Upcoming Worship Services

BFUU Fellowship Hall 1924 Cedar Street
(at the corner of Cedar St. and Bonita Ave.)
all services are on Sundays from 10:30 AM to around noon, unless otherwise noted

TLoop no text30wheelchair30x30The Fellowship Hall (1924 Cedar St) is accessible by a ramp on the Bonita Avenue side of the Hall, and has a T-Loop system to enhance audio for those with hearing aids.

We will be meeting on Zoom for Worship Services on Sundays at 10:30 AM. If you’d like to attend, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the meeting ID and link.

If you have the ID, go to https://zoom.us/join and enter the Meeting ID. One tap mobile: +16699006833,,<meetingID># US (San Jose) Dial by your location: +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) - to do this, dial: 1 669 900 6833, then dial the meeting number, then dial the # sign twice.) If you need help getting onto zoom, please include that in your email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or leave a voicemail at 510-841-4824 ext. 1.


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Worship Service December 6: Being Present is EVERYTHING

Rev. Marsh Agobert (he/him)
“May you live in interesting times.” This is an old Chinese saying… Well, actually a curse. Whether a saying or a curse is a matter of perspective. Yet, we Can say: We live in interesting times. So that double edge has never been more clear, as our culture comes of age. To the extent that we feel at the mercy of the tremendous tidal pulls of this moment, is the extent to which we are paying attention. If you’re not sure if you’re getting it (everything) right at this time…you ARE paying attention. Being present is even a challenge for the enlightened. One definition of enlightenment might simply mean that one releases resistance and accepts the challenge.
Marsh Agobert is an ordained Unitarian-Universalist cleric who began his ministry with the First Unitarian Church of Oakland in the late 70s and early 80s. He has long practiced psychotherapeutic treatment and has successfully worked with individuals, couples, families, and actively psychotic inpatients. Marsh is an experienced management consultant (he prefers small and mid-sized businesses) and a life coach, which well utilizes his broad background. Marsh has extensive experience in several spiritual practices, including martial arts and yogas such as Mindfulness, Anusara, and Tai-Chi/Qi Gong, being among the most recent during the past ten years.

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Baba Jaharat Amen-Ra Elkebulan-Ma'at (he/him)
In many ways, Reparations are already being won. Baba Jahahara Amen-Ra Alkebulan-Ma’at makes the point that reparations are about much more than a check. So discussing Reparations at this moment, considering the options, respectfully debating our differences, planning our strategies, studying our story of humanity, and more is a victory! While we are making great strides, overcoming some of the deepest effects of white terrorist supremacy and black self-hatred might take generations. What is key is that WE get and stay on the Reparations, and Ma’at, paths.
What is critical is that WE continue to make PREPARATIONS . . . FOR REPARATIONS!

Jahahara Amen-RA Alkebulan-Ma’at (fka European enslavement name, J. “Harry” Armstrong) seeks the sacred Way of our beloved Ancients and Ancestors, manifested in Ma’at. He is an ascendant of the Yoruba and Ewondo nations in Alkebulan-Afrika, who were captured as prisoners of war and tortured and enslaved in the 13 European colonies and what has become the United States of America. He is a Baba (Father) of one Sun, Chioke Bakari and mentor of many youth over the years. As well, Baba Jahahara is a Pan Africanist, socialist, (inter)nationalist and supporter of full equality and reparations for women and girls. In 2014, he “FREE-tired” after serving for more than four decades as a successful community-labor-environmental justice and human rights organizer (in Chicago, Kansas City, New York, the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Area and around the African Diaspora). In addition, he is a long-time yogi, martial artist, organic plantarian (vegan), writer, composer/musician and author of several books, including “Many Paths to Kujichagulia (Self-Determination).” Baba Jahahara is a Life Member, former National Male Co-Chair, recently-assigned Acting West Regional Representative and past editor/publisher of REPARATIONS NOW! for the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N’COBRA); and also served for a number of years as African Initiative Coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee, a Nobel Peace Prize-awarded international humanitarian organization. While planning for repatriation to the African continent, Baba Jahahara currently resides in the sacred Indigenous lands of the OHLONE people, now known as Oakland, California. Reach him c/o This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or FONAMI, P.O. Box 10963, Oakland, CA 94610.


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BFUU Pagans and Friends

We will gather to celebrate the Longest Night, the rich and sacred Darkness that allows us to rest and nurtures the seeds of possibility. Maxina Ventura, longtime musician, activist, and priestess in the Reclaiming tradition, will lead us.

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*Please join us at 5:00 PM for this special service!*
Santa brings gifts to people around the world while sharing favorite songs he learns on his travels. He ends up in the USA, singing with us the Christmas Carols that we have come to love.

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Rev. Dr. Carrie Knowles (she/her)
Rev. Dr. Carrie will again focus on the extraordinary crises our government faces as we approach the coming 25 days to the Inauguration of President-elect Biden—and reflect on how we can live with the unexpected in this time of a surging pandemic.
Rev. Dr. Carrie Knowles describes herself as a recovering psychologist and recovering attorney, who graduated from Starr King in 2011 and was ordained to UU ministry in 2013. Along with providing pastoral care at BFUU and preaching at Bay Area churches as a guest speaker, she writes poetry, short stories, and is working on a memoir.