Receptions for Marvin K. White

Tue, Jun 19 • 6:00 pm
Sat, Jun 23 • 4:00 pm

Various locations, see below

The First Church community is invited to attend any of four upcoming fundraising events to support the first year of Marvin K. White’s new position as Artivist in Residence at the Oakland Peace Center. Several First Church members have stepped forward to host events.

Marvin K. White, MDiv, was the Public Theologian in Residence (’17-’18) at First Church Berkeley and a recent Yerba Buena Center for the Arts “Equity” Fellow (’16-’17). He is the author of four collections of poetry: Our Name Be WitnessStatus; and the two Lammy-nominated collections last rights and nothin’ ugly fly. He is articulating a vision of social, prophetic and creative justice through his work as a poet, artist, teacher, collaborator, preacher, cake baker, and Facebook Statustician.

The Oakland Peace Center is a community of artists, activists, cultural workers, educators and non-profits collaborating to bring about a city of hope, justice, nonviolence and compassion.

The goal is to raise between $20-25,000 overall. Bring your checkbook or credit cards or send a check made out to “Oakland Peace Center” to the church. Contributions are tax deductible.


Tuesday, June 19, • 6–7:30 pm • Kate & Robin Lucchese

Come one, come all to a Juneteenth Reception for Marvin K. White from 6–7:30 pm, Tuesday, June 19 at Kate & Robin Lucchese's place, 1378 Ocean Avenue, Emeryville (between Hollis and Doyle). Plenty of street parking and the foot-traffic gate will be open from 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM. After that, just call Kate at 979-739-9429 and she will let you in!  

Remembering that Texas was the Confederacy’s largest consumer of enslaved Africans and African-descended peoples, picking endless fields of cotton under the merciless sun, we commemorate June 19, 1865, the day when enslaved Texans learned at last of the Emancipation Proclamation. We commemorate the peace and freedom that came that day. We know that peace and freedom can be generational. We can see it our time too. Nibble on choice Texas-style BBQ as we hear poetry and are uplifted by a vision for peace in Oakland and the world!


Saturday, June 23 • 4–6 pm • Christine Hodges

Come to a garden fundraising reception for Marvin from 4–6 pm, Saturday, June 23 at Hillegass-Parker Cooperative House (home of new member Christine Hodges), 2545 Hillegass Ave, Berkeley (south of People’s Park), to hear Marvin’s poetry, enjoy light refreshments, raise funds for his first year of peace work at OPC (bring your checkbook or your plastic) and send him off with our support on his new endeavor.


Watch for details for the next two receptions.

No childcare provided