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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Palms Raised High • Phil Porter

04-14-2019

Palms Raised High • Phil Porter

Phil Porter focuses on the celebration of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem with an impromptu and humble parade. What is it that any of us might hope for if we were a witness to that important parade?

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 26.52MB - Duration: 11:18 m (320 kbps 44100 Hz)




The Bottom of Things • Bree Elle Gardner

03-24-2019

The Bottom of Things • Bree Elle Gardner

Emerging Leader Bree Elle Gardner explores doubt and certainty in the story of Job. Certainty has hardened Job’s heart and it takes God’s “tough love” for Job to realize he has only uttered small talk about wonders way over his head.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 38.11MB - Duration: 16:22 m (320 kbps 44100 Hz)




It's Not About the Tree • Elena Larssen

03-17-2019

It's Not About the Tree • Elena Larssen

Guest Preacher Rev. Elena Larssen explores the story of Zacchaeus, who has a special encounter with Jesus, and commits to rearranging his life to make room for new things.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 53.22MB - Duration: 22:59 m (320 kbps 44100 Hz)




A Mighty Catch • Molly Baskette

03-10-2019

A Mighty Catch • Molly Baskette

On the first Sunday of Lent, Molly Baskette reflects on the story of a surprisingly large catch of fish as Jesus calls his first disciples. Simon responds by declaring himself a sinner. He may sense that Jesus is about to ask everything of him.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 49.69MB - Duration: 21:26 m (320 kbps 44100 Hz)




Break Bread and Re-member • Trust Hilton

03-03-2019

Break Bread and Re-member • Trust Hilton

Emerging Leader Trust Hilton reflects on the story of Jesus breaking bread with his disciples, noticing that Jesus is excited about sharing a meal with his friends. As he blesses bread and wine, he invites them to remember him.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 52.68MB - Duration: 22:44 m (320 kbps 44100 Hz)




Beyond Expectations • Kit Novotny

02-24-2019

Beyond Expectations • Kit Novotny

Jesus invites his followers to a kind of love that is not attached to results or outcomes. If we are willing to release our expectations, perhaps we will have more time for genuine curiosity about reality. We might expect nothing but hope for everything.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 48.77MB - Duration: 21:02 m (320 kbps 44100 Hz)




Living Juicy • Molly Baskette

02-17-2019

In the Luke version of the Beatitudes, Jesus comes to the level plain to heal the people and speak to them. Molly Baskette suggests that dealing directly with the challenges of life is the path toward blessing and joy—the way to juicy life.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 20.15MB - Duration: 22:00 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)




Housing, Segregation & Injustice • Phil Porter

02-10-2019

Housing, Segregation & Injustice • Phil Porter

Minister of Art & Communication Phil Porter discusses Richard Rothstein’s book The Color of Law, which demonstrates comprehensively that housing segregation in the United States was systematically supported by federal, state and local laws and ordinances.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 23.47MB - Duration: 24:57 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)




The Walls Come A Tumblin’ Down • Molly Baskette

02-03-2019

The Walls Come A Tumblin’ Down • Molly Baskette

Senior Minister Molly Baskette explores the ways that walls can either protect us or keep us apart and declares God’s desire to tear down walls of separation.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 21.58MB - Duration: 22:53 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)




It's Just Us • Trust Hilton

01-27-2019

It's Just Us • Trust Hilton

Emerging Leader Trust Hilton invites the congregation to view the scripture with the lens of “a preferential option for the poor,” and acknowledges a central reality of the Gospel that Jesus was homeless.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 13.77MB - Duration: 14:21 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)




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