February 2016

BFUU Discernment Weekend!
Friday, February 5 - Sunday February 7 in various rooms–1924 Cedar St. and 1606 Bonita Ave.
Jared Finkelstein and Gregory Rouillard of Living Seven Principles (www.livingsevenprinciples.com) will lead our Discernment workshops, where we will clarify what we want BFUU to be and do—for our congregation and in the world. We encourage all members and friends who consider themselves part of this community to carve out the time to attend as much of the weekend as possible. If you consider yourself a BFUU leader, please make sure to attend the Friday night leaders' workshops/mixer.
Friday 6pm-9pm: Dinner and Mixer; Leadership Pre-Workshop
Saturday 10am-6pm: Daylong workshops with lunch, snack, stretching & singing breaks
Sunday 10:30am-3:30pm: Sunday service with Gregory and Jared. Lunch and workshop afterward.
Childcare and lunch will be included for everyone who RSVPs. There is no cost to attend, but we will be taking donations to offset our expenses.
Please RSVP by January 30th if you plan on attending the first weekend, so that we can coordinate food and childcare. Please include dietary restrictions and allergies for yourself and any children you plan on bringing in your RSVP. To RSVP or for information, please contact Nanci or Frankie:
Nanci Armstrong-Temple, Discernment Task Force Chair / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 510-301-5073
Frankie Hill / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Transition Berkeley Presents: “Share the Love!”
A Celebration of Community Leaders & Transition Berkeley’s 5th Anniversary Party!
Thursday, February 4 at 6:30 pm in Fellowship Hall–1924 Cedar St.

*Potluck, BHS Jazz & “Share Croppers” Music & More!
Help us celebrate our Community Partners and fifth year anniversary!
Delicious Potluck Supper—6:30-7:30 pm with joyful old time music from the “Share Croppers”.
Also featuring Berkeley High Jazz trio – award-winning musicians!
Recognize our fabulous Community Leaders and spotlight the great work they have been doing!
Learn about the Transition Streets project and how YOU can create a more healthy, sustainable and connected community in your own neighborhood!
This event is co-sponsored by Transition Berkeley and the BFUU Social Justice Committee.
Cost: Suggested Donation $5-20. No one turned away for lack of funds!
Bring: Something delicious for the* potluck! Local and plastic-free if possible!
For info: www.transitionberkeley.com , email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

*If you bring a dish, please also bring a printed list of all ingredients so those with allergies, interactions and dietary restrictions can enjoy the dishes they can and avoid those they can't.

January 2016

Acoustic Music Berkeley presents Josh Gallup and Friends - My Wolf & I
A Concert Benefiting M.J.F.F. (the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research)
Saturday January 30 at 8 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Josh Gallup was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) in 1987 at the age of 44. The songs in this concert are about his experience with PD including the difficult issues as well as the inspiration that has come from this time in his life. With the assistance of good friends and excellent musicians he's able to put together a concert to benefit the foundation that provides hope and inspiration for many.
Tickets $15 advance available at www.acousticmusicberkeley.com

 

The 2016 Tom Paine Courageous Spirit Celebration
Friday, January 29 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Annual Fellowship gathering for the reading of quotations from Common Sense, The Crisis Papers, The Rights of Man, The Age of Reason, and Paine’s many letters of correspondence. It is always inspiring! Every year we put Tom Paine quotations in a hat or a basket. Audience members pick them at random and then take turns reading them over the microphone. We have relevant music, and we discuss how Paine’s writings ring true today.

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

Apology to a Whale: Words to Mend a World

Newly Published Work by Cecile Pineda
Sunday January 24 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Cecile Pineda will talk about how she came to write Apology to a Whale: Words to Mend a World, and how her message relates to all those speaking English and other European languages in terms of our cultural and technological impacts on the planet.
Cecile Pineda is the author of six works of fiction, and two of non-fiction. J.M. Coetzee, winner of the Nobel for Literature describes her as “a writer of the highest artistic integrity.” http://cecilepineda.com/ 

Acoustic Music Berkeley presents Tim White & Jack Gates
“IMPROMPTU” Album Release Concert
Friday, January 22 at 8 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Tim White began study of the sitar with Ali Akbar Khan in 1975 and was an instructor at the Ali Akbar College of Music for many years. As a solo sitarist, White has performed in India, Europe, Canada and the U.S., and has composed for and accompanied classical dancers of India, including Chitresh Das, Mytili Kumar, Vijay Shankar, Anuradha Nag, Anjani Ambegaokar, and Sandhya Desai.
The musical career of guitarist Jack Gates includes live performance, recording, composition and music production in Northern California. From early studies with masters of Jazz, Classical, Latin and North Indian music, Jack has developed a broad range of guitar styles.
Tickets $15 advance / $20 day of show available at www.acousticmusicberkeley.com
 

CSAI Accountability Forum 2
Tuesday, January 19 at 6 PM potluck*, 7 PM Forum in Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
At the BFUU event on October 30, 2015, Escalating Inequality Forum: Police Responsibility and Accountability, a motion was made and seconded, then passed by majority acclaim by approximately 50 attendees, calling for the Berkeley City Council to address nine specific points. There were no objections to four amendments that were proposed, moved, and seconded.
Many thanks to our distinguished panel: Ms. Richie Smith, Ms. Andrea Pritchard, Ms. Amanda Weatherspoon and Mr. Jessie Arreguin for their significant contribution in this endeavor.
Great big kudos and hugs to our very own Phoebe Sorgen for putting the above motion together and helping get it to the Berkeley City Council for their December 15th meeting.
The next forum will address WHO enters the Police Academy, in the first place; and adding teeth to the Police Review Commission. Addressing these issues should help wrap up Police Accountability concerns.

Suggested Donation $5-20. No one turned away for lack of funds!
*If you bring a dish, please also bring a printed list of all ingredients so those with allergies, interactions and dietary restrictions can enjoy the dishes they can and avoid those they can't.

Conscientious Projector Film Series: "Pray the Devil Back to Hell"

Thursday, January 14 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall–1924 Cedar St.
A film by Abigail E. Disney and Gini Reticker
The untold story of the everyday women who brought a warring nation to its senses, armed only with the courage of their convictions is an uplifting and inspiring as well as enraging story of a group of Muslim and Christian women, rich and poor, urban and rural, who bring peace to their beloved but war-torn Liberia. This unsung ac hievement is gripping suspenseful and ultimately incredibly satisfying. Touching and even funny this film will stay with you for years. In the words of Archbishop Tuttu it "captures the power each of us innately has within our souls to make the world a far better, safer, more peaceful place." A wonderful way for our Congregation to being the New Year.
Suggested Donation $5 - $20. No one turned away for lack of funds.

2016 New Beginnings: Activating for The Best Year Ever!
Sunday, January 10 at 4:30 PM - 9 PM (potluck* 6-7 PM) in Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

Shut Gitmo; Prosecute Torture Now!

Guantanamo 14th Year Anniversary Program will feature speakers and legal, justice, human rights and peace group efforts to shut Guantanamo Prison and push for prosecution of torture policy makers, including Berkeley's own John Yoo and 9th Circuit Judge Jay Bybee.

January 2016 marks the end of 14 years of Guantanamo Bay prison. It also signals the start of President Obama's last year to close the prison. After that its fate will be up to his successor—and the American people. The remaining prisoners at Guantanamo must either be freed or charged with crimes and tried. Hunger strikes and forced feeding continue at the prison. Prisoner releases are at a trickle, but we can celebrate the recent release of Shaker Aamer, the last British prisoner.

A recent 2nd Circuit Court ruling allows the prosecutions of government officials for torture to go forward. The ruling will likely be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, but meanwhile we have new impetus to call for the prosecution of lawyers John Yoo and Jay Bybee, as well as Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, David Addington, Condoleeza Rice, George W. Bush, George Tenet, and the rest of the U.S. torture policy makers.

Sponsors: Codepink Women for Peace, BFUU SJC, Veterans for Peace, No More Guantanamos, Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute, Center for Constitutional Rights, ACLU, National Religious Campaign Against Torture, others being added.

Contact: Cynthia This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 510-365-1500

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

*Vegetarian or Vegan preferred. If you bring a dish, please also bring a printed list of all ingredients so those with allergies, interactions and dietary restrictions can enjoy the dishes they can and avoid those they can't. 

BFUU Open Mic featuring Lawson Barnes

Friday, January 8 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Join us for BFUU’s monthly Open Mic night! First come, first choice of 10-minute slots, available all evening or until the slots fill up. Featured Artist performs around 8:30 PM. 

Lawson Barnes is the music minister at Grace North Church in Berkeley. For the past 30-some-odd years he has been serving as music director at a string of small to very small churches which include, in chronological order, Southern Baptist, American Baptist, Episcopal and Congregationalist. Lawson is a singer/songwriter/guitar player who dabbles with the banjo, mandolin and ukulele and is intrigued by the Autoharp. He is an INTP, a self-avowed theology geek and an aspiring iconoclast.

Lauren Renée Hotchkiss is a singer/songwriter/composer/ arranger, multi-instrumentalist, writer, and playwright. She currently plays in the band at Grace North Church, and as a Masters of Divinity student at the Pacific School of Religion is active as a singer and musician in the Tuesday Chapel, leads the Taize service, co-leads the Praise and Worship service, and plays for other special events. She also plays at Taize services at Newman Hall and the Metropolitan Community Church in San Francisco.

Suggested donation $5 – $20. No one turned away for lack of funds! Volunteers appreciated!

Transition Berkeley Presents "Climate Action Now"
Thursday, January 7 at 6:30 refreshments/7 - 9 PM program in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

What really happened at the Paris Climate Talks and what does it mean now that they are over? Hear first hand from Kathy Dervin, 350 Bay Area, Andy Katz, Sierra Club, Tom & Jane Kelly, representing CCA (community choice energy)

Why does local action matter? Learn about the City of Berkeley's progress in reaching its climate action goals and how YOU can take action now through the Transition Streets program and the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition.

Bring your questions and ideas on how we’re going to transition to a lower carbon, more equitable and connected future. Please feel free to bring a snack to share around 6:30 pm (ditching plastics if you can).

This event is co-sponsored by Transition Berkeley, the BFUU's Social Justice Committee, the Ecology Center and the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition.

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

For info: www.transitionberkeley.com

December 2015

Phil Ochs’ 75th Birthday Celebration

Saturday, December 19 at 7PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Artists who answered the Call to Sing Out for Phil Ochs will be featured in 10 minute segments starting at 7 pm.   

