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 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
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.
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.
At the June 10 meeting, “Planning for the Next 100 Years," the Blue Sky Team presented conc
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
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.
Sign up by June 18!
This summer, First Church Berkeley is offering exciting opportunities to learn, explore and play together: summer small groups!
Curious about meditation? Or a long-time practitioner?
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.
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
Bree Elle Gardner made bread with the help of the children in summer Sunday School which will be used for communion this coming Sunday.
The brand new documentary From the Ashes was screened at First Church on June 8 by the
On Wednesday, May 31, Rev. Molly Baskette was installed as Senior Minister of First Church Berkeley!
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
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.
Do you ever sit around making a list of your spiritual gifts, and celebrate them? What’s that? You don’t?
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
Besides the First Church’s public Facebook page, the church also has a
— 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
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 t
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?
NOTE Links to videos below!
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.