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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The Blue Sky Visioning Team, charged with obtaining congregational input on a re-envisioned Pilgrim Hall, has launched an

Wednesday Mar 22, 2017 07:30 pm
For over seven centuries, the Salisbury Cathedral Choir has provided music at one of England’s most important cathedrals. Don?t miss this opportunity to hear this internationally renowned choir, led by David Halls, as they sing various gems from the choral literature.
Sunday Mar 26, 2017 11:30 am

On Sunday, March 26, come to a workshop by Eileen Drapiza-Dornan, LMFT, Berkeley-based therapist whose specialties include race and identity formation, mixed heritage and adoption issue

Beginning with the excitement of Palm Sunday through the shadow of Good Friday and on to the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection, First Church will mark the important ev

Sunday Mar 26, 2017 10:00 am

This Sunday, March 26 is One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) Sunday, an offering taken up across the United Church of Christ to benefit important work in t

This year, since the Large Assembly isn’t available, we’ll hold our “traditional” Maundy Thursday (April 13, 2017) soup supper and foot/hand washing in a new way—in small groups, as house church

Sunday Mar 19, 2017 11:30 am

A three-part series called Social Justice Theology will be led by Alice Clark, Reuben Shank and Rachel Bauman on three Sundays after church—Mar

Wednesday Feb 22, 2017 12:00 pm

Resistance is the word of the moment. You see it everywhere: on countless email headers, spray painted on urban walls and overpasses.

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

Saturday Apr 08, 2017 10:00 am

This year we’re hosting a new Young Adult Lent Retreat, April 8 in Dillon Beach!

— 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.

Wednesday Feb 22, 2017 12:00 pm

With painting and plastering completed, workers began removing the scaffolding that has filled up the First Church Sanctuary since post-fire restoration began.

Are you looking for a doorway into thanks, into stillness, into connection with the world and with the Divine?

In an effort to understand the spiritual and practical needs and habits of Bay Area families, Rev.

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

Read the following testimony from Julie Stokstad, one of the Political Action Accountability Buddies.

Wednesday Feb 22, 2017 12:00 pm

Many in our church have been taking our core religious values to Congress and the White House, and upping our social justice organizing game since the new administration took over in Wa

Saturday Apr 29, 2017 09:00 am


Paul Chapman brings this news from the Green Team

Wednesday Feb 08, 2017 12:00 pm

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

Monday Jan 02, 2017 12:00 pm

On Sunday, January 22, at an officially called meeting, the congregation unanimously approved the 2017 budget, developed by the Ministry of Stewardship, Finance & Administration and

Monday Jan 30, 2017 12:00 pm

The Fire Recovery Committee and the recently-appointed Blu

Saturday Jan 21, 2017 10:00 am


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 Nov 04, 2016 12:00 pm

As we continue to appreciate our new worship location at

Because Easter (April 16) occurs during Passover (April 10–18) this year, there are strict rules around what type of food will be allowed on the Beth E

Friday Oct 28, 2016 12:00 pm

Sunday Oct 23, 2016 11:50 am

For the second time a group from First Church took part in a peaceful demonstration to share messages of love and bear witness to the killing of African-Americans and other peop

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 Jul 10, 2016 10:00 am

On Sunday, July 10, 2016 First Church responded to a disturbing and challenging week in which two more black men were killed by police and five Dallas policemen were killed at an otherw

Sunday Mar 19, 2017 10:00 am
Find out who will be preaching at First Church on upcoming Sunday mornings.
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.