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

 

JoeHill

Conscientious Projector:  Joe Hill
Thursday, July 9 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Labor Fest 2015! This event is part of the annual month-long celebration of working people and their history in the SF Bay Area. See www.laborfest.net. In the early 1900's, the legendary Joe Hill emigrated from Sweden with his brother to the United States. Joe got a few jobs but was struck by all the injustice and tragedy going on. The American Federation of Labor only organized skilled workers, not unskilled assembly line workers. Joe joined and became active the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). In some places unconstitutional laws were passed to forbid freedom of speech and demonstrations. Joe had a significant impact and became popular as an IWW singer but made powerful enemies, too. This film carries you through his powerful and ultimately tragic story.
Suggested Donation $5 - $20. No one turned away for lack of funds.


chaliceSpecial Congregational Meeting for BFUU members

Sunday July 12 after service in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

All BFUU members should attend this congregational meeting. There will be voting!


calldownangelscaleCall Down the Angel (Readers Theater with Music)

Saturday July 18 at 2:00 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Call Down the Angel is one person’s spiritual journey through the desert of contemporary life. Susan Mashiyama, Kirk Lumpkin, Ed and Justin Coletti, Steve Shain and David Madgalene will present songs and poems written by David Madgalene in an informal reader’s theater with musical accompaniment in this heartfelt homage to the roots gospel music of African-Americans and poor Southern Whites.

Suggested donation $15. No one turned away for lack of funds.


PyongyangWomen Cross the DMZ for Peace and Reunification of Korea
Report back with Gwyn Kirk (organizing committee, WCDMZ) and others
Sunday July 19, 3-5 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Slide presentation, film clips and discussion.
All are welcome. Sliding scale: $5-20 (includes refreshments; no-one turned away for lack of funds).
Sponsor: Women for Genuine Security (www.genuinesecurity.org)
Endorsers: BFUU Social Justice Committee; Ecumenical Peace Institute.
photo: Niana Liu


NothebdoWe are NOT Charlie Hebdo
Saturday July 25 at 1 PM in Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

“Radical Islamic terrorism” NOT!

Are most of the famous “radical Muslim terror” events – including 9/11, Madrid, Bali, London, and now Paris – false flags? That is what many leading public intellectuals believe.

“We are NOT Charlie Hebdo” includes essays by Muslim, Jewish, and Christian leaders. It's recommended by a former Canadian Minister of Defense and one of the world's leading International Law professors. It includes essays by two former Presidential advisors, a 6-term Congresswoman who ran for president, the world's best-known liberal Jewish thinker, France's leading engage' philospher, and the world's foremost liberal protestant theologian.

The editor, Dr. Kevin Barrett, will speak at this event. Dr. Barrett is an Islamic Studies expert, and one of America’s best-known critics of the War on Terror. A former teacher of French, Arabic, Islamic Studies, Literature, and Humanities, he currently works as nonprofit organizer, editor at Veterans Today, and pundit at Press TV, Russia Today, al-Etejah and other alternative media channels. His website is www.TruthJihad.com

$5-20 suggested donation at the door. No one turned away for lack of funds.
More information or WATCH THE LIVE STREAM ONLINE AT:
www.noliesradio.org/charlie 510-256-5858


The Breach GraphicScreening the Green Film Series: The Breach
Thursday, August 6 at 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Pot-luck begins at 6:30 PM.
Please join Transition Berkeley in welcoming Slow Food East Bay as a partner for their August ‘Screening the Green’ film night.
The folks at Slow Food will highlight the issues around fish, fishing and the health of our oceans. ‘The Breach’ is a new film from Mark Titus exploring environmental and energy issues in the Pacific Northwest and the tragic effects on salmon. After the film, we’ll have 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. They will share thoughts on how we can possibly protect the fish populations AND those that make their living from fish, and be open to answering questions from the audience. Before the film, let’s do what Slow Food does best – share food! Come early with a potluck dish (local & sustainable, please!) and connect with a like-minded community. Representatives from Slow Food will share the political & gastronomic history of the movement, explain the ‘Good Clean & Fair For All’ mission, their projects and opportunities for involvement.
Suggested donation $5-20. No one turned away for lack of funds. Volunteers appreciated!


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

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.

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
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


Lauriecropscale

Acoustic Music Berkeley presents:  The Oakeley Session

Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum and Mike Witcher

Friday, June 26, 2015 - 8:00 pm in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Vintage and Original Folk, Country and Bluegrass Jam

Advance tickets: $15 online www.acousticmusicberkeley.com

Day of show tickets: $20 at the door

Acoustic Music Berkeley www.acousticmusicberkeley.com


steveheckmanJazz in the Neighborhood: Steve Heckman Quartet
Friday, July 17 , 8-10 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Jazz in the Neighborhood is excited to present the Steve Heckman Quartet, which comprises Steve on saxophones, Matt Clark on piano, Noah Shenker on Bass and Bryan Bowman on Drums. The emerging artist is TBD at this time. More details and where to buy tickets available soon at www.bfuu.org and www.jazzintheneighborhood.org.

General Admission $20 / Students $5 http://jazzintheneighborhood.org/

 


LymeBenefitLyme-B-Gone: A Lyme Disease Fundraiser
Saturday, July 18, 7:30 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.


Join us for an unforgettable healing musical evening! Songleader extraordinaire Betsy Rose will share music to inspire hope and joy. Swing, Jazz, and rock bands will get your toes tapping and invite you to dance! Food, healing arts center, Lyme Disease education, and more!