For this all-ages worship Sunday, Minister of Community Life Rachel Bauman leads the congregation in a reflection on Isaiah’s call to a “new heaven and a new earth,” a hopeful cry for justice and peace for all people.
In the last of his four sermons as First Church’s Public Theologian in Residence, Marvin K. White explores the rich topic of “love.” In his theopoetical style, he explores the generosity of God’s love, our own capability to name it, claim it and share it in the world, and the direct connection between love and justice.
Minister of Community Life Rachel Bauman sets out on a “joy watch” based on the morning'ss scripture from Isaiah (61:1-11) which promises a double portion of joy. The words come in a time of exile, return, and restoraion. The writer claims that it is those who are oppressed who will lead the way.
In the morning’s scripture, a vineyard owner employs a series of workers, some working the full day and some only a part. At the end of the day, he pays them all the same wages.
Besides being the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, this year is also the 50th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia that struck down the remaining laws in 16 states prohibiting interracial marriage. Mildred and Richard Loving were arrested in their home state of Virginia when their marriage certificate from Washington, D.C. was not honored.
First Church Berkeley member Sonny Graves shares his thoughts on the theme "Resist +" which the church explored during the season of Lent 2017. He pairs "resist" with "reimagine" in this video created by First Church Emerging Leader Loi Almeron.
In Deuteronomy 30:15-20, Moses calls his people to choose life and follow God’s commandments.