Celebrations of Phil Ochs 75th Birthday are scheduled to take place in various parts of the nation and the globe in December. Welcome to the Berkeley Celebration of American Topical Singer-Songwriter Philip David Ochs. The following artists have already agreed to do some songs for us! Hali Hammer, Vic Sadot, Carl Pascal, Eleanor Walden, Pierre Danger Fuque, Richard Ochs, Clyde Leland, Dave Welsh, Clyde Leland, Marcie Boyd, Carol Denney, and we expect several more before we close the “artist call”.

Phil Ochs was a “Boy in Ohio” who grew up to become part of the great 1960’s American Folk Revival that started in Greenwich Village, New York City. Phil was a soulful and passionate part of the ever-expanding Anti-Vietnam War movement even when it might be the best “career move”. That era produced a wave of songwriters who got their first recognition in the pages of “Broadside: The National Topical Song Magazine” run by Sis Cunningham and Gordon Friesen. With that legacy in mind, we will gather together to sing out a hearty 75th Birthday salute to the man that Neil Young at FarmAid 2014 called “America’s greatest poet of the last century.” 

Suggested donation $5-$10 will benefit the BFUU Social Justice Committee work. No one turned away for lack of funds.

 

¡Cuba Si, Bloqueo No!
Thursday, December 17, potluck 6 PM, program 7PM in Fellowship Hall
– 1924 Cedar St.

The Social Justice Committee will join with the San Francisco Bay Area progressive community to commemorate the first anniversary of the historic return of the Cuban 5 and the announcement from both Presidents Raul Castro and Barack Obama of a new stage of relations between the countries.
Potluck at 6:00, please bring a dish to share.*
Program includes:

  • Gayle McLaughlin, Richmond Council Member
  • Teri Matsson, Task Force of the Americas
  • Poetry by Nina Serrano
  • Live music

Suggested Donation $5 - $20. No one turned away for lack of funds.
*If you bring a dish, please also bring a printed list of all ingredients so those with allergies, interactions and dietary restrictions can enjoy the dishes they can and avoid those they can't. 

Healing through Compassion
Teachings, Meditation, Chod and Art
with Lama Lhanang Rinpoche
Friday, December 11 / 7:30pm – 9:30pm (FREE Introduction and meditation)

BFUU Open Mic Featuring Yvette O'Tannenbaum
Friday, December 11 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

Note to Musicians/Poets/Performers: Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm
for twenty 10 minute spots! Show 7 pm. Featured Artist around 8:30 pm.

Featured Artist: Yvette O’Tannenbaum
Yvette O’Tannenbaum is a multi-instrumentalist singer songwriter who enjoys fusing genres ... from traditional celtic and world music to swing jazz with show tunes, hard (acoustic) rock, older folk music ... many of the songs advocate environmental and social justice....love songs (original and standards) also seed her sets with a contemplative and charming soulfulness.
http://www.facebook.com/yvette.otannenbaum

Host: David “Redd” Welsh
Dave Welsh is Berkeley activist stalwart who happens to be a might talented musician and songwriter as well. Dave is well-known as a Labor movement singer and Haiti Action Network activist. He’s a singer, keyboard player, composer. Two CDs available: Class War & Stand with the People. CDs $10 at gigs. To order by mail, send $15 for each CD (including postage) to: Redd Welsh, PO Box 1102, Berkeley CA 94701. website: www.reddwelsh.com email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Suggested donation $5 – $10
go to support the work of the BFUU Social Justice Committee
No one ever turned away for lack of funds! Volunteers appreciated! 

Conscientious Projector Film Series: Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune
Thursday, December 10 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

The Social Justice Committee of the BFUU is sponsoring two Phil Ochs events in December in honor of Phil’s 75th Birthday (12-19-40 to 4-19-76). On Thursday, December 10 at 7 pm we will screen the 2015 Vic Sadot video made from the 1973 reel-to-real audio "Phil Ochs May 1973 Interview by Vic Sadot & Rich Lang" (30:10). The main feature will follow: “Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune”, a film by Kenneth Bowser released on First Run Features. (97 minutes, documentary, color, English, 2010) www.philochsthemovie.com
Synopsis: As our country continues to embroil itself in foreign wars, PHIL OCHS: THERE BUT FOR FORTUNE is a timely and relevant tribute to an unlikely American hero. Over the course of a meteoric music career that spanned two turbulent decades, Phil Ochs sought the bright lights of fame and social justice in equal measure - a contradiction that eventually tore him apart. From youthful idealism to rage to pessimism, the arc of Ochs' life paralleled that of the times, and the anger, satire and righteous indignation that drove his music also drove him to dark despair. In this brilliantly constructed film, interview and performance footage of Ochs is illuminated by the ruminations of Joan Baez, Tom Hayden, Pete Seeger, Sean Penn, Peter Yarrow, Christopher Hitchens and others. Trailer: Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune (Documentary) trailer HD http://youtu.be/zbS4ruKw2OQ
Suggested Donation $5-10 to BFUU Social Justice Committee Work
No one turned away for lack of funds!

Tibetan Festival of Light
Friday December 4 at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St. 

Vental Rinpoché, who teaches reading and writing to Tibetan children on Sunday afternoons at BFUU, offers this gift in gratitude for the community's help with the Tibetan Resettlement Project. Everyone is invited to come for homemade soup and cookies with butter tea or sweet tea. Chanting & meditation are optional. Rinpoche-la pays for all the food and cooks it himself, over a three-day period, as his gift to the community. Please come and accept the Tibetans' generosity. 

Screening the Green Film Series: "Racing to Zero"
Thursday, December 3 at 6:30 doors/7:00 PM film in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

This film follows San Francisco's innovative efforts towards achieving zero waste, thereby dramatically reducing the city's carbon footprint. Maureen Gosling, film editor, will be on hand, along with Andy Schneider, Berkeley’s Recycling Program Manager, Carrie Bennett, from the Ecology Center, and a Berkeley elementary student, who will share a short recycling video made by his class.

RACING TO ZERO (In Pursuit of Zero-Waste) examines our society's garbage practices in terms of consumption, preparation, use and production, and discovers some amazing solutions in San Francisco, which is successfully taking the necessary steps to reach zero waste. Cities all over the United States have instituted zero-waste policies of their own (including Berkeley), and it is through these mandates that we are challenged to think differently about not only how we handle our garbage, but what it can become.
After the film we’ll have a discussion with our special guests and share ideas for reducing waste during the holidays and beyond. Please bring plastic free snacks to share if you'd like to. This event is co-sponsored by Transition Berkeley, and BFUU's Social Justice Committee.

Suggested Donation: $5-10.No one turned away for lack of funds!
For further info: www.transitionberkeley.com

 

November 2015

Jazz in the Neighborhood: The Fred Randolph Band

Friday, November 20, 8-10 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

The Fred Randolph Band -- with Fred Randolph (bass), Greg Wyser Pratte (drums), Matt Clark (piano), Erik Jekabson (trumpet/flugelhorn), Sheldon Brown (saxes) -- possesses extensive experience in jazz circles and an expansive vernacular. Their riveting music encompasses multi-layered compositions and a diverse palette of sounds, taking the listener on an explosive and eclectic journey across music borders and genres.
After playing together for manyyears and recording three CDs, the quintet has melded into a tight-knit force of boundless creativity, energy, and technical virtuosity. The ensemble spirit is complimented by daring improvisation and a dynamic set list, mostly originals composed by Randolph, who derives inspiration from past jazz greats, global music sounds, personal and universal experiences. According to Randolph, “Music informs the narrative of life. It is through music that one is able to listen to the heart andsoul of a people. Through our music, we hope to touch your soul.”
General Admission $25 Door / $20 advance / Students $5 http://jazzintheneighborhood.org/

 


"World in Danger: From Fukushima to California" with Joanna Macy & Arnie Gundersen

 

Sunday, November 22 at 7:00 pm in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

The Fukushima nuclear plant disaster remains dangerous. What we might still be able to do about it? Who's monitoring radiation levels? What about California's last nuclear plant, Diablo Canyon, surrounded by a dozen earthquake faults, and San Onofre, closed in 2013 but containing tons of nuclear waste?

Nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen and Fairewinds Director Maggie Gundersen, with Joanna Macy, environmental activist, author, scholar of Buddhism, deep ecology, whose work addresses psychological and spiritual issues of the nuclear age, Gar Smith, author "Nuclear Roulette", Mary Beth Brangan, EON-Ecological Options Network will speak. Music by singer-songwriter Vic Sadot.

Arnie Gundersen has 40-years of nuclear power engineering experience, gave testimony in the investigation of Three Mile Island, and has been studying the catastrophic failure at the Dai-Ichi Nuclear Power Plant since the first reactor exploded. He is currently Chief Engineer at Fairewinds Energy Education and has appeared in numerous informative videos & podcasts available at fairewinds.org

Co-sponsors: BFUU Social Justice Committee, EON--Ecological Options Network, Sierra Club SF Bay Chapter, Codepink, Fukushima Response Network, Abalone Alliance Clearinghouse, Occupy Forum SF, Occupy SF Environmental Justice Working Group, Sunflower Alliance, NoNukesCa.net, BARC (Barkers Agitating for Reactor Closures) https://www.facebook.com/groups/1067298526634839/
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

Concert for Palestinian Children in West Bank and Gaza
Saturday, November 21 at 7:30 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Performance by Michael Dabroski, violinist

Michael has done numerous benefits for Palestinian children, including for Middle East Children’s Alliance. He has been involved with performances for Jewish Voices for Peace in New Haven, CT through Tree of Life Foundation (Lyme, CT). His orchestra, the Burlington Ensemble, in Vermont has played widely.

Michael’s program incorporates the classics (Bach’s Suite in C Major is proposed), plus his own Suite for Palestine, and Suite for Gaza, based on his experiences there in the summer of 2014. He will share his experiences in Gaza from that summer, as well as the West Bank from March of this year. Among other experiences, he had the opportunity to play with the young children’s orchestra at Aida Refugee Camp.

This performance will be the first on the West Coast at which the Shehada Shalalda violin made in Palestine will be played.

Sponsors include Social Justice Committee of the Berkeley Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship, Middle East Children’s Alliance, with proposed sponsorship or endorsement from Jewish Voices for Peace, Friends of Sabeel, and a local (as yet unnamed) Moslem organization. Our expectation is to have lots of publicity and a good turn-out from these organizations to maximize our donation to the children.

Tickets: donation $15-25. All proceeds beyond expenses will go to Palestinian children in West Bank and Gaza, tentatively distributed by MECA and Tree of Life.

