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Past events

OCTOBER 2014

Beat the Devil Diablo
Sunday, October 26 at 7:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

With Harvey "No Nukes" Wasserman and Eco-philosopher and Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy; music, poetry, film clips, refreshments, book signing. Joanna will discuss awareness of our fears surrounding Diablo Canyon Nuclear's huge danger to California's citizens and economy, so we have the courage to rise up and take action. Harvey will speak about the current situation at Diablo Canyon and initiatives afoot to shut the plant asap, including a PG&E ratepayer boycott. This is a fundraiser for Codepink's "PG&E Ratepayer Boycott: Close Diablo!"
The emergency in a nutshell: a senior inspector blew the whistle on the NRC last month saying he recommended shutting it LAST YEAR due to twice the number of active earthquake faults, the inability of the plant to withstand an earthquake, and no sane emergency plan. Billions of gallons of water are used daily to cool the plant; the toxic spent water is spewed back into the ocean killing marine life for hundreds of miles. We don't have a plan to deal with the radioactive waste, we don't want a Fukushima in California. Nuclear accounts for 15% of the 40% excess power generated in California; we don't need nuclear and its associated dangers and toxic waste. PG&E, a private corporation running the unsafe plant, wants the plant license renewed, but the people of California want it shut down. Tonight we launch a ratepayer boycott of PG&E; customers will pledge to route their payments to an escrow account until Diablo is closed. Opportunity to sign Friends of the Earth Petition to the NRC to close Diablo.
Suggested donation is $20. Sliding scale. No one turned away for lack of funds.

BFUU Honors Legendary Poet Bob Randolph
Sunday, October 26 at 2:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Legendary Poet Bob Randolph just had his 94th birthday this month and we want to continue the celebration and hear his great poetry! Bob is known and revered by so many of us at the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists for his great radical politics and poetry. His sister Valeda was also a treasured member and creative spirit. He received the First North Berkeley Senior Center Lifetrime Achievement Award for his devotion to the poetic life in service to humanity and dedicated to bring inspiration and hope to all in our community.

We will have various superb readers offer his poetry.
Refreshments available. Wheelchair access.

Donations appreciated but no one turned away.


Acoustic Music Berkeley presents
Josh Gallup and Friends with Eve Decker

A Benefit Concert for Gender Spectrum
Friday, October 24, doors at 6:00 PM, Concert at 7:00 PM
in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.


New Way Media Fest: Voices and Votes on 2014 Midterm Elections
Saturday, October 18 at 2:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Poets and Artists contribute their Creative Contributions on November elections. Hosted by David Randolph and emcee David Madgalene with Susan M., Kirk Lumpkin, Vic Sadot performing and Holly Harwood with an Open Mic.
Donation Appreciated. No one turned away for lack of funds. Refreshments available
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Jazz in the Neighborhood presents John Calloway Quartet
Friday, October 17, 8:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Jazz in the Neighborhood is proud to present John Calloway and Montage America; presenting a potpourri of Caribbean, jazz and Brazilian styles, done using jazz and Latin standards as well as original music by the band. John Calloway on flute and percussion, featuring Ken Cook on piano, Mike Arnold on bass, Silvestre Martinez on percussion, and Brian Andres on drums. Youth showcase to be announced.

Tickets: $20/$10 Students - no one turned away for lack of funds


WoMaMu-Fest 2014 The Birds and the Bees: Songs of Love and Pollinators
Saturday, October 18, 7:00 PM Doors at 6:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall–1924 Cedar St.

The Organic Women's Chorus invites you to enjoy a musical variety show to benefit Women Making Music camps. You'll see two sets by the Organic Women's Chorus as well as solo and small group performances by members of the chorus and other WoMaMu community members. There will also be a raffle with fabulous prizes from local businesses and craftspeople; Bake Sale; and jewelry and crafts made by the chorus!

For more information contact Marianne at 415-948-7221 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
What is WoMaMu? It's short for Women Making Music, and it's a twice-yearly women's music camp with a mission to empower women through music. This fundraiser helps keep camp fees as low as possible, and provide scholarships so that more women can attend. It's a 501(c)3 so your donations are tax deductible. New campers are always welcome! Next camp is Nov. 21-24 in Healdsburg. www.womamu.org for more info.

Suggested donation: $10 - $25 at the door, no one turned away for lack of funds.


Ukraine: What is the Truth?

Sunday, October 12 at 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Panel discussion and traveling photo exhibit: Beyond the Red Line Ukraine Fascism and Antifascism: a documentary chronicle of the war in Ukraine and the suffering of people whose lives it has touched.


BFUU Open Mic, Featured Artist: Andrea Pritchett

Friday, October 10 at 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

Join us for BFUU's monthly Open Mic night. Note to Musicians/Performers: Signups for the 20 available 10-minute slots begin at 6:30 PM and the featured artist performs at 8:30 PM. 

Featured artist Andrea Pritchett is a well known Berkeley activist and singer/songwriter. Teacher, co-founder of Berkeley Copwatch, community radio and Occupy Activist are just a few of her roles. She works fearlessly for the rights of all and against the militarization of police forces. Andrea has been in popular all female music groups such as Rebecca Riots and the Average Dyke Band but holds her own as a solo artist.


Our Host, Gail Penso, is a long-time Earth First and social justice activist who knows the power, morale, and meaning that songs bring to our lives and struggles.

Consientious Projector Film Series: After Innocence

Thursday, October 9 at 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Dramatic and compelling stories of human beings imprisoned often for decades and then exonerated by DNA evidence. The film shows the emotional journey back into society and efforts to rebuild lives with little or no support. SJC is working hard for California State Ballot Prop. 47 which if it passes will make a huge difference in reforming our broken Criminal Justice System.


Screening the Green Film Series: The Wisdom to Survive

Thursday, October 2, 6:30 PM, 7 PM Film in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

Climate change is taking place. Will we have the wisdom to survive?

Transition Berkeley invites you to join us for an inspiring film that focuses on how we can live creatively and even joyfully in the face of this catastrophe.

The Wisdom to Survive features thought leaders and activists in the realms ofscience, economics and spirituality: Bill McKibben, Richard Heinberg, Joanna Macy, Gus Speth, Roger Payne and more.

We'll meet and greet from 6:30 to 7:00. Please bring locally grown snacks to share.
The film will be at 7:00. It will be followed by a discussion about how we can form strong communities to meet the challenges we face.
This event is cosponsored by Transition Berkeley and BFUU's Social Justice Committee. For information about Transition Berkeley go to www.transitionberkeley.com.
Suggested Donation $5-$10. No one turned away for lack of funds!


SEPTEMBER 2014
 

 

BFUU SJC Fukushima: John Steinbach

Sunday, September 28 6 PM reception, 7 PM program in Connie Barbour Room –
      1606 Bonita Ave.

Longtime anti-nuclear weapons and power activist, researcher, and writer John Steinbach will give a first-hand report on his visit to Fukushima.


Acoustic Music Berkeley: Bill Evans, the Banjo in America

Friday, September 26, 8:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Bill Evans presents over 250 years of American music on a dizzying variety of banjos, taking you on a musical journey from West Africa through 19th and early 20th century music to Bill’s own dynamic original compositions and arrangements. Bill is a Bay Area favorite who has performed with the San Francisco Symphony and on “A Prairie Home Companion.”www.billevansbanjo.com


BFUU SJC 2014 Candidate Forum
Sunday, September 21 3:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Meet the candidates and hear their platforms! Organized by the Berkeley Citizens Action and the Berkeley Tenants Union and sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Committee. (After the speeches, BTU and BCA members will vote on endorsements. The BFUU SJC may only endorse ballot measures/propositions, not candidates.)
berkeleycitizensaction.org
berkeleytenants.org/


Jazz in the Neighborhood: Marcus Shelby Quintet

Friday, September 19, 8:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Jazz in the Neighborhood is proud to introduce the first of our new series at the BFUU in North Berkeley, featuring a concert every third Friday of the month. Opening the series will be the Marcus Shelby Quintet, playing a mix of blues and swing; originals, standards, and rhythm & blues. Marcus Shelby is a highly accomplished teacher, composer, arranger, and bassist based in the Bay Area. Joining Shelby will be Joe Warner on piano, Ila Cantor on guitar, Tim Angulo on drums, and Tiffany Austin on vocals. A local youth showcase will be announced and will open the show.

Suggested donation: $20/$10 Students
No one turned away for lack of funds.


BFUU Open Mic with Doug Chambers, Featuring Michael O'Ceallaigh

Friday, September 12 at 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

Join us for BFUU's monthly Open Mic night. Note to Musicians/Performers: Signups for 10-minute slots begin at 6:30 PM and the featured artist performs at 8:30 PM.
Michael O'Ceallaigh has his own particular sound as a bass singer and guitarist. He writes a lot of his own music, and he has been performing multiple styles for several years now. Michael has been featured in the Laney College Choir (now called the Oakland City Chorus) events several times. His personal music taste is wide-ranging and it includes jazz, classical, Irish, baroque, rock, and metal.http://www.facebook.com/kayardin

Our September Open Mic Host, Douglas Chambers, will kick off the evening with two songs and keep the evening rolling along. In his own music, Douglas brings you along on a journey through acoustic music old and new. Songs and stories you may not remember, or just think you forgot, tumble from his banjo and guitar with surprising ease!


Conscientious Projectors Film Series: Where Should the Birds Fly

Thursday, September 11 at 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

Where Should the Birds Fly? is a powerful, passionate film by Fida Qisha, about the lives of ordinary Gazans living "survival and celebration" in a land where no one can take flight; where the siege and blockade still goes on.

Suggested donation $5-10. No one turned away for lack of funds.
 


Rev. Earl Koteen and 350.org present a Film: "Disruption"
Sunday, September 7, 7:00 Film in the Connie Barbour Room, 1606 Bonita Ave.

"Disruption" weaves together political intrigue, mind-blowing science, and an insider's view of the largest climate mobilization in history. It features some folks you might find familiar (like Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein), and brings some fresh faces and exciting new stories to the fore.

Watch the trailer here: http://vimeo.com/104429713

Motown Dance Party: Soul Rising
Friday September 5, 7:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Come hear the band:  "SOUL RISING"! ! !

We continue the Great American Dance Party Series, featuring the Bay Area's top R & B and Soul playing musicians!  Great vocalists belt out the Greatest Hits of Motown, Stax Studios and the Philadelphia Sound LIVE.


Film Night and Discussion: "A Lot in Common"

Thursday, September 4, 6:30 PM Meet and Greet*, 7:00 Film in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

 

Transition Berkeley invites you to join us for a delightful film about the creation of the Peralta Community Art Garden. You'll meet the neighbors: Grandpa Roosevelt and his grandson, Joan the single mom, Ruthe the psychic, and Amy the metal sculptor. They all have "A Lot in Common" when together they turn a vacant lot in Berkeley into a blooming community garden lush with native California plantings, technology demonstrations, and outdoor artwork by local artists. They clash over political ideals, runaway pets and public art, yet in the end, they grow a community of neighbors.

Interviews with urban planning visionary Jane Jacobs, PBS reporter/author Ray Suarez, environmentalist Paul Hawken, and Urban Habitat co-founder Carl Anthony, lend context and background to the discussion of the Commons. Landscape architect/psychologist Karl Linn who envisioned and orchestrated the creation of the gardens, provides on-going commentary. Our special guest will be the film's producer Rich Bacigalupi.

*Come at 6:30 for Meet and Greet, and bring locally grown snacks to share if you can. 

This event is co-sponsored by Transition Berkeley, Berkeley Community Garden Collaborative and the BFUU Social Justice Committee.

Suggested Donation $5-$10. No one turned away for lack of funds!

 




AUGUST 2014


S·E·A Folkgrass
Friday, 8/22, 8pm, Fellowship Hall
An acoustic concert with mountain & hammered dulcimer, fiddle, banjo, guitar and 3 great voices in close harmony. S·E·A is comprised of long-time folk musician Steve Eulberg and musical sisters Erin and Amber Rogers. All are award-winning musicians.

Steve met the sisters when they were just beginning to play their instruments. At first, the three met up occasionally at music festivals across the country and made it a point to play some tunes together. As the years went on, they formed an intentional partnership and have been scheduling performances and tours together. S·E·A is united by their love of dulcimers, study of traditional music, and passion for eliciting positive change in their communities through that music.


Conscientious Projector's Film Series: The Day After Trinity: Oppenheimer and the Atomic Bomb

Thursday, August 14 at 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Conscientious Projector's Film Series for the 99% presents The Day After Trinity: Oppenheimer and the Atomic Bomb. "I have become Death" declared nuclear scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer upon first witnessing the terrible power of the Atomic Bomb. This Oscar -nominated film for best documentary uses newsreel footage and recently declassified government film to trace the Manhatten project under Oppenheimer's guidance. The New Mexico A-Bomb tests are shown as well as the aftermath of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. The final part traces Oppenehimer's journey as the "Father of the A-Bomb" to a tireless oponent of nuclear power and ironically a "national security threat." We will have a speaker discussing Abolition 2000 disscusing the solutions, the moral issues and the long term effects of living in the nuclear age which has effected "everything save our way of thinking." The Day After Trinity 2:52 trailer http://youtu.be/-0R7dDn9bbk


BFUU Monthly Open Mic with Ken Hayes
Friday, August 8, 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

Join us for BFUU's monthly Open Mic night. This month's featured artist is Ken Hayes and our host is Dan Cunningham. Signups begin at 6:30 PM and the featured artist performs around 8:30 PM. 


Film Night and Discussion: Numen: The Nature of Plants
Thursday, August 7, 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

Transitiom Berkeley invites you to experience Numen, a fascinating documentary film focusing on the healing power of plants and the natural world. Numen features stunning footage of medicinal plants and thought-provoking interviews with Dr. Tiearona Lowdog, herbalist Rosemary Gladstar and many others. It calls for a re-awakening of traditional knowledge about plants and their uses. Numen explore ways to heal our relationship with earth - plant medicine is one way, food is another, lifestyle choices are yet another. It inspires us to deepen our relationship with the natural world and reminds us of the healing made possible by re-embracing our place in the wider web of life.

Our special guest speaker is Victory V Lee who began her interest in herbal and home remedies at an early age with home training from her Native American and African American grandmothers. She continued her studies at Clayton School of Natural Health attaining Western Family Herbalist certificate in 2002 and continues her lifelong studies, with Michael Tierra and Rosemary Gladstar working toward her professional clinical designation. She is the founder and president of the Victory Garden Foundation. Victory will lead us in a discussion and action plan session after the film. Meet and greet at 6:30 - bring herb based snacks to share. This event is co-sponsored by Transition Berkeley, Victory Garden Foundation and the BFUU Social Justice Committee. OPTIONAL RSVP at http://bit.ly/UeDDbc.


From Hiroshima to Fukushima to California: From Nuke Nightmare to Solartopia!

Wednesday, August 6 (Hiroshima Day) at 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
 

Cecile Pineda, author of Devil's Tango: How I Learned the Fukushima Step by Step, will introduce Harvey Wasserman in person! Also, a special screening of Pete Seeger singing the Solartopia Song.

Get the latest update on the the current state of Fukushima, the radiation coming to California, what's happening with Diablo Canyon and with nukes worldwide, and the Solartopian transition to renewable energies, followed by discussion.

Don't miss the chance to hobnob with this great visionary, and to brainstorm re solutions after Dr. Carol Wolman, who co-founded Fukushima Response Bay Area, leads a brief meditation soliciting the wisdom of our DNA.

Wasserman is a life-long activist/organizer and a professor of history and cultural & ethnic diversity who now works primarily for the permanent shutdown of nukes and the birth of Solartopia, a democratic and socially just green-powered Earth free of all fossil and nuclear fuels.

www.harveywasserman.com

http://wingspress.com/author.cfm?author_ID=33&author=Cecile-Pineda/
http://devilstangobook.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/FukushimaResponseBayArea
www.FukushimaResponse.org


Community Radio, Morning Mix, and Pacifica

Saturday, August 2, 1:30 - 4:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
 

A National Live-Streamed Community Town Hall Forum featuring Morning Mix hosts, community members, and programmers from other Pacifica Network stations via Skype


BFUU Dance Party
Friday, August 1, 7:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Come hear the new band:  "SOUL RISING"! ! !

For the first time, Friday, August 1st, we begin our Great American Dance Party Series, featuring the Bay Area's top R & B and Soul playing musicians!  Featuring great vocalists belting out live the Greatest Hits of Motown, Stax Studios and the Philadelphia Sound.
 


 

JULY 2014




Unions and Their Role in the Minimum Wage and Social Justice

Sunday, July 13 at 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
 

Steve Gilbert and Bill Balderston will present. Representatives from the SEIU and the Minimum Wage Campaign will discuss these issues including the Berkeley city ongoing campagin along with Oakland and beyond. This event is part of the month long annual Labor Fest and is listed here:

http://www.laborfest.net/2014/2014schedule.htm#13


Sacred Sound With Special Guests, The Unconditional Love Qwire

Sunday, July 13 at 3:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
 

Join us for this special edition of Sunday Sacred Sound

The Unconditional Love Qwire invites you to participate in an hour of song, chant and meditation on the themes of love and spiritual encouragement. Dancing & clapping is welcome!



The Unconditional Love Qwire formed in September 2013 under the direction of Deborah Hamouris. We teach each other songs, creating harmony between us and reaching outward to those in need of beauty & love.

Dave Welsh Class War CD Release Party!

Saturday, July 12 at 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
 

Now performing as Redd Welsh, he sings a dozen mostly original songs on the album, backed by some fine musicians including producer/arranger Pete Elman on keyboards and bass; veteran ‘70s rocker John Blakeley on Stratocaster, Telecaster and acoustic guitars; complete horn & rhythm sections, and the incomparable Reed Fromer on harmony vocals. The party gets under way at 6:00, with some mean piano, a bite to eat and a bit to drink. Show time is at 7:00, with Redd Welsh on vocals and Hammond XB-2 organ. Surprise guest appearances at the party by Harriet and Alex Bagwell, and the ReSisters. Don't miss this festive musical gathering of old and new friends.


