wheelchairTLoop no text50The Fellowship Hall (1924 Cedar St) is accessible by a ramp on the Bonita Avenue side of the Hall, and has a T-Loop system to enhance audio for those with hearing aids. 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, all other rooms at 1606 Bonita Ave. (Connie Barbour, Fireside, and Benjy Rooms) are not wheelchair accessible.

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 Upcoming BFUU Events

RiZe Up poster2 300ROY ZIMMERMAN: RiZe Up

Saturday December 14 at 7:30 PM in Fellowship Hall

Roy Zimmerman’s signature blend of heart and hilarity has never been more necessary. RiZe Up is ninety minutes of Roy Zimmerman’s original songs, a funny and forceful affirmation of Peace and Social Justice. It’s laughter and encouragement for progressive-minded people who need a lot of both.

Roy’s songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime, and his videos have garnered tens of millions of views.  He has recorded for Warner/Reprise Records. He's shared stages with Bill Maher, Ellen DeGeneres, Holly Near, Robin Williams, Arlo Guthrie, John Oliver, Kate Clinton and George Carlin, and tours the country constantly with his wife and co-writer Melanie Harby.
Sponsored by the BFUU SJC.
Tickets $22 (Eventbrite) or pay what you can. No one turned away for lack of funds.
video links:
“Thoughts and Prayers” - https://www.facebook.com/39171898761/videos/10155446314448762/
“Defenders of Marriage” - https://www.facebook.com/39171898761/videos/10155525002063762/
“COVFEFE - “Grounds for Impeachment” - https://www.facebook.com/39171898761/videos/323531971881214/
“Religious Freedom” - https://www.facebook.com/39171898761/videos/10155198379948762/
"My Vote, My Voice, My Right” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-X-uBIqeVM


tibetlightcandleTibetan Festival of Light
Saturday, December 21 at 7 PM - 10 PM in the Connie Barbour Room
Ventul Rinpoché, who teaches reading and writing to Tibetan children on Sunday afternoons at BFUU, offers this gift in gratitude for the community’s help with the Tibetan Resettlement Project. Everyone is invited to come for homemade soup and cookies with butter tea or sweet tea. Chanting & meditation are optional. Rinpoche-la pays for all the food and cooks it himself, over a three-day period, as his gift to the community. Please come and accept the Tibetans’ generosity.


Songs of Resilience Berkeley 500songs of resilience - Emma's Revolution with Annie Patterson
Saturday January 25 at 7:30 PM in Fellowship Hall

The award winning duo Emma’s Revolution (Pat  Humphries & Sandy O) are joining forces with Rise Up Singing creator Annie Patterson to sing songs of resilience in the spirit of Pete Seeger. 

Many people around the world have used the centennial of Pete's birth this year as a chance to rededicate themselves to peace & justice - things Pete & Toshi Seeger spent their lives working on. As part of this Seeger celebration Annie performed a series of concerts with Pat and Sandy in New England last spring.

You can buy tickets now here or at the door for a suggested donation of $25. No one turned away for lack of funds. (“Be generous! Be affordable!”)

Annie, Pat & Sandy will lead songs out of our new Seeger singalong songbook If I Had a Hammer during a portion of the concert - as well as performing other songs that build resilience, hope, and work for justice. You can order a copy of If I Had a Hammer now with your ticket for pickup at the concert - or borrow or buy one on the evening of...


Ongoing BFUU Events

Weekly Events

qigong2BFUU Qi Gong & T’ai Chi with Gene Herman
Mondays, 4-5 PM in Connie Barbour Room
Wednesdays, 3-4 PM in Connie Barbour Room
This practice improves health and well-being at any age.

Pastoral Care/Ministerial Office Hours
Rev. Dr. Carrie Knowles’s office hours (including pastoral care and other church work) are Tuesdays from 2pm - 6pm. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or leave a message at 510-841-4824 ext. 5 for an appointment.

Rev. Marsh Agobert’s office hours (including pastoral care and other church work) are Wednesdays from 10am to 3pm. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or leave a message at 510-841-4824 ext. 2 for an appointment.

gold choirBFUU Choir Practice
Wednesdays at 6:15-8:30 PM in Fellowship Hall
We practice songs for the Sunday services, learn melodies, and work on musicality and harmonies.
Everyone who practices with us is invited to sing with the choir at the front of the hall on Sundays, but no pressure! Everyone is also welcome to just join in on Wednesday practice for fellowship and/or to be able to sing more confidently and joyously in the congregation on Sundays. Please invite your friends and neighbors. These gatherings are offered by BFUU as a service to build community.


BiMonthly, Monthly, and Quarterly Events

Elders Circle
1st Tuesdays at 11 AM in Fellowship Hall
Come one, come all who are young at heart! Age does not matter! Join us on the first Tuesday of the month, from 11:00 am to 12:30, for very lively conversation. We may even solve some of the worlds problems... or not. We’ll have fun trying, and we share snacks! We would love to have you join us.

BFUU Men’s Group
2nd Thursdays at 7-9 PM in Fireside Room
We would like to invite all men to a Men’s Group on the second Thursday of the month. Our goal is to encourage each other as we build community. Hope to see you there next time.

Orientation for Newcomers
1st Sundays after service in Fellowship Hall
BFUU has an orientation for newcomers after the service on the first Sunday of each month. All are welcome, whether you are considering membership or not.

