The 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: Potluck, Singing & Discussion
Let Our Voices Be Heard
Thursday, December 1 at 6 PM refreshments, 7-9 PM program, in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Please join us for a relaxing evening of nourishment for body and soul. We’ll share a warm and healthy potluck supper accompanied by the mellow sounds of live piano music.
After dinner we’ll be treated to an improvisational song circle led by Berkeley artist and circle song enthusiast Phoebe Ackley. We’ll circle around as we lift our voices in harmony under Phoebe’s skillful guidance, creating unique and lively songscapes as we respond to her cues.
Following our singing we’ll exchange ideas for making the winter holidays stress free and waste free. (Bring your favorite ideas to share with others.)
We’ll close the evening with a half hour practice session for the active listening skills we learned last month from empathy expert, Edwin Rutsch. Edwin will facilitate Empathy Circles in which each of us will have a chance to be a speaker in a small group and an active listener. Active listening is key to opening channels of communication with those you disagree with. People are more willing to listen when they feel fully heard.
So come on out, lift your voice and open your ears, for a joyful, sustainable and just future.
This event sponsored by: Transition Berkeley, Social Justice Committee (Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists), and Citizens’ Climate Lobby.
Suggested Donation: $5-20 to cover event costs. No one turned away for lack of funds!
Bring: An earth-friendly potluck dish or refreshment to share at 6 pm.
Sunday, December 4 after service in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Women of BFUU are invited to gather after services in the main Hall the first Sunday in December. We will discuss BFUU, ideas for the future, etc.
Conscientious Projector Presents “The Brainwashing of My Dad”
Thursday, December 8, 7 pm in Fellowship Hall–1924 Cedar St.
"The Brainwashing of My Dad" is a documentary film by acclaimed filmmaker Jan Senko, which examines the rise of the right-wing media machine through the conversion of her non-political Democratic party father to become a supporter of Rush Limbaugh, Fox News et al. It powerfully shows how a father and a nation can become radicalized.
It shines light on a propaganda machine can have a profound influence especially after the Fairness Doctrine was removed in 1986l Don't miss this compelling story.
Sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Committee.
Suggested donation $5-$20. No one turned away for lack of funds.
The Oasis (open mic) with Featured Artist Roger Brown & Leslie Thorne
Friday, December 9 at 6:30 PM sign up / 7 PM start in Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Join us for BFUU’s monthly Open Mic night! First come, first choice of 10-minute slots, available until the slots fill up. Featured Artist performs around 8:30 PM.
Roger Brown, originally from New York, has lived in Berkeley since 1979. He has been involved in the local music scene since the early 90’s as a blues guitar player. He also plays bass and harmonica, and writes original songs in a variety of styles. Leslie Thorne is also originally from New York. She plays the upright Bass in a variety of genres, including jazz, swing, blues, and folk. Leslie formed her band Yanqui Gumbo earlier this year with Roger and several other players, and they perform locally. They will be performing originals and covers out of their eclectic set list. They can be seen locally every third Tuesday at Caffé Trieste in Berkeley with their full band.
Hali Hammer is an award winning singer-songwriter and social activist who has been performing in the Bay Area for over four decades. She is a founding member of Occupella, plays bass and sings with Jump-In (which performs "folk & oldies - don't say it too fast) performs with The ReSisters, and can be found on many You Tube videos. Her latest CD is called Eclectic Circus, and a new one is in the works.
$5-$20 suggested donation. No one turned away for lack of funds.
|Ongoing BFUU Events|
BFUU T’ai Chi & Qi Gong with Gene Herman
Mondays at 4 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Wednesdays at 3 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
This practice is appropriate for people of all ages. It improves health and well being at any age.
First Tuesdays at 11 AM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Sunday Services Committee
First Tuesdays at 7:00 PM in the Preschool Kitchen – 1606 Bonita Ave.
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.
Communication with Care
First and Second Sundays at 12:30 PM in the Preschool Kitchen – 1606 Bonita Ave.
Drop-ins welcome! No experience required! Free to BFUU Members and Friends! Marlena Willis leads these Compassionate Communication practice groups to help improve communication.
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. 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.
Conscientious Projector 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.
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.
BFUU Board of Trustees Meeting
Fourth Thursdays at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
|Other Community Events Held at BFUU|
Women & 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!
Empowered Communication Series at BFUU
Come for Empowered Communication
(Tuesdays, 1/10 & Mondays, 2/6)
Have you ever noticed thoughts like this?
• I just want it to be easier to talk to you!
• I keep getting stuck doing what I always do
• My boss is a terrible communicator
• I wish people would stop being so judgmental
Nonviolent Communication can give you new ways to talk and listen so you get your point across without conflict. And you'll learn how to be gentler with yourself, too.
If you want to dig in and start changing things, you can join the 5-week Tuesday Empowered Communication starting January 10th, 6-9pm. There is a special $50 discount on the Empowered Communication series for BFUU community members only. To get a little taste of the work and to meet Meganwind, there will be an Introductory Evening on Tuesday, 1/3, 6:30-8:30pm. Call me if you have any questions.
If Tuesdays don’t work for you, There will be a Monday Empowered Communication series starting February 6th, with an Introductory Evening on 1/30.
More great classes coming soon!
For more information, see http://baynvc.org/trainer/meganwind-eoyang/