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
Saturday Aug 25, 2018 07:30 pm
Under the direction of First Church Music Director Derek Tam, 100 singers from several Berkeley-area choruses will perform the East Bay premiere of "Street Requiem".
Saturday Sep 15, 2018 11:00 am
Save the date for our annual All-Church Retreat, Saturday & Sunday, September 15-16, at Camp Cazadero, a beautiful retreat center located northwest of Santa Rosa in the rolling hills north of the Russia
Sunday Aug 19, 2018 11:45 pm
Do you long to understand and be transformed by the aging process? Join Rev. Stephen Winton-Henry and Rev. Judy Huston on August 19 during the Learning Hour at 11:45 am in Loper Chapel for an experience of the Soul of Aging program
Sunday Aug 26, 2018 11:45 am
Come as you are to join our beloved Helen Rubardt and her son Frank Olivier on Sunday, August 26 at 11:45 am in Loper Chapel for Sufi Dances of Universal Peace.
Monday Aug 27, 2018 07:15 pm
The Mental Health Ministry continues to move forward as we explore becoming a WISE (Welcoming, Inclusive, Supportive and Engaged) Congregation for Mental Health.
Sunday Sep 02, 2018 11:45 am
Since Trump’s election, many have designated themselves as allies to marginalized people.
Sunday Sep 09, 2018 11:45 am
The Companionship Team has been meeting since this spring to prepare to launch Companioning at church. September 9 is “Companionship Roll-Out” Sunday.
Tuesday Aug 14, 2018 09:00 am
Senior Minister Molly Baskette holds office hours each week on Tuesdays.
Friday Aug 10, 2018 12:00 pm
A group of First Church young adults spent a recent Saturday morning helping out at the Berkeley Food Pantry.
Thursday Jul 05, 2018 12:00 pm
The summer sermon series will explore “The Wildness of God.” God is good! But God is not safe.
Wednesday Aug 08, 2018 12:00 pm
There’s good news for the family that the Accompaniment Team has been supporting.
Monday Jul 23, 2018 12:00 pm
After an extended period of dialogue with the church’s insurers, we have reached an impasse in settling our claim for losses from the fire of September 2016.
Tuesday Jul 24, 2018 12:00 pm
First Church celebrated summer with a Chili Cook-Off and Hootenanny on Sunday, July 22 during the After Party following worship (the church's food and conversation time).
Tuesday Jul 03, 2018 12:00 pm
The church has a new database called Realm which has some really wonderful capabilities One of those is to serve as an online, secure, password-protected church directory (with pictures!) for our community.
Sunday Jul 08, 2018 12:00 pm
The Meal Train website helps us provide meals for members of our community who may need some extra support while they are dealing with changes in their lives—new babies, surgery, accidents, passings.
Thursday Jul 05, 2018 12:00 pm
After a robust discussion, Church Council voted unanimously at its last meeting to install a three-dimensional sign with back-lit aluminum block letters mounted on the brick area above the Cloister.
Wednesday Jun 20, 2018 12:00 pm
Many members of the First Church community are expressing concern about the issue of children being separated from their parents at the border and wondering how to respond. Here are few suggestions:
Thursday Jun 21, 2018 12:00 pm
Winthrop, the high school youth group, is in Stockton, CA on their annual Work Camp.
Tuesday Jun 26, 2018 12:00 pm
First Church celebrated Pride weekend in big ways. A contingent joined in the Trans March on Friday night, and another group attended the Pride Parade on Sunday.
Friday Jun 15, 2018 12:00 pm
There is interest in expanding the FCCB sanctuary ministry to include sponsorship and housing of an immigrant/refugee.
Friday May 25, 2018 12:00 pm
We are excited to announce that Bree Elle Gardner and Trust Hilton will join First Church as Emerging Leaders for 2018- 2019. They will begin in September and serve through May of 2019.
Thursday May 10, 2018 12:00 pm
Marvin K. White served as First Church’s Public Theologian in Residence for 2017-2018. Marvin is a poet, preacher/theologian, activist, and artist.
Tuesday May 01, 2018 12:00 pm
First Church has launched the First Church Berkeley GodCast, a podcast featuring the scripture and sermon from the weekly Sunday service.
Sunday Aug 19, 2018 10:00 am
Find out who will be preaching at First Church on upcoming Sunday mornings.
Wednesday Feb 21, 2018 12:00 pm
The Sanctuary Ministry Team announces the formation of a new Accompaniment Team comprised of Reverend Molly, Carolyn Ash, Andrea Trexler
Monday Jan 22, 2018 12:00 pm
Members of the First Church have formed a new Disability Empowerment Team. One of its goals is to generate sensitivity around language of disability.
Monday Nov 06, 2017 12:00 pm
Emerging Leader Loi Almeron has begun creating a series of short videos called “Word Takeaway.” Each week after the service, the preacher summarizes their sermon in about two minutes.
Sunday Aug 20, 2017 11:45 am
On Sundays, August 6, 13, & 20, 2017 the Adult Education Ministry presented a series entitled Contemplating Loss and Death: A Zen Hospice Project Perspective in the Sanctuary.
Besides the First Church’s public Facebook page, the church also has a private community page wher
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. — Hebrews 13:2
Wednesday Oct 12, 2016 12:30 pm
by Molly Baskette
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?
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