Minister of Art & Communication Phil Porter discusses Richard Rothstein’s book The Color of Law, which demonstrates comprehensively that housing segregation in the United States was systematically supported by federal, state and local laws and ordinances.
For this all-ages service, the theme was about how to be an “upstander”—how we support those who are being bullied directly or indirectly.
In the final sermon in the “Summer of Love” series, Senior Minister Molly Baskette explores love and guilt. Guilt can be a powerful force. It is a sign that we have done wrong or failed to do right. It may provide the impulse to make things right.
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 begins a new fall worship theme?"Wake Up & Dream," Minister of Art & Communication Phil Porter explores the passage in the wild and crazy book of Revelations in which God is creating a "new heaven and new earth." (Revelations 21:1-5) He commends the power of coll
Guest preacher Marvin K. White shares reflections on his trip to Ferguson, MO, as part of a seminary immersion trip to mark the anniversary of the day that Michael Brown was killed by a policeman. A poet as well as a preacher, White weaves together words of challenge and encouragement to name and address racism and racial inequality.
Guest preacher Marvin K. White shares reflections on his trip to Ferguson, MO, on the anniversary of the day that Michael Brown was killed by a policeman. A poet as well as a preacher, White weaves together a series of his own and other's Facebook posts to tell the powerful story of his experience there.