Caravan to Cuba

Saturday, July 12 at 1:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
 

The 25th Annual Pastors for Peace Friendshipment Caravan To Cuba begins its annual tour on July 7 for support for free trade and normalization of US-Cuba relations. Berkeley stop!

Click here for more information: www.ifconews.org/node/1509



Berkeley Fellowship Open Mic Featuring Fran Franks  

Friday, July 11 at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall — 1924 Cedar St.

Fran Franks has been active in the professional music scene since the early seventies, coming of musical age in the days she refers to as the golden age of live music when all the Southern California clubs had live music and the only DJs were on the radio. Her burgeoning career was cut short by her developing blindness in 1990, and she subsequently went back to school to pursue a masters degree, and has since been working in a professional career. Experiencing a musical re-awakening in 2011, she decided to re-enter the professional music scene.

Re-equipping in both technique and technology to master her circumstances, she formed the power trio Pandora’s Hammer which is now rockin’ the Bay Area with a unique sound based on Fran’s mastery of the state of the art Fractal AXE FX 2 signal processor.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/franify-feat.-fran-franks/id730198123
 


 

Conscientious Projector's Film Series: Rebels With a Cause

Thursday, July 10 at 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
 

 

Rebels provides the David and Goliath origin for America's most visited, and arguably its most beautiful, urban national parks - San Francisco's Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Narrated by Frances McDormand. Winner of the Active Cinema Audience Award, Mill Valley Film Festival. Vimeo Trailer 1:45 minutes http://vimeo.com/47527324


Jazz Opera World Premier: Post Pardon

Saturday, July 5 at 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
 

 

Be the first to hear selections from the beautiful new jazz opera, Post Pardon, in this public open rehearsal.

Former BFUU stalwart Jessica Jones, composer/musician extraordinaire now of NY, has set award-winning poet Arisa White’s libretto to sublime music influenced by avant-garde improv, Buddhist chants, salsa, South African jazz, and individual composers from the Impressionists to Allen Sherman and Ornette Coleman to Sweet Honey in the Rock. Don’t miss this inspiring rendition of "inherited sorrow," which turns traditional operatic tragedy upside down.

On our Steinway Baby Grand piano, Jessica Jones will back up an amazing cast: Jeannine Anderson, Larena S. Burno, Courtney Knott, Amber McZeal, Phoebe Anne Thomas Sorgen and Cynthia Webster:
http://postpardontheopera.wordpress.com/collaborators/

Scroll down to hear sample songs:
http://postpardontheopera.wordpress.com/media/sample-songs/

http://postpardontheopera.wordpress.com/sneak-preview/
 


 

Screening the Green Film Series: Edible City: Grow the Revolution

Thursday, July 3 at 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
 

 

Transition Berkeley invites you to join us for a sharing of our local harvest pot luck dinner and Edible City: Grow the Revolution, a fun fast-paced film about Bay Area urban farming. Our special guest speaker will be Wanda Stewart, farmer and community organizer from Obsidian Farm in Berkeley.

Our featured film Edible City:Grow the Revolution will take us to nearby farms like the Gil Tract, Green Faerie Farm, and City Slicker Farms where we meet some of the pioneers in the Bay Area's sustainable food movement. Learning from their experiences we can see the possibilities of growing our food very close to home and loving it.

Wanda Stewart has been working with neighbors building community and economic resilience while raising impressive crops on a small city lot. We think you'll be inspired by the ways she's brought people together at Obsidian Farms to improve their lives by cooperating, trading and sharing skills. After the film we'll talk with Wanda about how we might replicate this model of a new way of living in an urban environment.

Sponsored by: Transition Berkeley, Obsidian Farm and the BFUU Social Justice Committee. www.transitionberkeley.com


JUNE 2014
 


Conscientious Projector's Film Series: Born This Way

Saturday, June 28 at 7:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
 

 

Conscientious Projector's Film Series for the 99% presents Born This Way, a film about LGTB rights in Cameroon. This award winning documentary film will be a fundraising event to help reopen the Cameroonian LGBTQI center destroyed last December, CAMEF. The Executive Director, Bill Simbo, in asylum in the UK will be here to discuss the future for his center and for Cameroonians and Africans.

 

Suggested donation $5-10. No one turned away for lack of funds.
Volunteers appreciated!


 

Evolutionary Collective

Saturday, June 14 at 1:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
 

Join Patricia Albere, founder of the Evolutionary Collective and contemporary spiritual teacher for a deep dive into the core practice of her work. Mutual Awakening is a spiritual practice done with a partner that facilitates a powerful inter-subjective awakening. This is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the shared awakened consciousness that it generates between people.
 



Berkeley Fellowship Monthly Open Mic

Friday, June 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
 

BFMOM this month will be hosted by Hali Hammer. The featured artist will be Bonnie Lockhart. Sign up at 6:30 for 20 ten minute spots

 


 

Conscientious Projector's Film Series: State of Siege

Thursday, June 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
 

Conscientious Projector's Film Series for the 99% presents State of Siege, a 120 minute 1972 French film directed by Costa Gavras, starring Yves Montand and Renato Salvatori. Yves Montand plays Philip Michael Santore, an official of the United States Agency for International Development, an organization sometimes used as a front for training foreign police in “counterinsurgency methods”. Santore is kidnapped by a group of urban guerrillas. The story is based by Costa Gavras on an actual incident in Uruguay in 1970 when U.S. Embassy official Dan Mitrione was kidnapped and killed. Using Santore's interrogation by his captors as a backdrop, the film explores the often brutal consequences of the struggle between the repressive government of Montevideo and the leftist Tupamaro guerrillas. Using death squads, the government decimates the revolutionary group.


The BFUU Social Justice Committee Speaker Series: “Eye Witness Syria”

Tuesday, June 10 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
 

Eye Witness Syria: Speaker Rick Sterling. What is going on in Syria? Is there a "revolution" or is this western "regime change"? What can we make of the June 3 Presidential Election in Syria? Rick Sterling is a founding member of Syria Solidarity Movement. He was in Syria with International Peace Pilgrimage in April 2014 and visited Damascus, Latakia and Homs. Rick Sterling will discuss the roots of the conflict, impressions from observations and first hand discussions with a wide variety of Syrian and Palestinian residents in Syria.

http://www.syriasolidaritymovement.org

 


Celebration of the Second Anniversary of the Hal Carlstad Social Justice Center

Sunday, June 8 at 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room—1606 Bonita Ave.

 

Join us to celebrate our Second Anniversary of the founding of The Hal Carlstad Social Justice Center! The Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists’ weekly Sunday Service begins at 10:30 am in Fellowship Hall at 1924 Cedar St. Berkeley. We will have our Regular Second Sunday Pot Luck Social at 12 pm. Come over to The Hal Center next door at the RE Building, Fireside Room on 2nd Floor of 1606 Bonita Ave at 1:30 pm for schmoozing, music & speakers! Desserts, champagne, & sparkling apple cider, tea, and coffee. (Not yet wheelchair accessible) The Hal Carlstad Social Justice Center is open from 1:30 - 5 pm Monday – Friday. Info 510-841-4824, ext. 4

http://www.facebook.com/events/1457600164480102


Conscientious Projector's Film Series: The Future of Energy

Thursday, June 5 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
 

Conscientious Projector's Film Series for the 99% presents the film The Future of Energy: Lateral Power to the People, a positive film that focuses on energy solutions and the people behind the renewable energy revolution. It's a love story about people re-imagining their relationship to the planet, and falling back in love with the Earth and each other.

 

Suggested donation $5-10. No one turned away for lack of funds.
Volunteers appreciated!

 



MAY 2014

 


 

Cosmic Warrior—Electronic Harassment

Sunday, May 18 at 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
 

Presented by the author, Doug Metapoet Howerton. Cosmic Warrior is a metaphysical novel about electronic harassment, UFO encounters, short stories, poetics and revealing diary entries.

Refreshments will be served.


Suggested donation $5-10. No one turned away for lack of funds.
Co-sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Committee



The Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering Faculty Concert

Saturday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
 

An evening of music to top off a day of learning. The Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering is proud to present faculty members in concert! Heidi Muller and Bob Webb cross the musical boundaries between original songs and traditional tunes, blending each other's influences from the Pacific Northwest to the Appalachian Mountains. Featuring dulcimers, guitars, mandolin, electric cello, and Muller's crystalline vocals. 5-time national mountain dulcimer winner, 3-time national hammered dulcimer finalist, Steve Eulberg weaves old-timey with blues and contemporary tunes adding original songs into a tapestry of "smile-inducing, toe-tapping folkgrass" that captivates and energizes audiences of all ages.

 


Hearts of the Dulcimer Film Showing

Friday, May 16 at 8:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
 

A feature-length documentary film about the mountain dulcimer boom in the 1970s in California and its lasting impact. Through colorful interviews, rare archival footage, and live performances, HEARTS OF THE DULCIMER gives a firsthand account of living life in the counterculture, following one's passion, and playing and building mountain dulcimers.
 

There will also be a short set by The DulciMates (Deborah Hamouris & Buffalo)

 


An Evening with Country Joe McDonald
Saturday, May 10 at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall —1924 Cedar St.


Conscientious Projector's Film Series: Remembering John Judge

Thursday, May 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
 

 

Conscientious Projector's Film Series for the 99% presents two films in an evening of remembering John Judge. Bonnie Faulkner recently devoted her April 21 'Guns & Butter' Radio Show to John Judge and Michael Ruppert, who both recently passed. The show is now archived on KPFA. Films: John Judge in 1994: "The Hidden History of the United States: Who Really Runs America? - Part One" (1:59:39) After a brief intermission, we will show the short (38:23) “Closing Remarks” by John Judge to the 50th Anniversary Conference on President Kennedy's Murder , which was presented on November 24, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. The theme was “Fifty Years in Denial is Enough: Free the Files! Find the Truth!” John Judge was the Director of the Coalition on Political Assassinations.



Celebratory Pot-Luck Brunch with Lynne Stewart.
Saturday, May 3, 11:00 AM - Noon in the Fireside Room1606 Bonita Ave.

Lynne will be accompanied by her husband Ralph Poynter, Pam Africa and Romona Africa. Sponsored by our Social Justice Committee, along with the Lynne Stewart Defense Committee and the Mobilization for Free Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Lynne is on a very busy Northern California Tour so this is an opportunity to honor her courage and stand in solidarity.

Lynne, Pam and Ramona will be at a Reception and Rally on Sunday at Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland, 94702. They will speak at the Sunday event. Help us spread the word and bring a dish to share. Doors open 10:30 am and Lynne will come a 11 am.

 


Screening the Green: Growing Cities

Thursday, May 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
 

6:30 -- Meet, greet, and share locally grown snacks.

 

A documentary that examines the role of urban farming in America and asks how much power it has to revitalize our cities and change the way we eat. In their search for answers, filmmakers Dan Susman and Andrew Monbouquette take a road trip and meet the men and women who are challenging the way this country grows and distributes its food, one vacant city lot, rooftop garden, and backyard chicken coop at a time. They discover that good food isn’t the only crop these urban visionaries are harvesting. They’re producing stronger and more vibrant communities, too.

 

Co-sponsored by Transition Berkeley, The Ecology Center, Berkeley Gardening Collective and the BFUU Social Justice Committee.
 



APRIL 2014

 

Speak Out on KPFA: A Town Hall Forum

Sunday, April 27 at 12:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.


Sunday, April 27 at 2 pm “Speak Out on Issues at KPFA and Pacifica”. A Town Hall Forum co-sponsored by the Labor Video Project, Project Censored, and Media Alliance. Rev. Joy Atkinson will MC the event. The two main factions at KPFA are "United for Community Radio" and "Save KPFA" (formerly "Concerned Listeners") and they have been invited to make a short presentation of the facts, as they see them, that have led to the financial and political turmoil happening in the aftermath of a hastily called 1 am Pacifica National Board telephone conference that voted to fire the Executive Director, Summer Reese, who holds a new three year contract with legal requirements to have a performance review.


Co-sponsored by the Labor Video Project with Steve Zeltzer and the BFUU Social Justice Committee.
 


Writing What You Want to Say: A Writing Workshop with WordSwell


Sunday, April 27 at 12:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room—1606 Bonita Ave.

 

Have you written before? Or always wanted to write more? This group will support and encourage you to write. Facilitator Holly Harwood is a local poet and teacher whose work has inspired a lot of creative words to flow in Berkeley and beyond.
 


Take Back Your Power

Saturday, April 26 at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

 

Special Bay Area Screening of a new film on “Smart” Meters: There will be a screening of Take Back Your Power on Saturday, April 26th at 7:00 pm (doors open 6:30) at BFUU. Following the film, there will be a Q&A with the filmmaker, Josh del Sol. Donations will be accepted to support the cause. To reserve your seat, please visit: www.takebackyourpower.net
 


Save Our Berkeley Post Office Coalition Presents New Deal Era Film Fest, Week 2

Friday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
 

These films show New Deal artists at work in post offices and many public buildings. At 9 p.m. we're showing films that show people engaged in cooperative farming in Texas and Alaska, building new homes and their experience with rural electrification. Dick Powell sings the grand finale.

 


Kathy Kelly

Thursday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

 

Kathy Kelly is an American peace activist, pacifist and author, one of the founding members of Voices in the Wilderness, and currently co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence. She has been part of peace delegations in several countries, notably remaining in combat zones during the early days of both US-Iraq wars. Learn more at http://vcnv.org/speaker-bio/kathy-kelly.

 


 

Save Our Berkeley Post Office Coalition Presents New Deal Era Film Fest

Friday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

 

These films give us a picture of federal efforts that improved lives of Americans during the Great Depression. The first film shows FDR's inauguration and putting America to work. The second film shows the signing of Social Security, mortgage insurance, FDR's visit to Civilian Conservation Corps, help for the Dust Bowl victims and a song by Al Jolson.

 


 

Sufi Wisdom Meeting of the Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship

Saturday, April 19 at 3 p.m. in the Fireside Roomn—1606 Bonita Ave.

 

Please come and join us in the sharing of the Sufi teachings of Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, for prayerful meditation and the discussion of the topic: “Faith in the Teachings of Sufism.” For more information about the Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship, please visit www.bmf.org/m/index.html.


BFUU Open Mic Featuring Julia Vinograd with Host Holly Harwood

Friday, April 11 at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

 

Julia Vinograd is the unofficial poet laureate of Berkeley. She has published 57 poetry books and won the American Book Award of the Before Columbus Foundation. She has three poetry CD collections: Bubbles and Bones, Eye of the Hand, and The Book of Jerusalem. She received a BA from the University of California at Berkeley and an MFA from the University of Iowa. She has a Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award from the City of Berkeley. She won a Pushcart Prize for her poem “The Young Men Who Died of AIDS.”


Conscientious Projector’s Film Series for the 99%: Project Censored

Thursday, April 10 at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

Award winning Project Censored:The Movie takes an in depth look at what is wrong with the news media in the US today. It highlights the work of 37-year veteran media democracy organization Project Censored (PC) and its commitment to media literacy education as an antidote to propaganda and censorship. This film, made by Christopher Oscar and former PC student Doug Hecker, features original interviews about PC and media censorship with Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Michael Parenti, Greg Palast, Oliver Stone, Daniel Ellsberg, Peter Kuznick, Cynthia McKinney, Nora Barrows-Friedman, John Perkins, Khalil Bendib, Pacifica and KPFA Free Speech Radio personalities, Abby Martin of Russia Today, Al Jazeera English clips covering PC, and PC affiliated faculty and students. It also features Project founder Carl Jensen, former director and president of the Media Freedom Foundation Dr. Peter Phillips, current director Prof. Mickey Huff and associate director Dr. Andy Lee Roth.


Ending Solitary Confinement

Sunday, April 6 at 2 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.


Join speaker Laura Magnani, who has worked for the American Friends Service Committee on prison issues, to hear her discuss ending solitary confinement.


Suggested donation $5-10. No one turned away for lack of funds. Volunteers appreciated!
 


Stone Soup Improv

Saturday, April 5 at 8 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.


Stone Soup Improv has a diverse cast with over 50 years of collective improv, acting, and comedy experience.

On the first Saturday of each month, we bring you a mix of improv styles (Think “Whose Line Is It Anyway” with a tad of long form thrown in). Always fresh, always fun. Local. Organic. Funny. Info at www.stonesoupimprov.com.


Mutual Awakening Salon With Patricia Albere

Saturday, April 5 at 7 p.m. in the Connie Barbour Room—1606 Bonita Ave.


Please join Patricia Albere, founder of the Evolutionary Collective and internationally recognized contemporary spiritual teacher for a deep dive into the core practice of her work in creating a new paradigm for a higher order of human relatedness. Mutual Awakening is a spiritual practice that gives people access to unity consciousness. Patricia will share the more invisible dimensions of what allows the practice to have its unending potential for inter-subjective awakening.

Tuition – $35, which includes a copy of the Mutual Awakening Book 


For more information, please visit www.evolutionarycollective.com


World of Change: A Special 10th Anniversary New Way Media Fest Poetry & Music Celebration

Saturday, April 5 at 2 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.


David James Randolph will host and share his 80th birthday remarks. David Madgalene will serve as MC and be a showcased poet with Steve Shain and Clive Matson. Vic Sadot and Holly Harwood will host an open mic.

For more information, visit http://www.newwaymediafest.blogspot.com.


Free and open to all. Donations welcomed. Sponsored by the SJC.


Book Release Celebration with Gareth Porter

Friday, April 4 at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.


Investigative reporter Gareth Porter will discuss the findings of his new book Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare. Based on several years of intensive research, the book shows that many claims about Iran's nuclear weapons program are based on flimsy and clearly fabricated evidence. Manufactured Crisis provides a new look at Iran's nuclear program and the thinking behind it, including the fact that the country's ruling mullahs oppose the development of weapons of mass destruction on religious grounds.


Suggested donation $5-10. No one turned away for lack of funds. Volunteers appreciated! Co-sponsored by Project Censored.


 

Screening the Green Film: Nicotine Bees

Thursday, April 3 at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.


