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 Oct 21, 2017 08:00 pm
Based in LA, Asian-American hip-hop artist/poet/activist jason chu is on a mission to speak hope, healing, and justice in a broken world. He tells stories about friends and families wrestling with fear and joy, greed and hope, hurt and healing.
Sunday Oct 22, 2017 11:45 am

On Sunday, October 22, Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (SAHA) will present some ideas for what an affordable housing project might look like on the First Church campus.

Sunday Oct 22, 2017 11:45 am

On Sunday, October 22, Malcolm Margolin, noted Berkeley author, naturalist & founder of nonprofit Heyday books, who will speak on “California’s Oldest and Deepest Sense of Itself: Observations on the Spiritual a

Sunday Oct 29, 2017 10:00 am

On Sunday, October 29, 2017, First Church will celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

Sunday Nov 05, 2017 11:45 am

In this 500th Anniversary year of the Protestant Reformation, First Church will present a two-part study of this theological and ecclesiastical revolution and the man who brought it on, Martin Luther, durin

Sunday Oct 29, 2017 11:45 am

In March of this year, Stan Boghosian traveled to parts of Israel, Jordan and Lebanon at the invitation of a relative who used to live there.

Thursday Oct 19, 2017 12:00 pm

Each year the Committee of Involvement (COI) invites First Church attendees to join the core ministries of the church.

Sunday Oct 29, 2017 03:30 pm

Our second annual Day of the Dead Celebration will be held in Loper Chapel 3:30– 5:30 pm on Sunday, October 29.

Thursday Nov 02, 2017 07:30 pm

Author and Spirit Rock meditation teacher Phillip Moffitt will speak about his new book Awakening through the Nine Bodies on Thursday, November 2, 2107 at 7:30 pm in the Sanctuary

Saturday Nov 11, 2017 09:00 am

On Saturday, November 11, 9 am – 1 pm in Loper Chapel, the Adult Education Ministry invites you to attend a Non-Violent Communication (NVC) training, presented by Roxy Manning

Sunday Nov 05, 2017 03:00 pm

On Sunday, November 5, 2017 a “founding meeting” for the Choral Majority will be held from 3 to 5 pm in Loper Chapel at First Church Berkeley, spearheaded by musician and activist

Sunday Oct 15, 2017 11:45 am

Join us for a special musical treat! InterPlayer Soyinka Rahim will lead four intergenerational singing sessions featuring songs from her album BIBO (Breathe In Breathe Out) Love.

Saturday Nov 04, 2017 01:00 pm

The Ministry of Justice & Service will be sponsoring a service day at the Alameda County Community Food Bank, located at 900 Edgewater Dr.

Tuesday Nov 07, 2017 07:00 pm

BOCA (Berkeley Organizing Congregations for Action) presents “A Reason for Hope—There is Another Way”.

Saturday Jan 20, 2018 09:00 am

On Saturday, January 20, 2018, First Church is pleased to offer a day-long training on Companionship, with Craig Rennebohm, author of The Way of Companionship: Welcoming the Stranger and a national

Wednesday Sep 20, 2017 12:00 pm

Our worship series for fall is #BlessedTomorrow.

Wednesday Oct 04, 2017 12:00 pm

Jeff Becker is on tour in the South with the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus. Here he is shown with his husband Don Martin and Pat and Craig Pratt who are accompanying the Chorus.

Sunday Oct 08, 2017 10:00 am
Find out who will be preaching at First Church on upcoming Sunday mornings.
Monday Sep 25, 2017 12:00 pm

Part of our campus is offline since the fire, but we want to send a message that our church is very much alive and kicking!

Saturday Sep 16, 2017 12:00 pm

Over 100 First Church folk went to Camp Cazadero near the Russian River for the annual All-Church Camp on Sept 16 & 17, 2017.

Wednesday Oct 04, 2017 12:00 pm

Senior Minister Molly Baskette holds office hours each week on Tuesdays.

Thursday Oct 05, 2017 12:00 pm

If you have seen the round, flat purple cushions in the Hall of Entrance or Sanctuary on worship days, no, they are not gifts left behind after an alien visitation.

Wednesday Oct 11, 2017 12:00 pm

New signs in the First Church parking lot reserve spaces for special parking on Sunday mornings.

Wednesday Oct 11, 2017 07:00 pm
Join us every first, second and third Wednesday for our young adult Open Chapel gatherings (1st & 3rd Wed: worship; 2nd Wed "wildcard," community-led). Slow down, sing out, tune in, break bread, open up.
Monday Sep 11, 2017 12:00 pm

Trust Hilton has been hired as the Director of Youth Ministries at First Church Berkeley.

Monday Sep 04, 2017 12:00 pm

First Church is delighted to announce that Loi Almeron and Kim Druziako will serve as Emerging Leaders at First Church in 2017–2018.

Sunday Aug 27, 2017 12:00 pm

On Sunday, August 27, 800 to 1000 people of faith from a variety of traditions in the Bay Area gathered in response to a planned rally by right-wing groups in downtown Berkeley.

Sunday Sep 24, 2017 11:30 am

The First Church Gospel Choir will rehearse in Loper Chapel or the Sanctuary after worship (~11:30 am) on the following dates:

Thursday Aug 10, 2017 12:00 pm

After he preached for and moved us so deeply back in February, we knew we wanted to hear more from Marvin K. White.

Sunday Sep 03, 2017 09:40 am

Interested in singing old hymns and learning new ones?

Thursday Aug 10, 2017 12:00 pm

As a reminder, since Rev. Rachel is on family leave and then sabbatical until early December, here are ways you can find the spiritual support you need in our community.

Friday Jul 14, 2017 12:00 pm

The Blue Sky Team and the Church have had a busy couple of months, with a lot of talking, listening, and sharing about how Pilgrim Hall could be rebuilt.  

Wednesday Jul 19, 2017 12:00 pm

As many of you know, Rachel’s partner Joe Scarry was recently diagnosed with lymphoma.

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 Sanctuary Congregation.

— Barbara Lundquist

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 this important group charged with “enga

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.


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 emergency basis to more than 2000 res

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 the phrases "gender identity" and "gen

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. At first, the video message was delivered to tens of thousands?by email, through internet ads, and posts to social networks.