Fresh Progressive God Talk

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.

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How Big is Ze? • Trust Hilton

08-05-2018

How Big is Ze? • Trust Hilton

How big is God? God is so big that Ze cannot be described by any single word (even a gender-neutral pronoun). Director of Youth Ministries Trust Hilton notes that every word we use for God is a metaphor, helping us to touch God’s power in different ways.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 13.48MB - Duration: 14:02 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)




Answers from the Whirlwind • Rachel Bauman

07-29-2018

Answers from the Whirlwind • Rachel Bauman

Minister of Community Life Rachel Bauman explores suffering, faith, and fairness through the story of Job, a righteous man who is tested by God. By the end, we understand that the world consists of both good and evil, order and chaos, suffering and joy.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 26.17MB - Duration: 27:53 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)




Into the Woods • Phil Porter

07-22-2018

Into the Woods • Phil Porter

Minister of Art & Communication Phil Porter weaves together the story of Jesus temptation in the wilderness, personal tales and lessons from Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Into the Woods” to talk about challenge, danger, transformation, and resourcefulness.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 20.73MB - Duration: 21:57 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)




Changing Your Mind • Molly Baskette

07-15-2018

Changing Your Mind • Molly Baskette

Senior Minister Molly Baskette cites recent scientific work on the effects of controlled doses of psychedelics to treat some mental illness, to explore the power of awe. Awe allows us to enter into a larger awareness that expands beyond ourselves.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 18.92MB - Duration: 19:58 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)




God is Not Safe • Molly Baskette

07-08-2018

God is Not Safe • Molly Baskette

In the first of a sermon series called “The Wildness of God,” Senior Minister Molly Baskette explores the fragility of life and the power of God. Things get broken—we are broken. Yet God can do much with that brokenness.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 17.88MB - Duration: 18:50 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)




Glimpses of Grace • Trust Hilton & Youth

07-01-2018

Glimpses of Grace • Trust Hilton & Youth

Director of Youth Programs Trust Hilton and members of the senior high youth group, Winthrop, share their reflections on their recent work camp in Stockton, CA, and where they saw God in their experience.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 22.47MB - Duration: 23:51 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)




Shine On, Queer Church, Shine On • Rachel Bauman

06-24-2018

Shine On, Queer Church, Shine On • Rachel Bauman

On Pride Sunday, Minister of Community Life Rachel Bauman reflects on the gifts of queer folk can “shine” when they are included in faith communities and can fully claim God’s love.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 18.93MB - Duration: 19:59 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)




Christ’s Love Compels Us • Molly Baskette

06-17-2018

Christ’s Love Compels Us • Molly Baskette

Senior Minister Molly Baskette wonders aloud whether it is as easy and exclusive as it sounds to claim Jesus as one’s personal Lord and Savior or whether salvation is for the whole world—a “package deal” in which everyone is saved.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 21.39MB - Duration: 22:40 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)




Day By Day 2.0 • Loi Almeron

06-10-2018

Day By Day 2.0 • Loi Almeron

Loi Almeron shares that our internal structure is changing day by day whether it is seen or unseen. These unseen experiences are where can put our focus, rather than on temporary externalities. In the face of the struggle, we must not lose heart.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 15.22MB - Duration: 15:56 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)




Stand Up, Stand Together • Phil Porter

06-03-2018

Stand Up, Stand Together • Phil Porter

For this all-ages service about "upstanding," Phil Porter talks about how we can stand up to those who might be threatening or challenging even in our own community, as well as the ways that we can directly address issues of racism and discrimination.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 23.39MB - Duration: 24:52 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)




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