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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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)




Time’s Up • Kit Novotny

01-20-2019

Time’s Up • Kit Novotny

Young Adult Minister Kit Novotny uses the story of Jesus turning water into wine at a wedding in Cana to explore the importance of timing. As we listen for God’s call, it may be more important to look for the “ripe” moment rather than the right one.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 21.32MB - Duration: 22:36 m (128 kbps 48000 Hz)




Warned in a Dream • Molly Baskette

01-13-2019

Warned in a Dream • Molly Baskette

Based on two dreams described in the morning scripture, Senior Minister Molly Baskette explores the power of dreams. They can give us glimpses of the future and change our lives if we follow them. They are portals to the divine, an entry into mystery.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 37MB - Duration: 15:53 m (320 kbps 44100 Hz)




Arrival of the Impossible • Rachel Bauman

12-23-2018

Arrival of the Impossible • Rachel Bauman

Rachel reflects on the story of the meeting between Mary and her cousin Elizabeth, both pregnant. Each of is like Mary—with a miracle within us ready to be birthed—and each of us is like Elizabeth—able to recognize and bless the miracles we see in others.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 19.49MB - Duration: 20:36 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)




Inconceivable • Baskette, Driver-Buchholtz, Novotny

12-16-2018

Inconceivable • Baskette, Driver-Buchholtz, Novotny

First Church member Elizabeth Driver-Bucholtz, and ministers Molly Baskette and Kit Novotny share vignettes about the challenges and joys of conception, pregnancy, and birth.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 37.36MB - Duration: 40:07 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)




Arrivals & Departures • Kit Novotny

12-02-2018

Arrivals & Departures • Kit Novotny

Kit Novotny ponders the nature of arrivals and departures and the signs of what is to come. Along with the waiting and impatience is the good news that God is already on the way.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 15.54MB - Duration: 16:17 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)




Who Do You Say I Am? • Bree Elle Gardner

11-25-2018

Who Do You Say I Am? • Bree Elle Gardner

On Transgender Day of Resilience, Emerging Leader Bree Elle Gardner explores what it means to be really seen.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 14MB - Duration: 14:36 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)




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