For references, contact David Good, Tree Of Life Foundation (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Starr King 10 Years of MASC (Master of Arts in Social Change) Celebration!
Deep Caring & Social Change: Tending to Souls Who Suffer

Tuesday, November 17 at 7PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Charles Garfield, an internationally recognized pioneer in the development of volunteer organizations, is offering a FREE workshop for all persons who intend to be a caring presence in society. Participants will explore the intricate aspects of suffering and service, including: 

  • How a caring presence is central to the healing process
  • Arousing empathy, the heart of connection, as central to ministering to the lost, lonely, sick, bereaved, and brokenheart.
  • Identifying the motivations, risks, and rewards of entering into a close relationship with the frail elderly, poor, homeless, abused, chronically ill, or those at the end of life. 

Okinawans Speaking Out Against U.S. Military Bases
Sunday November 15, 3-5PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St. 

Become informed on the issues of having U.S. military bases spread all over the world. These bases especially impact women and cause serious environmental degradation.
WILPF member Gwyn Kirk is a leader in the organization "Women for Genuine Security" which is sponsoring this presentation by 27 leaders from Okinawa who oppose the new US military base in Henoko.
 
BFUU Open Mic Featuring Marcie Boyd
Friday, November 13 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Join us for BFUU’s monthly Open Mic night! First come, first choice of 10-minute slots, available all evening or until the slots fill up. Featured Artist(s) perform around 8:30 PM.
Marcie Boyd is the author of numerous songs including "Celibacy", "Woman in Her Prime", and "The Indecision Polka". She's a member of Occupella, the La Peña Chorus, and the Belles of Hoboken. Marcie is also an ESL teacher, a musical theatre writer, and an aspiring screenwriter. She is currently working on a new one-woman show, "When I'm Sixty-Four", which is not about the Beatles. She recently returned to the Bay Area after five years living in the Dominican Republic.

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. Her diverse work (and play) have made her comfortable performing with all age groups, from preschoolers to senior citizens.
Hali Hammer Official Website: http://www.halihammer.com
Suggested donations of $5 – $20 will support the work of the Social Justice Committee.
No one turned away for lack of funds! Volunteers appreciated! 

Conscientious Projector Film Series: American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs
Thursday, November 12 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall–1924 Cedar St.

Grace Lee Boggs, who died recently at 100 years of age, was a Chinese American philospher, writer and activist in Detroit with a thick FBI file and a surprising and radical vision of what an American revolution can be. Rooted for over 75 years in the labor, civil rights and Black Power movements, she challenged a new generation to throw off old assumptions, think creatively and redefine revolution for our times. 

Winner of six Audience Awards from film festivals around the world, don't miss this great film and other bonus features on the film.

Refreshments, Discussion to follow.
Suggested Donation $5 - $20. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Screening the Green Film Series: "Vanishing of the Bees"
Thursday, November 5 at 6:30 doors/7:00 PM film in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Join Transition Berkeley, Friends of the Earth and BFUU SJC for refreshments and the film "Vanishing of the Bees."

Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives and Bayer Labs (with offices in Berkeley) has something to do with it!

Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for pollinating crops that make up one out of every three bites of food on our tables.

“Vanishing of the Bees” follows commercial beekeepers David Hackenberg and Dave Mendes as they strive to keep their bees healthy and fulfill pollination contracts across the U.S. The film explores the struggles they face as the two friends plead their case on Capital Hill and travel across the Pacific Ocean in the quest to protect their honeybees. The documentary provides viewers with tangible solutions they can apply to their everyday lives.

After the film we’ll have a discussion and information from Friends of the Earth on actions we can take in Berkeley and beyond. Please bring plastic free snacks to share if you'd like to. This event is co-sponsored by Transition Berkeley, and BFUU's Social Justice Committee.

Suggested Donation: $5-10.
No one turned away for lack of funds!
For info: www.transitionberkeley.com

October 2015

CSAI- Escalating Inequality Forum: Police Responsibility and Accountability

with Moderator – Gene B Herman
Friday, October 30 at 7:00 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Define Accountability.
Who trains the Police to serve the public (is public defined)?
Who selects the Police Academy candidates?
What is the Police Academy syllabus?
Use of Force or Use of Words?
How do we end race-based policing!
Who allocates funding for your PD?
How many Police Academy candidates are ex-military?
How many served in Iraq or Afghanistan...how many of those have PTSD?
Should a Social Worker Degree be required for all Police Officers
Is karma relevant? Every action has a consequence.
Should living in Berkeley be a requirement for all Berkeley Police Officers?

Panel:

Ms. Richie Smith
Proverbial Mayor of South Berkeley/Long time member of NAACP/Retired Teacher/Great Grandmother
Ms. Amanda Weatherspoon
3rd year MDiv student, Starr King School for the Ministry/Member Black Lives Matter
Mr. Jesse Arreguin
Member of Berkeley City Council
Andrea Pritchett, a multi-issue activist with 25 years of "on the job" experience at CopWatch. Singer-songwriter Andrea Pritchett was one of the recipients of the 2015 Tom Paine Courageous Spirit Award of the BFUU Social Justice Committee

United Nations 2.0: Transforming the United Nations to Create a World of Peace, Justice, and Sustainability
Saturday, October 24, 7:30 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
The United Nations is 70 years old. It’s a venerable institution. But the UN is also plagued by a very mixed record. Should we reform it? Or just start over?
Very urgent challenges now require immediate attention at the global level—but the UN is increasingly ill-equipped to handle these issues. Its antiquated structure, obsolete veto power, and lack of democratic participation are major obstacles to the future progress of humankind. But where do we go from here? A world-renowned expert on UN reform, Dr. Glen Martin, offers a way out based on his newest book, One World Renaissance. See http://oneworldrenaissance.com/
$10 at the door (no one turned away) More info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

The Leaves Bee Greene: A Peace Concert

Sunday, October 18 at 5 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Performance by Vibeka Lyman

Harpsichord

$15 admission
(no one turned away for lack of funds)

*Reception to follow*

Jazz in the Neighborhood: The Klobas/Kesecker Ensemble
Friday, October 16, 8-10 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

The Klobas/Kesecker Ensemble is a progressive jazz quartet that focuses on original arrangements of mainstream jazz with unique original compositions that have power and grace. Our vibes, guitar, bass, drums quartet is a rhythmic driven ensemble with dynamic contrast rarely experienced in a more traditional sax/piano setting. The Klobas/Kesecker Ensemble’s first CD ‘No Gravity’ hit #34 on the ‘All About Jazz’ national radio play list and our just released CD ‘Moment’s Notice’ is being played across America, Europe and Puerto Rico. Mark Gallo of Jazz Review wrote about ‘No Gravity’ ,“This self-produced release exemplifies the healthy state of independent jazz” and “is a wholly riveting and engaging 10-song delight."

General Admission $25 Door / $20 advance / Students $5 http://jazzintheneighborhood.org/

An Evening with Marc Pilisuk 
Thursday, October 15 at 6 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St. 

Marc Pilisuk will speak on his latest book “The Hidden Structure of Violence: Who Benefits from Global Violence and War.”

Paul Kangas with introduce Marc and speak briefly on “The Lake Co. Firestorm & building of 100 panel solar homes at Harbin Hot Springs to build the first 100% solar town in California.”

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

New Way Media Fest
Saturday, October 10 at 2 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

This event includes a 5-minute film by David Randolph and presentations by Clara Bellino, the Word-Music Coninuum and MC David Madgalene. There will an Open Mic hosted by SJC.

Suggested donations of $5 – $10. No one turned away for lack of funds.

BFUU Open Mic Featuring Gary Hicks

Friday, October 9 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

Join us for BFUU’s monthly Open Mic night! First come, first choice of 10-minute slots, available all evening or until the slots fill up. Featured Artist(s) perform around 8:30 PM.

Featured artist Gary Hicks has been involved in civil rights, housing advocacy, peace with justice and cultural preservation for the last five decades. Author of two volumes of poetry plus numerous publications, he is a member of the Boston Liberation Poets Collective and the Revolutionary Poets Brigade of San Francisco.

October host Cynthia Jean Johnson is a well-known Berkeley community activist. The long time former chair of the BFUU Social Justice Committee remains active with the SJC as Vice-Chair. Cynthia also serves on the Local Station Board (LSB) of KPFA Pacifica, the Ecumenical Peace Institute (EPI), and Marin Interfaith Task Force on the Americas (MITFA). Cynthia has long understood the power of songs of struggle and the role of music in keeping people in touch with what matters most.

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

Film
Thursday, October 8 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall–1924 Cedar St.

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

Karma Rinpoche
Sunday, October 4, 1-1:30 PM, 5-7 PM in the Connie Barbour Room – 1606 Bonita Ave.

Ventrul Karma Rinpoche heads the Drukpa Mila Centers in Longmont CO and Salem OR

Medicine Buddha Empowerment & Teaching: 1-3:30pm: The aspiration of Medicine Buddha is to remove all physical, mental and emotional suffering. Practicing Medicine Buddha will also help balance the four elements of fire, earth, air and water. *Donation $30

Yeshe Tsogyal Dance Instruction: 5-7pm: Among the great female adepts of Tibetan Tantra, Yeshe Tsogyal is foremost. Yeshe Tsogyal was an eighth century Tibetan princess who became the tantric consort of Tibet's Great Guru Padmasambhava. *Donation $15

For more information, please see http://tibetanqigongnv.org

*Dana, or offering to the Lama, is separate from the donation. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
 
Bing Futch mountain dulcimer workshops + concert
(Produced by Deborah Hamouris)
Saturday, October 3, in the Connie Barbour Room – 1606 Bonita Ave.
10 & 11:30am - workshops ($25/$40)
2pm - concert ($10)

A day full of music with entertainer and mountain dulcimer teacher Bing Futch. Bing rarely gets out west, so this is a unique opportunity to learn from this fun, energetic and knowledgeable teacher. Then relax and enjoy his playing in an intimate concert.
info at www.djhamouris.com

Victor's Song in Our Hearts- Con la canción de Víctor en el corazón
Friday, October 2 at 7:30 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
 The Rafael Manriquez Kolectiv presents a 11-minute extended viewing of the trailer for the soon to be released documentary "The Resurrection of Victor Jara" by John Travers, John Summa and Fernando Torres. http://www.vjvive.com/
Sponsored by Iris Arts & Education Group 
The Bay Area's own Duamuxa and Madelina & Feña y sus amigos will be performing their favorite Victor Jara songs in celebration of what should have been Victor Jara's 83rd birthday.
 
Víctor was a Chilean educator, actor, poet, singer-songwriter (canta-autor), and political activist. He was leader of among neo-folkloric musicians who established the New Chilean Song movement, integrating Chilean folklore and the use Latin American indigenous instruments, with lyrics of love, peace and social justice.
 
Shortly after the Chilean coup of 11 September 1973, Jara was arrested; he was tortured under interrogation and ultimately killed. More than 40 years after his death Victor Jara's voice is still with us inspiring new generations of singer-songwriters to continue advocating for human rights and a more just and loving society.

