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.
On Transgender Day of Remembrance & Visibility, First Church mourns the lives of transgender people murdered over the last year. Former Emerging Leader Sonny Graves draws on both the pain and the promise of the story of the crucifixion of Jesus.
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Zacchaeus was a tax collector who was intrigued enough by Jesus to climb up into a tree to get a glimpse of him. Minister of Community Life Rachel Bauman notices that it was Zaccaeus’ joy at being truly seen by Jesus that led him to share his wealth.
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Senior Minister Molly Baskette preaches on the story of the Pharisee who stands in the middle of the temple and prays loudly about his virtue and the tax collector who prays humbly in a corner (Luke 18:9-14).
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Senior Minister Molly Baskette reflects on the ephemeral nature of our own lives and all that stands around us. She also suggests, though, that it is neither surprising nor inappropriate that we might cry out to God in sorrow and anger “How could you?”
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In the wake of the fire at First Church Berkeley, Young Adult Minister Kit Novotny reflects on the experience of “awe,” a complex mix of fear and wonder, of dread and reverence.
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In the wake of the September 30 fire that damaged a significant part of First Church Berkeley, Senior Minister Molly Baskette reminds the congregation that we have a “building from God not made by human hands.”
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