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.
In the wake of the 2016 election, guest speaker Steve Almond sought to respond by writing his new book “Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country.” He challenges the degradation of public discourse and the “bad stories”—those that are fradulent, intended to sow discord, and lead away from inner lives—that have come to shape us as a people. In ways, we have consented to these stories. Is it possible to cultivate the deep need to believe? Can we fight in a new way? Can we acknowledge our our own vulnerability? Can we dream up new stories? He is joined by Senior Minister Molly Baskette.
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