Screening the Green Film Series
Thursday, October 1 at 6:30 PM meet & greet/ 7 PM film in Fellowship Hall–1924 Cedar St

TAPPED is a beautifully filmed, compelling documentary in which Stephanie Soechtig and Sara Olsen explore the environmental consequences of bottled water. TAPPED does to bottled water what Food, INC and Super Size Me did to the food monopolies. The film begins with: By 2030, two thirds of the world will not have access to clean drinking water. The film also covers chemical pollution, plastic pollution, mile wide plastic soups in the ocean, water privatization and community water rights.

This event is a result of our partnering with Food and Water Watch, a national organization that champions healthy food and clean water for all. We will be joined by Liz Solorio of FWW, and Juliana Gonzales of The Watershed Project for a discussion after the film.

Please bring finger food and/or drinks to share at 6:30 for Meet and Greet before the film. In keeping with the film’s message let’s try not to bring any plastic containers! This event is wheelchair accessible and cosponsored by Transition Berkeley, Food and Water Watch and BFUU’s Social Justice Committee. 

Suggested Donation $5 -$20, no one turned away for lack of funds!
For info contact: www.transitionberkeley.com

September 2015

BFUU Open Mic Featuring Ben Jones

Friday, September 11 at 7 PM in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.
Join us for BFUU’s monthly Open Mic night! First come, first choice of 10-minute slots, available all evening or until the slots fill up. Featured Artist(s) perform around 8:30 PM.

September’s host Dolores Helman welcomes jazz musician Ben Jones.
Brother Ben is well known in the Oakland area as a versatile musician playing classic jazz, blues, rock and roll, R&B, old standards and pop. He has played with many old timers such as Duke Ellington and other well-known musicians. He learned to play by selling newspapers when he was 10 years old so he could pay to hang with professional musicians. When Ben plays, everybody gets something moving.
Suggested donations of $5 – $20 will support the work of the Social Justice Committee.
No one turned away for lack of funds! Volunteers appreciated!

Northern California Climate Mobilization
Thursday, September 10, 7-9 PM in the Connie Barbour Room – 1606 Bonita Ave.
Join our Planning Meeting for a mass march and rally in Oakland on November 21st to demand a global agreement to implement dramatic and rapid reduction in global warming pollution.
Help us continue the work started at the Northern California People's Climate Rally in Oakland last September 21st. Join our committees: outreach, media and logistics. Invite other groups. Endorse: www.norcalclimatemob.net

Conscientious Projector Film Series: “Cowspiracy - The Sustainability Secret”

Thursday, September 10 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall–1924 Cedar St.
“Cowspiracy-The Sustainability Secret” is a ground breaking feature length environmental documentary on the most destructive industry on our planet today. The intrepid filmmakers investigated the cattle industry and its impact on climate change and global warming. Don’t miss this exciting, shocking yet humorous film. It is as eye-opening as it is inspiring. Find out why the nation’s leading environmental organizations are afraid to talk about this seemingly obvious issue.

Doors open 6pm. Refreshments served.
Suggested Donation $5 - $20. No one turned away for lack of funds.

August 2015

BFUU Game Night
Monday, August 17 at 7:00 PM in the Preschool Room–1606 Bonita Ave.

The first Game Night went so well, the Membership Committee is hosting another one! Please join us for board games and conviviality! All ages - children are welcome! This space is wheelchair accessible.

Berkeley Protest Festival - A Festival toCelebrate Protest in Song and Poetry
Saturday, August 15 from 10 AM to 10 PM in Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

PLEASE NOTE NEW EXTENDED TIME!

BFUU will host a full day of songs from “10 to 10” in which each performer has 10 minutes to do one or two songs. For the “protest fest” each performer and audience member will be asked to donate $5, which will benefit the Fellowship. 

Over 50 performers of song, poems, comedy and performance art have signed up to share their artistic creations inspired by pickets, rallies, sit-ins, marches, strikes, walkouts and all forms and range of protest and the issues that incite them. We invite you to enjoy this veritable variety show of thinkers, doers, entertainers and agitators!

See our list of performers (updated 8/14/15) here!

To contact the Social Justice Committee call The Hal Carlstad Social Justice Center during the open hours of 1:30 – 5 pm, or leave a message on the answering machine at 510-275-4272 at any time.

Tickets: http://berkprotestfest.bpt.me

Suggested donation $5-20. No one turned away for lack of funds. Volunteers appreciated!

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

This is an acclaimed 2010 Documentary by Enrico Parenti on the hundreds of U.S. bases around the world, the rationale for these bases and the impact on the local populations. This is an appropriate film for remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki August 6 and 9 and looking more deeply into why the U.S. "needs" this global network of increasing our unquestioned military budget. Discussion will follow the film.Suggested donation $5-20. No one turned away for lack of funds. Volunteers appreciated!

Interfaith Power and Light - Pope Francis' Encyclical Discussion
Monday August 10 6:30 PM in the Fireside Room – 1606 Bonita Ave.

The BFUU Social Justice Committee and the Alameda Interfaith Climate Action Network (a regional working group of California Interfaith Power and Light) will host an interfaith study group to discuss Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si. Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, people of all faiths are welcome. For more information, please contact Will Scott (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Suggested donation $10-20. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Book Signing/Discussion of Peter Mathews' Dollar Democracy: with Liberty and Justice for Some; How to Reclaim the American Dream for All

Friday, August 7 at 7:00 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Renowned Scholar, Author, and Political Activist Dr. Michael Parenti will introduce Professor Peter Mathews.

Peter Mathews’ new book, Dollar Democracy: with Liberty and Justice for Some; How to Reclaim the American Dream for All, is about the corrupting influence of private money in politics that has caused a disappearing middle class, environmental destruction, the dismantling of the public education system, the endangering of our food and water supply, and a lack of health care. Dollar Democracy also provides real solutions to the major crises in America and the world.

Peter Mathews is a Professor of Political Science at Cypress College and Adjunct Professor of Sociology at Long Beach City College. He is also a guest host at KPFK radio 90.7 FM, and has been a Political Analyst for over 10 years on network TV and radio stations. To hear some of his radio host work and his radio and TV political analysis please click on www.epetermathews.com

Screening the Green Film Series: The Breach
Thursday, August 6 at 7:00 PM in Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

Pot-luck begins at 6:00 PM.

Join Slow Food East Bay and Transition Berkeley for an evening delving into the prickly world of fish, fishing and the health of the oceans. We'll start at 6pm with a potluck dinner (true to Slow Food USA local and sustainable values!) then see the amazing new film about salmon and the northwest, The Breach.

The evening comes to a point with a short panel of local fisher(wo)men, fish mongers and others involved with keeping this huge part of our ecosystem healthy and in balance and Q&A with local folks involved in the worlds of fishing and the oceans. How can we both support those that make their livelihood from the ocean and the fish populations? How can we be educated and inquisitive consumers of seafood, asking the right questions about sourcing, distribution and health? Join us in the conversation to try to find answers to these questions and more.

Representatives from Slow Food will also talk about the political & gastronomic history of the Slow Food movement, explain the ‘Good Clean & Fair For All’ mission, and announce current projects and opportunities for involvement. For more information: http://www.thebreachfilm.com/Or http://slowfoodeastbay.com/. This event is wheelchair accessible and cosponsored by Transition Berkeley, Slow Food East Bay and BFUU’s Social Justice Committee.

Suggested donation $10-20. No one turned away for lack of funds.

BFUU Escalating Inequality Class
Tuesday, August 4 at 6 PM (no potluck) in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Militarization of Police (violence, punishment, political polarization, and public services.)
From UUA-Escalating Inequality Format: What do studies say about the indirect social outcomes of growing economic inequality? These include hidden effects on hierarchy, discrimination, segregation, minorities, physical and mental health, education, violence, punishment, political polarization, and public services.
Guest Presenter: Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, who will inform us of latest developments and contact info for community involvement. Rabbi Lynn will have art work and literature available for purchase. Note this will be the only CSAI Study Group for August.

BFUU Game Night
Monday, August 3 at 6:30 PM in the Preschool Room–1606 Bonita Ave.

The Membership Committee is hosting a first-ever game night! Please join us for board games and conviviality! All ages - children are welcome! This space is wheelchair accessible.

July 2015

FEMA East Bay Hills Tree Removal Plan
Friday July 31 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

EAST BAY HILLS FORESTS: INVASIVE FIRE HAZARDS OR NATURAL TREASURES?

Meet a Firefighter called on by local mayors after the 1991 hills fire, and a Conservation Biologist discussing species migration throughout history

DAVID THEODOROPOULOS

Conservation Biologist; Author: Invasion Biology -Critique of a Pseudoscience; Slideshow Presentation

DAVID MALONEY

Retired Oakland Fire Department; Chief, Fire Prevention, Oakland Army Base; appointed to 1991 Oakland-Berkeley Mayors' Task Force on Emergency Preparedness and Community Restoration

KEN CHEETHAM

Forest Photography; Bay Area Progressive Directory

Ken Cheetham BAPD Photo Collection “Trees Threatened with Destruction by UC Berkeley”. http://bapd.org/trees.html

Plus updates from the Hills Conservation Network about their work and lawsuit, and CUIDO (Communities United in Defense of Olmstead -a disability rights organization)

Are eucalyptus, acacia, and Monterey pines invasive non-native fire hazards, or carbon sequestering habitat and natural treasures? Do we want Dow and Monsanto profiting more than they have already with UC's pesticide use on clearcuts done in the hills over the past decade? Are our East Bay Lungs being sold off for wood pellets for Europe, biomass for China's coal plants, toilet paper for Japan? Longshore workers confirm wood chips are being shipped out of West Coast ports.

Participate in a community discussion of the FEMA-funded tree removal projects in the East Bay Hills, from Richmond to Hayward, which are opposed by 90% of the 13,000
comments on FEMA's Environmental Impact Statement.

Both the Sierra Club and Claremont Canyon Conservancy, which are actively promoting the downing of nearly half a million East Bay Hills trees, and are suing FEMA to
demand that more trees are killed, were invited to participate on a panel of both proponents and opponents of these projects. Neither organization responded to East
Bay Pesticide Alert's invitation.

**Please refrain from using scented products prior to attending
**Wheelchair accessible

Co-sponsored by East Bay Pesticide Alert (dontspraycalifornia.org) (see wildfire pages)
& the Social Justice Committee of Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists (labor donated)

Suggested donations of $5 – $10 will support the work of the Social Justice Committee! No one is turned away for lack of funds! Volunteers appreciated!

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

“Radical Islamic terrorism” NOT!

