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Upcoming Events


The Fellowship Hall (1924 Cedar St) is accessible by a ramp on the Bonita Avenue side of the Hall
The Preschool Room is only reservable by BFUU groups and is accessible on the ground level of our Education Building (1606 Bonita Ave). At this time the Connie Barbour, Fireside and Benjy Rooms on the second floor of our Education Building (1606 Bonita Ave) are not wheelchair accessible.


  Featured BFUU Events

 

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 SJC Wind Song West Cafe

Friday May 1 at noon in the Fireside Room—1606 Bonita Ave.
Note that this room is not wheel-chair accessible. 
Please join us at this special 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. 


Exploring Unitarian Universalism at Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists
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. 

Reverend Theresa will be the primary instructor for this class.  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 e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know you would like to attend.


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.


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.


 


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 69 doses of 16 childhood vaccines, with little possibility of exemption, similar to only Mississippi and West Virginia.  Discussion follows the film. http://www.greatergoodmovie.org

Judi Bari Day Event Film: "Who Bombed Judi Bari?"
Sunday, May 24 at 11:30 AM commemoration at Oakland High (E. 33rd/Park Blvd.),
7 PM BFUU program 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 preceeded 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.


BERKELEY PROTEST FEST - A Festival to Celebrate Protest in Song and Poetry
Saturday, August 15, 2015 from Noon to 9 pm in the Fellowship Hall–1924 Cedar St.

http://www.facebook.com/events/901512039916404

Country Joe McDonald pitched an idea to some members of the Social Justice Committee of the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists to celebrate the genre of the “protest song” in a local Bay Area festival. 

The proposal calls for a full day of songs from “11 am to 9 pm” in which each performer gets 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. Performers can do any songs they want whether original or cover. We are celebrating the “protest song”, and we are offering an open forum to Bay Area musicians to sing out!

Interested musicians who want to perform one or two protest songs within a 10 minute time frame should send in their name, telephone number, and email ASAP in advance to Vic Sadot. The current plan is for the organizing team to pick the names from a hat to assign the time slots in a fair and random manner. People interested in participating can send an email to Vic Sadot at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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


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–1924 Cedar St.
The BFUU Elders' Circle meets at 11 AM on First Tuesdays in the Fellowship Hall.


Escalating Inequality Classes

First & Third Tuesdays at 5 PM in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.
The evening begins at 5 pm with a potluck, and then the class runs from 6 to 8 pm. The BFUU is embracing the call from the Unitarian Universalists Association to engage in a program about the widening gap in well-being and incomes in the United States. Gene Herman will lead the discourse. There is a study guide for this program.


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


BFUU Sunday Services Committee Meeting

First Thursdays at 7 PM in the Minister's Office—1606 Bonita Ave.


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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.


BFUU SJC Wind Song West Cafe

First Fridays at noon in the Fireside Room—1606 Bonita Ave.

Join us in the Wind Song Cafe to share music, poetry, and discussion. 
Note that this room is not wheel-chair accessible. 
 


BFUU Social Justice Committee Meeting

First and Third Sundays at 12:30 PM in the Preschool Room—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 as available above. Suggested donation $5-$20. No one turned away for lack of funds.


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. This month's detail above as available. Suggested donation $5-$20. No one turned away for lack of funds. Volunteers welcome!

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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.


BFUU Religious Education and Exploration Committee Meeting

Third Sundays at 12:30 PM (after services) in the courtyard—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 of $5 - $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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


BFUU Building and Grounds Committee Meeting

Meets once a month - please contact Ben Burch