One-time events this weekend:

Saturday May 21 @ 10 am: Lynn Sullivan’s Memorial officiated by Rev. Michelle
Saturday May 21 @ 1 pm: Freestone History Wall Timeline Exercise
Sunday May 22 @ 12:15 pm: Celebration & Planning Congregational Meeting

Good Neighbor for May

Berkeley Food and Housing Project

Saturday May 21, 2022

10 am – 12 pm Lynn Sullivan Memorial officiated by Rev. Michelle Collins.
Safir Room – Lynn’s fiber art work will be displayed until 5 pm on tables and easels by UUCB members, friends, and family. Click here to read a note of appreciation of her life in the Berkeleyside.

1 – 4 pm Freestone History Wall Timeline Exercise
Fireside Room – We continue our conversation and exploration for determining the future of UUCB’s Freestone retreat property. Come and join with others about our history, our collective history, with Freestone. You can find the entire timeline here.

Sunday May 22, 2022

Harvey Milk Day

9:15 am Personal Theology
ZoomDwight Merrill presents “Capitalism or Socialism? A Hybrid System is Better for Humanity”. Long time member Dwight Merrill started attending Sunday School at The First Unitarian Church of Berkeley in 1956. He attended UC Berkeley, served two years in the Peace Corps, and did graduate work in chemistry at Ohio State. Growing up in the 1950’s, it was sometimes said that half the world followed Jesus Christ, and the other half followed Karl Marx. Dwight will argue that the world needs to take the better parts of both capitalism and socialism, create a hybrid of the two, and move society forward into a fairer and more productive future.

10 am – 5 pm Lynn Sullivan Memorial – Exhibit of Fiber Art
Safir Room – Lynn Sullivan fiber art work will be displayed on tables and easels by UUCB members, friends, and family. Lynn Sullivan was an active church member and contributor who created numerous fabric-based projects at the church, Freestone and various UUCB fundraisers. She was an expert weaver, knitter, quilter. Click here to read a note of appreciation of her life in the Berkeleyside.

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 – Can Beauty Save the World? Rev. Michelle Collins, preaching. Worship Associates Deborah Schmidt and Sandy Portillo-Robins. Fyodor Dostoyevsky once said, “Beauty will save the world.” What does this even mean? What can beauty do for our world and our lives, and is it possible that it could make a difference? We’ll delve into our monthly Soul Matters theme of beauty today.

  • Please arrive 15-30 minutes before the 11 am service start time
  • Vaccination clearance, sign-in, and masks required
  • Childcare will be provided
  • Follow social distancing guidelines

12:15 pm Congregational Meeting (no coffee hour)
Sanctuary and Zoom – Celebration & Planning Congregational Meeting. Award presentations, all things financial, state-of-the-church report, and more! Meeting and agenda packet has already been distributed to members. Click here for the Agenda.

1 pm Humanist Connections
ZoomWhat Is Most Important Thing in Your Life Now? Paul Ulbrich. For more information, contact Marcia Bates.

The Week, May 23 – 28

Monday, May 23

9:15 am Writing Group
Zoom – Contact Kit Hewitt at for additional details.

9:30 am Women’s Insight Meditation Group 
Fireside Room – Contact Lucinda Young for details.

Tuesday, May 24
Declaration of the Báb (Baha’i)

10:15 am Volunteer for the Lunch Program at Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP)
In Person, off-site – UUCB volunteers prepare and/or serve lunch at the Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP) every fourth Tuesday. If you’re interested, contact Ray Westergard at raywest2@sbcglobal.netMeet at GRIP Souper Center: GRIP, 165 – 22nd Street, Richmond CA 94801

Wednesday, May 25

10 am Wednesday Walk & Talk Group
In person – 
A small group meets for a vigorous walk. Gather at Point Isabel outside Mudpuppy’s (1 Isabel Street, Richmond) on the first Wednesdays of the month and gather in front of UUCB on all other Wednesdays. Contact Ann Harlow for more info,

10 am Drop-in Climate Change Grief Group
Zoom – This Week’s Topic: Step 8 “Grieve the Harm I Have Caused”Ten Drop-in meetings, Wednesday Mornings, 10 am – 12 pm. Elaine Miller elau.usher@gmail.comTo register, and for more information & Zoom link:

10:30 am Aging with Grace
We are a group of elders who identify with the pleasures and the drawbacks of aging. We begin with a reading followed by a brief check in after which there is a general discussion. Contact Jane Ramsey for more info. or (510) 499-5204.

Thursday, May 26

Friday, May 27

7 pm Health Challenges Support Group
Zoom – A chance to talk about your health challenges, with feedback if wanted, as well as what you enjoy doing. Includes short poetry readings and starts with a nature-based guided meditation for relaxation. Contact Sandy Nixon for additional information.

Saturday, May 28

Upcoming Events

11 am Celebration of Life for Bridget Eding
Music, shared stories, food and art, a book giveaway – all things that Bridget loved. For the health of all, please come only if you are fully vaccinated, symptom free, and have a negative at home antigen test that morning. More info.
Freestone Dialogue Day
Fireside Room – We continue our conversation and exploration for determining the future of UUCB’s Freestone retreat propertyYou can find the entire timeline here.
7 pm The Honoring Indigenous Peoples Group invites you to a special summer spiritual journey book read of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer. Reviews on Goodreads. Talk by Dr. Kimmerer on Open Space Trust (free til midnight, June 4). More info.

Announcements & Resources

Thanks to our incredible staff and volunteers, we can phase out the registration requirement to attend services. However, check-in is still required, and we NEED VOLUNTEERS to make this process happen smoothly.

Please sign up here to help out on Sundays—it’s fun and easy!

June Dates for Summer Forum
June 5: Where is peace now? 
Professor David Hartsough.
June 12 Ocupella. Original political songs.
June 19 Ecological Footprints. Rev. Michelle Collins.
June 26 Safe Return. Working with women returning from the penitentiary. Tamisha Walker. 
Toward a Just World.

  • May Board Listening Presence Pier Sun Ho: call or text 734-649-8240 or send an email at
  • 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.
  • Caitlyn Vincent (Office Administrator) works Monday-Friday. In office Tuesdays and Fridays.
  • Antonio Toro (Facilities Manager) works Monday through Friday.
  • Charis Domador (Connections Coordinator) works remotely Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
  • Diana Steinbach (Finance Administrator) works remotely Mondays and Thursdays.

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