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

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

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

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

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

Call Down the Angel (Readers Theater with Music)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Facilitated Healing Session for BFUU
Sunday, July 12 at 1 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

During this 2-hour facilitated session, BFUU members and friends will have an opportunity to air our hopes and concerns about the developmental ministry process, concerns and hurts about the last year, and our feelings about the best next steps for the Fellowship as a whole. This will be a time and space for everyone to be heard in a safe space, have those feelings reflected back, and begin to heal together and move forward with greater clarity and purpose.

Mediator/facilitator Marlena Willis has been trained in Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and has led NVC classes at the Oakland UU Church. She will facilitate a session where each and all can be heard and receive empathy about the last year at BFUU. The session will be organized in three rounds.
If you have questions, please contact Board President This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Special Congregational Meeting for BFUU members
Sunday July 12 after service in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

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

BFUU Open Mic Featuring Marysa Kenyata
Friday, July 10 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Note: Performer Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm for the 20 ten minute spots!

Marysa Kenyata hails from New York and studied at the Julliard Music School before relocating to the Bay Area where she continued studying for many years with Jazz great Ed Kelly. Her piano stylings are truly a delight. Marysa can be heard in solo and ensemble settings throughout the Berkeley /Oakland / SF area.

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!

Suggested donations of $5 – $10 will support the work of the Social Justice Committee! No one is turned away for lack of funds! Volunteers appreciated!

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

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

Screening the Green Film Series: Urban Roots
Thursday, July 2 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

What do the city of Detroit and West Oakland have in common?
Both are communities in crisis yet poised on the crux of positive change.

Our special guest speaker Wanda Stewart is Executive Director of People’s Grocery a dynamic community organization working to improve the health and local economy of West Oakland by investing in the local food system. She’ll tell us how People’s Grocery is working toward their goals and how we can help. You’ll learn about their unique Mobile Market, the Grub Box (CSA), Wholesale Hookup and the People’s Community Market.

URBAN ROOTS is an inspiring film about the emergence of urban farming in Detroit. Like West Oakland, Detroit has high rates of unemployment, poverty, crime and pollution, lack of grocery stores with fresh food and high rates of liquor stores, diabetes and heart disease. But Detroit urban farmers are building a new and powerful urban economy that addresses these challenges while growing healthy food and strong communities.

Please join us for healthy snacks and conversation at 6:30. The program will begin at 7:00, This event is wheelchair accessible and cosponsored by Transition Berkeley, People’s Grocery and BFUU’s Social Justice Committee.

Suggested donation $5-20. No one turned away for lack of funds. Volunteers appreciated!

June 2015

Helping Ourselves: People's Victories in New Orleans and Haiti 2005-2015
Tuesday, June 30 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Writer, performer, organizer and activist Don Paul, Operations Coordinator for Common Ground Relief in 2006 and current co-director with Maryse Déjean of Sticking Up For Children in New Orleans and Haiti, combines poems and songs, accompanied by bhodran and shakers, with accounts of natives' and volunteers' successes in post-disaster New Orleans and Haiti over the past 10 years.

Discussion, involvement and Ideas are more than encouraged by Don Paul at this event!

This event benefits Sticking Up For Children's funding for the shipment a 40-foot-long container from New Orleans to the Foyer Espoir Pour les Enfants orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Marie-Jo Poux, founder of FEPE, gathered tons of donations for the orphans at the 2015 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Paul will be signing copies of his new book of poems and songs and prose, Animals Are Always Making Music, and a special 'Funding F.E.P.E.' CD of 12 tracks with musicians, including India Cooke, Alex de Grassi, Hamid Drake, Pablo Garcia, Kidd Jordan, and Morikeba Kouyaté.

Also on offer will be drumsticks-as-art painted by astonishingly gifted orphans at FEPE, ages 7 to 15.

Paul is the youngest winner of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Creative Writing at Stanford and the former world-record holder for running 50 kilometers and a co-founder Housing Is a Human Right in San Francisco's BayView district.

Suggested Minimum Donation $5-10. No one turned away for lack of funds! Sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Committee.

See BFUU Facebook Event Listing:
https://www.facebook.com/events/672098046254354

Please also see:
SUFC: http://www.stickingupforchildren.com

"Storms Arise From The Eyes Of Men / And Still The Second-Lines Dance!"
https://donpaul1.bandcamp.com/track/storms-arise-from-the-eyes-of-men-and-still-the-second-lines-dance

truthout.org
http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/18772-common-grounds-eighth-anniversary-a-model-of-volunteer-driven-rebuilding-in-new-orleans

Citizens United
Saturday, June 27 at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Special screening for local Bay Area activists who have donated to make the film happen or for anyone actively interested in remedies to the Supreme Court’s Orwellian-named “Citizens United” decision, which made corporations legal “persons” with the right to spend as much money as they like to attempt to buy US elections. See the movie website www.peaceteam.net for more information. To purchase advance tickets click here: http://www.peaceteam.net/citizens_united_BFUU_tickets.php

Suggested donations of $10 or more at the door will support the work of the Social Justice Committee! No one is turned away for lack of funds! Volunteers appreciated! Sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Committee. https://www.facebook.com/events/1610423295868096

Acoustic Music Berkeley presents:  The Oakeley Session

Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum and Mike Witcher

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

Vintage and Original Folk, Country and Bluegrass Jam

Advance tickets: $15 online www.acousticmusicberkeley.com

Day of show tickets: $20 at the door

Acoustic Music Berkeley www.acousticmusicberkeley.com

BFUU Open Mic with Featured Artist Scott Clark

Friday, June 12 at 7 PM in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

Join us for BFUU's monthly Open Mic night! First come, first choice of 10-minute slots, available all evening or until the slots fill up. Featured Artist(s) perform around 8:30 PM.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No Nukes: Shut Diablo Canyon Update with Harvey Wasserman
Sunday, June 7 at 7PM in the Connie Barbour Room – 1606 Bonita Ave.

Please note that this room is not wheelchair accessible. 

Harvey Wasserman returns to the Bay Area with an update on shutting Diablo Canyon, California's last nuclear plant, situated near 13 earthquake faults and in a tsunami zone! PG&E is operating the plant in violation of California and federal regulations, putting us all in danger. Come find out the latest in the campaign to shut Diablo, transition to solar, and join with the anti-fracking movement to make California clean and green.

Refreshments, video and music (Vic Sadot's video "No Nuke Blues, Fukushima Update" and sing-along to "Solartopia")

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

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

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

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

May 2015

Judy Bari Day Event Film: "Who Bombed Judi Bari?"
Sunday, May 24 at 7 PM in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St. This Sunday is the 25th anniversary of the attack on “Earth First!” activists Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney by car bomb in Oakland in 1990 as Redwood Summer dawned. We will commemorate earlier in the day as people gather to mark the moment of the bombing at the location where the bomb blew up Judi’s car with Darryl and Judi in it at the intersection of E. 33rd and Park Blvd, in front of Oakland High. Gather at 11:30 am sharp. Bring signs, songs, drums, and voices for a commemoration speak-out! Later at 7 pm Fellowship Hall doors open and the Judi Bari Day program will begin at 7:30 with screening of the film “Who Bombed Judi Bari?”. This will be preceded by comments and updates by Darryl Cherney, Mike Roselle, and Karen Pickett. Expect music and special guests. Q & A session. Info: 510-548-3113 or bach [at] headwaters preserve.org Sponsored by the Social Justice Committee. http://www.whobombedjudibari.com
Suggested Donation $5 - $20. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Conscientious Projector Film Series for the 99% presents: “The Greater Good”
Thursday May 14 at 7 PM in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

“The Greater Good” is a powerful  documentary that explores the issue of vaccines and whether you can be pro-science yet favor exemptions for some mandated vaccines. As Dr. Joseph Mercola M.D. states:  Our current vaccination policies sweep dangers under the rug.  As much as many U.S. Citizens want to trust that health officials and drug companies have the greater good in mind, this compelling film will bring increased awareness to this significant topic. The California legislature is considering S.B. 277.  The Ca Senate Health Committee has already recommended a rigorous mandate for 33 doses of 10 childhood vaccines, with little possibility of exemption, similar to only Mississippi and West Virginia.  Discussion follows the film, moderated by author Dana Ullman, MPH, CCH. http://www.greatergoodmovie.org

Berkeley Fellowship Open Mic Featured Artist Rasheedah Sabreen Shakir

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

First come, first choice of 10-minute slots, available all evening or until the slots fill up. Featured Artist(s) perform around 8:30 PM.

Rasheedah Sabreen Shakir was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Since retiring from the Berkeley Unified School District in 2012, she has been able to devote more time to her performing arts in the areas of singing her original songs and storytelling. She has been a featured artist at several open mic venues, a featured storyteller at The Shout in Oakland and a featured poet at Queer Open Mic–Pass The Mic Tuesdays, also in Oakland. Rasheedah also provides guitar and vocal accompaniment for local award winning poet, Aqueila M. Lewis. Rasheedah's current project is a one woman show.

The host for May is San Francisco Bay Area writer, musical storyteller, and grandfather Hassaun Ali Jones-Bey, also known as Boundless Gratitude, who is currently completing and commencing a mythic musical journey into the materiality of ethnic heritage through the aegis of a certificate program in Black Church and Africana Religious Studies at the Graduate Theological Union and a master of arts in social change program at Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley.

Suggested donations of $5–20 help BFUU cover expenses. No one is turned away for lack of funds! Volunteers appreciated. Food and drinks are available for a small donation.

Screening the Green Film Series: "From the Waste Up – Life Without Plastic"

Thursday May 7 at 6:30 PM / 7 PM Film in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Would you like to find more ways to get plastic out of your life? It’s easier (and more fun) than you may think! Our special guest speaker East Bay author and community activist, Beth Terry, will show us how to replace plastic with less harmful materials. She'll tell us how she got started with her Plastic Free Life and share some of the many alternatives she has documented in her book Plastic Free! How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too. (Signed copies of the new edition will be available for purchase.)

We'll be showing a recently premiered film out of British Columbia, From the Waste Up – Life Without Plastic. Filmmaker Taina Uitto documents her own efforts and those of six other volunteers who pledge to live for a whole year without plastic. She looks at our addiction to plastic in a very real and down to earth way and as a participant in the project brings a level of humor to a very serious situation. You'll sympathize with the volunteers as they struggle to make change and rejoice with them when they are successful. This is a fun and inspiring film you won't want to miss. We'll meet and greet at 6:30, the program begins at 7:00. Please bring plastic-free snacks to share if you'd like to. This event is co-sponsored by Transition Berkeley, BFUU's Social Justice Committee and Green Sangha.

Suggested donations of $5 – $20. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

BFUU SJC Wind Song West Cafe - PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE!

