Green Ministry Team News

Green Team logoFirst Church has a strong commitment to the environment and the church as a whole has been involved in a number of inititiatives, including education and activism.

The Green Ministry Team is an open group that meets regularly to discuss issues and consider action related to a variety of environmental activities. (To find out more about the group, contact Paul Chapman or Cynthia Lloyd. If you don't know either of these folks, ask one of the ministers or other members and they will help you get connected.)

On this page you will find a number of current and past stories about the activities of the Green Ministry Team.

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The Rev. Dr. James Antal was the guest preacher at First Church on Sunday, September 16, 2018.

The annual tree planting with Urban Releaf, organized by Emma Fujii and the Green Ministry Team, drew some 20 First Church members and children.

On Sunday, March 4, three members of the Green Ministry Team will lead a panel discussion on the crisis in climate change at

The Green Ministry Team encourages First Church members to write to state political leaders to encourage them to pass

The Ministry of Justice & Service will be sponsoring a service day at the Alameda County Community Food Bank, located at 900

The brand new documentary From the Ashes was screened at First Church on June 8 by the

In partnership with the Sierra Club and Interfaith Power and Light, the

Kit Novotny & Annis Kukulan will be organizing a First Church group to join the Oakland event at the Lake Merritt Amphitheater at 11 am.

First Congregational Church will participate in our fifth annual service day with Urban Releaf on Saturday, March 11, 2017

On February 19 the Green Ministry Team will screen a portion of the Leonardo DiCa

The Green Ministry Team and the

With the harvest season here, the

This year First Church has made great strides in lowering its carbon footprint.

The Green Ministry Team continues to promote various sustainability initiatives.

The Green Ministry Team at First Church is hosting a

In October 2015, for the fourth year in a row, First Church Green Ministry T

On January 19, the First Church Green Ministry Team has invited Gail Schickele from the


Twelve members of the First Church community took part in a Save the Bay activity on Saturday, January 18.

At its February meeting the First Church Green Ministry Team decided to support an advocacy initiative thi

Ruth Perry, a long-time member of the congregation who has since passed on, was well aware of environmental issues. She produced a small booklet called ?ABCs of Earthcare?

This year?s Rebuilding Together project will take place on two Saturdays, April 19 and 26 from 8 am to 5 pm, working on

The Rev. Dr. Ambrose Carroll will be our guest preacher at 11 am on Sunday, April 17.

Please use these four separate bins located in the Small and Large Assembly, Kitchen, and Durant House to help us reduce waste:

In April the Green Ministry Team completed a Transportation Survey gathering information about transportatio

Interfaith Power & Light (IPL) has announced that First Church is among 26 churches recog

This spring First Church will be joining a major initiative organized by the United Church of Christ called Mission 4/1 Earth, an opportunit

First Church's Green Ministry Team will show the new film, ?Disruption,? produced by


We will have the opportunity to work with the Shorebird Park Nature Center near the Berkeley Marina to promote environmental stewardship within our church and the local community b

Rabbi Stephen Pearce will deliver the third and final presentation in the series InterFaith Perspectives on the Environment, sharing a Jewish point of view.

More than 30 members and friends of First Church plus three dogs spent a beautiful Sunday afternoon walking through Berkeley to raise the issue of world hunger and

Save the Date for Urban Releaf!

How many members of the First Church community found a way green way to commute to church on Sunday, May 5?

Between 40 and 50!

The First Church Green Ministry Team will screen the short film “Faith Against Fracking” with special guest

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The Green Team is sponsoring the screening of Merchants of Doubt, an acclaimed documentary on climate change

Paul Chapman is the chair of the Green Ministry Team, formed in 2012 at First Church Berkeley.

First Church Green Team members Freddie Bunge, Rev.

Dumpster diving on Thursday, Oct.

On Sunday, January 26, members of the Climate Change Team at the League of Women Voters o

Forget about giving up cookies for Lent. How about giving up some carbon? ? a.k.a. some of the driving we do or other carbon-emitting activities?  

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What role can faith play in motivating our leaders towards sustainable change?

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A few weeks ago, members of First Church?s Green Ministry Team were seen diving in the dumpster, recycling and green waste bins.

In honor of Earth Day (April 22), the Green Ministry Team is organizing the Second Annual Green Commute to Church Da

On Sunday, April 17, during the Save the Bay Learning Hour, come hear a representative from Save the Ba

The Learning Hours and worship themes in September will help us live into our fall theme ?Caring for Each Other, Caring for the Earth.? Three insp

On two Sundays, July 20 & 27, The Green Team and the Adult Education Committee is presenting Learning Hours (after the 10 am service) on environmental issues f

The Green Ministry Team would like you to know about a new film about climate change, ?

On Sunday, February 10, First Church joined in the National Preach-In on Global Warming sponsored by

People's Climate March, Sept. 21, 2014 in New York City.

The Green Ministry Team is glad to announce that First Congregational Church of Berkeley has earned the U.S.

How many members of the First Church community can find a green way to commute to church on Sunday, May 5?

In October 2014, Green Ministry Team members, assisted by students of the East Bay School for Boys, took to

One of the goals of the UCC-wide campaign ?Mission 4/1 Earth? is to plant 100,000 trees world-wide. First Church has set a goal of 250 trees.

Have you come up against the challenge of how to recycle certain objects or materials and wondered where to turn?

The United Church of Christ has set a goal of sending 100,000 advocacy letters on environmental concern

In June, Pope Francis released his much-anticipated and ground-breaking encyclical, Laudato Si, called ?Our Common Home?, that focuses on the

Thanks to the outstanding support from the First Church community, the Green Ministry Team enjoyed a productive year promoting environmental sustainability at Firs

On Thursday, November 12, members of Faith Against Fracking (who were with us in a Learning Hour last summer) wil

About 50 people gathered for the Green Ministry Team?s Sustainable Potluck Lunch at First Church on Sunday, October

At its November meeting the Church Council endorsed the Paris Pledge on behalf of the FCCB congregation.


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As part of the Paris Climate Summit in December, the Church Council endorsed the Paris Pledge, an initiative of

Once again First Church will participate in a service day sponsored by Urban Releaf to plant trees that will help restore

An important element in work of the First Church Green Team is to promote and acknowledge activities in the church that are helping us ?care for the earth and care for each

The Green Ministry Team invites you to join in a day of tree planting with

In April, we will celebrate the dignity and beauty of this one earth we share, honor the devastating realities of climate change and lift up the hope of our resurrection faith with

Committed cyclist and First Church member Dan Leaverton will be taking part in the Climate Ride, a 2

As part of the series Easter to Earth Day (April 10, 17 & 24), the

Is the environment an important issue for you? What?s firing you up to take action?

350 Bay Area and co-sponsors invite you to come hear Dr.

UPDATE   On July 19, the Oakland City Council took it's second vote to make the ban

The UCC-wide campaign ?Mission 4/1 Earth? began on April 1 and will be ending soon on Sunday, May 19 (Pentecost).

The First Church Green Ministry Team has written a letter to the Sen

30 members and friends of First Church Berkeley joined with the committed staff of the Oakland organization Urban Releaf t

Honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by volunteering with Save the Bay at the MLK Jr.

Members and friends of First Church Berkeley helped transform the home of a Berkeley resident by cleaning inside and out on Saturday, April 27.

In its third year, the Green Ministry Team accomplished much to help the church become more environmentally sustainable and t

Fifteen First Church folk gathered at the Shorebird Park Nature Center near the Berkeley Marina to help clean up the shoreline along San Francisco

The Green Team, in partnership with