In a week that saw the ramping up of tension and the threat of military and even nuclear response between the US and North Korea, and demonstrations by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, Senior Minister Molly Baskette found it hard to create a sermon about God’s love as a solution.
Nothing can separate us from the love of God, including death. In the context of the theme “Summer of Love,” Senior Minister Molly Baskette explores the relationship between love and death. We may be frightened by death, but it is what makes life precious.
A minister colleague of Senior Minister Molly Baskette described the experience of attending the recent UCC General Synod, the national denominational meeting, as “two steps and a hug”—that he couldn’t go much farther than that before being warmly greeted by someone he knew.
Besides being the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, this year is also the 50th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia that struck down the remaining laws in 16 states prohibiting interracial marriage. Mildred and Richard Loving were arrested in their home state of Virginia when their marriage certificate from Washington, D.C. was not honored.
The scripture for the morning says, “whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.” (Matthew 10:40-42) Young Adult Minister Kit Novotny explores the nature of rewards and the difference between the accumulation of
In the scripture, the early community of believers were gathered together, learning a new way of being together in community “day by day”.
On Transgender Day of Remembrance & Visibility, First Church mourns the lives of transgender people who have been murdered over the last year. Member and former Emerging Leader Sonny Graves draws on both the pain and the promise of the story of the crucifixion of Jesus.
Senior Minister Molly Baskette explores the apocalyptic nature of the Matthew text in which one is left and the other is taken. In the wake of the election and everything else that is going on the world, we may see these times as the end times.
"And the lion will lie down with the lamb." This common Christian and cultural trope isn't quite scriptural, but it is close enough to uncommon animal kingdom pairings that are mentioned in the Bible to make it relevant.
Guest musician Heatherlyn, a singer/songwriter visiting from Minnesota, sings her own composition ?Let Love Interfere? during First Church Berkeley?s 10 am worship service held at Congregation Beth El. Heatherlyn is an international troubadour, a singer/song- artist with soul, roots, and rock vibes infused throughout her songs. She finds home on the road wherever her heart is.