Tuesday, May 5 at noon in the Fireside Room—1606 Bonita Ave.

Note that this room is not wheel-chair accessible.

This month the first Friday is May Day and members may want to go to the port action. Please join us at this special TUESDAY Wind Song West as we watch and discuss the new 19 minute video posted to the “Social Justice in the Heart of Berkeley” YouTube Channel titled “Poet Gene Herman Featured at Fellowship Hall”. Audio recording by David Yandle. Post audio & video production & creation by Vic Sadot.

Free but suggested donations of $5 – $10 are welcome.

APRIL 2015

40th Anniversary of the End of the Vietnam War

Tuesday April 28 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

BFUU’s Social Justice Committee, members and friends join to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the End of the Vietnam War. We’ll be showing “Sir! No Sir!” a 2005 documentary by Displaced Films about the anti-war movement within the ranks of the United States Armed Forces during the Vietnam War. Veterans will share their thoughts and stories.

Suggested donations of $5 – $20. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

BFUU Annual Congregational Meeting

Sunday April 12 at 12:30 PM (after Sunday Service) in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

BFUU Members, especially, should attend to hear Minister, Board and Committee reports and vote for four of the candidates for Board of Trustees seats! Only active BFUU Members may vote!

Berkeley Fellowship Open Mic Featured Artist Scott Nesbit

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

Scott Nesbit is a Bay Area singer/songwriter with a focus on acoustic songs that range in content from the personal to the abstract. Scott started writing songs as a teenager, but only recently started sharing the results of his work with the public. He continues to perform at various locations in the Bay Area in the hopes of furthering his experience and gaining more opportunities as an artist.

April's host, Vic Sadot, is a singer-songwriter in the Broadside Balladeer tradition of Phil Ochs and Woody Guthrie. http://www.facebook.com/events/1556296321286195

First come, first choice of 10-minute slots, available all evening or until the slots fill up. Featured Artist(s) perform around 8:30 PM.

Suggested donations of $5–10 help BFUU cover expenses. No one is turned away for lack of funds! Volunteers appreciated. Food and drinks are available for a small donation.

Conscientious Projector Film Series for the 99% Presents: "Water"  A Film by Deepa Mehta

Thursday April 9 at 7 PM in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Part of Deepa Mehta's acclaimed Fire/Water/Earth, this film, set in 1938 colonial India against the backdrop of Mahatma's Gandhi's rise, tells the story of a feisty and rebellious young child bride and widow in a deeply marginalized and oppressed community. Set in the holy city of Varanasi where widows are traditionally stigmatized as deserving their fates and whose own bad karma led to the deaths of their husbands, the narrative shows the effects on other residents.

Suggested donations of $5 – $10. No one is turned away for lack of funds.

Screening the Green Film Series Presents: American Revolutionary The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

Thursday April 2 at 6:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

BFUU's SJC and Transition Berkeley invite you to join us for an award winning film about Grace Lee Boggs, a Chinese American philosopher, writer and activist in Detroit with a thick FBI file and a surprising vision of what an American revolution can be. Rooted for 75 years in the labor, civil rights and Black Power movements, she challenges a new generation to throw off old assumptions, think creatively and redefine revolution for our times. American Revolutionary has won six Audience Awards from film festivals around the world, including the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival. The film will be introduced by Alison Paskal, educator and urban gardener, and Hank Herrera, food justice activist, working to build new sustainable, local healthy food systems serving vulnerable neighborhoods, who have both known and worked with Grace in Detroit.

Come at 6:30 for conversation and snacks. At 7:00 the film will be preceded by a short presentation from the Gil Tract Community Farm and the Ashby Garden where gardeners are practicing their own style of remaking our world in a more just and sustainable way. The film begins at 7:15 and will be followed by small group discussions. Don't miss this film!

This event is cosponsored by Transition Berkeley, Victory Garden Foundation, We Bee Gardeners and BFUU”s Social Justice Committee.

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

MARCH 2015

"Mobilize!" –  An investigative documentary that explores the potential long-term health effects from cell phone radiation including brain cancer and infertility. (A cell tower is actually planned to be installed just behind the BFUU backyard.) Film maker Kevin Kunze will appear in person with Ellie Marks, President of the Brain Tumor Association.

Tuesday, March 24, 7 PM in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

This thought-provoking film examines the most recent scientific research and the challenges politicians face trying to pass cell phone safety legislation. Through interviews with expert researchers, major mobile associates, and prominent politicians, Mobilize presents a balanced and insightful observation about this unspoken health issue. Phoebe Sorgen informs us that one of the reasons for this event is “to raise consciousness before Berkeley City Council considers A Cell Phone Safety Right to Know Ordinance (first in the nation!) on Tuesday, April 7 at 7 pm at Old City Hall, 2134 MLK Jr. Way in Berkeley." http://www.facebook.com/events/302508556586526

Suggested donations of $5 – $10 will support the work of the Social Justice Committee!  No one is turned away for lack of funds! Volunteers appreciated! Sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Committee.

Black Women's Lives Matter: Free Marissa Caravan Potluck and Report Back

Sunday March 22, 3:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall

Free Marissa Caravan is back after traveling almost 4000 miles in 3 weeks from Oakland to Jacksonville Florida for the hearing which was to determine if Marissa spent more time imprisoned in jail, imprisoned in her home, or pardoned for firing a warning shot into the ceiling, injuring no one, to ward off the man who was beating and threatening to kill her.

We'd like to tell you about our travels through-out the country, the women we met, and the experiences we shared as we worked to make Marissa Alexander a household name across our land, and her fight for freedom our "Stand up, Fight Back" cause!

And about where Marissa is at right now & what we intend to do about it!

Please bring an organic (if possible) dish to share, your loved ones, friends, allies!

Or just BE THERE!

TOGETHER we WILL FREE MARISSA NOW!

Burnham Celebration

Thursday, March 19, 6:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Join BFUU in celebrating 100 years of life for Dorothy Burnham. Dorothy has promoted peace, women's and civil rights and she and her daughter, journalist and activist Linda Burnham, continue to make positive change in the social justice arena.

Suggested donations of $5-$10. None turned away for lack of funds.

To Cuba With Love

Tuesday, March 17, 7 PM in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Report back from the Bay Area’s Code Pink Delegation Feb 8-15, 2015 Tour of Cuba. Hear about the experiences of Code Pink’s delegation to Cuba at this historic time of changing relations between the US and Cuba. Bay Area people will tell about their impressions of the Cuban people and their system of government, share photos and music, and ask you to help change US policies toward Cuba.

Suggested donations of $5 – $10 will support the work of the Social Justice Committee. No one is turned away for lack of funds. Volunteers appreciated!

Sundays as noted below from 12:30 noon - 2:00 PM in the Connie Barbour Room – 1606 Bonita Ave.

Exploring Unitarian Universalism is a series of six 90-minute workshops addressing important themes in Unitarian Universalist Congregational life:

March 8: Worship and Theology

March 15:  History

May 3:  Covenant and polity 

May 17:  Religious education or faith development

June 7:  Social Justice 

June 14:  Membership 

Each workshop provides an opportunity for participants to interact and share their own experiences, a process that echoes the Unitarian Universalist commitment to individual theological exploration.  If you can’t make all the sessions, come to the ones you can. First time visitors will also be invited to join us on the Sundays that the class is held. Arrive at noon for a light vegetarian snack preceding the class.

Participants will learn about Unitarian Universalism not only by hearing about it, but by doing it—exploring their own theology and its intersection with the tradition.

It is appropriate for new comers as well as longer term members.

A class signup sheet will be available at the Welcome Table on Sundays and you can call or email the office (510-910-5405 ext. 1 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know you would like to attend.

Berkeley Fellowship Open Mic Featured Artists Gene Herman

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

Gene Herman is a longtime BFUU member and activist. His poetry is both thought-provoking and entertaining. His topics include police violence, the Middle East, politics, sailing and love.

March's host, Holly Harwood, is a poet and peace activist. She is currently serving as the Chair of the BFUU Social Justice Committee and Coordinator of 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.  http://hollyharwood.com

First come, first choice of 10-minute slots, available all evening or until the slots fill up.

Suggested donations of $5–10 help BFUU cover expenses. No one is turned away for lack of funds! Volunteers appreciated. Food and drinks are available for a small donation.

Conscientious Projector Film Series Presents: The Great Mosque of Paris: How Muslims in Paris Sheltered Jews During World War II - A Film by Annette Herskovits

Thursday March 12, 7 PM in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Join the BFUU SJC "Partner for Justice," the Ecumenical Peace Institute, in welcoming Annette Herskovitz, PhD, who will tell the story of how she survived as a Jewish child in Nazi-occupied France during WW II. Herskovits was a Holocaust survivor who was sheltered by Muslims in Paris at the time. She graduated from MIT with a doctorate in linguistics, who writes on human rights and political issues in the Bay Area. See the Street Spirit article/review: www.thestreetspirit.org/Feb2005/mosque.htm

Suggested donations of $5 – $10. No one is turned away for lack of funds.

The 2015 Berkeley Women's Film Festival

Sunday March 8, doors open at 2 PM, in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

In celebration of International Women's Day, the BFUU Social Justice Committee presents three films with discussion after each one. Suggested donation $5 - $10. No one turned away for lack of funds.

2:30 PM:  Fire - post-film discussion ~ 4:20 PM

“Fire (Hindi: Phāyar फायर) is a 1996 Indian-Canadian romantic drama film written and directed by Deepa Mehta and starring Shabana Azmi and Nandita Das. It is the first installment of Mehta's Elements trilogy; it is succeeded by Earth (1998) and Water (2005). The film is loosely based on Ismat Chugtai's 1942 story, Lihaaf (The Quilt).[2] It was one of the first mainstream films in India to explicitly show homosexual relations. After its 1998 release in India, certain groups staged several protests, setting off a flurry of public dialogue around issues such as homosexuality and freedom of speech.” wikipedia.org/wiki/Fire_(1996_film)Saturday March 7 at 2:30 sign-ups, 3:00 PM start in the Fellowship Hall– 1924 Cedar St.

