Good Neighbor for September

Diverse Housing Working Group (DHWG) is a community-based effort to engage and educate local organizations and individuals about the need for additional diverse housing resources in Albany. They recognize that a strong community includes people from all walks of life and income levels.

Friday September 18, 2020

5:00 pm Friday Social Time, Zoom – Hang out on Zoom for social time with UUCB-ers on the first and third Fridays of each month. Drinks and/or snacks optional. Email if you have questions or would like to be a co-host.

Click this link to join us
Password: chalice

Saturday September 19, 2020

6:00 pm Welcome Back Online Party for Families and Friends, Zoom –
Friends of all ages are invited to join us for an online party. We’ll be playing games on JackBox.TV with break-out rooms for separate games.

Click this link to join.
Password is ch@lice

Sunday September 20, 2020

11:00 am What Is Trust? Facebook Live and YouTube –  Rev. Michelle Collins; Cynthia Asprodites, WA. Trust is a crucial part of so much of our lives, our relationships, and our communities and institutions. Some would even say that trust is one of the things that makes the world go. For all of this, trust is still a rather abstract concept and can be difficult to define. We’ll take a closer look at trust today and some of its surprising components.
11:45 am

Coffee Hour, Zoom – After worship we invite you to switch over to Zoom for a time to connect “face to face.” The link to Virtual Coffee Hour is listed below, but we will also share it in the comments on the Facebook Live feed during worship.

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Password: 810131

12:15 pm
Welcome Back Chapel, Zoom – To ensure teachers can attend the 11:00 am service in this difficult time, RE will now be from 12:15-1:15 pm on Zoom. We will have a Welcome Back Chapel service with kids and parents to celebrate the start of RE, songs, games and practice for utilizing Zoom. We’ll have breakout rooms so kids can meet their teachers and classmates.

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Password: ch@lice

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1:00 pm

Humanists, Zoom – Resiliency. Sandy Nixon. For more information, contact Marcia Bates.

Click this link to join us.
Meeting ID: 815 2646 7205
Passcode: 3d07kb

The Week, September 21 – September 26

Tuesday, September 22

4:00 pm

Bay Area UU Meetup, Zoom – Our first meet-up was a great success, so we’re going to sustain the momentum and meet again! This is an open space for UUs to collaborate, network, triage, and celebrate successes in the ongoing work of our movement. We don’t have an agenda. Let’s see where this experiment goes together! Hosted by UUCB & UUSF.

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Wednesday, September 23

6:00 pm

Vespers, Zoom – Please join us for our mid-week online Social Time and Vespers Service, a time for renewal and connection. Social Time begins at 6:00 pm; the Vespers Service itself starts at 6:20 pm, concluding at 6:50 pm in order to give you time to proceed to any church meeting that may follow.

Click this link to join us
Meeting ID: 830 5378 2422
Passcode: chalice

Thursday, September 24

10:00 am

Coordinating Team, Zoom – the Coordinating Team (CT) meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month and has been open to all congregants since before the pandemic. We are exploring the format, use, and structure of this committee, including allowing for time for input and questions outside the agenda. Please log in with your full name.

Click this link to join.

Upcoming Events

Deadline to Register for RE! The registration deadline for RE 2020-2021 has been extended! Registration is required for your child to attend.
Register here.

Whites Opposing White Supremacy (WOWS), 12:30-2:00pm – This month we will continue our work on interrupting racism. New members welcome! For more information, contact Julia Rogers (510-520-8230 or Zoom.
Click this link to join.
Meeting ID: 894 0793 2840

Personal Theology, 9:30-10:30am – Dave Roberts, longtime UUCB member and currently serving on the Board of Trustees, will present. Details will be forthcoming. Zoom.

Personal Theology, 9:30-10:30am – Why Have so Many Christians Forgotten Jesus in the Age of Trump? Rev. Craig Scott presents. Zoom.


Please consider shopping at and choosing Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley as your favorite charitable organization. Amazon will donate part of the proceeds to UUCB at no cost to you. Make sure to search for Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, not UUCB
The Good Neighbor program needs YOUR help to identify local non-profits who might benefit from our donations! We need to select our 2021 Roster now, and are collecting nominations until October 31st. Do you know local non-profits that might need some recognition and a monetary boost? Let us know! Contact Natalie Campbell.
Landscaping Master Plan Task Force. We are looking for volunteers to create a master plan for the grounds around UUCB, including efforts to honor Indigenous peoples of this land and people of color. Interested? Email Tess at
Sign up now for 2020-21 Chalice Circles starting at the end of September! Options are four week, eight week, and 16 week chalice circles. Possible themes include Love and Spirituality. Groups will meet afternoons or evenings, most days of the week on Zoom. Please contact Natalie Campbell ASAP to let her know your day, time, and length preference. Find out more about chalice circles here.
History of UUCB – As a fundraiser, Dorothy Herzberg would like to write, with help from the congregation, a booklet on the History of UUCB. It will showcase how wisdom, humor, resilience, compassion, and commitment have held UUCB together for more than 130 years. If you have any anecdotes, history of programs, events, etc. please email
You can buy anti-racist books for Richmond’s Verde Elementary School. Choose from 50 titles compiled by two school librarians and purchase online at Richmond Multicultural Children’s Bookstore. Enter UUCB’s address (1 Lawson Road, Kensington, CA 94707) as the delivery location.

RE Updates

Online Classes K-12

For everyone’s safety, RE in the time of COVID is on Zoom for the time being. If you and/or your kid feel burnt out by Zoom, you are not alone. The following classes are offered this year: K-1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8, High School. There will be no OWL in the Fall.

Coming of Age Returns!

Coming of Age is designed especially for 8th and 9th graders to explore Unitarian Universalism deeply. Students explore their own story and faith to write a credo, a statement of beliefs. They are also paired up with a grown-up mentor from the congregation for dialogue and discussion. This class ends with the students creating and leading their own Sunday service. It has been two years since the last Coming of Age so if you have a 10th, 11th or 12th grader, they are highly recommended to join.

Coming of Age runs from 12:15-2:15. The depth of topics require more time. There will be breaks. Coming of Age students are not required to attend RE classes.

The Coming of Age service will be on May 23 2021.

UUCB Staff and Board Availability

We ask that you please allow two (2) business days for us to reply to your messages, and greatly appreciate your patience and understanding when making requests.

  • Click here for Rev. Michelle’s schedule.
  • Helen Tinsley-Jones is the Listening Presence on behalf of the UUCB Board for the month of September. She can be reached at 510-334-1633.
  • Charis Domador (Connections Coordinator) works Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
  • Diana Steinbach (Bookkeeper) works Mondays and Thursdays.
  • Antonio Toro (Facilities Manager) works Monday through Friday, 3/4 days.
  • Alisa Gould Sugden (Office Administrator) works Monday-Friday. In office Monday afternoons and Thursday afternoons.
  • Yao Chao (Custodian) works Monday-Thursday.
  • Tess Snook O’Riva (ED) works Monday-Friday. In office Tuesdays and Fridays.
  • Catherine Boyle (Director of Family Ministry) works remotely Monday-Friday.

Stay In Touch

To stay even better informed, or if you have questions about UUCB, please explore our website. You can also sign up for various email lists:

Submit items for The Week Ahead to by 8 am Wednesday. Please limit announcements to 325 characters (with spaces).

Submit items for the Beacon monthly newsletter to by the 15th of the month.


Mailing address: 1 Lawson Road, Kensington, CA 94707
Telephone: 510-525-0302