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.
Guest preacher Rev. Sophia DeWitt weaves together Jeremiah’s stories of the Israelites who were overtaken by the Babylonians and the lepers who were cured by Jesus to explore the different ways one might be exiled both physically and psychologically.
Filetype: MP3 - Size: 27.31MB - Duration: 29:08 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)
On the first Sunday of this year’s stewardship campaign, Senior Minister Molly Baskette explores the story of Moses, Aaron and the golden calf, and asks the congregation to think about money, gratitude, generosity, and humility.
Filetype: MP3 - Size: 23.64MB - Duration: 25:08 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)
In the last of a series of sermons on “Choose Your Own Adventure,” Phil Porter that adventure can also involve periods of waiting or even challenge. He suggests that we might have active choices we can make during these times.
Filetype: MP3 - Size: 14.42MB - Duration: 15:03 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)
In the story of Jesus visiting the home of Mary and Martha, Molly Baskette finds empowerment in both women and the way that Jesus interacted with them. Jesus calls them and all of us to be deeply aligned with who we know ourselves to be.
Filetype: MP3 - Size: 18.51MB - Duration: 19:31 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)