Please join us for a Bee Based potluck supper at 6:30 p.m., where we'll share dishes made with honey or foods pollinated by bees. We'll enjoy some original bee songs from Occupella singers Hali Hammer and Nancy Schimmel. Then learn about the importance of bees to our ecosystem, and the challenges bees and beekeepers are having with chemicals in the environment by watching the fascinating film Nicotine Bees. Our special guest following the film will be Jennifer Radtke from the BioFuel Oasis Cooperative, who'll give us an idea of what its like to keep bees at home and share some of her wonderful insights into the world of bees.


Suggested donation $5-10. No one turned away for lack of funds. Volunteers appreciated! Co-sponsored by Transition Berkeley, Berkeley Climate Action Coalition Water Working Group and the SJC.


Writing What You Want to Say: A Writing Workshop with WordSwell

Sunday, March 23 at 12:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room—1606 Bonita Ave.


Have you written before? Or always wanted to write more? This group will support and encourage you to write. Facilitator Holly Harwood is a local poet and teacher whose work has inspired a lot of creative words to flow in Berkeley and beyond.

 


 

Stone Soup Improv 
Saturday, March 1 at 8 p.m. 
in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
 

Stone Soup Improv has a diverse cast with over 50 years of collective improv, acting, and comedy experience. On the first Saturday of each month, we bring you a mix of improv styles (Think “Whose Line Is It Anyway” with a tad of long form thrown in). Always fresh, always fun. Local. Organic. Funny. Info at www.stonesoupimprov.com.


 


 

Ann Wright Presents: America's "Pivot" to Asia: Destabilizing the Region

Sunday, March 2 at 3 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.


Col. Ann Wright will speak about her recent travels to Northeast Asia, Jeju Island and her eight days on the Peace Boat traveling to South Korea, Taiwan, Shanghai and Nanjing, China. She will also speak about the Article 9 "No War" Japanese constitution conference.

Wright is a former United States Army colonel and retired U.S. State Department official known for her outspoken opposition to the Iraq War. She received the State Department Award for Heroism in 1997, after helping to evacuate several thousand people during the civil war in Sierra Leone. Wright was also a passenger on the Challenger 1, which along with the Mavi Marmara, was part of the Gaza flotilla. 
   
 


Screening the Green Film: Last Call at the Oasis

Thursday, March 6 at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

 

The water supply is in the tank in more ways than one. Climate change and reckless use of water are conspiring to run us dry. Agricultural practices, corporate disregard for the environment and poor public planning are all part of the problem. Transition Berkeley invites you to join us for an evening of film and conversation about water. We'll learn more about the reasons the water supply is dwindling by viewing a 30 minute portion of the award winning film Last Call at the Oasis. In the discussion following the film we'll talk about solutions: setting statewide priorities for water use, harvesting rainwater, using grey-water for irrigation, recharging ground water and conservation.

 

Matt Freiberg from the City of Berkeley's Climate Action Coalition will give us an update on the state of our local water supply and information about water policy debates going on in California, as well as practical steps we can take to conserve water at home. During the discussion period we'll have an opportunity to talk to experienced gardeners who have converted their thirsty lawns to drought tolerant native plant gardens, home owners who've diverted their grey-water to fruit trees and practical folks who've found lots of ways to save and reuse water at home. This event is family friendly. Light and local refreshments will be served.

 

 


 

Burma Human Rights Day Benefit: A Prospect for Democracy in Burma

Saturday, March 8 at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

 

Come enjoy a Burmese-style dinner, a short film on Burma and a panel discussion featuring Professor Larry Diamond, writer Edith Mirante and Burma Democracy activists.                   
 


Conscientious Projector's Film Series for the 99%: Terms and Conditions May Apply
Thursday, March 13 at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall —1924 Cedar St.


A documentary that exposes what corporations and governments learn about people through Internet and cell phone usage, and what can be done about it ... if anything.

 

 

Suggested donation $5-10, no one turned away for lack of funds. Volunteers appreciated!


 


BFUU Open Mic Featuring Dan Cunningham
Friday, March 14 at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall —1924 Cedar St.


Featured artist Dan Cunningham has been working as a blues and rock singer since the early '70s, 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.

 

This month's open mic is hosted by Vic Sadot, a singer-songwriter in the Broadside ballad tradition. 

 

Suggested donation $5-10. No one turned away for lack of funds. Sign ups at 6:30 p.m.


 


Sufi Wisdom Meeting of the Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship
Saturday, March 15 at 3 p.m. in the Fireside Room —1606 Bonita Ave.


Please come and join us in the sharing of the Sufi teachings of Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, for prayerful meditation and the discussion of the topic: "Faith in the Teachings of Sufism." For more information about the Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship, please visit www.bmf.org/m/index.html.
 

FEBRUARY 2014
Stone Soup Improv

Saturday, February 1 at 8 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

 

Stone Soup Improv has a diverse cast with over 50 years of collective improv, acting and comedy experience. On the first Saturday of each month, we bring you a mix of improv styles (Think "Whose Line Is It Anyway" with a tad of long form thrown in). Always fresh, always fun. Local. Organic. Funny. Info at www.stonesoupimprov.com
 


Screening the Green Film: In Transition 2.0

Thursday, February 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
 

Please join us for a potluck supper at 6:30 p.m. to celebrate Transition Berkeley's third anniversary, followed by In Transition 2.0an inspirational film about the Transition Movement that gathers stories from ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
 
We’ll learn what Transition Towns around the world are doing to change their local economies. You’ll hear about communities printing their own money, growing food everywhere, localizing their economies and setting up community power stations. It’s an idea that has gone viral, a social experiment that is about responding to uncertain times with solutions and optimism. In a world awash with gloom, here is a story of hope, ingenuity and the power of growing vegetables in unexpected places.
 
After the film there will be opportunities to talk about the film and get involved in action projects in the community. We’re grateful for all the dedicated people we have met and green partners we have worked with in the last three years. We’ll make time during this evening to show our appreciation for the great folks who are working to create a healthier, greener, better community.

Co-sponsored by the SJC and Transition Berkeley. Suggested donation $5-10, no one turned away for lack of funds. 


Ruth Barrett in Concert
Saturday, February 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
 

Ruth Barrett is a fretted dulcimer recording artist, singer, and songwriter and award-winning recording artist. She is known for her original folk music inspired by folklore, mythology, the celebration of nature and her arrangements of traditional Celtic and English folk music. Ruth’s musical collaboration with dulcimer player Cyntia Smith produced five critically acclaimed recordings beginning in 1981. These recordings and subsequent solo recordings feature Ruth’s classical finger picking style of dulcimer playing, combined with a powerful and beautiful voice that has continued to enchant listeners for over four decades.

Admission: $15-25, sliding scale. Reservations: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Ruth will also teach a mountain dulcimer workshop on February 8 plus a song & chant workshop on February 9, both in the Connie Barbour room starting at 2 p.m. For more information go to: http://djhamouris.com/


Conscientious Projector's Film Series for the 99%: Rosa Luxemburg

Thursday, February 13 at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.


Rosa Luxemburg is directed by Margarethe von Trotta, who also directed the recent film Hannah Arendt.   Barbara Sukowa stars as Rosa Luxemburg. Rosa's protest of WWI led to her imprisonment. Two months after being released from prison at the end of the war, Rosa Luxemburg was assassinated in Berlin on January 15, 1919. Rosa Luxemburg was a leading Marxist theorist, economist, philosopher and revolutionary socialist.  This is an incredibly good and accurate characterization of Rosa's life, letters and times.

Suggested donation $5-10, no one turned away for lack of funds. Volunteers appreciated.
 


BFUU Open Mic Featuring Eliza Shefler and Anthony Smith

Friday, February 14 at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

Eliza Shefler is a poet/artist/musician. Eliza has sung and played jazz piano standards and originals at various venues throughout the Bay Area for many years. She enjoys accompanying singers. Eliza's music is influenced by classical, jazz, folk and Latin music. She writes poetry about family and friends, and about transformation.

Anthony Smith is a singer/songwriter/artist. In November 2003, Anthony independently released his debut CD entitled Grandma Sure Was Right, which includes his original spiritual and the Oscar Brown tribute, “Brown Baby.” In 2007, the non-profit organization Friends of Negro Spirituals presented Anthony with the Negro Spirituals Heritage Keeper Award because of his talent and devotion to spirituals, which he does mostly acapella. For several years, he did volunteer concerts in senior homes, halfway houses, schools, libraries, homeless shelters, and other locales for the nonprofit outreach program “Bread & Roses,” who also awarded him several times for his service in spreading the word of his enslaved ancestors. Anthony & Eliza are former members of the Oakland Jazz Choir. For eight years they hosted the spoken word & music open mic series “Rhythm & Muse” at Berkeley Art Center, along with co-hosts Valentine Pierce, Boundless Gratitude, and Chie & Steve Treagus.

Anthony Jerome Smith “Grandma Sure Was Right” on CD Baby: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/ajs. This month's host is Boundless Gratitude.

Sign ups begin at 6:30 p.m. Suggested donation $5-10. No one turned away for lack of funds. Volunteers appreciated!

 


Sufi Wisdom Meeting of the Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship
Saturday, February 15 at 3 p.m. in the Fireside Room—1606 Bonita Ave.
 

Please come and join us in the sharing of the Sufi teachings of Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, for prayerful meditation and the discussion of the topic: "Faith in the Teachings of Sufism."
 

For more information about the Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship, please visit www.bmf.org/m/index.html


The South Korean Rail Strike and the Suppresion of Unions: Forum and Discussion

Sunday, February 16 at 2 p.m. in the Connie Barbour Room—1606 Bonita Ave.

A forum and discussion about events happening in South Korea. On December 22, 2013, the right-wing government of Park Geun-hye illegally attacked the offices of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) with 5,000 police and military troops. The government was attempting to arrest the leaders of the Korean Rail Workers Union (KRWU), which waged the longest rail strike in South Korean history to stop the privatization of the railways.

The South Korean Consulate in San Francisco organized conservative Koreans to attack a solidarity
demonstration for the KRWU on January 17
. Another rally is planned for February 25 in front of the Consulate at 4 p.m. 

 


Berkeley Disaster Preparedness Neighborhood Network
Thursday, February 20 at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

Training in disaster preparedness.


Report on the International Summit on the Rights of Nature in Ecuador with Pennie Opal Plant and Shannon Biggs

Friday, February 21, 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

Key leaders of the international human rights movement came together in mid-January in Ecuador. The twofold purpose of the summit was to analyze the experiences of communities in Ecuador, Bolivia, and United States that have already implemented “Rights of Nature” laws, and to devise a unified global strategy for advancing the Rights of Nature movement around the world. The Rights of Nature movement draws on indigenous wisdom in positing a new jurisprudence that recognizes the right of nature in all its forms to exist, persist, evolve and regenerate. Pennie Opal Plant is a member of Idle No More SF Bay Area. Shannon Biggs works at Global Exchange, and is the co-author of the recently published book, The Rights of Nature.
 


Celebrating Meher Baba's Birthday
Saturday, February 22, 12:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, 1924 Cedar St.

Join us from noon to 3 p.m. to celebrate the 120th anniversary of Avatar Meher Baba's birth and His life during this recent incarnation. Meher Baba was born on February 25, 1894 -- we're celebrating early! We will have potluck food, music, comedy and films to share. For more information about Meher Baba please visit http://www.meherbabameherbaba.org.
 


El Salvador Election Report Back
Saturday, February 22, 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, 1924 Cedar St.

Come and celebrate the FMLN's successful first round in the presidential election. There will be door prizes and a pupusa dinner followed by guest speaker Salvador Cordon of the Bay Area FMLN. Salvador will share his impression of the election in which the FMLN received 49% of the vote and the Arena party 39%. He will discuss his expectations for the March 9 runoff and the future of El Salvador. The program is co-sponsored by the Task Force on the Americas and the Social Justice Committee.


Writing What You Want to Say: Writing Workshop with WordSwell
Sunday, February 23, 12:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room—1606 Bonita Ave.

Have you written before? Or always wanted to write more? This group will support and encourage you to write. Instructor Holly Harwood is a local poet and teacher whose work has inspired a lot of creative words to flow in Berkeley and beyond. 


Introduction to Dreams with Katrina Dreamer
Monday, February 24 at 6 p.m. in the Fireside Room—1606 Bonita Ave.


This class will show you how working with your dreams can help you use your intuition to make decisions, receive guidance and realize your potential. In this two-hour workshop, dreamworker Katrina Dreamer, MA will share tips on how to record, remember and better understand your dreams. There will be time for dreamwork as well, so bring a dream or two!

 

Find out more about Katrina at katrinadreamer.com.


Professor Walter Turner Presents: Cuba, Africa and the US: Challenges of the Movement

Friday, February 28 at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
 

Walter Turner teaches history and is the chairperson of Social Sciences at the College of Marin. He is also the host of KPFA's radio show "Africa Today" and the president of the board of directors of Global Exchange. Turner will speak of recent trends and developments in Cuba, the dynamics we need to be aware of beyond the blockade and the Cuba 5. He will also talk about the last five years on the African continent where women have been on the front lines for change in civil society. 


JANUARY 2014

Screening the Green Film Series: Money and Life

Thursday, January 2 at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St. 

This cinematic odyssey offers a new story of money based on an emerging paradigm of planetary well-being that understands all of life as profoundly interconnected. Following the screening, Marco Vangelisti of “Essential Knowledge for Transition” will take a closer look at the design of the money and banking system.  This event is co-sponsored by Transition Berkeley, Essential Knowledge for Transition, Slow Money Northern California and BFUU's Social Justice Committee. www.transitionberkeley.com
 


Conscientious Projector's Film Series for the 99%: The Ghosts of Jeju Island

Thursday, January 9 at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St. 

A shocking documentary about the struggle of the people of Jeju Island, South Korea. Set in the context of the American presence in Korea after World War II, the film reveals horrible atrocities at the hands of the US military and the Korean government.  Using previously secret and classified photos, film and documents, this will be the first English-language documentary about the struggle of the brave people of Gangjeong Village who are opposing the military advance of the US, just as their parents and relatives did in 1947. 

As then, they are being arrested, jailed, fined and hospitalized for resisting the construction of a massive naval base that will accommodate America’s “pivot to Asia” announced by President Obama. This will destroy their 400-year-old village and their UNESCO protected environment.
 


Berkeley Fellowship Open Mic: Liz Allen

Friday, January 10 at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St. 

Liz Phillips is a singer, songwriter, and poet. She has been writing songs since she was fourteen and composing poems since she learned how to write. Liz arranged and sang the solo on her song "About to Enter the World" with the Advanced Vocal Ensemble and later arranged and performed several of
her original songs with the Tucson Women's Chorus. In 2002, Liz's poem, "The Theory," was published in Womenspeak magazine, a Stanford literary publication. Subsequently, several articles and poems of hers have appeared in The Global Goddess Oracle. Her song, "Oh Mother," was featured in an episode
of The Druid Podcast hosted by Damh the Bard with the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids. She hopes more of her songs will be featured on the podcast in the future. Meanwhile, she is compiling a book of poetry entitled “Until All the Songs Are Sung,” which she hopes to self publish
.

Host Lauren Renée Hotchkiss is a singer/songwriter/composer, multi-instrumentalist, writer, and playwright who writes and sings about the universal commonalities that unite us. In addition to playing solo, she leads the choir and Fellowship Band at BFUU and plays in the band at Grace North Church. She also plays in the Taize bands at the Metropolitan Community Church in San Francisco and New Spirit Church in Berkeley, and plans to start a Taize service with frequent BFUU pianist Aline Prentice soon. She has been music director for  services and ordinations at the Pacific School of Religion as well, and is co-planning the  Pink Floyd Easter Eucharist there later in the Spring. 


Film: Memory of Forgotten War

Thursday, January 16 at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St. 

 

This film conveys the human costs of military conflict through deeply personal accounts of the Korean War (1950-53) by four Korean-American survivors. Their stories take the audience through the trajectory of the war, from extensive bombing campaigns, to day-to-day struggle for survival and separation from family members across the DMZ. 

Decades later, each person reunites with relatives in North Korea, conveying beyond words the meaning of family loss. These stories belie the notion that war ends when the guns are silenced and foreshadow the future of countless others displaced by ongoing military conflict today. The film's personal accounts are interwoven with thoughtful analysis and interpretation of events by historians Bruce Cumings and Ji-Yeon Yuh who situate these stories in a broader historical context. 

Suggested donation $5-10. No one turned away for lack of funds. Volunteers appreciated.


Life Coaching Circle: Setting Achievable Goals
Saturday, January 18 at 10 a.m. in the Fireside Room—1606 Bonita Ave.

Setting goals can be a good thing to do but at times we set our goals too high and then are unable to achieve them. When you set goals that are reasonable, measurable, time sensitive, realistic and specific, you are creating a pattern for success. Come and learn how you can do this with the team from Speed Coaching.

$10 per person.
 


Sufi Wisdom Meeting of the Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship
Saturday, January 18 at 3 p.m. in the Fireside Room—1606 Bonita Ave.
 

Please come and join us in the sharing of the Sufi teachings of Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, for prayerful meditation and the discussion of the topic: "Faith in the Teachings of Sufism."

For more information about the Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship, please visit www.bmf.org/m/index.html

 


Awakening the Sacred Body with Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

Saturday, January 25 at 9:45 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

 

Tenzin Rinpoche is an acclaimed author as well as a highly respected and beloved teacher to students throughout the US, Mexico and Europe. Fluent in English, Tenzin Rinpoche is renowned for his depth of wisdom; his clear, engaging teaching style; and his ability to make the ancient Tibetan teachings highly accessible and relevant to the lives of Westerners. Rinpoche will focus his talk on the practices related to the nine breathings of purification. He will also offer detailed instruction on Tsa- Lung exercises.

 

Suggested donation: $20. 100% of proceeds go to the Tibetan Association of Northern California's community center rennovation project.
 


Writing What You Want to Say: A Writing Workshop with WordSwell
Sunday, January 26 at 12:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room—1606 Bonita Ave.


Have you written before? Or always wanted to write more? This group will support and encourage you to write. Facilitator Holly Harwood is a local poet and teacher whose work has inspired a lot of creative words to flow in Berkeley and beyond. 


