News & Events

Upcoming Events

  • Any Friends or friends of Friends who would like to attend the Oakland Women's March on Saturday January 20th please contact Genie Stowers.  Quakers will be attending as a group. 

  • The Friend's Oral History featuring Lois Pryor that was scheduled for Saturday January 20th has been MOVED to February 24 due to conflicts with Quarterly Meeting and the Women's March.  Lois was involved in the Friends Committee on Legislation. There is a flyer in the community room.

  • The next Young Adult Friends lunch will be next Sunday, January 21, at 12:30 at Dara Thai restaurant at 1549 Shattuck Ave., at Cedar, in North Berkeley.  This location is a change from the one listed in the newsletter.  The lunch takes place on the third Sunday of every month, and is jointly planned by Young Adult Friends from Strawberry Creek and Berkeley Meetings, but any Young Adult Friends are welcome!  There are funds available to help defray costs, so please don't hesitate!  If you have any questions, please contact any of the members of the newly-formed Young Adult Friends planning group:  Meghan McAllister, Jonny Cookmeyer, Laura Benitez, and Judy Tate.

  • Friendly dinners (see flyer) will be starting Saturday Feb 10. This is a series of 4 round-robin dinners, meeting at each other’s homes for an informal meal and conversation, followed by Quaker Dialogue (Worship-Sharing). Participants take turns as host, co-host, and convener. Couples who sign up together will be grouped with their partners. Let’s get better acquainted with people in our Meeting community! Please contact Barb Atwell for more info and download this form to sign-up.

  • 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.

Activities

  • 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.  

  • Also upcoming is an adult education series on Quaker women in the 19th century, and the dates and readings for this are already available from our session leader, Sue Friday, via: berkeleymeeting@gmail.com and are available on this website under Meeting Business (under Members and Attenders).  The meetings will be Sundays at 7 pm in the Meeting library.

  • Hearts and Handwork is continuing 3rd Friday @ 7:30 PM in the Community Room dining room. Bring your knitting, sewing, or other handwork and something for show and tell for an evening of conversation and handwork. Coloring books will be provided for those who do not already have handwork. Questions? Contact Catherine Anderson at 510-526-1403 or Kylin Navarro at bfm.residentfriends@gmail.com

  • Quaker Movie Series for the fall will include three of the best films dealing with Quakers.  The September film is a documentary narrated by Ed Asner, The Good War and Those Who Refused to Fight It.   It is the story of the American conscientious objectors during World War II (including many Quakers) who refused to fight.  The October film is George Clooney's Good Night and Good Luck, about Edward R. Murrow and his triumph over Joseph McCarthy's "Un-American Activities Committee."  And in November, we will watch that wonderful documentary about a most wonderful Quaker, Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin.   All are shown on third first days (Sundays) at 1 pm in Meetingroom. (flyer)

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