4:45 PM:  Silkwood - post-film discussion ~ 7 PM

“Silkwood is a 1983 American drama film directed by Mike Nichols. The screenplay by Nora Ephron and Alice Arlen was inspired by the life of Karen Silkwood. Silkwood was a nuclear whistleblower and a labor union activist who died in a suspicious car accident while investigating alleged wrongdoing at the Kerr-McGee plutonium plant where she worked. In real life, her death was vindicated in a victorious 1979 lawsuit, Silkwood v. Kerr-McGee, led by attorney Daniel Sheehan and other founding members of the Christic Institute. The jury rendered its verdict of $10 million in damages to be paid to the Silkwood estate (her children), the largest amount in damages ever awarded for that kind of case at the time. The Silkwood estate eventually settled for $1.3 million.” wikipedia.org/wiki/Silkwood

7:30 PM: Atomic Mom - post-film Q&A with filmmaker ~ 8:50 PM

Atomic Mom is a feature-length documentary film about two women, both mothers, who have very different experiences of the atom bomb. One is the filmmaker M. T. Silvia's mother, Pauline, who was a biologist in the Navy in the early 1950's and was sent to the Nevada Test Site where she participated in five detonations. At 23 years old, she was one of the few women scientists on an elite team of researchers. After decades of silence, Pauline is in a crisis of conscience about the work she did, work that involved animal testing. She reveals some of the grim and dark secrets of the U.S. atomic testing program… Atomic Mom invites viewers to confront American Nuclear History in a way that it has never happened before. This story, of an American Scientist and a Hiroshima Survivor finding peace decades after the bombing, empowers individuals and communities to work toward global unity. It inspires dialogue about human rights, personal responsibility, and the possibility and hope of peace.www.atomicmom.org

You're Not Alone: Preventing Transgender Suicide

This is an event where people who either are transgender or are related to the transgender community are going to discuss their experiences around transgender issues in hopes of preventing more suicides. This is a great event for people to attend if they're learning to be an ally. There will be signups for speakers starting at 2:30, and we will start at 3:00 PM. Speakers can either do a speech or something creative, like a poem. If there is time there will be a Q&A session after everyone has spoken. We are also suggesting a $10 or more contribution to help pay for the space, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Screening the Green Film Series Presents: The Garden

Thursday March 5 at 6:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

The Garden is about a fourteen-acre community garden in South Central Los Angeles, the largest of its kind in the United States. Started as a form of healing after the devastating L.A. riots in 1992, the South Central Farmers have since created a miracle in one of the country’s most blighted neighborhoods. Growing their own food. Feeding their families. Creating a community. The film follows the plight of the farmers, from the tilled soil of this urban farm to the polished marble of City Hall. Mostly immigrants from Latin America, from countries where they feared for their lives if they were to speak out, we watch them organize, fight back, and demand answers. Also, we will get a report on the state of community gardens here in our own backyard from local gardeners Bonnie Borucki (Ashby Garden), Carole Bennett-Simmons, Dave Drummond (Peralta Gardens), Alexa Hauser (Edible Landscape Project),  Carol Wolfley (Berkeley Post Office Garden) and Beebo Turman (Berkeley Gardening Collaborative). This event is cosponsored by BFUU's Social Justice Committee, Transition Berkeley and the Berkeley Community Garden Collaborative. www.transitionberkeley.com

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

FEBRUARY 2015

Labor And The Lessons of The Zim Shanghai Picket, Cartoonists And Repression With Khalil Bendib Featuring the new video “No Go For The Zim Line Ship Shanghai In The Port Of Oakland”

Sunday, February 15 at 3:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Speakers include Khalil Bendib, KPFA Voices From The Middle East And North Africa And Cartoonist; Paul Larudee, Free Palestine Movement; Jack Heyman, Chair Transport Workers Solidarity Committee and Retired ILWU Local 10 (invited); and others.

In a historic picket in September 2014, the Zim ship Shanghai was prevented from unloading in the Port of Oakland by a labor community solidarity picket which was respected by the ILWU. This forum will view a new video documentary of that action and also will look at the massacre of Charlie Hebdo cartoonists in France and the murder previously of Palestinian cartoonist Naji Salim al-Ali  by the Israeli spy agency Mossad. Is there a double standard on the attacks on cartoonists and journalists in the world?

There will also be cartoons by Naji Salim al-Ali.

Sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Committee, Labor Video Project, Stop Zim Action Committee, Free Palestine Movement, Justice for Palestinians, WorkWeek Radio. For more information, please go to http://www.bendib.com

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

BFUU Monthly Open Mic with Featured Artists John Koch and Ronnie London

Friday, February 13 at 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

John Koch and Ronnie London are a duo who have performed together since the 1980s, singing rock, folk, blues and swing. They started Cayenne, a Bay Area wedding party band, as two of the three featured vocalists and sang "anything we could do in harmony that folks could dance to". John currently plays with Jump-In, doing folk & oldies, and with StoneTrout, a retro-rock & originals band. Ronnie is with Berkeley Broadway Singers and collaborates with others as well.

February's 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. Her diverse work (and play) have made her comfortable performing with all age groups, from preschoolers to senior citizens.

Hali Hammer Official Website: http://www.halihammer.com.

Suggested donations of $5 – $10 will support the work of the BFUU & the SJC.

No one ever turned away for lack of funds! Volunteers & Attentive Listeners Appreciated!

Conscientious Projector Film Series Presents

Oliver Stone's "Untold History of the United States-Chapter 2 The Cold War"

Thursday February 12 at 7 PM in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Academy Award-Winning Writer/Director Oliver stone has created a 12-Chapter documentary series which shines light on the major events that have shaped the world as it today. The Social Justice Committee of the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists will screen parts of Chapter 2 which clearly shows today's crises of Ukraine, Greece, Korea, Cuba are part of a shared and complicated history. Critics have called it ambitious, fresh and startling and something that has never been shown before. If you are not familiar with the legislation the National Security Act of 1948, just for starters, please save this date and watch this informative series. The Hal Carlstad Social Justice Center Library has all 12 chapters. Call the Hal Carlstad Social Justice Center at 510-275-4272 or go on www.bfuu.org for further information.

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

Screening the Green Film Series Presents: The Economics of Happiness

Thursday February 5 at 6:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

In The Economics of Happiness filmmaker Helena Norberg-Hodge examines how—in resistance to globalization—communities are successfully relocalizing their economies and treasuring the rich uniqueness of each local place. Discover how communities around the world are coming together to re-build on a more human scale with respect for the environment and the rights and needs of people. We'll hear from voices from six continents, including Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben, David Korten, Samdhong Rinpoche, Helena Norberg-Hodge, Michael Shuman, Zac Goldsmith and Keibo Oiwa. They tell us that climate change and peak oil give us little choice: we need to localize, to bring the economy home. The good news is that as we move in this direction we will begin not only to heal the earth but also to restore our own sense of well-being.

This event is cosponsored by Transition Berkeley and BFUU's Social Justice Committee.

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

JANUARY 2015

The 2015 Tom Paine Courageous Spirit Awards

Saturday, January 31 at 7 PM in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

A Celebration of the Writings of American Revolutionary Writer & Human Rights Activist Thomas Paine, author of Common Sense, The Age of Reason, and The Rights of Man. We will read take turns reading short Tom Paine quotations, sing some songs, show a short film, and present awards.

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

"Fukushima To The US" Report From Fukushima By Cheiko Shiina

Tuesday, January 20 at 7 PM in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

The contamination of the people of Fukushima and Japan continues, and children and families are getting sick. There is a growing epidemic of thyroid cysts and surgeries. Shunichi Tanaka, the chairman of the Japanese Nuclear Regulation Authority is preparing to release thousands of tons of contaminated radioactive water into the Pacific ocean, which will likely be highly lethal to life in the oceans and make certain seafoods unsafe to eat. Chieko Shiina is an anti-nuclear activist in Fukushima who has been fighting to get healthcare to the residents, organizing against the restart of Japan's remaining 50 nuclear plants, which the Abe government wants to restart. The Committee opposes all nuclear plants. including the PG&E operated Diablo Canyon nuclear plant near San Louis Obispo. Sponsored by SF Bay Area “No Nukes Action Committee” who are holding monthly rallies to speak out at the Japanese Consulate in San Francisco on the 11th of every month at 3:00 pm. Co-sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Committee. From more information: 510-495-5952. http://nonukesaction.wordpress.com

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

BFUU Monthly Open Mic with Featured Artist Victoria Lee

Friday, January 9 at 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Note: Performer Sign-up at 6:30 PM for 20 ten minute spots! Featured artist performs around 8:30 PM.

Featured Artist Victoria Lee is a Lifelong Singer! She knew “Amazing Grace” at 5 years old. She was a professional folksinger in the duo “Mackenzie and Lee” in the 80's. Victoria is a singer-songwriter who has written dozens of songs, including soul poetry in song, blues, protest songs, classic rock, and humor. She has a repertoire written specifically for those who have passed, which she often sings at memorial services. Victoria is the author of two books: “Ecstatic Lovemaking: an Intimate Guide to Soulful Sex” and “The Rumi Secret: Secrets of History's Most Revered Poet”. Victoria is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in relationships, sexuality and the creative process.

January's Host Cynthia Jean Johnson is a well-known Berkeley community activist. The long time chair of the BFUU Social Justice Committee remains active with the SJC as Vice-Chair, and serves on the Local Station Board of KPFA Pacifica, the Ecumenical Peace Institute, and East Bay Womens' International League for Peace & Freedom. Cynthia has long understood the power of songs of struggle and the role of music in keeping people in touch with what matters most.

Suggested donations of $5 – $10 will support the work of the BFUU & the SJC.

No one ever turned away for lack of funds! Volunteers & Attentive Listeners Appreciated!

Conscientious Projector Film Series for the 99% / Second Thursdays Speaker Series presents: “Pay-2-Play: Democracy’s High Stakes - A Film by John Wellington Ennis”

Thursday, January 8 at 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

PAY 2 PLAY follows filmmaker John Ennis’ quest to find a way out from under the Pay 2 Play Political System, where Politicians reward their donors with even larger sums from the public treasury through contracts, tax cuts, and deregulation. Along the way, he journeys through high drama on the Ohio campaign trail, uncovers the secret history of the game “Monopoly”, and explores the underworld of L.A. street art on a humorous odyssey that reveals how much of a difference one person can make. “PAY 2 PLAY: Democracy’s High Stakes” is the layman’s guidebook to taking back our democracy.http://www.pay2play.tv

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

Free Marissa Alexander Potluck Fundraiser

Sunday January 4 from 3:00-5:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Join the Coalition to Free Marissa Alexander, sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Committee, at a potluck fundraiser with discussion and entertainment. This event will raise funds for the caravan that will go from Berkeley to Jacksonville, Florida on January 11th to support Marissa during her hearing on January 27th.

Marissa Alexander is a 33-year-old black mother of three, who is in jail and was facing 20 years in prison. She fired a warning shot when her husband, against whom she had a restraining order, attacked her and threatened her life. She has hurt no one. She accepted a plea deal for the initial charges, but a second count against Marissa is considered an 'open plea,' so she could still be sentenced to five years in prison at the hearing on Jan. 27th. Come support this innocent woman!

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Xan Joi at (404) 853-9990.