Visioning 2014: A Vision Board Workshop

Monday, January 27 at 6 p.m. in the Fireside Room—1606 Bonita Ave.


Dream big in 2014! in this workshop we'll create vision boards that will help you bring those dreams to fruition.

 

Katrina Dreamer will lead you through a guided meditation to help center you and guide you toward your biggest visions. The rest of the time will be spent creating! All materials provided. If you have a particular item or image you'd like to include on your board, please bring it. 

 

Find out more about Katrina at katrinadreamer.com.

 

Space is limited. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register. $10. 


Tom Paine's 277th Birthday
Thursday, January 30 at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.


We will celebrate Tom Paine's living legacy with an invocation read by Ben Burch, followed by quotation readings, music and the "Thomas Paine Courageous Spirit Awards."
 

 

DECEMBER 2013

BFUU Open Mic Night Featuring the DulciMates
Friday, December 13 at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

The DulciMates, Deborah Hamouris & Buffalo, bring their 30+ years of song-smithing to bear with traditional and traditionally-inspired music. Two voices and two mountain dulcimers provide harmony, creating "dulcimers without borders" playing everything from American fiddle tunes to Jefferson Airplane, including heartful originals. For this evening there will be a couple of seasonal songs, too. The DulciMates recorded "The Green Man" in 2012, available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/thedulcimates.


Musicians/performers: sign-up begins at 6:30 p.m. The featured artist performs around 8:30 p.m. Suggested donation $5-10. No one turned away for lack of funds. Volunteers appreciated. 
 


Life Line Screening
Saturday, December 14 at 9 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

BFUU is pleased to offer a preventive health event. Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, will host their affordable, non-invasive and painless health screening.  

Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk; and a bone density screening, for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis. 

Register for a Wellness Package which includes four vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount). All five screenings take 60 to 90 minutes to complete.

In order to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call 1-888-653-6441 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com/community-partners.

 


Life Coaching Circle
Saturday, December 14 at 10 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St

If you have a desire to see what coaching is all about, this group will introduce you to the insightful process of Life Coaching. Are you ready to unleash your greatness with a group of like-minded individuals that can share your journey? Come join us; this may be exactly what you are looking for!  

$10 per person.
 


Conscientious Projector's Film Series for the 99%: The World According to Monsanto Thursday, December 19 at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

A 2008 film directed by Marie-Monique Robin. Originally released in French as Le Monde Selon Monsanto, the film is based on Robin's three-year long investigation into the corporate practices around the world of the United States multinational corporation, Monsanto. The film reports many controversies surrounding the use and promotion of genetically modified seeds, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), Agent Orange and bovine growth hormone. Cases in the United States (including Anniston, Alabama), Canada, India, Mexico,Paraguay, the United Kingdom (Scotland) and France, are explored, claiming that the corporation's collusion with governments, pressure tactics, suppression and manipulation of scientific data, and extra-legal practices aided the company's attempts at dominating global agriculture. Scientists, representatives of the United States Food and Drug Administration and the United States Environmental Protection Agency, civil society representatives, victims of the company’s activities, lawyers, and politicians are interviewed.

Suggested donation $5-10. No one turned away for lack of funds. Volunteers appreciated.


Sufi Wisdom Meeting of the Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship
Saturday, December 21 at 3 p.m. in the Fireside Room —1606 Bonita Ave.

Please come and join us in the sharing of the Sufi teachings of Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, for prayerful meditation and the discussion of the topic: "Faith in the Teachings of Sufism." For more information about the Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship, please visit http://www.bmf.org/m/index.html
 


Writing What You Want to Say: Writing Workshop with WordSwell
Sunday, December 22, 12:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room—1606 Bonita Ave.

Have you written before? Or always wanted to write more? This group will support and encourage you to write. Instructor Holly Harwood is a local poet and teacher whose work has inspired a lot of creative words to flow in Berkeley and beyond. 

NOVEMBER 2013
Screening the Green: Within Reach
Thursday, November 7  at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

Transition Berkeley presents Within Reach, a documentary film that follows one couple's pedal-powered adventure across the United States in search of sustainable community.

Mandy and Ryan have given up their corporate jobs and traditional houses to "bike-pack" thousands of miles around the USA, visiting eco-villages, coops, and Transition Towns seeking to answer the question: Is it possible for all of us to live in a sustainable way? The adventures they have along the way and the people they meet in cooperative communities will warm your heart and lift your spirits. Learn more about the film at www.withinreachmovie.com

Within Reach Associate Producer Raines Cohen will facilitate a conversation after the film on steps for creating and finding community. Residents of local coops, cohousing and co-householding will be on hand to answer questions.


Berkeley Fellowship Open Mic Featuring Nancy Schimmel
Friday, November 8 at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall — 1924 Cedar St.

Nancy Schimmel writes songs, poems and prose. She tells stories. Nancy sings with Occupella and with the Organic Women's Chorus. So she'll do her own little variety show! Host Hali Hammer is an award winning singer-songwriter who enjoys writing and playing a wide variety of music. She has sung and played for peace and political causes for over three decades and is an active member of Freedom Song Network. 
 


Syria in Crisis: Presentation by Foreign Correspondent Reese Erlich
Sunday, November 10 at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall — 1924 Cedar St.

Reese Erlich has covered the Middle East for nearly 30 years as a freelance reporter for Pacifica Radio, NPR, CBC (Canada) and The Progressive, among others. During his five reporting trips to Syria, he interviewed rebel leaders and President Bashar Al Assad twice. Erlich will explain the origins of the Syrian uprising, who the rebels are and how Assad has been able to cling to power. This SJC event is co-sponsored by East Bay Code Pink.
 


Introduction to Mountain Dulcimer with Deborah Hamouris Sunday, November 17 at 1 p.m. in the Connie Barbour Room—1606 Bonita Ave. 

Mountain Dulcimer is one of the easiest & most fulfilling instruments to play. Once it's tuned you can hardly make a mistake. And though it's beautiful with "high piney" tunes from the Appalachian Mountains, it also lends itself to more contemporary music like The Beatles & Leonard Cohen.

$20; loaner instruments available. Call 510-910-2574 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.


Affordable Care Act Presentation
Sunday, November 17 at 1 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

Come learn about the major provisions of the Affordable Care Act. This program will include information about Covered California and its effort to serve the California consumer, the ways in which health insurance providers will be required to operate and how relatively affordable the various plans are. If you want to learn more about how the Affordable Care Act is affecting California, either because you wish to know more or because you will be directly impacted, please join us at this presentation.

Following the presentation there will be a question and answer period, and time- permitting, opportunities for one-on-one discussions.

Presenter David Trilling grew up in Berkeley in the '60s and '70s. In the last several years he's had his fill of exposure to the American health care system. He has followed the health care developments closely as a former Congressional aide who covered health care issues. David is a certified educator on behalf of Covered California, our State's new health insurance exchange. He has been giving presentations to explain how this new health care regime will work going forward and is looking forward to explaining the Affordable Care Act and Covered California's role in creating a marketplace for affordable health care policies. 

Suggested donation $5-10. No one turned away for lack of funds.


OCTOBER 2013

Transition Berkeley Presents: Moving Beyond Cars: Making Our Streets More Livable
Thursday, October 3 at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

Transition Berkeley invites you to enjoy a series of environmental films every first Thursday titled “Screening the Green.”  The first event will screen several films that celebrate green transportation solutions from around the world and here in the Bay Area. 

We'll be inspired by films from Copenhagen and Curitiba where biking, pedestrian and public transit systems have made these cities much healthier and more enjoyable, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. And we'll view a first-hand account of a local business owner in Oakland who runs his business from the seat of his bike.

Following the films we'll brainstorm ways to encourage all of Berkeley to move beyond cars, to walk, bike and take public transit. Timothy Burroughs, Coordinator of the City of Berkeley’s Climate Action Plan, will give a short update on progress and future plans for green transportation in Berkeley. Bring your ideas for a green transportation public outreach campaign, as well as suggestions for practical plans Berkeley can adopt to create more livable streets. 
 


Stone Soup Improv
Saturday, October 5 at 8 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

Stone Soup Improv has a diverse cast with over 50 years of collective improv, acting, and comedy experience. On the first Saturday of each month, we bring you a mix of improv styles (Think “Who’s Line Is It Anyway” with a tad of long form thrown in). Always fresh, always fun. Local. Organic. Funny. Info at www.stonesoupimprov.com.
 


Finding Ease in Stressful Times: A Somatic Approach
Sunday, October 5 at 2 p.m. in the Fireside Room—1606 Bonita Ave.

Imagine finding more calm in any given moment. It’s possible! Simple skills, taken from Somatic Experiencing® can help you settle your nervous system, access your life energy, and handle challenges with more resiliency. In this three-hour class, you’ll learn a bit about the nervous system, practice the skills, and leave more relaxed, with tools you can use immediately.
 


City of Joy Project Organizational Meeting

Tuesday, October 8, 3:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room — 1606 Bonita Ave.

The City of Joy Project helps women in the Congo rebuild their lives. Cynthia Johnson and Carol Ann Amour had the opportunity to hear Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues, talk about her work with this project and we want to be a part of it as well. If you do too, or if you just want to learn more, come to our organizational planning meeting.  Call 715-439-3078 or email us if you have questions.


Chiapas Support Committee: Freedom According to the Zapatistas
Thursday, October 10, 7:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall — 1924 Cedar St.

In early 2013 the EZLN announced it would be hosting Zapatista Escuelitas, (Little Zapatista School).
Join us for a report and discussion students who will share their experiences at Las escuelitas.
 


Berkeley Fellowship Open Mic Night Featuring J.C. Tourbillion
Friday, October 11, 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall —1924 Cedar St.

J. C. Tourbillion hosted the Freight and Salvage open mic for many years way back in the nineties. J.C. is the guy to see if you need your instrument fixed. His day job is at Subway guitars and he knows stringed instruments! He's a multiple winner of the month at the West Coast Songwriters Association and has penned such gems as "I'd Do Anything For Guano," and "It's Not My First Time at the Rodeo."

Host Vic Sadot is a singer-songwriter in the Broadside Balladeer tradition of Phil Ochs and  Woody Guthrie. He fronted a folk-rock band called Crazy Planet and a Cajun/Zydeco band called Planete Folle. Since arriving in Berkeley in 2008, Vic has been writing new songs and making a lot of music videos. The latest videos are “Courage To Resist” for Private Manning, “Oh What A Day” to celebrate the Occupy Wall Street, 911 Truth, & Anti-War movements, “Selling Futures” & “In the Harbor of Love.”
Vic Sadot on YouTube:www.youtube.com/vicsadot
New Vic Sadot Music & Blog Site: www.vicsadot.com
 


100 Thousand Poets for Change
Sunday, October 13, 4 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall —1924 Cedar St.

The creators of 100 Thousand Poets for Change will present and share the story of its global success and unprecedented, explosive growth. 100 Thousands Poets for Change was created not far from Berkeley in Guerneville, CA. Stanford University has agreed to archive the events of the movement and recordings will be made. Poet Ava Bird will MC. See the line-up at www.100tpcmedia.org/100TPC2012/category/united-states/california/berkeley/
 


Fukushima is Here...Now What? A Town Hall Forum
 Thursday, October 17 at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St. 

Wondering what's going on at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant these days, and whether the effects of the three reactor meltdowns meltdown and damaged spent fuel pools have reached California yet? Join us for speakers and videos assembled to provide you with up-to-the-minute information and mitigating precautions that we on the West Coast should really start thinking & talking about. Come with your questions and concerns, there will be ample time reserved for Q&A and you will leave with practical understanding and suggested actions to take regarding this critical situation.

Harvey Wasserman (http://www.freepress.org/columns/display/7/2013/1990) will join us via Skype and Brad Newsham, (organizer of the "Fukushima is Here" beach mural http://www.fukushimaishere.info/san-francisco.php) will be speaking as well as Dr. Carol Wolman (StopFukushimaRadiation petition https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/STOP_FUKUSHIMA_RADIATION_UN_ACTION_NEEDED/?tqfhEab); Mary Beth Brangan (Ecological Options Network, http://eon3.net/ and Fukushima Fallout Awareness Network (FFAN), http://ffan.us/); Steve Zeltzer & Chizu Hamada (NoNukesActionCommittee http://nonukesaction.wordpress.com/); Professor Masaki Shimoji (anti-nuclear activist from Osaka Japan); John Bertucci, Nick Thabit & Holly Harwood (FukushimaResponse.org);  Vic Sadot ("No Nuke Blues" www.vicsadot.com); Cynthia Papermaster, Codepink.  Note: Local, state and federal officials are being invited. Additional speakers to be announced.


Sufi Wisdom Meeting of the Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship
Saturday, October 19 at 2:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room —1606 Bonita Ave.

Please come and join us in the sharing of the Sufi teachings of Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, for prayerful meditation and the discussion of the topic: "Faith in the Teachings of Sufism." For more information about the Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship, please visit http://www.bmf.org/m/index.html


No Lies Radio Film & Fundraiser: Operation Terror
Saturday, October 19 at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St. 

The Hollywood 9/11 fiction thriller so real it's banned from the theater circuit! With filmmaker Art Olivier and No Lies Radio organizer Allan Rees. www.noliesradio.com
 


Honduras Update: Violence, Resistance and Elections with Brigitte Gynther
Sunday, October 20 at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St. 

 A look at the upcoming Honduran Election on Nov 24. Sponsored by the Social Justice Committee, School of the Americas Watch West (SF), PROAH (Accompany), Task Force on the Americas and the Bay Area Latin America Solidarity Coalition. 

Suggested donation $5-10. No one turned away for lack of funds. Volunteers appreciated.
 


Berkeley Disaster Preparedness Neighborhood Network
Thursday, October 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

This is an introduction to the longer CERT Animal Response course, centering around emergency preparedness for animal owners and how to recognize specific animal behaviors.  We will touch on preparing for and responding to situations involving animals that you may encounter in performing broader CERT response functions.
 


Why We Must Close Guantanamo: A Public Forum with Elliott Adams
Thursday, October 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room—1606 Bonita Ave. 

For the past seven months, detainees at Guantanamo Bay detention camp have been on various stages of hunger strike protesting their indefinite detention.  Hunger strikes started almost immediatly after the camp was opened 11 years ago and have continued regularly since then. As of Oct. 11 there are 17 Gitmo prisoners on strike. Of those, 16 are being force-fed, which is clearly torture. 

Elliott Adams, who went on an 80-day hunger strike in solidarity, is past president of Veterans for Peace. He will speak about his strike. Fellow hunger strikers Cynthia Papermaster, a Berkeley activist and retired law librarian, and Andres Conteris will also speak. Sponsored by the Social Justice Committee.

Suggested donation $5-10. No one turned away for lack of funds. Volunteers appreciated. Pass the hat for the Orange Ribbon Campaign. Resfreshments will be served: A dessert pie party! SJC members will bring their favorite pies. 

 

SEPTEMBER 2013

Berkeley Fellowship Open Mic Night Featuring Nate Moon
Friday, September 13, 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall —1924 Cedar St.SF Bay Area native Nate Moon has been active in the local arts scene since 1997 when he opened the first gallery on 25th Street in Oakland. An early architect of First Fridays and the Uptown arts movement, he continues his campaign to revitalize Oakland with "Friday Night Hits" a live music venue for emerging talent. His own musical influences include Ray Davies, Deborah Harry and Kenny Rogers.Host: Holly Harwood Harwoodis a poet and peace activist. She is an active member of the BFUU Social Justice Committee and Code Pink Golden Gate Chapter.  Holly is also Dozo the Clown at various Bay Area locations. Holly understands the power and influence of good poetry and song in creating meaningful community, wholesome values, and achievable visions.
The featured artist performs around 8:30 p.m.


Calling All Choir

Tuesday, September 17, 7:30 p.m. in the Connie Barbour Room —1606 Bonita Ave.The Calling All Choir is an inclusive, service-based community singing organization. The group is led by composer/music educator Mark Growden and is open to anyone who desires to sing and is committed to making music, from those who haven't sung before to seasoned professionals. We also share the joy of singing with underserved communities such as retirement homes, residential treatment centers, and developmental disability programs.
We meet Tuesdays from 7:30-9:30 p.m. starting September 17 through January 22. Dues are sliding scale. For more information, please visit callingallchoir.org.



Conscientious Projector's Film Series for the 99%: The Lives of Others

Thursday, September 19 at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.  
 
In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives. This Oscar-winning German film is an intense meditation on the psychology of the abuse of power in a totalitarian surveillance state, and its effects on the abusers and abused alike. Still a very powerful and relevant vision in the era of Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden.
 



Staged Reading: In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer

Sunday, September 22, 5 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall —1924 Cedar St.

Indra’s Net Theater presents a special staged reading of Heiner Kipphardt’s play In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer, featuring James Carpenter as Robert Oppenheimer. The play is taken from the actual transcripts of the 1954 security hearing where Oppenheimer, America’s most famous scientist and the “father of the atomic bomb" is stripped of his security clearance because of his left-wing past.
 


Bringing the Border to the Bay: Task Force on the Americas Film Screening
Sunday, September 22, 4:30 p.m. in the Connie Barbour Room—1606 Bonita Ave.

We are showing three films this evening: Immigrants for Sale, 2013 (33 minutes), Wild vs. Wall, 2010 (20 minutes), The Fence, 2010 (30 minutes). A joint effort by Task Force on the Americas, Sierra Club Borderlands Team, and the Social Justice Committee.


Book Reading: Waiting For Yesterday: Pages from a Street Kid's Life
Friday, September 27 at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
 
Dr. Michael Parenti is an internationally known, award-winning author and lecturer and one of the nations' leading progressive political analysts. He will read from and speak about his latest book, a poignant and funny memoir about growing up in Italian Harlem.


Affordable Care Act Information Meeting
Friday, September 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Connie Barbour Room—1606 Bonita Ave.

Health insurance will change Oct. 1 and you need to know how this will affect you. At this meeting: find out if you qualify for a tax credit or a subsidy on the new health care exchange, learn what the exchange is and what type of plans it offers, and see if you are able to save money on premiums; you may be able to get better coverage regardless of preexisting conditions, but you have to understand your options. Open enrollment starts Oct. 1 and ends March 31, 2014.


