Rev. Lynice Pinkard was our special guest preacher on Sunday, November 19, 2107. She is a writer, speaker, UCC minister, chaplain and public intellectual operating at the intersection of Christianity, economics, and social change. She is a graduate of Pacific School of Religion with both an MA and MDiv and is the former pastor at First Congregational Church of Oakland.
Racial Justice & Diversity
On Sunday, October 22, Malcolm Margolin, noted Berkeley author, naturalist & founder of nonprofit Heyday books, who will speak on “California’s Oldest and Deepest Sense of Itself: Observations on the Spiritual and Practical Life of California’s Native Americans” at 11:45 am in Loper Chapel.
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A bunch of First Church folk marched in the 2017 Oakland Pride Parade in downtown Oakland celebrating the full inclusion of LGBTQ folk in church and society.
They carried the First Church banner and a number of other signs through the streets of downtown Oakland. As they waited to begin they did a Facebook Live stream right into the 10 am worship service.
Several faith groups were organized including several other UCC churches.
Marvin K. White will preach his first sermon as First Church’s Public Theologian in Residence on Sunday, October 1 during the 10 am worship service. This follows his first "workship" that was held after church on Sunday, Sept. 24.
Marvin has preached several times previously and is serving in this special role through 2017-2018. Including this first opportunity, he will do four pairs of leading a workship on one Sunday and then preaching the next.
On Sunday, August 27, 800 to 1000 people of faith from a variety of traditions in the Bay Area gathered in response to a planned rally by right-wing groups in downtown Berkeley.
In the wake of white supremacist rallies in other parts of the country, Bay Area residents are responding to a pair of rallies scheduled for Saturday, August 26 in San Francisco and Sunday, August 27 in Berkeley.
A rally called “Say No to Marxism” is supposed to take place in the Berkeley Civic Center on Sunday afternoon. At this point, the group hasn’t applied for a permit for the event, but it is posted on Facebook and has been advertised in other ways.
Join the “Choral Majority” on August 27 as a mass choir sings in nonviolent response to that weekend's white nationalist rallies in San Francisco and Berkeley. About 100 people gathered in the First Church Sanctuary last weekend to sing together and learn new songs. You may join in even if you weren't at that rehearsal.
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 Sanctuary Congregation.
The Church Council has called a meeting of the congregation on Sunday, June 18 to vote to sign the National Sanctuary Movement Pledge (below) and formally establish First Congregational Church of Berkeley, United Church of Christ as a Sanctuary Congregation.