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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Bad Stores/Better Stories • Steve Almond & Molly Baskette

04-22-2018

Bad Stores/Better Stories • Steve Almond & Molly Baskette

In the wake of the 2016 election, guest speaker Steve Almond wrote “Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country.” He challenges the “bad stories” that have come to shape us as a people. Can we dream up new stories?

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 18.07MB - Duration: 19:03 m (128 kbps 48000 Hz)




I Will Lie Down in Safety? • Kim Druziako

04-15-2018

I Will Lie Down in Safety? • Kim Druziako

Reflecting on the themes of sleep, faith and safety in Psalm 4, Emerging Leader Kim Druziako shares her own stories of survival as she first moved to the Bay Area. After her community is evicted from a warehouse space she turns to sex work to survive.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 12.84MB - Duration: 13:20 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)




Doubting Thomas & the Case of the Easter FOMO • Kit Novotny

04-08-2018

Doubting Thomas & the Case of the Easter FOMO • Kit Novotny

Thomas, the twin, missed out when Jesus appeared to the disciples in the upper room. Young Adult Minister Kit Novotny notes that even though we don’t know exactly why he wasn’t there, he had his own FOMO moment—“fear of missing out.”

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 18.91MB - Duration: 19:58 m (128 kbps 48000 Hz)




Eukatastrophe • Molly Baskette

04-01-2018

Eukatastrophe • Molly Baskette

On this Easter Sunday, Senior Minister Molly Baskette talks about “eukatastrophe,” the “sudden happy turn in a story which pierces you with a joy that brings tears.”

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 22.75MB - Duration: 24:09 m (128 kbps 48000 Hz)




Freedom is Coming • Rachel Bauman

03-25-2018

Freedom is Coming • Rachel Bauman

On this Palm Sunday, Minister of Community Life Rachel Bauman reflects on freedom. After a period of ministry on the margins and with the marginalized, Jesus was headed into Jerusalem—into the middle of things bringing God’s promise of freedom.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 17.24MB - Duration: 18:08 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)




Fool Proof • Kit Novotny

03-18-2018

Fool Proof • Kit Novotny

Young Adult Minister Kit Novotny invites us into a sense of vulnerability and trust as “fools for Christ” (1 Corinthians 1:18-21; 25) in the tradition of iconic saints and prophets who sometimes demonstrated their humility in public and theatrical acts.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 18.79MB - Duration: 19:50 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)




Afraid Not • Molly Baskette

01-14-2018

Afraid Not • Molly Baskette

Given the challenges of the last few weeks, Senior Minister Molly Baskette share that, like the punchline in an old joke, felt like a “frayed knot.” And yet she could grasp onto the ropes of faith God has thrown to her, both mystically and practically.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 19.92MB - Duration: 21:04 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)




The Risk of Birth • Molly Baskette

12-18-2016

The Risk of Birth • Molly Baskette

Beginning with a story of her own experiences giving birth, Senior Minister Molly Baskette emphasizes the importance of breathing into the moment. God does that for Joseph in a dream about the truth of Jesus’ birth.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 15.87MB - Duration: 16:39 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)




Built for Sound • Phil Porter

12-11-2016

Built for Sound • Phil Porter

On Advent Music Sunday, Minister of Art & Communication Phil Porter begins by imagining the first song that was ever sung. Then he explores how music moves us in so many different ways making it an important way to experience and express the holy.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 7.78MB - Duration: 7:48 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)




The Body’s Way • Kit Novotny

12-04-2016

The Body’s Way • Kit Novotny

Young Adult Minister Kit Novotny notes that as human beings we will fall short of the glory of God. Like other sensitive bodies, John the Baptist. can see this reality and calls his people to a new thing, immersing them in the water of the Jordan River.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 13.19MB - Duration: 13:43 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)




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