12:30 PM in the Preschool Room—1606 Bonita Ave.

BFUU Open Mic
Second Fridays at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Join us for BFUU's monthly Open Mic night! 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. In between we talk and laugh and cry and sing. Members, friends, neighbors and the wider community are welcome to join us.

Conscientious Project Film Series
Second Thursdays at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Each month, 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.

BFUU Pub Theology
Third Fridays at 7 PM at Au Coquelet–2000 University Ave.
BFUU's young adult group meets monthly at Au Coquelet. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

BFUU Religious Education and Exploration Committee Meeting
Third Sundays at 12:30 PM (after services) in the courtyard
All are welcome to the RE meeting, which generally meets the third Sunday of the month outside on the playground, in order to accommodate families with children. Please feel free to bring an item to share for our potluck if you'd like.

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

BFUU/Wordswell Writing Workshop
Fourth Sundays at 12:30 PM in the Fireside Room – 1606 Bonita Ave.
Have you written before? Or always wanted to write? This group will support and encourage you to write.
 Suggested donation per class of $5 - $10. Donation split between BFUU and Wordswell, a non-profit for writing. Register via BFUU office at 510-841-4824 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Other Community Events Held at BFUU

 

Jazz in the Neighborhood will resume BFUU 3rd Friday music series at BFUU in September. For more information, please go to jazzintheneighborhood.org

Acoustic Music Berkleey will resume BFUU 4th Friday music series at BFUU in September.
For more information, please to 
acousticmusicberkeley.com