Get a fresh take on God, spirit, faith, life, love, justice, and community. First Church Berkeley is an open and affirming, progressive Christian church in Berkeley, California, part of the United Church of Christ. We are committed to Jesus’ countercultural and life-giving path. We understand the life of spirit to be a journey, not a destination. Our podcast features the powerful preaching of several of the ministers on staff and special guests. More about the church at firstchurchberkeley.org.
On this Sunday of Pentecost and the confirmation of eight youth, Senior Minister Molly Baskette reflects on how we are hearing each other and the Spirit. She imagines what claiming one’s faith as a young person in the UCC in this day and age might mean.
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Guest preacher Michael Piazza notes that in the morning's scripture Jesus chooses to use the image of a mother hen as a symbol of protection, embracing and demonstrating his vulnerability.
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Minister of Community Life Rachel Bauman leads the congregation in a reflection on Isaiah’s call to a “new heaven and a new earth,” a hopeful cry for justice and peace for all people.
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Public Theologian in Residence, Marvin K. White mines the rich topic of “love.” In his theopoetical style, he explores the generosity of God’s love, our own capability to name and claim it, and the direct connection between love and justice.
Filetype: MP3 - Size: 23.57MB - Duration: 25:45 m (128 kbps 48000 Hz)