Board President Ira Armstrong Office Hours
2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 1:30-3:30 PM in the RE Office
Please contact Ira via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 510-841-4824 ext. 4 to make an appointment.

cat bandThe Hardly Strictly Acoustic Jam Session
2nd Fridays at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall
Join us for BFUU's new jam session format. Come sit in our circle, share music, songs, poetry, excerpts from your new book, jokes and stories. We welcome all entertainers and entertainees to fill the Hall with performance, connection and appreciations for all forms of art.
Suggested donations of $5 – $20 No one turned away for lack of funds! Volunteers appreciated!

potluckSecond Sunday Potluck*
2nd Sundays at 12:30 PM in Fellowship Hall
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. 

pen2 75x60BFUU Writers Group
2nd Sundays at 1 PM in the Fireside Room - no animals (allergies)
Note: not accessible space. Beginners welcome! We include all levels and genres. After a 7-minute writing exercise, we write for an agreed-upon period of time. Then we read our work aloud and give each other positive feedback.

ukuleleUke Jam
3rdFridays Jam at 7 PM in the Fireside Room
BFUU holds a uke jam on 3rd Fridays for those who want to experience more music in their lives.  First-time players are welcome and if you need to borrow a ukelele, let us know because we might be able to loan you one. If you have questions or want to let us know you’re attending, please send your name and email address to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details on next meeting. Otherwise, please just drop in and join us!

Women’s Voices
Tuesdays 12/3 & 12/10 4:30-6:00 pm in the Fireside Room
speech bubble speak freely left bubblea group for women (BFUU members and friends, seminarians, and other local UU’s)
*to find our own inner voices as we hear our siblings speak
*to put forth our truths where we can be truly heard
*to share spiritual community and support
Lifting up our voices together!
Facilitated by:  Rev. Dr. Carrie Knowles, BFUU Minister/Pastoral Care, and
Joanna Foley, Chair, Worship Services Committee
For more information or to sign up, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | (510) 841- 4824

BFUU Board of Trustees Meeting (Note: 3rd Thursdays in Nov & Dec)
4th Thursdays at 7:00 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St. 

Couple dancing2Vintage Invasion Old Fashioned Dance Party
4th Fridays at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall
7 – 8 pm Beginning waltz lesson
8 – 11 pm DJ dance party
with some live music

Full of waltz songs new and old, swing dance, and other ballroom dances
$10, $6 students with ID No one turned away for lack of funds. Class free with dance
www.ViDanceParty.com Sponsored by the BFUU Music Committee.

 BFUU Committee Meetings

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For more information, please see our Committees Page

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Second Fridays at 11:30 AM in Fellowship Hall

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Fourth Sundays at 12:30 PM in Fellowship Hall

Committee on Ministry
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Fourth Sundays at 12:30 PM in Fellowship Hall

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Fourth Sundays at 12:30 PM in Fellowship Hall

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Second Mondays at 2:00 PM at Fatapples (1346 MLK Jr. Way)

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Third Sundays at 12:30 PM in Fellowship Hall

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First Sundays at 12:30 PM in Fellowship Hall

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Second Tuesdays at 10:00 AM in Fellowship Hall

 Other Community Events Held at BFUU

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Our Revolution East Bay
Meetings are held at BFUU on the first Sunday of each month from 4-6pm
in the Connie Barbour Room.
Doors open at 3:45 PM
Pizza will be provided and feel free to bring something to share


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Directed by Deborah "DJ" Hamouris
2nd & 4th Thursdays, 7-8:30 pm (Note 2nd & 3rd Thu in December - 12/12 & 12/19)
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. 


stars 2354296 1280forYuleYule Celebration
Saturday, 12/14/19, 7 pm in the Fireside Room

Celebrate the returning light of the Winter Solstice with Coven Daoine Sidhe, one of the Bay Area's oldest traditional Wiccan covens.  We invite guests to bring desserts and/or beverages to the potluck. Gathering will be at 7 pm, with the ritual at 8 pm, all socializing and cleanup complete by 10 pm. All open-minded folk of good spirit are welcome.


 Mountain Dulcimer Jam with Deborah Hamouris
dulcimer for jam blurbSunday December 15 from 2:30 - 4:30 PM in the Preschool Kitchen (back to 2nd Saturdays in Jan 2020)
NO-TAB JAM!! Bring tunes you know by heart to share/teach/lead with the group. DJ will help you lead.
Donation of $5-$20, sliding scale. No one turned away for lack of funds.
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reclaiming pentacleReclaiming East Bay Solstice
Sunday December 21 at 6:00 pm in Fellowship Hall
Join us for a Solstice celebration. BFUU folks are especially welcome. Kids’ activities, singing, ritual, magical silent auction and community social time. Bring snacks to share, non-alcohol drinks - and magical items for our silent auction!
Small donation requested - no one turned away.
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Linda Metcalf“Writing the Mind Alive”: An Introduction to Proprioceptive Writing® (PW).  
The class Saturdays January 11th - February 1st from 2pm-5pm in the Fireside Room.
Most of us live our lives without the time or tools to reflect on our experience. PW is a 20-minute writing meditation that enables deep reflection on inner thought. An empowering practice, PW can be used for therapeutic and creative purposes. Everyone is welcome—no prior writing experience is required.
More information on PW: www.pwriting.org, Instagram: proprioceptivewriting
To Register: https://pwriting.eventbrite.com


WHClogoWorld Harmony Chorus Concert
Jan 28 2020 7:30 PM in Fellowship Hall Refreshments.
World Harmony Chorus will perform stunning arrangements of a cappella songs from Galicia, Kenya, Iceland, and Bulgaria. The audience will learn a song. If you are considering joining a no-audition chorus that sings world music, check it out! Stay for refreshments. Director: Betsy Blakeslee.