Mark Haines Memorial
Sunday, September 29 at 2:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

Join us for a memorial for member Mark Haines.

 


AUGUST 2013

Berkeley Fellowship Monthly Open Mic Featuring Steve Arnston
Friday, August 9, 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall —1924 Cedar St.

Steve Arnston is a poet and pianist. Steve is the well-known host of the monthly poetry open mic at Expressions Gallery in Berkeley.
 


CODEPINK Women for Peace Golden Gate Chapter Meeting
Saturday, August 10, 4 p.m. in the Fireside Room —1606 Bonita Ave.

The Golden Gate chapter of CODEPINK Women for Peace will meet from 4-6 p.m. Discussion topics will include upcoming actions to support Bradley Manning and the hunger strikes in California prisons and Guantanamo Bay.  Pink women Cynthia Papermaster and Cynthia Johnson are on a long-term, open-ended hunger strike in solidarity with the prisoners.


Songwriter's Showcase

Friday, August 16, 7:30 p.m. in the Connie Barbour Room —1606 Bonita Ave.

The songwriters who have met in workshops with Wayne Wallace will present selections from new songs arising. Six to eight artists, including Deborah Hamouris (events space coordinator), will debut their works in progress in front of an invited audience, including members & friends of BFUU. There will probably be some songwriting lessons from Professor Wayne to go along with the performances. Light refreshments will be served afterward.
 


Wakefield Jazz Quartet
Saturday, August 17, 8 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall —1924 Cedar St.

The Wakefield Jazz Quartet plays straight-ahead jazz standards, the American songbook, the great jazz composers, including Miles, Monk & Ellington; some blues; and the Latin sounds of bossa nova.
 


Calling the Dream: An Exploration Group
Sunday, August 18, 7 p.m. in the Benjy Room —1606 Bonita Ave.

Establishing a relationship with your dreams can deepen your experiences and help you cultivate a rich spiritual life. In this group we will explore various ways to create and cultivate a dream practice, including how to receive guidance from and solve problems within your dreams.

The group will run from 7 to 9:30 p.m. from August 18 through October 6. It will be led by Katrina Martin (BFUU office coordinator and a professional dreamworker) and it is open to people of all faiths, orientations, and backgrounds. Both dream newbies and long-time dreamers are welcome.

Katrina will offer tips for how to recall and record dreams, clear your dream space, ask for specific dreams, and receive more detailed information in dreams. Even if you don’t remember your dreams very often, it can be beneficial to join a group…often the dreams return when you're focusing on them!


Katrina has been leading dream groups in the Bay Area for four years and she has a master’s degree in Consciousness and Transformative Studies from JFK University with a specialization in dreams. Find out more about her at www.katrinadreamer.com.


JULY 2013

Venezuela: A Once and Future Revolution
Friday, July 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall —1924 Cedar St.
While serving 14 years as president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez led a social movement that reduced poverty by half, eradicated illiteracy, empowered the grassroots, and posited 21st century socialism as an alternative to the existing world order. For these accomplishments, Chavez was relentlessly attacked by the U.S. before his death on March 5 and has been vociferously demonized since.
Roger Harris will present a power point about the Task Force on the Americas’ delegation that observed the election of Chavez’s chosen candidate and the ongoing efforts by the U.S. to destabilize the new government and bury the legacy of the movement that continues in his name.
Martin Sanchez, former Consul General of Venezuela in San Francisco and social media activist, will update us on the latest developments in Venezuela. We will explore first hand how the social movements are advancing under the new leadership of President Maduro, who has not only inherited the Chavista mantle but some deep challenges requiring solutions including shortages, inefficiencies, inflation, and crime.


Berkeley Fellowship Open Mic featuring Douglas Chambers
Friday, July 12 at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

Doug will bring you along on a journey through acoustic music, old and new. Songs and stories you may not remember, or just think you forgot, as they tumble from his guitar and banjo with surprising ease! The featured artist performs around 8:30 p.m.


The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP): Privatization and the Destruction of National Healthcare In Asia

Saturday, July 13, 7:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall —1924 Cedar St.

The drive to remake national healthcare systems in Asia is now proceeding with the planned TPP agreement. As a result of this accord, which has been shaped by the drug, chemical, and the healthcare insurance industries, healthcare systems in Asia will be pushed to replicate the U.S. insurance-controlled healthcare system. This is privatization on steroids.
Co-sponsord by the California Chapter of Physicians For National Healthcare and UPWA. With Dr. Claudia Chaufanof UCSF and others.


Forum on East Bay Hills Fire Reduction Plan: Invasion or Integration Biology?
With David Theodoropoulos, Conservation Biologist and Author

Sunday, July 14, 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall —1924 Cedar St.

Join us for a slideshow with narration, followed by discussion. Who is behind the deforestation and application of pesticides to the East Bay Hills from Richmond to Hayward? The public, wildlife, and water will be exposed to thousands of gallons of toxic herbicides and enormous environmental damage if the Fire Reduction Plan goes ahead.
David Theodoropoulos will speak about Invasion Biology, which is based on Evolutionary Biology. He will also address the native plant restoration movement's connection to the pesticide industry. The discussion will inform us of best practices and alternatives to the application of pesticides.
 


Conscientious Projector's Film Series for the 99%: Over Troubled Waters
Thursday, July 18, 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall —1924 Cedar St.

You’ve probably heard the story of the Delta told by people who want to reshape it to take the water and create corporate wealth. For this documentary, we’ve talked to North Coast fishermen and to Delta and Northern California farmers who have already seen their way of life changed, for the worse, by the way California has been managing its water. We’ve talked to people who maintain the Delta’s levees, to people who recreate in the Delta, and to people who understand the needs of the fish and other creatures who call the Delta home or pass through it, as the salmon do to spawn. We shine a bright light on some of the claims that have been used to justify sending ever more of the Delta region’s water to benefit corporate agriculture and big development interests.


Hal Carlstad Social Justice Awards Dinner
Saturday, July 20, 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall —1924 Cedar St.

Proceeds will support the work of the Hal Carlstad Social Justice Center. The Hal is open every weekday afternoon. It features the Cynthia Johnson Social Justice Resource Library; a space for Social Justice groups or individuals to meet, work, and plan; computer and wi fi access; and an informal space to learn, discuss issues, renew, and envision the change we wish to see. A priority for this year will be refurbishing the kitchen in the Fellowship Hall which is used by so many community organizations for their work.

The dinner begins at 6 p.m., followed by the program from 7-9 p.m. The featured speaker is Daniel Ellsberg. There will also be live entertainment from Hali Hammer, Max Ventura & Occupella, and comedy by Mrs. T. Bill Banks. Awardees being honored are Patricia and Daniel Ellsberg and movements honored will include Code Pink,  Occupy, Nuremberg Action, and the Task Force on Americas.


Healing Ceremony with Alan Pratt
Saturday, July 27 at 3 p.m. in the Connie Barbour Room—1606 Bonita Ave
Alan Pratt & fellow healers remove trauma, blocks, and negative programming; allowing the electromagnetic body to bring in light frequencies of Love, activating our dormant DNA strands and unleashing our highest abilities. Connect with your Spirit Guides, transport to other timelines, experience shamanic release and more. Visit www.amyon.org.


"Writing What You Want to Say" Writing Workshop with WordSwell
Sunday, July 28, 12:30 to 2:30 pm in the Fireside Room—1606 Bonita Ave.
Have you written before? Or always wanted to write more? This group will support and encourage you to write. Instructor, Clive Matson is a local poet and teacher whose work has inspired a lot of creative words to flow in Berkeley and beyond. www.matsonpoet.com


Tesla to Tomorrow: A Monthly Film and Discussion Series on Energy Issues
Tuesday, July 30, 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall —1924 Cedar St.

This film series will be held the fourth Tuesday of the month. This month, we're screening two films: "The Missing Secrets Of Nikola Tesla"  and "A Machine to Die For."
Tesla is frequently cited as one of the most important contributors to the birth of commercial electricity and is best known for his many revolutionary developments in the field of electromagnetism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Are there technological potentialities that have been repressed because they may have messed with somone's profits?

Doors open at 6 p.m. Suggested donation is  $5-10. No one turned away for lack of funds. Volunteers appreciated.
 
JUNE 2013

Venezuela's Election and What We Can Learn
Sunday, June 9 at 7 p.m. in the Connie Barbour Room—1606 Bonita Ave.
In April, Laura Wells was on a delegation with the Chavista movement. Candidate Nicholas Maduro narrowly won the presidential election in Venezuela. Although the Carter Center affirmed that Venezuelan elections are the gold standard for elections, the U.S. is only country that does not recognize this election. Learn about the disconnect between the U.S. government and the dominating private media in U.S. and Venezuela and the reality on the ground along with the challenges ahead.


Berkeley Fellowship Open Mic featuring Shawn Dohring
Friday, June 14 at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Shawn Dohring is a Canadian-American musician (vocal, guitar and ukulele) and a singer/songwriter. He moved from Montreal to the Bay Area last summer, leaving behind The Greater Goods band. Shawn's musical influences are rock, folk and bluegrass. He enjoys collaborating and jammin' with area musicans, especially when they are social justice advocates.

Surviving the Border Community Dinner and Benefit:
Building a Bridge Between the East Bay and the Arizona-Sonora Border

Saturday, June 15, 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall —1924 Cedar St.
For decades, migrants have been funneled through the Arizona Sonora Desert, the border's most inhospitable terrain. Hundreds, if not thousands, have disappeared and died. The growing number of migrant fatalities signals that a human crisis continues to unfold in our backyard.
This event will raise funds to carry out community-based research that seeks to undermine the systematic vulnerability of migrants created through border policies that use the border as a weapon.
Suggested donation $20. No one turned away for lack of funds. Volunteers appreciated. Suggested donation includes traditional Mexican dinner and a short film by Luis Baltazar. Silent auction and raffle, no host bar and music by Latin Beats. Reserve tickets with Cynthia at the Social Justice Center. Call 510-275-4272. For more information, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Film: Fluoridegate: An American Tragedy
Sunday, June 16 at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall —1924 Cedar St.
Showing of acclaimed film Fluoridegate, which was produced by Dr. David Kennedy, DDS, past president of the Oral Medicine and Toxicology Association. Find out why New Zealand, Canada, and more than 90% of the European population do not allow fluoridization of their water systems.
In-depth material will be presented, including an interview with investigative reporter Christopher Bryson, author of Fluoride Deception, which is based on 10 years of research. Members of Safe Water for the East Bay will be present for conversation and discussion after the film.
Doors open at 6 p.m. Suggested donation is  $5-10. no one turned away for lack of funds. Volunteers appreciated.


MAY 2013
 

The Question Mark Cafe
Friday, May 3 at 11:30 am - 1 pm in the Fireside Room—1606 Bonita St.

The Question Mark Cafe is a potluck lunch with a program and self-care for activists. Bring music, poetry, and food to share.


Film: Caesar's Messiah: The Roman Conspiracy to Invent Jesus
Tuesday, May 7 at 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

Through interviews with seven controversial Bible scholars, Caesar's Messiah suggests that Christianity was invented by the Romans as a political tool to control the masses of the day. Dissecting the history and literature of this time, the scholars note that the history officially provided by the Church does not hold up to rigorous scrutiny. Much like the ancient era from which Christianity emerged, we are currently on the brink of an immense paradigm shift. Studying this history can help us understand modern-day politics, and give us the much-needed perspective for coming up with solutions to today's problems, in order to create a better world.

Post-film discussion with filmmaker Fritz Heede.
$5-10 Suggested Donation. No one turned away for lack of funds.


Berkeley Fellowship Open Mic featuring Heartroot
Friday, May 10 at 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

Heartroot is the musical manifestation of the soulful synergy between singer/songwriters Eric McEuen and Mindy Dillard. Both immigrated from dry lands of red rocks and mountain vistas (New Mexico and Utah respectively), lured to Portland’s moist creative ground to plant the seeds of a new life. The duo began singing together in 2009 after meeting over and over again as solo performers. In the Fall of 2010 the two ventured forth on a grassroots national tour. Heartroot’s music is a nourishing recipe concocted from Folk, Americana, Blues, Jazz, and musical theatre. The multi-instrumentalists use guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, and rhythm instruments to serve up soul-seducing harmony and raw joy. Their uniquely voiced originals and re-imagined classics underscore sweet, sad and jubilant human truths. At a Maryland house concert, a new fan described Heartroot’s music as "The most honest and loving sounds I’ve had the privilege to hear.”

Performer Sign-up at 6:30 for the 20 available 10 minute spots. This month’s host is Ben Meyers.
Suggested donation $5 - 10. No one turned away for lack of funds. Volunteers Appreciated.
Open Mic is the 2nd Friday of every month. www.bfuu.org/events/open-mic


Conscientious Projector Film Series for the 99%: 41st & Central: The Untold Story of the L.A. Black Panthers
Thursday, May 16 at 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall —1924 Cedar St.

“41st & Central” details the attempt of J. Edgar Hoover and the Los Angeles Police Department to eradicate the Black Panther Party. A discussion with Elder Freeman, original member of the L.A. Black Panther Party, will follow the film.

Suggested Donation $5-10. No one turned away for lack of funds. Volunteers Appreciated. For more information, call the Hal Carstad Social Justice Center
Monday-Friday 1-5 pm - 510-776-2127

 

APRIL 2013

The Question Mark Cafe
Friday, April 5 at 11:30 am - 1 pm in the Fireside Room—1606 Bonita St.

The Question Mark Cafe is a potluck lunch with a program and self-care for activists.  This month's theme is creativity.  Bring music, poetry, and food to share.


Lynne Stewart: The Fight for Her Freedom & Her Life 
Saturday, April 6 at 2:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

Lynne Stewart has devoted her life to the oppressed. Unjustly charged and convicted for the “crime” of providing her client with a fearless defense, the prosecution of Stewart is an obvious attempt by the U.S. government to silence dissent, curtail vigorous defense lawyers, and install fear in those who would fight against the U.S. government’s racism, seek to help Arabs and Muslims being prosecuted for free speech, and defend the rights of all oppressed people. This will be a presentation by her long-time collaborator, Jeff Mackler. www.lynnestewart.orghttp://unacpeace.org


Soulful Sundown—Young Adult Worship
Saturday, April 6 at 7:00 pm in the Connie Barbour Room—1606 Bonita St.

Join young adults (~ ages 18-35) from around the Bay Area as we gather for a Soulful Sundown worship servicea night of inspiration, connection, movement, song, and celebration. Sometimes called contemporary worship, this evening in the UU Circle Worship tradition is open to all.


Film: “Granito: How to Nail a Dictator”
Thursday, April 11 at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

The Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists invites you to the screening of Granito: How To Nail A Dictator a documentary discussing previous stages of the current genocide case against ex-president, Rios Montt. Jennifer Ristau, a future volunteer accompanier with the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala will be giving a talk on ethical solidarity at 6pm and the screening will begin at 7pm. The event is free and any donations made benefit Jennifer Ristau's volunteer work.

 More events and information at http://jenneristau.wix.com/solidarity


Berkeley Fellowship Open Mic featuring Andrea President
Friday, April 12 at 7:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

Andrea taught herself how to play the acoustic guitar and shortly thereafter found herself at the doors of Youth Movement Records, a youth-run record label and youth development program. There she recorded her first song, “Like My Father,” which was featured in CBS's Emmy nominated Black History Series. Since then she has performed with David Pack (from Ambrosia), David Jenkins (from Pablo Cruise), Col. Hardgrove (from Public Enemy), Larry Carlton, Jimmy Nichols (Faith Hill’s Music Director), and Pete Townsend. Andrea hopes her journey will serve as an example to teach others to follow their dreams, no matter how great the obstacles.http://www.andreapresident.com/

Performer Sign-up at 6:30 for the 20 available 10 minute spots. This month’s host is Cynthia Johnson.
Suggested donation $5 - 10. No one turned away for lack of funds. Volunteers Appreciated.
Open Mic is the 2nd Friday of every month. www.bfuu.org/events/open-mic


Conscientious Projector Film: The Truth About the War on Libya
Thursday, April 18 at 7:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

Under the Jamahiriya Revolution, Libyans won the end of the colonial-supported monarchy and the removal of US troops. Libyans came to enjoy the highest standard of living in all of Africa including free education through university, and free high-quality medical care. Libya was working to unite Africa with a bank and dollar of its own to replace the exploitive debt-inducing policies of the World Bank and the IMF. Did US AFRICOM and NATO use the UN vote for a “no fly zone” to protect Libyan civilians as cover to massively bomb the country's infrastructure and to kill thousands of civilians, confiscate the Libyan national treasury, to get control of the oil?

Suggested donation $5 - 10. No one turned away for lack of funds. Volunteers Appreciated.
The Conscientious Projector Film Series happens the third Thursday of the month. Potluck at 6 pm. Discussion will follow.


Dave Lippman in Concert!
Friday, April 26 at 7:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

Audiences of all ages have thrilled to the post-corporate comic styling of satirical songster Dave Lippman. The 99% troubadour afflicts the complacent, takes the air out of the windbags of the week, de-distorts history, and updates worn-out songs with parody and thrust. Sample tunes: “All We Are Saying is End Corporate Crime,” “I Hate Wal-Mart” and “Alberta Tarbillies.”
On the other extreme, Lippman's evil twin Wild Bill Bailout, the Bard of the Bankers, employs anti-folk songs and pro-financial collapse anthems to explain (and enforce) that the business of America is none of your business, those too big to fail are also too big to jail, and the jobless and foreclosed must bail out their own boats. Mandatory listening: “Brother Can You Spare a Diamond” and “Sgt. Pepper Spray.”
How will Wild Bill finesse the collapse of capital and find a new way to rule the world? Will he succeed in Occu-Buying Occupy? Come find out! www.davelippman.com


Report Back from Panama
Saturday, April 27 at 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

A marginalized Panamanian community faces devastation by dam Droject. Participants from the first Task Force on the Americas Delegation to Panama visited and took testimony from members of the Ngave Bugle community near the Barro Blanco reservoir created by the Barro Blanco hydroelectric dam. As early as May or June of this year the reservoir created by the dam will flood fertile agricultural land and destroy the river's fish and shrimp.
Delegation Leader, Diane Dunn, of Collective Voices for Peace, Seattle will discuss the Ngave Bugle protests which closed the Pan-american highway, and a recent murder of a protester by four alleged masked plainclothes policemen.

Sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Committee and the Task Force on the Americas www.mitf.org
$5-10 Suggested Donation. No one turned away for lack of funds.

 

MARCH 2013

The Question Mark Cafe
Friday, March 1, 11:30 - 1 pm in the Fireside Room— 1606 Bonita Ave.

Question Mark Cafe is a space to deepen social justice community, broaden our self-care skills, relax and organize. There will be a potluck lunch followed by a talk by Sagie Govinder. Sagie is co-founder of the Committee for South African Solidarity, which publishes the South African Beacon. He will discuss the current situation in Africa and ways you can make a difference.


Young Adult Climate Justice Workshop
Friday, March 1, 6 - 9pm & Saturday, March 2nd, 9 am – 5 pm - Fellowship Hall

Climate change is here. Join UU young adults for this mini climate justice training and organizing workshop. We will explore how UU values call us to ecological justice work: How does the climate crisis intersect with race and class? How are we connected to climate-changing, community-destroying resource extraction and energy production processes? What economic, political, and social dynamics are at work? Come strategize with us for a more powerful, inspiring and effective movement and explore what we can do together as a community in the future. 

Potluck Dinner on Friday night and Brown Bag Lunch on Saturday. Contact Jennifer Nordstrom of UU Ministry for the Earth, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to RSVP or for more info.

Berkeley Fellowship Open Mic featuring Leslie Hassberg
Friday, March 8 at 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

Leslie Hassberg has been involved in the Bay Area queer and progressive political music scene for many years, as a member and/or director of Carry It On, The Choral Majority, the SF Lesbian Chorus, Sistah Boom, the Graceland Girls, and most recently Occupella. She performs in opera and musical theater, is an avid choral singer, plays lots of instruments in many styles, composes, arranges and conducts. She loves to travel and dance, and in her spare time works as a legal secretary. Check out her video of “Put It on the Ground”: http://youtu.be/V4ekCWNkzew

Sign-up begins at 6:30 for the 20 available 10 minute spots. This month’s host is Hali Hammer.
Suggested donation $5 - 10. No one turned away for lack of funds. Volunteers Appreciated.
Open Mic is the 2nd Friday of every month.
www.bfuu.org/events/open-mic


Young Adult Movie Night: Fern Gully
Friday, March 15, 6:00-9:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

What does this classic children’s movie have to say to our own beliefs about the natural world? Join us for a potluck, movie, and discussion.


Hugo Chavez Presenté! A Memorial Tribute to the Late, Great Leader of the Venezuelan Bolivarian Revolution
Sunday, March 17 at 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

Join us to celebrate a life well-lived in the service of the vast majority of his people. We mourn the passing of the visionary indigenous South American President who had the heart, the soul, and the determination to use the vast oil wealth of his country for the uplifting of his long suppressed and impoverished people. Hugo Chavez presenté!

Keynote Speaker: Martin Sanchez, former Consul General of Venezuela in Chicago and San Francisco. He is an alternative media activist and co-founder of the websites Aporrea.org and Venezuelanalysis.com, leading voices of progressive news and analysis on contemporary Venezuela.


 Conscientious Projector Films: Precious Knowledge and Which Way Home
Thursday, March 21 at 7:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

In recognition of the national conversation on Immigration Reform we are presenting two award-winning documentaries about migrants and our current civil and human rights struggles.

A high school ethnic studies program becomes the center of a civil rights struggle in Precious Knowledge. At Tucson High School, ethnic studies programs have improved graduation rates among Latino students. But some state politicians think ethnic studies promote “racial solidarity” and anti-Americanism. When books are banned and the programs eliminated, teachers and students fight back in a modern civil rights struggle.

Each year, thousands of Latin American migrants travel hundreds of miles to the United States, with many making their way on the tops of freight trains. Roughly five percent of those traveling alone are children. As the United States continues to debate immigration reform, the documentary Which Way Home looks the issue through the eyes of children who face the harrowing journey with enormous courage and resourcefulness.

The Conscientious Projector Film Series happens the third Thursday of the month. Potluck at 6 pm.
 


 

Berkeley Fellowship Passover Seder
Tuesday, March 26 at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

Join us for a Passover Seder as we bring our Tuesdays Together programming to a close. This oldest of Hebrew rituals, the Passover Seder has been observed for more than three millennia, in millions of ways. It commemorates the liberation of the Hebrew people from Egyptian bondage and is celebrated at the springtime renewal of the Earth.

There are two parts to the Seder. The first is the ritual retelling of the ancient story of liberation and its meaning for us today. This requires a group of folk to help with the special foods and speaking parts.

The second part is the dinner itself, which is an organized POTLUCK (a Unitarian Universalist sacrament!) Sign up to bring a wholesome dish: main course, side dish, salad, or dessert. Non-alcoholic wine, juice and coffee will be provided. Please feel free to bring your favorite beverage for you or your family as you wish!

Please RSVP. To volunteer your help, please contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call the church office (510-841-4824) to offer assistance with set-up, decorations, and special foods (many hands needed!)

A donation of $5 for adults/$2 for kids will help cover costs. No one turned away for lack of funds.
THIS EVENT IS PARTICIPATORY AND FUN—BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY—INVITE A FRIEND! SIGN UP NOW!


FEBRUARY 2013

Berkeley Fellowship Open Mic featuring Tommi Avicolli Mecca
Friday, February 8 at 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

Tommi Avicolli Mecca is a writer, songwriter, performer and longtime Bay Area activist. Originally from an Italian-American Catholic family in south Philadelphia, he broke away in so many ways. Tommi was the editor of Smash the Church, Smash the State: The Early Years of Gay Liberation (City Lights), and co-editor of Avanti Popolo: Italian-American Writers Sail Beyond Columbus and Hey Paesan. There's no issue that this brave songwriter will not write about: war, poverty, racism, sexism, homophobia, greed, but always with a hopeful, inspiring message. www.avicollimecca.com  www.youtube.com/user/avimecca

This month’s host is Vic Sadot. Open Mic is the 2nd Friday of every month. For more info, www.bfuu.org/events/open-mic.

The Heart Collective presents A Soulful Evening of Sound Healing and Movement
Friday, February 22, 7 - 8:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Violinist and vocalist Lucian Kano Balmer will weave a tapestry of sounds and compositions while moving through the dance floor. Whether you come to move or to sit, Lucian's deeply personal, devotional, and sacred music will touch your heart.

Book Launch Party for Kathleen McClung's poetry collection, Almost the Rowboat
Sunday, February 24, 1-3 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Come celebrate the release of Kathleen’s collection of poetry. Reading, book signing, live music, wine & cheese—all are welcome!

Conscientious Projector Film: Edible City: Grow the Revolution
Thursday, February 28, 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

This fun, fast-paced, feature-length documentary journey through the local food movement that’s taking root in the San Francisco Bay Area, across the nation and around the world.
Documenting a broad spectrum of activists, organizations and inspired citizens, Edible City shows how everyone can get involved in transforming our food system.
Edible City introduces a diverse cast of extraordinary and eccentric characters who are challenging the paradigm of our broken food system, digging deep into their unique perspectives and transformative work—from edible education to grassroots activism to building local economies—finding hopeful solutions to monumental problems. Edible City captures the spirit of a movement that’s making real change and doing something truly revolutionary.
Q&A with Drector Andrew Hasse will follow the screening.


JANUARY 2013

Question Mark Cafe
Friday, January 411:30 am - 2 pm in the Fireside Room1606 Bonita Ave.
The Question Mark Cafe is a space to deepen social justice community, broaden our self-care skills, relax and organize. Potluck lunch followed by Anne Fagan Ginger, an American lawyer, teacher, writer, and political activist. She is the founder and the Executive Director Emerita of the Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute in Berkeley. CA. Among Ann Fagan Ginger's resent books are the following: Challenging U.S. Human Rights Violations since 9/11 [2005]; Landmark Cases Left Out Of Your Textbooks (ed.) [2006]; The Living Constitution (ed.) [2007]; Undoing The Bush-Cheney Legacy: A Tool Kit for Congress and Activists (ed.) [2008]; he U.N. Declaration of Human Rights Is the Law: A Guide to U.D.H.R. Articles in Treaties Ratified by the U.S. (ed.) [2009]
Led by Jeff Melcher every "First Friday" of the month!  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Berkeley Fellowship Open Mic featuring Lee Gerstmann
Friday, January 11 at 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Lee Gerstmann is a novelist, poet and performance artist. The concept for his feature is "My Personal Portland." After a long time of hiding from the poetry scene, he has finally re-emerged with some new work… letting the "little kid" in him re-surface. His new poetry is - in his words - "my further discoveries into what I believe and who I am in this world." For him, creativity is the first and foremost important thing in life. www.myspace.com/leegerstmann
January’s host is poet and peace activist Holly Harwood, who is also Dozo the Clown. hollyharwood.com
Open Mic is the 2nd Friday of every month. For more info, www.bfuu.org/events/open-mic.


DECEMBER 2012

Anti Drone Warfare Tour Comes to Berkeley!
Sunday, December 2, 2:30 - 5:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall--1924 Cedar St.
CODEPINK initiated the tour to meet with Pakistani ant-drone activists, leaders, and victims.  This is the report with  Leah Bolger, President of Veterans for Peace, Joe Lombardo, UNAC Co-national Coordinator, Toby Blome and Dianne Budd of CODEPINK. http://droneswatch.org

Question Mark Cafe
Friday, December 711:30 am - 2 pm in the Fireside Room1606 Bonita Ave.
Come with potluck and a poem or song, The Question Mark Cafe is a space to deepen social justice community, broaden our self-care skills, relax and organize. Informal discussion:  An Israeli-Palestine Peace Table/Conference
Who to invite and how to get them there!
Led by Jeff Melcher every "First Friday" of the month!  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nicoletta Karam Book Event - "The 9/11 Backlash:  A Decade of Hate Crimes Targeting the Innocent."
Friday, December 7 at 7 pm, 6:15 pm potluck, in the Fellowship Hall--1924 Cedar St.The tragedy of 9/11 didn't stop when the Twin Towers fell. Targeting accelerated, and the victims are still being created. Nicoletta Karam has written the definitive book on the forgotten victims of 9/11. This book is an attempt to document that this backlash did occur, and was much worse and much longer in duration than many Americans realize. Come celebrate the release of this much needed analysis of the 9/11 backlash of violent hate crimes upon diverse groups of people by racist nativist elements in the population. www.911backlash.com

David Rovics in Concert!
Sunday, Dec 9 at 8 pm in the Fellowship Hall--1924 Cedar St.
Political balladeer extraordinaire David Rovics is one amazing traveling troubadour! He's coming to Berkeley as part of a west coast tour, and he will do a concert in support of the Social Justice Committee and his expenses. David will showcase Jun Bustamante as his opening act for the current west coast tour. Support David & the Social Justice Committee! www.davidrovics.com

Prosecute George W. Bush for Murder
Saturday, December 15 at 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

Bush knowingly lied about WMD and other facts about Iraq, resulting in the deaths of over four thousand Americans and over one millioon Iraqis.  John Hannenberry will present the case.  See Prosecute George Bush Alameda County at www.prosecutebush.org
Suggested donation is $5 - 10. No one turned away for lack of funds. Volunteers Appreciated.

Winter Solstice Ritual
Friday, December 21 at 7:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

Please join us on the longest night of the year for a Winter Solstice Ritual—on the day of the actual Winter Solstice. We will be celebrating Yule and the beginning of the sun's rise again to its full power. This family-friendly event is for both experienced ritualists and those who want to learn more about the holy day.
Bring potluck snacks & drinks, and a cauldron gift (under $5) if you want to. Blessed Be.

Special Holiday Program: Mrs. Santa Claus
Sunday, December 23 at 12:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

After service, stay for the movie, Mrs. Santa Claus starring Angela Lansbury, a fun film which transcends the Christmas theme, and offers, multicultural, multi-religious and justice messages.
Everyone welcome! Meet our very own meet Ms. and Mr. Claus! Special treats and eat for all ages! $1 donation requested, no one turned away.


NOVEMBER 2012

Berkeley Fellowship Open Mic featuring Maxina Ventura
Friday, November 9 at 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Max grew up on Bluegrass, spent years in the classical music world, and came full circle to her folk music roots.Through the years she's sung some of her own songs, and many by the brilliant songwriters who inspire her. Max looks forward to spreading around some of that musical wealth.
Max was awarded the 2011 Tom Paine Courageous spirit Award by the BFUU Social Justice committee. She is a long-time activist and singer-songwriter.

Waging Peace: John Giuliano & Susan Crane
Sunday, Nov. 11 at 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St. (6 pm-Potluck) 
On Veterans’ Day, as we honor our fallen fighting men and women and all veterans, we pay attention to the victims of war. John Guliano has served communities in El Salvador since the height of their 12 year civil war. Founded in 1992, his Tamarindo Foundation (tamarindofoundation.org) has expanded to become a school, meeting center, dining hall, and home. Anti-nuclear weapons activist Susan Crane will join John after completing the final part of her extended sentence at the women's Federal Correction Institute, Dublin. Join John, Susan, and other surprise guests in helping rebuild El Salvador while we consider what is required to end war-making and, particularly, the threat of nuclear weapons.
Suggested donation $5 - $25, to support the Tamarindo Foundation. No one turned away for lack of funds. Co-sponsored by the St. Joseph the Worker Social Justice Committee and the BFUU Social Justice Committee.

Investigation of a Flame  Conscientious Projector Film Series for the 99%
Thursday, November 29 at 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall--1924 Cedar St.
INVESTIGATION OF A FLAME is a documentary by Lynn Sachs about the Catonsville Nineand their nonviolent act of civil disobedience. This documentary film examines the courageousattempt of protesters to call attention to the Vietnam War. Susan Crane of "Plowshares" will lead a discussion after the film. investigationofaflame.com


OCTOBER 2012
Question Mark Cafe
Friday, October 511:30 am - 2 pm in the Fireside Room1606 Bonita Ave.
Come with potluck and a poem or song, The Question Mark Cafe is a space to deepen social justice community, broaden our self-care skills, relax and organize.
Led by Jeff Melcher every "First Friday" of the month! This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Benefit for www.NoLiesRadio.org: film OPERATION TERROR
Sunday, October 7 at 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall1924 Cedar St.
OPERATION TERROR: The Hollywood 9/11 fiction thriller that is banned from the theaters by the major distribution companies because it dares to ask the right questions based on the known facts! Exclusive: Q & A afterwards with the Movie Producer Art Olivier!

Berkeley Fellowship Monthly Open Mic featuring "Fellowship"
Friday, October 12 at 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Featured Artist: "Fellowship," the new BFUU-based band is led by former Elsinar band members Lauren Renee Hotchkiss and Lisa Maren Stein. They will be joined by Doug Chambers and Bruce Maxwell. Their folk-influenced, spiritually-oriented music will include original songs by Lauren, Lisa, and other band members.
Performer sign-up at 6:30 for the 20 available 10 minute spots. This month's host is Lauren Renee Hotchkiss.
Open Mic is the 2nd Friday of every month. For more info, www.bfuu.org/events/open-mic.


"Stories Between Us" Book Launch
The Berkeley Fellowship Oral History Project
Sunday, October 14, 10:30 AM in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
In 2009-2010, a team of younger people conducted 30 oral history interviews with elders 65+ and led seven intergenerational story circles on different themes at the Berkeley Fellowship. The result is “Stories Between Us: Oral Histories from a Countercultural Congregation": a book documenting the lives of a group of activist and culturally creative elders in Berkeley. www.storiesbetweenus.com

Conscientious Projector's "Films for the 99%": Bidder 70
Tuesday, October 16 at 7 PM in the Fellowship Hall1924 Cedar St.
Bidder 70 centers on an extraordinary, ingenious and effective act of civil disobedience demanding government and industry accountability. In 2008, University of Utah economics student Tim DeChristopher committed an act which would redefine patriotism in our time, igniting a spirit of civil disobedience in the name of climate justice. He derailed a widely protested Bush Administration federal oil and gas land sale, bidding millions to save thousands of pristine acres surrounding U.S. national parks—with no intention of paying or drilling. Now he’s paying for it in federal prison. www.bidder70film.com
Sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Committee.

Justice for Appalachia! Stopping Mountaintop Removal! 
Thursday, October 25 at 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Junior Walk is from a coal community in West Virginia and was mentored by the late anti-strip-mining activist and Goldman Prize Winner Judy Bonds. Join us to hear his powerful story as he continues to challenge Big Coal in Appalachia. He will speak about the long-term environmental, health, and community degradation caused by coal mining.
http://earthjustice.org/our_work/campaigns/stop-mountaintop-removal-mining
Sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Committee.


Conscientious Projector's "Films for the 99%": HEIST
Friday, October 26 at 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Heist: Who Stole the American Dream? reveals how American corporations orchestrated the dismantling of middle-class prosperity through rampant deregulation, the outsourcing of jobs, and tax policies favoring businesses and the wealthy. The collapse of the U.S. economy is the result of conscious choices made over thirty five years by a small group: leaders of corporations and their elected allies, and the biggest lobbying interest in Washington, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. To these individuals, the collapse is not a catastrophe, but rather the planned outcome of their long, patient work. For the rest of the country, it is merely the biggest heist in American history.
Heist DVDs will be available for sale at the screening for $20. www.Heist-TheMovie.com


SEPTEMBER 2012
 
US Participation in Honduras Massacre
Thursday, September 13 at 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Maria Robinson, former Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras, was a member of the first human rights delegation to visit the May 21, 2012 massacre site in Ahuas, Honduras.She will discuss how the delegation is calling for a Congressional investigation that identifies criminal responsibility in the massacre, the withdrawal of US security forces from Honduras, suspension of US military assistance to Central America, and release of the video which the DEA maintains exonerates its actions.

