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.
Both of the writers of the morning scriptures were writing near the end of the first century, a time of war, fear and grief. Minister of Community Life Rachel Bauman suggests that the story of the raising of Lazarus (John 11:32-44) and the words in Revelations (21:1-6a) spoke not only to the life-giving power of Jesus acts and God’s presence, but were also wider messages of hope to people in challenging situations. The words ring true today as, just like Lazarus, we need to be “unbound” from the sins of racism, gun violence, addiction to fossil fuels and moreto be released into new life.
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