Racial Justice & Diversity

Rev. Lynice Pinkard Preaches on Pledge Sunday


Watch a video of Rev. Pinkard's sermon here...

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.

First Church Marches in Oakland Pride Parade


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.

Public Theologian Marvin K. White to Preach


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.

Responses to White Supremacist Rallies this Weekend


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.

“Choral Majority” to Sing in Response to White Supremacist Rallies


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.