Co-sponsored by the Task Force on the Americas & the BFUU Social Justice Committee.
This is a fundraiser for victims of the massacre.For info: 707-836-1688, www.mitfamericas.org

BFUU Open Mic featuring Chris Waltz
Friday, September 14 at 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Acclaimed Celtic/Classical-Crossover/World Music Singer/Songwriter Chris Waltz uses voice, nylon and steel Max was awarded the 2011 Tom Paine Courageous Spirit Award by the BFUU Social Justice Committte. She is a long-time activist and singer-songwriter.string guitars, mandolin, Irish flutes and whistles to bring to life the melodic language of numerous traditions. Using lyrics of his own and Renaissance poetry set to newly composed music, he creates a presence of the mystical. Waltz was nominated for Best Original Score at the Los Angeles Reel Film Festival for the documentary The Sundowner. www.chriswaltz.com
Performer sign-up at 6:30 for the 20 available 10 minute spots. This month's host is Ben Meyers.
Open Mic is the 2nd Friday of every month. For more info, www.bfuu.org/events/open-mic.


Justice in Nigeria Now—5 Year Anniversary Celebration
Tuesday, September 18 at 6:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Justice in Nigeria Now (JINN) is celebrating its 5th year of promoting peace, human rights, environmental protection and community livelihood in solidarity with oil producing communities on the ground in the Niger Delta. Come to this film screening, book signing & community dialog event to benefit JINN. Leading activist from the Delta, Nnimmo Bassey, will be speaking and signing his book, To Cook a Continent. Film screening is Poison Fire.

“GMO: The Right to Know”
Friday, September 21, 7-9 pm - in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
A slide presentation and Q & A on the pros and cons on Proposition #37, requiring labeling of Genetically Engineered foods in California. Afterwards, a just-released video on the subject of Genetic Engineering of our food: Genetic Roulette, by the Institute for Responsible Technology. Food samples and drinks will be available.

 David Welsh Rockin’ CD Release Party
Saturday, September 22 at 7 PM in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Come one! Come all! Celebrate the release of Dave's new CD: Stand with the People! 12 songs - nine of them originals - with Dave on lead vocals. The record was produced and arranged by piano man Pete Elman, featuring Joe Goldmark on pedal steel guitar; John Blakeley on Telecaster, Stratocaster and acoustic guitars; vocalist Lachelle Oats; harmonica man Paul Hlebcar; and Kelly Ralston on congas and percussion.Special guest appearances by Jon Fromer, Harriet and Alex Bagwell, Hali Hammer and Barbara Dane. Dave is now performing as Redd Welsh. Don't miss this festive musical gathering of old and new friends.

“Writing What You Want to Say" - Writing Workshop with WordSwell
Sunday, September 23 - 12:30 to 2:30 pm in the Fireside Room—1606 Bonita Ave.
Have you written before? Or always wanted to write more? This group will support and encourage you to write. Instructor, Clive Matson is a local poet and teacher whose work has inspired a lot of creative words to flow in Berkeley and beyond. www.matsonpoet.com
Suggested donation: BFUU members $5, Non-members $10. Half of the money goes to BFUU and half to WordSwell, a nonprofit for writing. Fourth Sunday of each month.

An Exploration of Rosh Hashanah & the Sharing of Wisdom Cultures
Sunday, September 23 at 3 PM in the Fireside Room—1606 Bonita Ave.
An exploration of Rosh Hasanah, Yom Kippur, and other traditions of atonement and forgiveness, so that we can go into the Jewish New Year with a clean slate. Bring apples and honey or other snacks. Come to share what your culture does to express your new year season; i.e. greeting, ceremony, music, dance, etc.

“My Life as Country Joe”: A Benefit Concert for BFUU
Saturday, September 29 at 6 PM in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St. 
Using the same format he used with his tributes to Woody Guthrie and to Florence Nightingale, Country Joe McDonald will sing songs and tell stories—except this time they will be about his own life. As Joe noted, tongue-in-cheek, “no one will ever do a tribute to me ... at least while I am alive. And so I am proud to introduce my own tribute to myself.”
Country Joe McDonald made his mark on popular culture at Woodstock in 1969. He became a musical fixture of the anti-Vietnam War demonstrations with his heartfelt songs inspired by his recent military service. Now hear the rest of the story.
This is the debut performance—see it before he takes it on the road!
All proceeds go to BFUU. For mature audiences.



AUGUST 2012

Bitter Cane: Haiti Under the Duvaliers
Thursday, August 2 at 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Bitter Cane was filmed clandestinely in Haiti in the 1970s during the Duvalier dictatorship. It portrays the conditions and repression under which Haitians lived at that time. With the recent policies promoted by the fraudulently "selected" Martelly government, many Haitians fear the repeat of these terrible times. Join Haiti Action Committee for the film and discussion about Haiti, past and present.
Co-Sponsored by the Haiti Action Committee, East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, Ecumenical Peace Institute and the BFUU Social Justice Committee.
Suggested donation is $5 - 10. No one turned away for lack of funds.
Occupy the Bay
Thursday, August 9 at 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Rough-cut screening of a documentary film about the Occupy movement in the SF Bay Area. Sponsored by BFUU SJC & Flashpoints on KPFA PACIFICA RADIO. A new film by John Riley and produced by Kevin Pina. This film documents the local incarnation of the Occupy Movement, which officially started in September 2011 on Wall St., and then spread across the country and continues today. This film focuses more specifically on events in the Bay Area and their impact, from Occupy Oakland's port shutdowns and controversial decision to embrace a "diversity of tactics," to police brutality that has attracted attention nationally and worldwide. http://www.facebook.com/LongMemoryProductions


Berkeley Fellowship Monthly Open Mic featuring Ron San Miguel
Friday, August 10 at 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Although Ron San Miguel grew up hearing Mexican music, as a youngster he did not pay much attention to it, prefering popular American and British music much to the dismay of his very musical family. He was eventually drawn to it with enthusiasm during trips to Mexico. Since 1988, Ron has been a performing artist in the San Francisco Bay Area. Following a couple of years as a solo act, in 1991 he founded the Trio TLATOANI, which performed throughout northern California for eleven years. Ron is currently recording a CD of his original compositions. Ron loves so many different kinds of music that when pressured into naming the genre of his music, he says World Folk, so that he can include music from all over the world in his repertoire.
Check out Ron's website ronsanmiguelmusic.com, or on YouTube and Facebook.
Open Mic is the 2nd Friday of every month. For more info, www.bfuu.org/events/open-mic.


Resilience Circles—Creating an Economy That Works For All
Tuesday, August 21 at 7:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Climate change, the sunset of the fossil fuel era and the increasing threats to democracy all require the courage to discover, embody and build the resources that will secure a resilient future for all. Resilience Circles are a natural response to the economic, social and political conditions of the moment. They are a small group facilitated process for connection, learning, mutual aid and action. The curriculum spans eight meetings. From there, most groups continue to build personal and community resilience to realize their common vision and to meet their local needs. Come to this introductory meeting to see what it’s about.
Co-sponsored by LocalCircles.org and the BFUU Social Justice Committee. For more information, see www.localcircles.org or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Poets of the World Unite:  Featuring Mitchel Cohen
Wednesday, August 22 at 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St
6 pm reception, 7 pm program.  Mitchel Cohen will read poems and he invites others to bring musical instruments and their poems to a gathering at the BFUU. His website describes him  as a "writer, activist, poet, chair WBAI-FM Local Station Board, Brooklyn Greens, Red Balloon Collective, rabble rouser.
http://MitchelCohen.com
Suggested donation is $5 - 10. No one turned away for lack of funds.

The Egyptian Revolution Through Female Eyes: Eyewitness From Tahrir Square
Friday, August 24 at 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Gihan Abou Zeid, Egyptian revolutionary activist and journalist, recently came to the Bay Area to finish her book and make a series of presentations. Zeid will discuss women's experience at Tahrir Square, mutual help, solidarity actions, needs, hopes & expectations for the future.
Max Ventura met Gihan after Max sent items made in solidarity by the group she started, Occupy Knit-In, and this event will partly benefit themwww.occupyknit-in.org. Co-sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Committee and Occupy Berkeley.


JULY 2012

Justice for Trayvon Martin
Sunday, July 1 at 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

A report back from Sanford, Florida by Joey Johnson.
Co-sponsored by the Coalition Against Mass Incarceration & SJC.

20th Year of Cuba Caravans
Saturday, July 7, 6-9 pm at Redwood Gardens Community Center2951 Derby St.
This annual event challenges the illegal and immoral embargo against Cuba. BFUU has participated in for many years. Dave Welsh and others will provide musical entertainment. Join us for a delicious potluck at 6 pm.
http://www.ifconews.org

Community Forum on Mexico: Immigration * The Border * Drug War * Merida Initiative * Mexico Peace Movement * Zapatistas
Thursday, July 12 at 7:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Speakers: Laura Rivas of National Network for Immigrant & Refugee Rights, Francisco & María Cristina Herrera of Trabajo Cultural Caminante, Daniel Robelo of Drug Policy Alliance, and CSC Members. Music by Francisco Herrera.
Co-Sponsors: Chiapas Support Committee,Task Force on the Americas, and the SJC.
For more info, contact Chiapas Support Committee: (510) 654-9587 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

www.chiapas-support.orgcompamanuel.wordpress.com

Berkeley Fellowship Monthly Open Mic featuring Gary Wade
Friday, July 13 - 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Gary Wade has been playing in bay area bands and hosting other open mics fordecades. He is a blues- and folk-based guitarist who is known for his covers of the likes of Jimi Hendrix and other roots and rock artists, as well as his original songs.http://www.facebook.com/gary.wade.980
This month's host is Hali Hammer. Open Mic is the 2nd Friday of every month. For more info, www.bfuu.org/events/open-mic.

“Bold Year of Climate Action” – 350.org Bay Area Strategy Session
Saturday, July 21, 9 am – 1:30 pm in the Connie Barbour Room—1606 Bonita Ave.
Join 350.org Bay Area for a strategy session to plan climate actions and choose a few campaigns. The Bay Area has the political and technical savvy to become a world leader confronting this crisis. Bring your projects and ideas! It’s time to get the Bay Area moving!
Questions: contact Rev. Earl Koteen, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 510-473-2750.

“Writing What You Want to Say" - Writing Workshop with WordSwell
Sunday, July 22 - 12:30 to 2:30 pm in the Fireside Room — 1606 Bonita Ave.Have you written before? Or always wanted to write more? This group will support and encourage you to write. Instructor, Clive Matson is a local poet and teacher whose work has inspired a lot of creative words to flow in Berkeley and beyond. www.matsonpoet.com
Suggested donation: BFUU members $5, non-members $10. Half of the money goes to BFUU and half to WordSwell, a writing nonprofit. Workshops are held the 4th Sunday each month.

The Berkeley That You Don't Know
Thursday, July 26 at 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
As part of the 2012 LaborFest, three local Berkeley historians discuss lesser known aspects of the compelling struggles for a more democratic power structure in Berkeley and the East Bay as well as their populist & socialist traditions. Carole Kennerly was the first Black woman elected to the Berkeley City Council, and is the retired Director of the Coop Federal Credit Union. Richard Schwartz is a Berkeley author who has written on Berkeley’s “eccentrics and cutthroats” as well as its environmental history. Richard Brenemann was a journalist for the Sacramento Bee, and covered Berkeley for the Daily Planet. http://www.laborfest.net/2012/2012schedule.htm#26


JUNE 2012


(UP)ROOTED: A Partial History of Human Migration
Friday, June 1 at 8 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Saturday, June 2 at 8 pm in the Fireside Room—1606 Bonita Ave.

A theater performance collage of border crossings, identities, & collective survival in a migratory world. Compelled by force, by dreams, by desperation, by vision, migration laces through the cultures and histories of nearly everybody in the U.S. These histories of migration are thick with contradictions and disparities between welcome and exclusion at the will of the gatekeepers. Once past the gates, what does it mean to survive and to belong?
Performers: Karen “Muki” Villanueva, rico kleinstein chenyek, Veronica Haro, Jeff Conant & Carol Ann Amour.
Suggested Donation is $10 - 20. No one turned away for lack of funds.

“Grand Opening” of the Hal Carlstad Social & Environmental Justice Center
Sunday, June 3 - 12:30 to 2:30 pm in the Fireside Room—1606 Bonita Ave.
Join us for the Grand Opening of the Hal Carlstad Social Justice Center! There will be food, speeches & entertainment! BFUU members & the public are welcome, especially groups who partner with the Social Justice Committee.
The Social Justice Center officially opens, June 1 at 11 am. Regular hours are: Mon- Friday, 11 am – 5 pm. A new book & DVD lending library will be established. Please Stop By!

Berkeley Fellowship Monthly Open Mic featuring Eliot Kenin
Friday, June 8 - 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.alt
Eliot Kenin has been an activist, agitator, and singer/songwriter since high school. Labor, peace, equality, and tenants rights are some of the issues he's worked on. During the '60s he toured around the country singing and playing coffee houses, colleges, and concert halls, including Carnegie Hall. His Boston based band, The Great Metropolitan Steam Band, recorded for Decca. His best known song, "You Ain't Done Nothin' If You Ain't Been Called a Red", has gone into folk music history. Most of his songs are ragtime, his favorite style of music. Eliot leads the Spirit of '29 Dixieland Jazz Band and the Reinhardt Swing Band.Check out Eliot's website, or listen to him perform “Molly” at the West Coast Songwriters Competition 2-13-12
This month's host is Clyde Leland. Open Mic happens the 2nd Friday of every month.

Young Adult Movie Night and Potluck
Friday, June 15 - 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
BFUU’s Young Adult group is having a movie night and potluck. If you’re between the ages of 18 and 35 (generally) come join us for night of Film, Fun and Fellowship. We’ll be sure to watch something entertaining and thought-provoking.

Conscientious Projector’s “Films for the 99%” Call of Life--Facing the Mass Extinction
Thursday, June 28 at 7:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall--1924 Cedar St.
Today scientists believe that we are entering the 6th Mass Extinction. But unlike the previous five, this one will not take centuries to unfold. In fact, it will take place in our lifetimes. As scientists begin to realize the severity of the crisis and new worldwide assessments are made, the news is difficult to believe. At least half of all plant and animal species are likely to disapear in the wild within the next 30 – 40 years, including many of the most familiar and beloved large mammals: elephants, polar bears, chimpanzees, gorillas and the great apes, all the big cats, and many, many others. Call of Life examines the collective and individual responses that will be needed to mitigate the impacts of the mass extinction and makes clear the critical choices we have before us. Unique among all human generations, those of us alive today have been given a great opportunity: one last chance to preserve the vitality and magnificence of the living planet that brought us into being, and is our only home. http://www.calloflife.org


MAY 2012

Conscientious Projector's Film Series for the 99%”: The End of Poverty?
Tuesday, May 8 - 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
A daring, timely and thought-provoking documentary by award-winning filmmaker, Philippe Diaz, revealing that poverty is not an accident. It begins with military conquest, slavery, and colonization that results in the seizure of land and natural resources as well as in forced labor. Today, global poverty has reached new levels because of unfairly imposed debt, and unfair trade and tax policies. Wealthy countries exploit the developing countries. The End of Poverty asks why today 20% of the world's population uses 80% of its resources and consumes 30% more than the planet can regenerate? Can we really end poverty under our current economic system? www.TheEndofPoverty.com
Suggested Donation is $5 - 10. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Berkeley Fellowship Monthly Open Mic featuring Elsinar
Friday, May 11 - 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Our featured artist this month is Elsinar, a trio dedicated to music of the heart and spirit. In their original music they deal with themes representing the gamut of the human condition, from the deeply human to the longings of the spirit. Composed of Lisa Maren Stein (piano, guitar, vocals), Rosalie Babineaux (bass, vocals), and BFUU musician Lauren Renee Hotchkiss (guitar, piano, vocal), Elsinar deftly interweaves melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic instrumental themes with well-blended vocal harmonies.

Performer sign-up begins at 6:30 for the 20 available 10 minute spots. This month's host is Boundless Gratitude.
Open Mic happens the 2nd Friday of every month. For more info, go to www.bfuu.org/events/open-mic.
Suggested Donation is $5 - 10. No one turned away for lack of funds.


Conscientious Projector Film: Interview with Hermann Scheer (1944-2010)
Tuesday, May 15 - 7:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
This fascinating and hopeful documentary tells “the Scheer truth” about our two most marginal energy sources-fossil fuel and nuclear. German Lawmaker Hermann Scheer gave this profound interview just before he died at age 66. He was a courageous advocate for solar and renewable energies who with just a few colleagues in the Parliament enabled the "Priority of Renewable Energy" Act which made Germany the leader in solar energy.
Suggested Donation is $5 - 10. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Community Acupressure Clinic
Wednesday, May 16, 6-9 pm in the Connie Barbour Room—1606 Bonita Ave.
Come experience the ancient and profound healing art of acupressure in a quiet community setting. We practice Tui Na, an active style of Chinese Qi Gong meridian massage; Ren Shen, a quiet style of acupressure flows; and Reiki. There may also be Thai massage, Shiatsu, Ashiatsu (barefoot form), Reflexology and Craniosacral practitioners depending on the day.
Please e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve a space. Drop-ins will be taken if practitioners are available.
Sliding scale: $20-$40 for 1/2 hour session and $40-$70 for an hour session. communityacupressure.org


Conscientious Projector Film: "Voices of a Tsunami"
Tuesday, May 22 - 7:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St (6:30 Potluck)

In 2010 a major earthquake in Chile caused a tragic tsunami on the Robinson Crusoe Island, 350 miles out in the ocean. There will discussion afterwards led by Filmamker Oscar Abeliuk. www.abeliukproductions.com
Suggested Donation is $5 - 10. No one turned away for lack of funds.

