What’s Happening at First Church

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.

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Saturday Jul 08, 2017 09:00 am

On Saturday, July 8, 9 am–1 pm in Loper Chapel, Adult Education invites you to attend a Non-Violent Communication (NVC) training, presented by Roxy Manning

Sunday Jul 02, 2017 08:30 am

Calling all readers for a discussion of John Howard Yoder’s The Politics of Jesus on Sunday, July 2, 8:30–9:45 am, Durant House, led by

Thursday Jul 13, 2017 07:00 pm

Holy Fool Arts presents Wade Through Deep Water, an evening of Ceremonial Theater, in the First Church Sanctuary on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 7 pm.

Saturday Jun 10, 2017 12:00 pm

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.

Tuesday Jun 20, 2017 12:00 pm

At the June 10 meeting, “Planning for the Next 100 Years," the Blue Sky Team presented conc

Sunday Jun 18, 2017 11:30 am

On Sunday, June 18 First Congregational Church of Berkeley, United Church of Christ voted unanimously to sign the National Sanctuary Movement Pledge (below) and formally establish itself as a Sa

Wednesday Jun 28, 2017 08:00 pm

First Church young adult Yuka Kobayashi will host a young adult summer meetup at Albany Bowl (540 San Pablo Ave.) on Wednesday, June 28 at 8 pm.

Tuesday Jun 13, 2017 12:00 pm

Sign up by June 18!

This summer, First Church Berkeley is offering exciting opportunities to learn, explore and play together: summer small groups!

Sunday Jun 18, 2017 09:15 am

Curious about meditation?  Or a long-time practitioner?

Sunday Jul 09, 2017 11:30 am

On Sunday, July 9, 11:30 am–1 pm in Loper Chapel, come experience a few simple practices of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) with Rev.

Saturday Aug 05, 2017 08:00 pm

Once again, First Church Berkeley will be hosting an evening of comedy by lesbian performers Jennie McNulty and Vickie Shaw on Saturday, August 5 at

Wednesday Jun 28, 2017 12:00 pm

Bree Elle Gardner made bread with the help of the children in summer Sunday School which will be used for communion this coming Sunday.

Thursday Jun 08, 2017 07:00 pm

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

Sunday Jun 04, 2017 10:00 am



Wednesday May 31, 2017 06:00 pm

On Wednesday, May 31, Rev. Molly Baskette was installed as Senior Minister of First Church Berkeley!

Thursday May 25, 2017 12:00 pm

This summer's worship series will be Summer of Love, in honor of the 50th anniversary of Berkeley's Summer of Love! We are looking for liturgists to offer a first-person testimo

Saturday May 27, 2017 02:00 pm



Sunday May 21, 2017 10:00 am

Childcare and Sunday School

On Sunday mornings, the nursery will be in Loper Chapel from 9:45–11:30 am. Preschool children will be in the East Bay School for Boys (ESBS) play yard May 21 & 28 and June 4.

Monday Apr 24, 2017 12:00 pm

Do you ever sit around making a list of your spiritual gifts, and celebrate them? What’s that? You don’t?

Wednesday Apr 26, 2017 01:00 pm

Last Wednesday, April 26, 2017, on the day of the ceremony of remembrance at First Church to commemorate the mass removal and imprisonment of Japanese Americans in 1942, a bus arrived at the church brin

Sunday Apr 23, 2017 11:30 am

At a presentation on Sunday, April 23, following worship, Milton Fujii, the chair of the

Besides the First Church’s public Facebook page, the church also has a

Sunday Jun 25, 2017 10:00 am
Find out who will be preaching at First Church on upcoming Sunday mornings.

— Barbara Lundquist

Progress continues on the church in the wake of the September 30, 2016 fire. The Sanctuary is being restored. Scaffolding is still up as plastering and painting takes place.

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. — Hebrews 13:2

Wednesday Feb 08, 2017 12:00 pm

Each year, the church prepares an Annual Report detailing the activities of the previous year.

Wednesday Jan 18, 2017 12:00 pm

At its January 17 meeting, Church Council approved the slate for the new ad-hoc Council committee—the “Blue Sky Visioning Team.” Eleven members have been appointed to t

Friday Oct 28, 2016 12:00 pm

Wednesday Oct 12, 2016 12:30 pm

by Molly Baskette

Tuesday Oct 04, 2016 07:15 am

Click on the symbol in the lower right corner of the slideshow below to see the photos full screen.


Wednesday Mar 01, 2017 07:00 pm

POST-FIRE NOTE  Open Chapel will continue to take place in Loper Chapel at the First Church location at the corner of Dana & Durant near the UC Berkele

Thursday May 07, 2015 07:00 pm

Members of the BeFrienders Ministry Team will be available during the 10 am Learning Hour in the church office for the next several Sundays for those who would like an opportunity?

Monday Oct 03, 2016 09:15 am

Because of the fire that took place at First Church Berkeley on Friday, September 30, 2016 the

Sunday Feb 21, 2016 10:00 am

NOTE  Links to videos below!

Tuesday Mar 01, 2016 12:00 am

First Church Berkeley is participating in an on-going food drive to support the work of the Berkeley Food Pantry which provides food on an

Tuesday Mar 03, 2015 08:00 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

Wednesday Apr 10, 2013 02:00 pm

Watch the powerful United Church of Christ?s StillSpeaking Ministry video spot which was launched on the internet in 2010.