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Church on Fire Videos

In this series of short weekly videos, the ministers of First Church Berkeley reflect on what is going on in the world from a progressive Christian perspective.

Rachel Bauman & Kit Novotny

Rev. Kit Novotny & Rev. Rachel Bauman discuss this transitional season of graduation and our connection to the transition of Jesus' disciples into apostles following his death.

Phil Porter & Molly Baskette

In this season following Easter, there is good reason for us to find and claim our joy. Rev. Molly and Rev. Phil share their excitement about finding joy even in troubling times.

Molly Baskette & Phil Porter

In the wake of the collapse of "repeal and replace" in the US House of Representatives, Senior Minister Molly Baskette and Minister of Art & Communication Phil Porter reflect on the importance of health and healthcare for all people and the power of healing in Jesus' ministry.

Kit Novotny & Rachel Bauman
Molly Baskette & Kit Novotny

In this week’s Church on Fire, Senior Minister Molly Baskette and Young Adult Minister Kit Novotny explore what it means to keep Sabbath—an “architecture or sanctuary in time,” when our spirits can be refreshed.

Phil Porter & Rachel Bauman

In this week's Church on Fire episode, Minister of Community Life Rachel Bauman and Minister of Art & Communication Phil Porter realize that in these times when so much is going on and so much is being demanded of us that we might be able to slow down, catch our breath and ultimately be more centered and effective.

Molly Baskette & Kit Novotny

On Ash Wednesday, Senior Minister Molly Baskette and Young Adult Minister Kit Novotny remind us that we are made of dirt and God. Humility (which has the same root as "humus" which means "earth") can be a powerful posture during the season of Lent and at all times and we each contain the sparkling presence of God.

Molly Baskette & Phil Porter

Senior Minister Molly Baskette and Minister of Art & Communication Phil Porter decry incidents of anti-Semitic hate speech and violence and declare solidarity with our Jewish sisters, brothers and siblings.

Molly Baskette & Rachel Bauman

In this week's episode of Church on Fire, Senior Minister Molly Baskette and Minister of Community Life Rachel Bauman share how praying the news can help us respond in a more grounded way to the often challenging news of the day.

Molly Baskette & Kit Novotny

Senior Minister Molly Baskette and Young Adult Minister Kit Novotny reflect on the protests that occurred on the University of California at Berkeley campus where speaker and provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos was to speak.

Molly Baskette & Kit Novotny

Senior Minister Molly Baskette and Young Adult Minister Kit Novotny talk about the recent executive order regarding immigrants and refugees. They remind us that Jesus told us to welcome the stranger, as we were once strangers in Egypt. (In the first few videos, we were still experimenting with the name of the series, until we settled on "Church on Fire.")

Molly Baskette & Kit Novotny

Senior Minister Molly Baskette and Young Adult Minister Kit Novotny break down the best buddy system ever: Christian discipleship! We talk about the Women's March and how unity is so important in these tough times.

(In the first few videos, we were still experimenting with the name of the series, until we settled on "Church on Fire.")