News & Events

Upcoming Events

  • Ahmed Abu Artema, a Palestinian nonviolent activist from Gaza, who is the visionary and one of the core organizers of the Great March of Return, will be speaking at 7 pm on Thursday March 7th at St. John's Presbyterian Church in Berkeley. The Great March of Return are weekly demonstrations at the fence that blockades Gaza, to which Israel has been responding with deadly force - killing 190 demonstrators, including 40 kids. The first demonstration started almost a year ago, after Ahmed, our speaker, wondered in a FB post what would happen if thousands of people would demonstrate peacefully at the fence. This is also a fundraiser for the AFSC work in Gaza.

  • Alternatives to Violence Project will be hosting an Advanced Workshop (for those who have completed the basic workshop) at the Berkeley Friends Church on Saturdays March 9 and 16, all day. For more information, e-Mail: or call: 510-394-2622. $35 - $100 donation requested. No one turned away for lack of funds. Snacks and Lunch provided

  • Berkeley Friends Meeting invites you to participate in a production of the Oral History Project, featuring Theolia and Chris Valentine, Saturday, March 9, 3-5 PM. The Valentines will share their personal reflections with us about their family and career.

  • The Events Committee is sponsoring a “dancing into Spring” workshop celebrating Biliana Stremska’s birthday, March 24 after meeting from 2-4. Music and a dance teacher will be provided. Please bring finger food, and for more information, see Theresa Cox.


  • The library will be taking donations for the 2019 Quaker History Calendars that we have published to benefit the Friends Committee on Legislation of California.  Please check them out in the library.  At least three of the six Quakers who initiated the founding of this organization in 1952 were members of Berkeley Meeting. In honor of FCLCA, the two themes covered this year are Quakers and civil liberties, which was the reason for the founding, and Quakers and criminal justice reform, which is central to their work today.  The calendars are informative and make inexpensive Christmas gifts.

  • The Berkeley Meeting has a Young Adult Friends group which usually meets at least twice a month. The schedule is a bit different during the summer. Young Adult Friends is a good way for people between the ages of about 18 to 40 to get to know one another better, and to meet Young Adults from other local Meetings.  If you have any questions, please contact any of the members of the Young Adult Friends planning group:  Jessie Mitchell, Keenan Lorenzato, Meghan McAllister, Jonny Cookmeyer, and Laura Benitez.

  • Ben Lomond Quaker Center has a calendar of events throughout the year.  The Berkeley Society of Friends has a pass for each one, for one person. The Quaker Center programs for this year are posted on the bulletin board in the Community Room of our Meetinghouse and are listed here.  If you are interested in using the Berkeley Meeting pass for a program, please see or email anyone on the Outreach and Nurture Committee. 

  • Young Adult Friends (YAF) gathering: Second Wednesdays of every month in the dining room and parlor at 6:30 dinner, discussion, worship, and/or worship sharing.  They also meet the 3rd Sunday at a local restaurant for lunch after Meeting for Worship. Contact Judy Tate if you have any questions. Berkeley Meeting has a Young Adult Friends group which meets at least twice a month.  

  • The meeting invites you to consider attending the Circle of Concern, which is a twice weekly vigil near the west lawn of the UC campus, at Oxford and Center Streets, that meets to express opposition to nuclear weapons.  The vigil takes place on Sunday from 2-3 and Thursday from 12-1, and for more information, you may contact Sandra Gey.

  • Also upcoming is an adult education series on Quaker Schisms Part 2 - Liberals Diverge for the fall.  Part I, which covered the 17th and 18th centuries, was given in the winter/spring of 2018.  If you wish to participate in the fall, please take advantage of the readings for Part 1, on this website under Meeting Business (under Members and Attenders).  Those readings provide background and precedents for Part II.  If you have questions, contact our session leader, Sue Friday, via:  Readings will be available in advance on our website; the discussions will be on ~Sundays at 7 pm.

  • The Ministry and Care committee is putting together a new program called Spiritual Life Sharing groups.  These are four-person groups, for which people would meet once per month for six months, in a worship sharing format, to share about their spiritual lives since their last meeting.  If you are interested, please contact Judy Tate.

Continuing Events

  • Meeting for Business, Every 2nd Sunday at 1 pm, Meetingroom

  • Work party: 4th Saturday, 10 am - 2 pm

  • Singing each First Day between the 9 am and 11 am Meetings for Worship in the Community Room

  • Reading Group: Every Tuesday evening at 7:30, Meeting Library

  • Poetry & Worship Sharing Group: First Wednesday evening of every month at 7:30, Meeting Parlor

  • Social and Environmental Action Committee: First First Day of the month at 1 pm, Library

  • Circle of Concern, Every Sunday 1-2 pm and Thursday 12- 1 pm, west entrance to UC Berkeley