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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The Gratefulness of Exiles • Sophia DeWitt

10-14-2018

The Gratefulness of Exiles • Sophia DeWitt

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.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 27.31MB - Duration: 29:08 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)




The Gratitude Cycle • Molly Baskette

10-07-2018

The Gratitude Cycle • Molly Baskette

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.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 23.64MB - Duration: 25:08 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)




While You Wait • Phil Porter

09-30-2018

While You Wait • Phil Porter

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.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 14.42MB - Duration: 15:03 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)




Home is Where the Broken Heart Is • Molly Baskette

09-23-2018

Home is Where the Broken Heart Is • Molly Baskette

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.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 18.51MB - Duration: 19:31 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)




Defiant Hope • Jim Antal

09-16-2018

Defiant Hope • Jim Antal

Rev. Jim Antal, UCC climate activist, shares stories of defiant hope in response to climate change. In our resistance to fossil fuels we are called to envision new possibilities as if they are inevitable.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 26.56MB - Duration: 28:19 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)




The Loneliness of God • Molly Baskette

09-09-2018

The Loneliness of God • Molly Baskette

Senior Minister Molly Baskette explores the issue of loneliness. Our circumstances may vary, but we all have an understanding of what loneliness is like. The body of Christ—celebrates connection. How do we make sure to extend that to all who may need it?

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 20.26MB - Duration: 21:26 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)




Choose Your Own Adventure • Rachel Bauman

09-02-2018

Choose Your Own Adventure • Rachel Bauman

We can sink into cynicism and despair in the face of the world’s peril or we can choose to act with hope and even joy, each of us playing a part in healing the world. Rachel Bauman suggests that we will need spiritual practices to take on this adventure.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 13.2MB - Duration: 13:44 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)




Midwife Crisis • Molly Baskette

08-26-2018

Midwife Crisis • Molly Baskette

Senior Minister Molly Baskette notices that each of the characters in the story of Moses' birth was only doing what one would expect in the situation. It was God’s weaving together of these individual actions that created the extraordinary event.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 23.04MB - Duration: 24:29 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)




The Fierce Urgency of Now • Phil Porter

08-19-2018

The Fierce Urgency of Now • Phil Porter

Minister of Art & Communication Phil Porter suggests that some of the characteristics of progressive Christians have may prepare them for the difficult challenge of dealing with climate change,

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 21.82MB - Duration: 23:09 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)




Listen to the Wild • Ken Iha

08-12-2018

Listen to the Wild • Ken Iha

Guest preacher Ken Iha suggests that if we are made in God’s image, then surely the wildness of God is in us as well. That wildness includes imagination, creativity, problem-solving, wonder, awe, and delight.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 18.39MB - Duration: 19:24 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)




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