"Revolution, A Love Story" - Book Release Celebration with Cindy Sheehan
Thursday, May 24 - 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St. (Potluck at 6:30 pm)
Cindy Sheehan will return to the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalistswhere "it" all began for her on 4 July 2004when she first began to speak out against the war and regime that killed her son just three months before.
Cindy will celebrate the publication of her 5th book, Revolution, A Love Storywith BFUU and other activists and community members. All are welcome and encouraged to attend to hear Cindy speak about the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela and how true, positive change for the people (99%) is possible here in "The Empire."
http://cindysheehanssoapbox.blogspot.com


“Writing What You Want to Say" - Writing Workshop with WordSwell
Sunday, May 27 - 12:30 to 2:30 pm in the Fireside Room — 1606 Bonita Ave.
Have you written before? Or always wanted to write more? This group will support and encourage you to write. Instructor, Clive Matson is a local poet and teacher whose work has inspired a lot of creative words to flow in Berkeley and beyond. www.matsonpoet.com
Suggested donation per class: BFUU pledging members $5, Non-members $10. Half of the money goes to BFUU and half to WordSwell, a nonprofit for writing. Workshops are held the 4th Sunday of each month.

Conscientious Projector Film: "Bob Roberts"
Tuesday, May 29 - 7:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St. alt
This satirical 1992 mockumentary, chronicles the rise of a conservative politician who is a candidate for an upcoming US Senate election. Bob Roberts (Tim Robbins) is well financed, due mainly to past business dealings, and is well known for his music, which presents conservative ideas with gusto. As a conservative folk singer,  he performs songs about drug users, lazy people and the triumph of traditional family values over the rebelliousness of the 1960s. He is running against the incumbent Democrat, Brickley Paiste (Gore Vidal) who is made vulnerable when he is accused of a sex scandal.
Suggested Donation is $5 - 10. No one turned away for lack of funds.


APRIL 2012

Bruce Gagnon: “The Deadly Connection: Endless War and Economic Crisis”
Tuesday, April 10 - 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Weapons in Space? War on Terror? Corporate profiteering from the global militarization of civil societies? These are some of the tough subjects that Bruce Gagnon will tackle. You are invited to hear Bruce explain the military science, as well as the moral dilemmas, involved in the United States' stated goal of “full spectrum dominance” of Planet Earth's land, sea, air, and space.
Suggested Donation is $5 - 10. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Conscientious Projector Film: Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?
Thursday, April 12 - 7 pm in the Benjy Room—1606 Bonita Ave. (Potluck at 6 pm)
A profound Documentary on the global bee crisis by director Taggart Siegel. Taking us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, this engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world.
Suggested Donation is $5 - 10. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Berkeley Fellowship Open Mic featuring Francis Collins
Friday, April 13 - 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Francis’ selection of songs tells a lot about his concerns, such as Phil Ochs' “Cops of the World” and Buffy Saint Marie's “Universal Soldier”. His vocals are strong and his songs convey deep conviction. Francis says, “I came to San Francisco during the 'Summer of Love', and I sing in coffee shops and at political rallies. I'm particularly influenced by the Folk Era and the Civil Rights Movement.”
This month's host is Vic Sadot. Open Mic happens the 2nd Friday of every month.

99% Spring Action Training
Saturday, April 14 - 10am - 5pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
We're at a crossroads as a country. In recent years, millions have lost their jobs, homes have been foreclosed, and an unconscionable number of children live in poverty. We have to stand up to the people who caused of all this and confront the rampant greed and deliberate manipulation of our democracy and our economy by a tiny minority in the 1%.
Inspired by Occupy Wall Street and the fight for workers in Madison, Wisconsin, the 99% will rise up this spring. In the span of just one week, from April 9-15, 100,000 people will be trained to tell the story of what happened to our economy, learn the history of non-violent direct action, and use that knowledge to take action on our own campaigns to win change.

BFUU Stewardship Sunday Lunch and Celebration
Sunday, April 15 - 12:15 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Celebrate in the Fellowship Hall with a lunch catered by Chef Richie Dawkins, music and entertainment by members and friends.
Make your financial & volunteer pledges during the service: “Give Until It Feels Good."

Community Acupressure Clinic
Wednesday, April 18, 6-9 pm in the Connie Barbour Room—1606 Bonita Ave.
Come experience the ancient and profound healing art of acupressure in a quiet community setting. We practice Tui Na, an active style of Chinese Qi Gong meridian massage; Ren Shen, a quiet style of acupressure flows; and Reiki. There may also be Thai massage, Shiatsu, Ashiatsu (barefoot form), Reflexology and Craniosacral practitioners depending on the day.
Please e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve a space. Drop-ins will be taken if practitioners are available.
Sliding scale: $20-$40 for 1/2 hour session and $40-$70 for an hour session. communityacupressure.org


Conscientious Projector Film: The End of the Line
Wednesday, April 18 - 7 pm in the Benjy Room—1606 Bonita Ave.
The End of the Line documents the impact of overfishing on our oceans. Scientists predict that if we continue fishing as we are now, we will see the end of most seafood by 2048. The film examines the imminent extinction of Bluefin Tuna, brought on by increasing western demand for sushi; the huge overpopulation of jellyfish; the profound implications of a future world with no fish that would bring certain mass starvation; and much more. Filmed across the world and featuring top scientists, indigenous fishermen and fisheries enforcement officials, The End of the Line is a wake-up call to the world.
Suggested Donation is $5 - 10. No one turned away for lack of funds.
“Trayvon Martin and the Structures of Racialization” with Steve Martinot
Thursday, April 19 - 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Oscar Grant, Troy Davis, and Trayvon Martin. Black men killed by white men with guns – a BART cop, a death row guard, and a Crimewatch vigilante. Each killing was given a certain approbation and legitimacy by the white power structure – the California judicial machine, the Georgia court system, and the Sanford, FL police.
The details of how this occurred in each case take on new meanings as soon as we recognize a common thread, and a common structure to each of these killings. Underneath the obvious expressions of white supremacy in each, there is a more profound structure. Beyond seeing these incidents as separate events, and beyond simply connecting them as dots, they can be understood as the surfacing of a cultural structure, the structure of racialization and the mind that obeys that structure, which has a coherence and cohesion that stretches back in US history.
Suggested Donation is $5 - 10. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Helena Norberg-Hodge
Friday, April 20 - 6 pm Reception - 7 pm -Program in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
The Founder and Director of ISEC the International Society for Ecoolgy  and Culture, author, filmmaker, pioneer of the new economy. Screening parts of her critically acclaimed films"The Economics of Happinesss" and "Ancient Futures."  Helana is an international pioneer of the localization movement.  She speaks 7 languages and is a true world citizen, one of those luminaries who gives us hope that humanity will figure out how to solve our problems and thrive.  Don't miss this great opportunity to meet Helena who so clearly gets at the roots of our current social and environmental  crisis.
Suggested Donation $10. No one turned away for lack of funds. Donations benefit International Society for Ecology and Culture & the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists

Welcome Nuclear Resistor & Plowshares Activist Susan Crane
Thursday, April 26 - 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St. (6:30 pm Potluck)
Susan will be just released from the Federal Corrections Institution in Dublin. She has spent over six years in prisons for resisting weapons of mass destruction. She has written our Social Justice Committee: "No life is worth more than another whether in prison or under U.S. military attack." and "I'm where I should be-sometimes all we can do is listen to those around us and tell the truth.” She will be sharing truth and how she holds both joy and grief in her heart at the same time.

Reel Work 2012: Brothers on the Line
May Day Labor Film Festival - 10th Anniversary Season
Friday, April 27 - 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
The lives and legacy of the three Reuther brothers - Walter, Roy and Victor - militant auto workers turned union and civil rights champions. They organized successful sit-down strikes - factory occupations - in the 1930s. They helped transform the labor movement into a formidable force for equality and pioneered tactics adopted by today’s Occupy movement. Narrated by Martin Sheen.Director Sasha Reuther will speak. http://reelwork.org


MARCH 2012

Young Adult Movie Night and Potluck
Friday, March 2 - 6:30 pm in the Connie Barbour Room — 1606 Bonita Ave.
BFUU’s Young Adult group is having a movie night and potluck. If you’re between the ages of 18 and 35 (roughly) come join us for night of Film, Fun and Fellowship.
We will be watching "The Trotsky," a 2010 Canadian comedy about a young man who believes he is the reincarnation of the soviet revolutionary Leon Trotsky.  It should provide plenty of fodder for theological, philosophical, and political discussion.
The Potluck starts at 6:30 pm. Film will start at 7:30.

Surge Film Festival: "Project Happiness"
Thursday, March 8 - 7:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall — 1924 Cedar St.
Happiness is a universal quest. But what does it really mean? In this award-winning documentary, youth from three continents interview George Lucas, Richard Gere and neuroscientist Richard Davidson on the nature of lasting happiness. Then they travel to India for an unforgettable private audience with the Dalai Lama. Through their eyes, gain a new perspective on how to expand your happiness and live a meaningful life. Greater happiness is possible now.
This event features Randy Taran, who will lead a workshop on the Happiness Project. Schedule is as follows: Workshop, Film, Q&A, Award Presentation, Script-reading exhibition.http://www.projecthappiness.org/film/
Surge Film Festival



FEBRUARY 2012

Stone Soup Improv - local. organic. funny.

Saturday, February 4, 8  to 10 pm in the Fellowship Hall — 1924 Cedar St.
Live Improv in Berkeley! Improv is live theater at its best and most unpredictable! Each show is different, created on-the-spot using suggestions from YOU, the audience! Stone Soup Improv cast members have performed with many local improvisational groups, including East Bay Improv, BATS (Bay Area Theater Sports), and Pan Theater as well as some less local groups including Comedy Sportz, Liquid Fun, SpinProv, PANTS, The Laughing Stocks and Seven Foot Baby.
Admission at the door is cash only - $10 ($7 Students/Seniors), or purchase tickets online.
Berkeley Fellowship Open Mic featuring Randy Berge
Friday, February 10, 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall — 1924 Cedar St.
Berkeley guitarist Randy Berge has been writing & playing since the 70s. His experiences began with R&B and jazz influenced rock and jam-bands in the 70s & 80s. He first took up acoustic music in the early 80s in the heyday of La Val's Subterranean. A break in performing in the 90s resulted in hosting a weekly jazz radio program in Madison, WI. He's been performing regularly with Hali Hammer since 1999. Tonight he'll be featuring mostly original material including recent new songs & instrumentals.
This month's host is Hali Hammer. Berkeley Open Mic happens the 2nd Friday of every month

JUSTICE DENIED: The Death Penalty and the Framing of Kevin Cooper
Saturday, February 11, 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall — 1924 Cedar St.
Guest speaker, J. Patrick O'Connor, is the author of the new book, SCAPEGOAT: The Chino Hills Murders and the Framing of Kevin Cooper. Cooper was convicted of the brutal murders of a Chino Hills, California family and a young houseguest in 1985 and has been on death row at San Quentin since then. SCAPEGOAT shows how the sheriff's office and the district attorney's office of San Bernardino County framed Cooper for these horrific murders and how the justice system has failed him at almost every turn in his long, drawn-out appeal process. If it were not for a court-ordered moratorium on executions in California over the lethal injection controversy, Cooper – with no appeals remaining – would have been executed by now. It is expected the moratorium will be lifted in early 2012.
SCAPEGOAT provides a rare direct examination of the broken justice system in the United States where homicide detectives and district attorneys all too often become blinded by their goal of winning convictions rather than searching for justice for both the victims and the accused.
O'Connor is also the author of The Framing of Mumia Abu-Jamal. This will be part of a 12-stop-tour to focus on the death penalty. Co-sponsored by The Mobilization to Free Mumia & United National Anti-War Coalition.


Move to Amend:Creating Democracy & Challenging Corporate Rule
Sunday, February 12, 7-9 pm in the Fellowship Hall — 1924 Cedar St.
The recent U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC opened the floodgates to unlimited corporate spending on elections.David Cobb, an attorney and organizer for the Move to Amend coalition, is touring California to help local residents understand the history behind the recent decision and how they can work to abolish "Corporate Personhood" and establish a government of, by, and for the people by joining the Move to Amend campaign.
David is fiery speaker, and his talk is part history lesson and part heart-felt call-to-action!
Move to Amend is a coalition of over 155,000 people and organizations whose goal is to amend the United States Constitution to end corporate rule and legalize democracy.

Soulful Sundown
Friday, February 17, 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall — 1924 Cedar St.
BFUU’s Young Adult group is partnering with young adults from around the Bay Area to present a night of inspiration, connection, movement, song, and celebration. Come to sing, move, share, and be together in the presence in the numinous, celebrating the gift of life and of community. Sometimes called contemporary worship, this evening in the UU "circle worship" tradition is geared towards all who identify as young adults.

The Foreclosure Crisis: A KPFA-FLASHPOINTS Workshop & Teach-in on Establishing Foreclosure Prevention Zones
Monday, February 20,7 to 9 pm in the Fellowship Hall — 1924 Cedar St.

Speaker CJ Holmes, is real estate expert who has personally handled hundreds of transactions, viewed thousands of properties, and dealt with countless clients and agents. CJ is dedicated to uniting property owners to stop foreclosures. Eight million homes are already foreclosed. Another six million are in the pipeline. One in five U.S. foreclosures is in California. Nation-wide, local governments have lost more than $17 billion in tax revenues due to the housing crisis. An estimated 29% of all homes with mortgages are underwater.
 “We need to come together as communities to demand principal and interest rate reductions for every mortgage that is underwater... We must move very quickly and make a huge ruckus,” says speaker CJ Holmes. “If we allow Hedge Funds to get their hands on our homes at these current depressed prices, the billions the 1% already took from us 99% will be peanuts in comparison. www.stopthebanks.com
Suggested Donation is $10. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Conscientious Projector's "Films for the 99%": Journey of Man
Tuesday, February 21,7 pm in the Fellowship Hall — 1924 Cedar St. (6 pm Potluck)

How did the human race populate the world? A group of geneticists have worked on the question for a decade, arriving at a startling conclusion: the "global family tree" can be traced to one African man who lived 60,000 years ago. Dr. Spencer Wells hosts this innovative documentary, featuring commentary by expert scientists, historians, archaeologists, and anthropologists.
Suggested Donation is $5 - 10. No one turned away for lack of funds.

JANUARY 2012

Guantanamo, Torture, Accountability & Indefinite Detention: We Are All At Risk

Friday, January 6 - 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall — 1924 Cedar St. 
 We will screen the film "Ending U.S. Sponsored Torture Forever," followed by a discussion led by members of Bay Area Religious Campaign Against Torture about what actions we can take. Candidate Obama promised to close Guantanamo after worldwide outrage at revelations of tortures and deaths of prisoners never charged with a crime. President Obama has not closed the infamous prison and congress just passed a law to codify “indefinite detention” without due process. What shall we do to overcome war profiteering and the loss of rights in a sea of vast and deep corruption? 
Co-sponsored by Code Pink, Golden Gate Chapter. Suggested Donation is $5 - 10. No one turned away for lack of funds

Berkeley Fellowship Open Mic featuring Sarah Seeds
Friday, January 13 - 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall — 1924 Cedar St. 
Sarah Seeds  will present a variety of spoken word, including political satire, some comical, some not. Sarah is a Trainer/Practitioner of Non-Violent Direct Action Citizenship Skills. She calls it “Helping Mensches in the Trenches Since 1986”!
Musician/Performer sign-up begins at 6:30. This month's host is Cynthia Johnson.
Berkeley Open Mic happens the 2nd Friday of every month. For more info, go to bfuu.org/events/open-mic.

Suggested Donation is $5 - 10. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Dalit Baum on Boycotts, Divestments & Sanctions on Israel
Saturday, January 14 - 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall — 1924 Cedar St.
Israeli peace and justice activist, Dalit Baum will talk about BDS (boycott, divestment & sanctions on Israel and the corporations who profit from the decades long occupation of Palestine). She will be fresh back from a December trip to Israel and occupied Palestine.
Dalit Baum, Ph.D. is a co-founder of Who Profits from the Occupation, an activist research initiative of the Coalition of Women for Peace in Israel. During the last four years, "Who Profits" has become a vital resource for dozens of campaigns around the world, providing information about corporate complicity in the occupation of Palestine.
Suggested Donation is $5 - 10. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Occupy Sing Along
Saturday, January 21 - 6 to 9 pm in the Connie Barbour Room — 1606 Bonita Ave.
We're gonna sing out, share a potluck dinner, and raise some funds to send our friend, Charlie McGarry to OccupyWashingtonDC with a batch of “Occupy Solidarity Songs from Berkeley!” Charlie was a stalwart & gentle soul at OccupyBerkeley. Bring a CD or your lyrics to the event to sing and to send to DC with Charlie!
Sponsored by the SJC. Suggested Donation is $5 - 10. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Conscientious Projector Film: Hypothesis
Thursday, January 26 - 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall — 1924 Cedar St. (6 pm Potluck)
A documentary by Brett Smith about professor Steven E. Jones and his controlled demolition hypothesis regarding the collapse of the World Trade Center towers on 9/11. The film examines the public controversy of his application of the scientific method to investigate the disintegration of three buildings of the WTC in about 10 seconds. For probing into the physics and forensic facts of 9/11 came a new story which included threats, bribery and academic suppression. What started as a mere “Hypothesis” became so much more...
Ken Jenkins of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, who is also widely respected as a documentary film maker, will speak and lead the discussion after the film.Co-Sponsored by the Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance.
Suggested Donation is $5 - 10. No one turned away for lack of funds.

The Theology of Spaceballs: Young Adult Movie Night and Potluck
Friday, January 27, 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall — 1924 Cedar St.
BFUU’s Young Adult group is hosting a movie night, discussion, and potluck. If you identify as a young adult come join us for night of Film, Fun and Fellowship. We'll be watching and discussing the Mel Brooks film, Spaceballs.
Questions, email Caitlin Cotter at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Truth & Unity Forum for KPFA Pacifica Radio
Monday, January 30, 7 to 10 pm in the Fellowship Hall — 1924 Cedar St.
BFUU's Social Justice Committee is sponsoring an open discussion about the situation at KPFA 9.41 FM. Everyone is welcome to participate in a civil public forum on what is happening at KPFA, and will have the opportunity to speak for 5 minutes on a videotaped public record. People in the USA have finally begun to address the problem of "systemic economic injustice," and they need our "undivided" support. We are inviting people to make a statement for the public record so that we can know what is going on at KPFA.

For older events, please visit our event archives for 2010-2011, and 2007-2009