DECEMBER 2014

Singing For Social Justice

Friday December 26, 6:00-9:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Not happy about what's been going on in Ferguson? Neither are we! This is an all music event in which all of the music will be related to social justice, to raise money for Michael Brown's parents to help pay for any potential legal fees, damages, etc. that they might have suffered from. There will be several local musicians who will be performing and leading the audience in song. There is a suggested $10 or more donation, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. There will be food as well, including vegan and gluten free options.

Special Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Wednesday December 24, 5:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

This will be an intergenerational and fairly traditional Christmas Eve service, which will include a liberal interpretation of the Christmas story and lots of carols!

BFUU Social Justice Center Presents: We Need to Talk About Sandy Hook

Sunday December 14, 4:00 PM in the Connie Barbour Room – 1606 Bonita Ave.

Please note that this location is not wheel chair accessible.

Special Screening of “We Need To Talk About Sandy Hook." This documentary made by Peter Klein of Tyranny News Network is a compendium of the research of about ten YouTube Channel and internet citizen investigative reporters. It is being posted at numerous video sharing sites. But it has been getting censored or cited for “copyright infractions” in spite of being done within the requirements of the fair use doctrine allowing for journalistic commentary. Since it can be seen in full for free on line, and since it is so well organized into topical segments, we will select some key segments to discuss rather than show the entire 2 hours and 46 minutes of the film. www.mediasolidarity.com

Suggested Donations of $5-10 will go to support the work of the Social Justice Committee. No one ever turned away for lack of funds!

BFUU Monthly Open Mic Featured Artist: Sharyn Dimmick

Friday, December 12, 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 sometime between 8:00 and 8:30 PM.

Our Featured Artist Sharyn Dimmick plays acoustic folk, drawing on traditional hymns and ballads, in addition to the work of contemporary composers. She has a CD called "Paris" available for purchase on cdbaby at  http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/SharynDimmick.

Holly Harwood is a Poet and peace activist. She is currently serving as the Chair of the BFUU Social Justice Committee and Coordinator of 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. Join Holly Harwood as our host and team create another unique and memorable monthly open mic! http://hollyharwood.com

Suggested donations of $5 – $10 will support the work of the BFUU & the SJC.

No one ever turned away for lack of funds! Volunteers & Attentive Listeners Appreciated!

Conscientious Projector Film Series Presents: These Storied Streets

Thursday December 11, 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall–1924 Cedar St.

This film explores the real and compelling stories of veterans, families, and young adults who struggle every day with living on the streets. The film questions the easy stereotypes as homelessness rates are growing in unprecedented numbers only in the United States. At this celebratory holiday time, we want to take a deeper look and see what we must be doing. SJC member Jim Beatty continues his work with Food Not Bombs and our long association with YEAH which has now reopened its winter shelter at the Lutheran church of the Cross on University and Acton.

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

Screening the Green Film Series Presents: Happy

Thursday December 4, 6:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall–1924 Cedar St

Transition Berkeley invites you to join us for a delicious vegetarian pot luck dinner, a joyful green song fest with Hali Hammer  and Nancy Schimmel  from Occupella , and HAPPY, an uplifting movie  about human beings at their best.

Our featured film HAPPY  takes us on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy. Combining real life stories of people from around the world and powerful interviews with the leading scientists in happiness research. Happy explores the secrets behind our most valued emotion.

This event is cosponsored by Transition Berkeley, East Bay Cohousing and BFUU's Social Justice Committee. Suggested Donation $5-10 No one turned away for lack of funds!

NOVEMBER 2014

Memorial Gathering for Tod Fletcher & Susan Peabody

Saturday, November 22, 1:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Tod Fletcher was a major researcher, writer, editor, and speaker in the global 9/11 Truth & Justice movement. Tod was the editor for many of “Process Theologian” David Ray Griffin's books. Tod's last interview on Bonnie Faulkner's "Guns & Butter" Radio Show on KPFA was on Sept 3, 2014 and is archived there and at No Lies Radio. Griffin Tribute: http://www.globalresearch.ca/in-memory-of-911-activist-tod-fletcher-a-life-of-service-1952-2014/5407016

BFUU LOC BOCA Meeting

Wednesday, November 19, 2:30 PM in the Fireside Room – 1606 Bonita Ave.

All are welcome to attend this meeting. Please consider joining the LOC and working with us in the future. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., LOC coordinator, if you cannot attend but want to participate.

Our local organizing committee (LOC) for Berkeley Organizing Congregations for Action (BOCA) is meeting to address two agenda items:

1) Prop 47 Followup - looking for ways to promote services to minority youths at-risk for the incarceration path now that we have won the right to reduce sentences for non-violent crimes and use the saved money for youth-oriented services;

2) Discussion of the "Retire The Oligarchy" campaign via passing the 28th Amendment--removing personhood from corporations and money as speech-- as a potential for a BFUU-wide campaign to get at the heart of our social justice problems.

BFUU Welcome Reverend Theresa Novak Celebration!

Sunday, November 16 at 4:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

We will welcome our new developmental minister with ritual, ceremony, and song as we celebrate a new vision for the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists.

The event is open to the public and clergy and seminarians are invited to robe and process.

Refreshments will be served following the ceremony.

RSVP to the BFUU office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 510-841-4824 ext. 1.

The Hal Carlstad Social Justice Center Awards Annual Dinner Benefit for the BFUU

Saturday, November 15, Doors open 6:00 PM, Dinner Buffet 6:15 PM, Program 7:00-9:00 PM

Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

The Social Justice Committee of BFUU (Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists) presents their annual Awards dinner. Dinner: 6 pm. A catered Mexican-themed Dinner Buffet suitable for omnivores, vegetarians and vegans. Program: 7-9 pm. Event MC will be Rocky Morrison. Featuring Comedy by Mrs. T-Bill Banks (Selma Vincent). Music by Holly Harwood, Dan Tussey, Vic Sadot, and Ajaya Davidson and friends. Thanks to everyone on the organizing committee! See you there!

For more information, please see flyer here: 2014 SJC Awards

Suggested Donation $25-$50 per person

Tickets available at brown paper tickets:http://sjc2015awards.brownpapertickets.com/

Goat Hall Productions presents Little Weill Women in the Cities of Nets

Saturday, November 15, 8:00 PM in the Connie Barbour Room – 1606 Bonita Ave.

Sunday, November 16, 2:00 PM in the Connie Barbour Room – 1606 Bonita Ave.

Join us on a journey along a path of Desolation and Despair as Little Weill Women join a plucky band of ladies down on their luck and on the run, fleeing from city to city on the road to Redemption.

Tickets ($25 at table, $20 general, $15 student/senior) available at goathall.org.

BFUU Monthly Open Mic

Friday, November 14, 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.

This Berkeley Fellowship Monthly Open Mic (BF MOM) the “Featured Artists” will be a trio called “Muse Crossing”: Shawn Dohring, Michèle Voillequé and Mark Walstrom. “Shawn learns nearly everything by ear and never goes anywhere without a hat and guitar. Michèle is a classically trained violinist and soprano who sings and teaches voice for a living.  Mark is a multi-instrumentalist who loves European folk music. As Muse Crossing, they play eclectic acoustic arrangements of folk, popular and classical songs, always with an emphasis on tight vocal harmonies.”

Our Host, Vic Sadot, is a long-time activist singer-songwriter in the Phil Ochs “Broadside Balladeer” tradition. Since arriving in Berkeley in 2008, Vic has been writing new songs and making a lot of music videos for them on the “Truth Troubadour” YouTube Channel. The latest videos are “Mad Cowboy Disease”, “The Harbor of Love”, and “Le Port de L'Amour”.

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

Conscientious Projector Film Series: Here Comes the Sun

Thursday, November 13 at 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

The reality of the progress in the development and applications of solar power energy are described and celebrated in this short film. “Countries all over the world are leading the way towards a green economy. Unfortunately lobbying by the oil, gas, coal and nuclear industries are hindering progress. Very soon, perhaps even now depending on the cost of electricity in your area, solar technology will be more economically cost effective than traditional forms of electrical production.”

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

David Hartsough Book Release Celebration:

Sunday, November 9 at 6:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

“David Hartsough knows how to get in the way. He has used his body to block Navy ships headed for Vietnam and trains loaded with munitions on their way to El Salvador and Nicaragua. He has crossed borders to meet “the enemy” in East Berlin, Castro’s Cuba, and present-day Iran... Waging Peace is a testament to the difference one person can make. Hartsough’s stories inspire, educate, and encourage readers to find ways to work for a more just and peaceful world… Hartsough’s story demonstrates the power and effectiveness of organized nonviolent action. But Waging Peace is more than one man’s memoir. Hartsough shows how this struggle is waged all over the world by ordinary people committed to ending the spiral of violence and war.” http://www.pmpress.org/content/article.php/DavidHartsough/print.

Motown Dance Party: Soul Rising

Friday, November 7, 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.

Suggested donation is $10 person.

Refreshments available.

Transition Berkeley Presents: A Fierce Green Fire:  The Battle for a Living Planet

Thursday, November 6 at 6:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

A Fierce Green Fire : The Battle for a Living Planet is the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement – grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change. Directed and written by Mark Kitchell, Academy Award-nominated director of Berkeley in the Sixties, and narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep, the film premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2012, has won acclaim at festivals around the world.

A Fierce Green Fire chronicles the largest movement of the 20th century and one of the keys to the 21st. It brings together all the major parts of environmentalism. It focuses on activism, people fighting to save their homes, their lives, the future – and succeeding against all odds. The film ends with the movement to stop Climate Change.

Our special guest speaker is Kathy Dervin, Berkeley public health educator and environmental activist now working with 350 Bay Area. She will report back on the recent People's March for Climate Action in New York City and talk to us about ways to get involved with the work of 350.org. After the film. signups will be taken for a book group to read and discuss Naomi Klein's new book This Changes Everything.

Please join us for locally grown snacks at 6:30. The film will start promptly at 7:00.

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

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

OCTOBER 2014

Deborah Hamouris presents Sharon Knight & Winter

Friday, October 31, 8:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

An evening of Dark Enchantment. Haunting tales of myth and magic from beyond the veil.

Tickets $15 adv. $20 door.

Berkeley Disaster Preparedness Network presents "Securing your home for earthquakes"

Thursday, October 30, 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall - 1924 Cedar St.

Glen Granholm, Director of Seismic Services Programs for ETC Building & Design and Safe-T-Proof Disaster Preparedness Co., will be talking about how to best secure your home followed by a Q&A. This is a free program.

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.

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 email 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 Room—1606 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 2.0, an 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.

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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 email 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."

For events prior to 2014, please contact the BFUU office by phone 510-841-4824 ext. 1 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..