Racial Justice & Diversity

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.

DeShazier to Lead First Church Progressive Revival


Save the date for a First Church Berkeley Progressive Revival featuring Rev. Julian (?J.Kwest?) DeShazier, UCC Minister and award-winning hip hop musician and songwriter, on Sunday, January 29 from 2?4 pm in the Congregation Beth El Sanctuary. The afternoon will be a powerful blend of worship and performance.

There will be no worship service that morning.