July 2018

Welcome Guy Colwell, Sexton

BFUU is pleased to announce that Guy will be managing custodial, room-use-related, and security issues as Sexton for the BFUU. Guy is a renowned American painter and occasional underground cartoonist. His "Figurative Social Surrealist" paintings reflect on the human condition, economic inequality, injustice, and alienation from the natural world. Welcome aboard, Guy!

Farewell Richard Sandling

Richard will be leaving the employ of BFUU this month, but we hope to have him continue as a participant and BFUU-community member for years to come. BFUU thanks Richard for decades of service in custodial care and tens of thousands of day-brightening jokes!

June 2018

Farewell Rev. Elena Rose Vera

Rev. Elena has taken on a significant role at Trans Lifeline, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of trans lives by responding to the critical needs of our community with direct service, material support, advocacy, and education. She won't be continuing at BFUU on a regular basis, but we hope she'll return as a guest worship leader. We thank her for her caring, leadership, and teachings and wish her continued success in building, enriching, and supporting community.

August 2017

Farewell Rev. Dr. Carrie Knowles

Rev. Dr. Carrie will no longer be providing regular ministry services at BFUU, though we hope she can return as a guest worship leader as time allows. We at BFUU thank her for her wonderful works here and wish her well in her continuing ministry.

January 2017

Welcome Rev. Marsh Agobert, Minister

BFUU is pleased to announce that Rev. Marsh Agobert has joined our ministerial team.

Welcome Rev. Elena Rose Vera, Minister

BFUU is pleased to announce that Rev. Elena Rose Vera has joined our ministerial team.

Welcome Susan T. Mashiyama, Music Director

BFUU is pleased to announce that Susan T. Mashiyama has officially accepted the Music Director position at BFUU beginning January 2017. Susan is a BFUU member and has been a guest musician and leader in the music program for Sunday Services. She will continue to provide her exceptional talent and vision to BFUU in this expanded role.

September 2016

The BFUU Social Justice Committee issued a statement of support for the Standing Rock Sioux:

We, the Social Justice Committee of the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, declare our support for the historic gathering of the tribes, led by the Standing Rock Sioux, to protect the sacred earth and water from the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). We thank the First Nations for courageously defending the interdependent web of existence, of which we are all a part. We call on all people to stand with the Standing Rock Sioux. To donate and for more information, please visit http://standingrock.org

Holly Harwood
Former Chair, BFUU Social Justice Committee
BFUU Poet Laureate 2016-17

February 2016

Good Grief!

A Meeting for Those Who Have Experienced Recent Loss
Reverend Carrie will begin hosting a small group for those who have lost a loved one on Wednesday February 24th 7PM-8PM and continuing on 4th Wednesdays through June. Going forward, Reverend Carrie will be in the office on Tuesdays from 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM, EXCEPT for the Tuesday before the 4th Wednesday - for that week of the month, she'll be in Wednesday from 4:30 PM -5:30 PM for appointments, then host the Good Grief group at 7:00 PM. Please contact Office Coordinator Susan Macke at 510 841-4824 ext. 1 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up for the Good Grief group or to make an appointment with Reverend Carrie.

November 2015

Welcome Reverend Dr. Carrie Knowles!

The BFUU is pleased to announce that Reverend Caroline Knowles will be joining us as a part-time Pastoral Care Minister. Reverend Carrie – as she prefers to be called - will provide a caring presence for BFUU members and friends of the Fellowship experiencing times of stress, change or uncertainty. For now Reverend Carrie will only be working with BFUU on Tuesdays from 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM. Some of that time she may be out of the office as she will attend the Elders' Circle on the first Tuesday of each month and pay visits from time-to-time to housebound members and those in hospitals or health care facilities. Appointments can be made by contacting BFUU Office at 510 841-4824 ext. 1 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..