Come support our youth this Sunday as they lead the Worship Service as part of the Coming of Age program they just completed.

Sunday June 4 – 10, 2023

9:30 am Summer Forum
ZoomSafe Organized Spaces (SOS). O’Neill Fernandez will present how the work of SOS creates work and housing opportunities for unhoused neighbors.

10 am Youth and Children’s Choir Rehearsal
Meditation Room (below the Sanctuary) – Open to all children and youth, ages 5½ and up. Prior musical experience is not required. Email Teacher Katie for questions:

11 am Worship Service
In Person, Facebook Live and YouTube – Coming of Age. Sunday Worship Service for and by Coming of Age participants.

12 pm Coffee Hour
Social Hall – Join us for coffee and a snack or light lunch.

1 pm Humanist Connections
ZoomWhat’s Happening to World’s Beautiful Places? Presented by Don Anderson. For more information, contact Marcia Bates.

1:30 pm Literature, Film, Drama & Music Contingent (LFDMC)
Zoom – Musicologists, Jim Acock and Cordell Sloan, are BACK to honor Black Music Month. This year highlights the music of African American musicians with the focus on the themes of Rights, Resilience and Resistance. The songs, their history and the discussion will be invigorating.

Click here to join on Zoom

The Week, June 5 – 10

Monday, June 5

9:30 am Women’s Insight Meditation Group 
Zoom – This group meets weekly to practice “insight” or “loving kindness” meditation in the Southeast Asian Buddhist tradition. On the 2nd & 4th Mondays we meet in person in the Fireside room (masking & social distancing required), and all other meetings are on Zoom. Drop in or contact Evelie Delfino Såles Posch

Tuesday, June 6

10:30 am Tai Chi
In Person – Contact Tess Snook O’Riva for more information

Wednesday, June 7

10 am Walk & Talk Group
A small group meets for a vigorous one-hour walk. All are welcome. We are building loving community while supporting our physical and mental well-being. For meeting location on 3rd and 5th Wednesdays, contact Ann Harlow or 510-559-3616.

7 pm Board of Trustees Meeting
 – Contact Selene Fabiano for more info:

Thursday, June 8

5:30 pm Learn Javanese music at UUCB! In Person – Experience firsthand the meditative Javanese gamelan. All ages and levels of musical skill welcome. Contact Daniel, 510-334-1334 or Tom, 510-495-4879.

Friday, June 9

10:30 am Tai Chi
In Person – Contact Tess Snook O’Riva for more information

Saturday, June 10

9 am – 12:30 pm Work Party at UUCB
In Person – Spring clean and freshen up our Buildings and Grounds. Enjoyable work for all, in good company! Come to help anytime. Projects include moving wood chips, weeding, and improving the terrace plantings. Also we are starting our annual weed whipping program. Questions contact

7:30 pm Kensington Symphony Orchestra Concert
SanctuaryIntimate Connections & Grand Finale

Announcements & Resources

A Celebration of Life for Jean Jackson will be held on Saturday, June 10 from 1 to 3 pm in the Fireside Room. You may remember her attending services with her small dog, Penny. Jean was a nature and animal lover and donated time at Berkeley Botanical Garden. If you plan to attend, please respond to Mariah Emerson at
Reverend Michelle’s time with us is almost at an end. To honor and appreciate her dedication to UUCB during her interim ministry, the Board is compiling a memory book for her. Please share your thoughts via notes, letters, cards, and photos. There will be a table in the atrium each Sunday through June 12 to collect your contributions for inclusion in the book. Questions? Check with Kay Fairwell at
Please note, due to meeting conflicts, the Textile and Arts information session, scheduled for June 11 after services, will NOW be in the Atrium before church services on Sunday June 11.  If you are unable to stop by and have interest please contact Karen Tripp at, Helen Toy at helen_toy or Judy Sam. We look forward to hearing from all interested.

Have you visited UUCB’s Three Sisters Garden? Situated just off the path that lies adjacent to the Fireside Room, you’ll find the Three Sisters Garden, a project sponsored by the Honoring Indigenous Peoples’ Group (HIP). Populated by corn, beans and pumpkins living in sweet harmony, HIP shares this Indigenous tradition in the spirit of respect… Read more.

Good Neighbor for June

Sun Work Renewable Energy Project SunWork’s purpose is to empower people to adopt solar power where it hasn’t been economically practical in the past. By making solar more affordable for low-energy-footprint homeowners and for nonprofits, SunWork puts solar power within more people’s reach.

UUCB Staff and Board Availability

  • Board Listening Presence: Randall Hudson
  • Click here for Rev. Michelle’s schedule.
  • Tess Snook O’Riva (Executive Director) works Monday-Friday. In office Tuesdays and Fridays.
  • Bryan Baker (Director of Music): in person Thursdays and Sunday mornings, and remotely Fridays.
  • Heaven Walker (Director of Family Ministry and Lifelong Learning): Mondays 10-1 (Zoom), Wednesdays 10-1 (office), Thursdays 1-4 (office).
  • Caitlyn Vincent (Office & Technology Administrator) works Monday-Friday. In office Tuesdays and Fridays.
  • Antonio Toro (Facilities Coordinator) works Monday through Friday, 3/4 days.
  • Charis Domador (Connections Coordinator) works remotely Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
  • Diana Steinbach (Finance Administrator) works remotely Mondays and Thursdays.

Stay in Touch

  • Pastoral Care Need? If you or a UUCB congregant you know is sick, hospitalized, recovering, grieving or otherwise in need of attention and support, please email us at In case of a pastoral emergency, you may call or text Rev. Michelle Collins at 301-675-5314 or email her at She is always available for pastoral needs.
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