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 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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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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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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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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