Videos of All-Church Pilgrim Hall Conversations and More

Sat, Jun 10, 2017

On Saturday, June 10, the First Church Berkeley community gathered to hear about several options for rebuilding Pilgrim Hall that the Blue Sky Team has developed. Over 100 people attended. Members of the Blue Sky Team provided leadership along with Senior Minister Molly Baskette and special guest facilitator Rev. Dr. Diane Johnson.

Recap and Videos

The first section includes introductions to the process, community agreements and conversations about change. View the video of Part One…

In this second section, you will hear the presentations of three aspects of the project and questions and answers about each one. The first option outlined a basic rebuild which would be similar to the way that Pilgrim Hall previously existed with code upgrades, seismic improvements, and additions for accessibility, including an elevator.  The second option would reshape the building providing an extra 5,500 sq. ft. of space. It would include many of the same elements that previously existed, in a different configuration as well as additional space. In the third section, the possibility of building affordable housing on the north end of our property was presented. It would occupy space that is currently parking and the location of Durant House. The affordable housing project could go along with either of the first two Pilgrim Hall options, and could provide some of the funding needed for the Pilgrim Hall remodel. View the video of Part Two…

After the second part of the morning,  conversations took place over lunch. Also, everyone present got a set of three dots that they could place on charts to indicate the options that they were tending toward. In Part Three, the final section, the charts were reviewed, members had a chance to reflect on the discussions and ask a few more questions. View the video of the Part Three…

PowerPoint Presentation

You can see the PowerPoint presentations for the morning here.
Part 1   Introduction and Option 1 (Pilgrim Hall Reconstructed)
Part 2   Option 2 (Pilgrim Hall Expanded)
Part 3   Option 3 (Affordable Housing Project)

Two Additional Sessions

The Blue Sky Team is offering two more question and answer sessions on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 from 6:30–8:30 pm in Loper Chapel and Sunday, June 25 from 12–2 pm in the Sanctuary. Since food will be made available, please let the Team know which session/s you will attend...


The Blue Sky Team has compiled a list of FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) about the plans for rebuilding Pilgrim Hall.

Questions? Comments?

If you have questions, you can also email them to the Blue Sky Team.