Upcoming BFUU Events

Screening the Green Film Series: "Your Environmental Road Trip"
Thursday, June 4 at 6:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall–1924 Cedar St.

Wondering what else you can do to save water besides collecting it in the shower? Saving water helps save energy too! Rising Sun Energy Center will offer a short presentation to talk about the Energy Upgrade California program, and share energy and water saving tips you can use in your home. You will also learn about free services, rebates, and incentives available to homeowners and renters who take action to save water and energy. Bring your questions!
Then sit back and armchair travel along with three curious folks as they search for sustainable solutions across the United States in the light-hearted documentary, “Your Environmental Road Trip (Y.E.R.T.)”

Please bring plastic free snacks to share if you'd like to. This event is co-sponsored by Transition Berkeley, BFUU's Social Justice Committee and Rising Sun Energy.
Suggested Donation $5 - $20. No one turned away for lack of funds. 

Healing the Next Generation in the Middle East: The Syrian Refugee Crisis Today and Tomorrow
Tuesday, June 9 at 6 PM reception, 7 PM speaker/presentation in Fellowship Hall–1924 Cedar St.

An opportunity for those interested to learn first-hand the true size and depth of the humanitarian crisis of millions of Syrian refugees in the Middle East. Learn what is being done on-the-ground to provide direct emergency health care services to help tens of thousands of refugees heal from the trauma of over 4 years of violence and war, and what is needed to continue and expand this life saving work.Steve Olweean, Director of Common Bond Institute and President of the International Humanistic Psychology Association, will share the first-hand experience in Jordan since 2013. Details on the trauma training program and disaster field clinics can be found at: www.cbiworld.org/home/training/shc/ - or contact at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Conscientious Projector Film Series: “The Vanishing City”
Thursday, June 11 at 7 PM in the Fellowship Hall–1924 Cedar St.

The Vanishing City (3:33) Trailer for the movie uploaded on Feb 21, 2010 at The Vanishing City YouTube Channel. It tells the story of the many struggles for neighborhood communities against "urban renewal" displacement by the collusion of corporate and city planners. The story is told through the eyes of tenants, city planners, business owners, scholars, and politicians, The Vanishing City exposes the real politic behind the alarming disappearance of New York’s beloved neighborhoods, the truth about its finance-dominated economy, and the myth of inevitable change. Artfully documented through interviews, hearings, demonstrations, and archival footage, the film takes a sober look at the city’s luxury policies and high-end development, the power role of the elite, and accusations of corruption surrounding land use and rezoning. The film also links New York trends to other global cities where multinational corporations continue to victimize the middle and working classes.

Suggested Donation $5 - $20. No one turned away for lack of funds.

BFUU Open Mic with Featured Artist Scott Clark
Friday, June 12 at 7 PM in the 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.

Scott Clark started singing and playing for fun as a teenager in response to the folk songs he was hearing. He did some busking while traveling around Europe in the mid-sixties. Scott is drawn to ballads and love songs, which make up the majority of his repertoire. He says, “Music keeps me sane so I play at a lot of jams around the Bay Area for fun. When you play music, you have to be fully present to create a good song. Being fully present is a central goal in my life, and music is a way of "practicing" presence.”

Host for the Evening: Dan Cunningham. Dan Cunningham has been working as a blues and rock singer since the early 70's, and in the process has become an accomplished guitarist. Rooted in the blues and old school R&B, Dan has branched out in recent years into other musical genres, namely jazz standards, urban folk, and classic rock. Dan is a talented vocalist who carries traces of all of his many musical influences in his still powerful tenor. His musical home is the blues, and you'll hear that in everything he sings.

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

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

To sign up for a 10 minute spot, read the details below, then go sign-up at this link at Country Joe's web site!
http://www.countryjoe.com/signup.htm

Country Joe McDonald pitched an idea to some members of the Social Justice Committee of the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists to celebrate the genre of the “protest song” in a local Bay Area festival. The Social Justice Committee approved the idea, and the organizing team selected Saturday, August 15 as the day for the event to be held in Fellowship Hall, 1924 Cedar St, Berkeley, CA 94709.

The proposal calls for a full day of songs from “Noon to 9 pm” in which each performer gets 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. Performers can do any songs they want whether original or cover. We are celebrating the “protest song”, and we are offering an open forum to Bay Area musicians to sing out!

Interested musicians who want to perform one or two protest songs within a 10 minute time frame should send in their name, telephone number, and email ASAP in advance to Vic Sadot. 

5-19-15 Update: Country Joe's webmaster has set up a sign-in form at his website at this link:
http://www.countryjoe.com/signup.htm

Note: Some people already sent their names in by email to Vic Sadot at BroadsideBalladeer@gmail.com 

You do not have to send in again. Vic is the one maintaining the list. Country Joe and Hali Hammer are both sending the names and emails of interested performers to Vic. The current plan is for the organizing team to pick the names from a hat to assign the time slots in a fair and random manner.

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.

 

 Ongoing BFUU Events

 

BFUU T’ai Chi & Qi Gong with Gene Herman
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.


Exploring Unitarian Universalism

Select Sundays at 12:30 in the Connie Barbour Room – 1606 Bonita Ave.

Exploring Unitarian Universalism is a series of six 90-minute workshops addressing important themes in Unitarian Universalist Congregational life on Sundays as noted below from 12:30 - 2:00 PM in the Connie Barbour Room. The next class is next Sunday June 7, "Social Justice." If you are interested in this or the future classes, please call or email the office (510-841-4824 ext. 1 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
Sunday June 7:  Social Justice
Sunday June 14: Membership
Questions? Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Elders Circle

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


BFUU Escalating Inequality Class
First and Third Tuesdays at 5 PM in the 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.


Screening the Green Film Series
First Thurdays, meet and greet at 6:30 PM, film at 7 PM in the 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.


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


BFUU SpiritUUal Contemporaries
First Thursdays at 7:00 PM in the Benjy Room – 1606 Bonita Ave.


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 the 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
Sunday, May 10 at 12:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall — 1924 Cedar St.


Conscientious Project Film Series
Second Thursdays at 7 PM in the 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 Board of Trustees Meeting
Fourth Thursdays bat 7 PM in the 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

dulcimergatherThe Third Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering Faculty Concert
Friday, May 29 at 7:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Featuring: Butch Ross, Steve Eulberg, Janet Herman & members of
Zambra,  Neal Hellman, and The Berkeley Dulcimer Orchestra
Tickets: $10 at http://facultyconcertbdg2015.brownpapertickets.com/
              $15 at the door 
For more information: www.berkeleygatheringdulcimer.com
Produced by Deborah Hamouris 

KatrinaMartin


Katrina's Dreamers
Enrollment open now for classes June 15 - August 13, 2015

Katrina Dreamer's innovative summer classes help students get ahead in the new school year, manage stress, and gain confidence. She combines engaging instruction, mindfulness, and experiential exercises and offers classes in writing or surviving transition years for students off to middle school, high school, or college. Classes start at $250. Sessions offered 6/15 through 8/13.
Learn more/sign up: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  510-761-8047  www.katrinadreamer.com