Sunday, March 1

March theme: Freedom and Responsibility

9:30 am Personal Theology, Fireside Room – Jim Gasperini is an author, multimedia designer and longtime member of UUCB. Jim has been working for three years on a cultural history of fire, with the working title Fire in the Mind: From the Burning Bush to Burning Man, How We Imagine Fire. He will base his talk on an early chapter, Fire at the Creation and the Fires of Heaven.
11 am

Worship Service, Sanctuary – Binding Our Hearts, Rev. Kristin preaching. Join us this week as we celebrate all we give and receive together here at the UU Church of Berkeley, and all of the good that generosity makes possible in our community. Everyone is invited to stay after the service for lunch and to see the results of our first ever Baking Contest!

Worship Associate: Lee Maranto / Slides: Stephanie Ann Blythe / Lead Usher: Larry Nagel / Chaplain: Rev. Sue Magidson

12:15 pm Stewardship Kick-Off Luncheon (see Announcements)
12:30 pm Humanist Connections, Safir Room – “Jade and amber in antiquity” with Don Anderson  
12:45 pm LFDC Book Discussion, Fireside Room (see Announcements)
6 pm First Meeting of New Men’s Fellowship Group, Safir Room (see Announcements)


Good Neighbor for March (sharing our offerings):  The East Bay Center for the Blind is an innovative, grassroots, nonprofit organization that seeks to empower blind and visually impaired individuals underserved by traditional agencies. It strives to actively facilitate independence, confidence, dignity and self-growth in our community.


Sunday in Family Ministry

10 am Childcare available (ages 3 and under), Childcare Facility, until 1 pm
10 am Youth and Children’s Choir, Meditation Room
11 am Children and youth attend beginning of service, then go to Celebration Chapel in Safir Room

The Week, March 2–7

Monday, March 2
9 am Write for Your Life, Fireside Room (contact: Kit Hewitt)
9:30 am Women’s Insight Meditation Group, Meditation Room (contact: Lucinda Young)
Tuesday, March 3
12:15 pm Applied UU Buddhist Sangha, Safir Room (contact: Lynnette Delgado)
Wednesday, March 4
10 am Walk & Talk Group (weather permitting, all welcome), meet at Point Isabel (contact: Ann Harlow)
7 pm Board of Trustees Meeting, Fireside Room
Thursday, March 5
6:30 pm Gamelan Ensemble, Music Room (contact: Daniel Schmidt)
7:30 pm Luminescence Choir Rehearsal
Saturday, March 7
7:30 pm Cantare Con Vivo concert, “Considering Matthew Shepard” (see

The calendar is also available on our website, Just select “CALENDAR” at the upper right of any page. Select the event name for details. (Note that start time may be later than time indicated on calendar page.) “The Week Ahead” and the monthly “Beacon” newsletter can be found on the website under News.

Announcements & Upcoming Events


  • See Baking Competition below!
  • Celebration of Life for Warren Zittel, Saturday, 1 pm, followed by potluck reception (email if planning to contribute)
  • Stewardship Kick-Off Luncheon. Following the Sunday service, a luncheon will be served in the Social Hall and we’ll hear about how our money will support UUCB’s mission in the year to come.
  • Following the luncheon, the Literature, Film & Drama Contingent of the Social Justice Council will discuss Infidel, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. All are welcome to join them in the Fireside Room.

Sunday, March 1: Baking Competition. We hope you’ll enter our first ever baking competition, a fun way to kick off a month of celebrating all of the ways we at UUCB give from deep within to our community! After worship we’ll enjoy a light lunch, hear about how our money will support UUCB’s mission in the year to come, and admire all of the baked entries. The three categories are pies, cookies, and dessert bars (like brownies). Prizes will be awarded in each category, plus everyone who turns in their pledge cards by 1:00 pm will get to vote for the Crowd’s Choice award after sampling all of the entries. To enter, just bring your bake to the registration table in the Social Hall between 9 am and 10:30 am on Sunday. Please email with questions or for more info.

Sunday, March 8: The award-winning documentary, Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook is coming to UUCB’s Fireside Room on Sunday, March 8th at 12:30 pm.  Admission is free. Narrated by Tony & Emmy Award winning actor Jeffrey Wright, Rigged reveals the frightening details of the ten-year political effort to turn back the rising demographic tide of minority voters by using a variety of voter suppression tactics.  Following the screening, join us for a voting rights panel discussion with Mac Heller, Rigged’s executive producer; UCB Professor Ian Haney Lopez, an expert on race and constitutional law; and Joel Bridgeman, managing partner of Oakland’s Community Engagement Services. For Information please contact Julie,

The Men’s Fellowship is forming a third group. Currently, each group meets for a potluck supper and discussion two Sunday evenings per month. We have four men already interested and would like to have four to six more to start in March.  Any self-identified men interested in joining should contact Bob Adams, 510-381-2946.

Volunteer Opportunities at UUCB include answering phones for two hours once a week (contact Tess O’Riva,, arranging altar flowers (contact Judy Sam,, doing the Sunday worship PowerPoint slides (contact Jim Gasperini,, Sunday lunch prep and cleanup (contact Gerry Keenan,, and many more (contact Lonnie Moseley, ( Pledging is important, but you can also contribute your time and talents!


To stay even better informed, or if you have questions about UUCB, please explore our website, For events information, select “CALENDAR” at the upper right of any page, then select the event for details. You can also sign up for various email lists:

Submit items for The Week Ahead to by 5 pm Wednesday. Please try to limit announcements to 75 words.

Submit items for the Beacon to no later than the 20th of the month.