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
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.
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
On Sunday, October 29, 2017, First Church will celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.
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
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.
Each year the Committee of Involvement (COI) invites First Church attendees to join the core ministries of the church.
Our second annual Day of the Dead Celebration will be held in Loper Chapel 3:30– 5:30 pm on Sunday, October 29.
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
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
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.
The Ministry of Justice & Service will be sponsoring a service day at the Alameda County Community Food Bank, located at 900 Edgewater Dr.
BOCA (Berkeley Organizing Congregations for Action) presents “A Reason for Hope—There is Another Way”.
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
Our worship series for fall is #BlessedTomorrow.
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.
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!
Over 100 First Church folk went to Camp Cazadero near the Russian River for the annual All-Church Camp on Sept 16 & 17, 2017.
Senior Minister Molly Baskette holds office hours each week on Tuesdays.
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.
New signs in the First Church parking lot reserve spaces for special parking on Sunday mornings.
Trust Hilton has been hired as the Director of Youth Ministries at First Church Berkeley.
First Church is delighted to announce that Loi Almeron and Kim Druziako will serve as Emerging Leaders at First Church in 2017–2018.
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.
The First Church Gospel Choir will rehearse in Loper Chapel or the Sanctuary after worship (~11:30 am) on the following dates:
After he preached for and moved us so deeply back in February, we knew we wanted to hear more from Marvin K. White.
Interested in singing old hymns and learning new ones?
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.
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.
As many of you know, Rachel’s partner Joe Scarry was recently diagnosed with lymphoma.
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
Each year, the church prepares an Annual Report detailing the activities of the previous year.
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
by Molly Baskette
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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?
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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
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
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.