First Church Berkeley, part of the United Church of Christ is a progressive, welcoming church drawing together a community from throughout the Bay Area. No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here. Read more about the news and events that draw the community at large to this landmark in the community.
What’s Happening at First Church
Tuesday Feb 05, 2019 • 12:00 pm
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Sunday Feb 24, 2019 • 11:45 am
Monday Feb 25, 2019 • 7:00 pm
A new bible study group has formed that aims to explore queer themes in scripture, centered in the young adult community but open to all ages, led by FCCB member Jane Arc.
Tuesday Mar 05, 2019 • 5:30 pm
Join in the fun at the all-church, child-friendly festive evening on Tuesday, March 5 at 5:30 pm to mark Mardi Gras, the last day before the season of Lent begins.
Sunday Feb 17, 2019 • 12:00 pm
The Diversity Team led a 2-part study of Richard Rothstein’s The Color of Law: The Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America during the Learning Hours in February of 2019.
Wednesday Mar 06, 2019 • 7:00 pm
Join us at First Church on Wednesday, March 6, for a powerful and moving Ash Wednesday Service where we are reminded what it means to be human.
Friday Mar 22, 2019 • 8:00 pm
The "fortepianist of the beguiling fingers" (Bloomington Herald-Times), Resonance artistic director Derek Tam will play sonatas by Beethoven, Clementi,
Saturday Mar 02, 2019 • 8:30 am
The Bay Association will hold an Ecclesiastical Council to consider Phil Porter, currently a Commissioned Minister at First Congregational Church of Berkeley, for ordination on Satu
Saturday Mar 02, 2019 • 6:00 pm
Our friends at Congregation Beth El (where our church met for several months following the fire), have invited us to participate in this year's interfaith Havdalah event on Saturday, March 2 at 6 pm
Saturday Mar 02, 2019 • 8:00 am
First Church is partnering with City of Refuge UCC in Oakland and Pacific School of Religion (PSR) to host the WISE Congregations for Mental Health Conference from 8 am – 5 pm
Thursday Mar 07, 2019 • 6:00 pm
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Sunday Feb 03, 2019 • 12:00 pm
At the First Church Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 3, the congregation voted unanimously to become a Welcoming, Inclusive, Supportive and Engaged (WISE) Congregation for Mental Health.
Sunday Feb 03, 2019 • 12:00 pm
At it's 144th Annual Meeting the congregation unanimously voted in a new slate of officers and Ministry members. Leonard Ash was elected to be Moderator for 2019.
Sunday Jan 27, 2019 • 12:00 pm
We were blessed to have the talented and insightful church growth consultant, Michael Piazza, with us in May 2018 to teach Bay Area UCCs about new best practices for stewardship, as well as conduct a full health check on ou
Tuesday Feb 26, 2019 • 9:15 am
Senior Minister Molly Baskette holds office hours each week on Tuesdays.
Thursday Jan 31, 2019 • 12:00 pm
Opinions differed last year about whether to pursue affordable housing options on our campus.
Thursday Jan 24, 2019 • 12:00 pm
After much delay, the church now has a date for a hearing before the independent panel of appraisers charged with resolving the dispute between First Church and its insurers as to the value of losses from the fire of September 2016.
Sunday Mar 03, 2019 • 11:15 am
Kate Lucchese, director of the First Church Ukulele Orchestra invites all children to come to special rehearsals for the group designed just for you and your grown ups.
Saturday Jan 12, 2019 • 12:00 pm
FCCB has a long history of taking care of the unhoused homeless. In fact, FCCB hosted a winter storm shelter in the Large Assembly for years until the fire.
Sunday Feb 17, 2019 • 10:00 am
Find out who will be preaching at First Church on upcoming Sunday mornings.
Tuesday Sep 04, 2018 • 12:00 pm
First Church has launched the First Church Berkeley GodCast, a podcast featuring the scripture and sermon from the weekly Sunday service.
Monday Dec 17, 2018 • 12:00 pm
Beginning in January of 2019, the printed Carillon (and the accompanying e-version) will be produced every other week.
Wednesday Jan 30, 2019 • 12:00 pm
A group of First Church folk of all ages helped out with a shoreline clean up on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Thursday Nov 15, 2018 • 12:00 pm
Some of you may have noticed in Sunday’s bulletin the use of “kin-dom” in the Lord’s Prayer.
Sunday Oct 14, 2018 • 10:00 am
Rev. Sophia DeWitt was our guest preacher on Disability Empowerment Sunday, during the 10 am worship service on October 14, 2018.
Wednesday Mar 06, 2019 • 6:00 pm
Join us every first Wednesday of the month (Sept-May) for Open Chapel: our alternative, creative, heartfelt worship gatherings, for and by young adults. Slow down, sing out, tune in, break bread, open up.
Friday Aug 10, 2018 • 12:00 pm
First Church member Kerrie Hein presented a series of five seminars on Mental Health Promotion. sponsored by the Mental Health Ministry Team.
Thursday May 10, 2018 • 12:00 pm
Marvin K. White served as First Church’s Public Theologian in Residence for 2017-2018. Marvin is a poet, preacher/theologian, activist, and artist.
Monday Jan 22, 2018 • 12:00 pm
Members of the First Church have formed a new Disability Empowerment Team. One of its goals is to generate sensitivity around language of disability.
Besides the First Church’s public Facebook page, the church also has a private community page wher
Tuesday Mar 03, 2015 • 8:00 pm
UPDATE On Sunday, April 19, In an official congregational meeting, First Congregational Church of Berkeley voted to amend its Open and Affirming Statement to include the phrases "gender identity" and "gen