Justice & Service Item

Past and current news and events having to do with justice and service.

The Sanctuary Movement at First Church


Some members of the community have raised the issue of how First Church might be involved in the Sanctuary Movement to support immigrants and refugees. An information meeting to widen this conversation will be held on Tuesday, March 28, at 6 pm in Loper Chapel. Light refreshments will be served.

Questions? Contact Rachel Bauman ( or Victoria Purcell- Gates (

Diverse Families Workshop: Child & Youth identity Development in a Multiracial Family


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 issues, from 11:30 am – 1 pm  in the Adult Library; light snacks provided.

YES and Winthrop youth whose parents attend the workshop will have supervision until 1 pm. Childcare provided for children age 0–5th grade.

One Great Hour of Sharing


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 the world.

Your generous gifts to OGHS will help to:

Build sustainable communities. OGHS supports self-help programs in more than 80 nations that enable people and communities to stand against and rise above hunger, disease, illiteracy, and other forces of injustice.

Social Justice Theology


A three-part series called Social Justice Theology will be led by Alice Clark, Reuben Shank and Rachel Bauman on three Sundays after church—March 19 & 26 and April 2—in the Congregation Beth El Sanctuary.

The “S-word” — Talking about Sex with our Tweens/Teens


On Sunday, February 26, 11:45 am–1:15 pm, parents are invited to a workshop led by First Church member Patty Contaxis, MFT, back by popular demand!

Patty will discuss how to talk with our tweens & teens about sex, the topic at the top of the list when parents were polled earlier this year. The workshop will be held in the Adult Library at Beth El. Bagels & cream cheese and seltzer provided.

YES and Winthrop youth will be meeting until 1:15 pm. Childcare will be provided for children up to 5th grade.