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
The Blue Sky Visioning Team, charged with obtaining congregational input on a re-envisioned Pilgrim Hall, has launched an
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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Paul Chapman brings this news from the Green Team
Each year, the church prepares an Annual Report detailing the activities of the previous year.
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
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
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
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
by Molly Baskette
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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
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?
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
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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
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
Watch the powerful United Church of Christ?s StillSpeaking Ministry video spot which was launched on the internet in 2010.