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.
You're Not Alone: Preventing Transgender Suicide
Saturday March 7 at 2:30 sign-ups, 3:00 PM start in the Fellowship Hall– 1924 Cedar St.
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.
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). 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)
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
Conscientious Projector Film Series Presents: The Mosque of Paris
Thursday March 12, 7 PM in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
Join Ecumenical Peace Institute (EPI) and the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists' Hal Carlstad Social Justice Center (BFUU SJC) in welcoming Annette Herskovitz, PhD.
Dr. Herskovits will tell the story of how she survived as a Jewish child in Nazi-occupied France and present a short film about how the Mosque of Paris sheltered Jews. She will also speak of the several hundred thousand Muslim men from the French colonies who fought the Nazis with the Allies and suffered disproportionate casualties. A slide show of personal and historical photos will accompany the talk.
For further information, call EPI 510-990-0374 or BFUU SJC 510-275-4272 or visit www.epicalc.org.
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!
Recurring BFUU Events
BFUU T'ai Chi & Qi Gong with Gene Herman
Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 - 5 PM —Connie Barbour Room— 1606 Bonita Ave.
This practice is appropriate for people of all ages. It improves health and well being at any age.
BFUU Elders' Circle
First Tuesdays at 11 AM in the Fellowship Hall
The BFUU Elders' Circle meets at 11 AM on First Tuesdays in the Fellowship Hall.
BFUU SpiritUUal Contemporaries
First Thursdays at 7 PM in the Benjy Room–1606 Bonita Ave.
SpiritUUal Contemporaries at BFUU, an open covenant group for self-defined middle adults, welcomes those who would like to experience open covenant small group worship. Please contact
for more information.
BFUU Screening the Green Film Series
First Thursdays at 6:30 PM (film starts at 7 PM) in the Fellowship Hall–1924 Cedar St.
Each month, we show a film relevant to building a more equitable future based on local, clean production of foods and fuels. This event is cosponsored by Transition Berkeley and BFUU's Social Justice Committee. See this month's detail above.
Suggested Donation $5-$10. No one turned away for lack of funds.
BFUU SJC Wind Song West Cafe
First Fridays at 11:30 AM in the Fireside Room
—1606 Bonita Ave.
Join us in the Wind Song Cafe to share music, poetry, and discussion.
Note that this room is not wheel-chair accessible.
BFUU Social Justice Committee Meeting
First and Third Sundays at 12:30 PM in the Preschool Room—1606 Bonita Ave.
BFUU Sunday Services Committee Meeting
Second Tuesdays at 7 PM in the Minister's Office—1606 Bonita Ave.
BFUU Conscientious Projector Film Series
Second Thursdays at 7 PM in the Fellowship Hall–1924 Cedar St.
Each month, we show a film relevant to social justice; economic equality, political history, homelessness, energy generation, prison reform, etc. See this month's detail above.
BFUU Monthly Open Mic
Second Fridays at 7 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. See this month's detail here.
BFUU Second Sundays Potluck
Second Sundays, after service (around 12:30 PM) in the Fellowship Hall–1924 Cedar St.
Come one, come all! Whether you have a dish to share or not, we in the hospitality and membership committees invite you, on behalf of all our membership, to join us as we break bread in the spirit of loving community. Immediately after service please help us set up tables and chairs and join in the bounty provided by members and friends. And all able-bodied persons are welcome to help put away tables at the end. In between we talk and laugh and cry and sing. Members, friends, neighbors and the wider community are welcome to join us.
BFUU Finance Committee Meeting
Third Thursdays at 4:30 PM in the Fireside Room—1606 Bonita Ave.
BFUU Pub Theology
Third Fridays at 7 PM at Au Coquelet–2000 University Ave.
BFUU's young adult group meets monthly at Au Coquelet. Please contact
for more information.
BFUU Religious Education and Exploration Committee Meeting
Third Sundays at 12:30 PM (after services) in the courtyard—1606 Bonita Ave.
All are welcome to the RE meeting, which generally meets the third Sunday of the month outside on the playground, in order to accommodate families with children. Please feel free to bring an item to share for our potluck if you'd like.
BFUU Board of Trustees Meeting
Fourth Thursdays at 7 PM in the Fellowship Hall–1924 Cedar St.
BFUU Hospitality and Membership Committee Meeting
Fourth Sundays at 12:30 PM (after services) in the Fellowship Hall–1924 Cedar St.
BFUU/Wordswell Writing Workshop
Fourth Sundays at 12:30 PM in the Fireside Room – 1606 Bonita Ave.
Have you written before? Or always wanted to write? This group will support and encourage you to write.
Suggested donation per class: BFUU pledging members $5, non-members $10. Half of the money goes to BFUU and half to Wordswell, a non-profit for writing. Register through the BFUU office at 510-841-4824 or
BFUU Building and Grounds Committee Meeting
Meets once a month - please contact Ben Burch