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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Sunday Oct 07, 2018 12:00 pm
We are now in our sacred season of stewardship! The season when we consider what our church means to us, and denote a gift for the coming year as an act of faith and commitment to its future.
Sunday Oct 14, 2018 10:00 am
Rev. Sophia DeWitt will be our guest preacher on Disability Empowerment Sunday, during the 10 am worship service on October 14, 2018.
Friday Oct 19, 2018 08:00 pm
First Church artist-in-residence and member Jeff Becker shares his life journey through poetry and song in a performance called "The Journey So Far" on Friday, October 19, 2018
Sunday Oct 28, 2018 03:30 pm
Our third annual Day of the Dead Celebration will be held in Loper Chapel 3:30–5:30 pm on Sunday, October 28, 2018.
Sunday Oct 21, 2018 11:45 am
On Sunday, October 21, Music Director Derek Tam will speak on “Congregational Singing: From Past to Present (Part 2)” about newer
Sunday Oct 28, 2018 11:45 am
Interested in putting down some spiritual roots at First Church? Are you considering becoming a member or official friend of the church?
Sunday Oct 28, 2018 11:45 am
On Sunday, October 28, come hear Amy Halpern-Laff, director of the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition, who will talk about the devastating impacts of indu
Tuesday Oct 16, 2018 09:00 am
Senior Minister Molly Baskette holds office hours each week on Tuesdays.
Wednesday Oct 03, 2018 12:00 pm
Several First Church youth and their leaders conquered the challenging Dipsea Trail hike led by Bob Stumpf.
Friday Nov 09, 2018 08:00 pm
Savor the modern world premiere production of Giovanni Porta's Ifigenia in Aulide, as recreated by Ars Minerva, one of the Bay Area's most exciting opera companies, on
Sunday Oct 14, 2018 10:00 am
Find out who will be preaching at First Church on upcoming Sunday mornings.
Sunday Sep 30, 2018 11:30 am
On Sunday, September 30, 2018, the First Church congregation voted unanimously to recommend the endorsement of two California ballot issues related to affordable housing and homelessness.
Wednesday Nov 07, 2018 06:00 pm
Join us every first Wednesday of the month (Sept-May) for Open Chapel: our alternative, creative, heartfelt worship gatherings, for and by young adults. Slow down, sing out, tune in, break bread, open up.
Tuesday Sep 18, 2018 12:00 pm
Check out more photos on the church's Flickr pages...
Sunday Sep 16, 2018 12:00 pm
The Rev. Dr. James Antal was the guest preacher at First Church on Sunday, September 16, 2018.
Saturday Sep 08, 2018 10:00 am
Photos! On Saturday, September 8, 2018, a march called Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice took place in San Francisco beginning at Embarcadero Plaza. The march to promote a New Energy and Economic Future was one of thousands taking place around the world.
Sunday Sep 09, 2018 09:45 am
Check out photos from this year's Oakland Pride Parade on our Flick page...
Friday Aug 10, 2018 12:00 pm
First Church member Kerrie Hein presented a series of five seminars on Mental Health Promotion. sponsored by the Mental Health Ministry Team.
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 Sep 04, 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.
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