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Aug 27, 2017 • 10 am • Love & Guilt

In the final sermon in the “Summer of Love” series, Senior Minister Molly Baskette explores love and guilt. Guilt can be a powerful force. It is a sign that we have done wrong or failed to do right. It may provide the impulse to make things right.

July 9, 2017 • 10 am • The Lovings: Love & Justice

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.

Sept 18, 2016 • 11 am • Wake Up & Dream

First Church Berkeley begins a new fall worship theme?"Wake Up & Dream," Minister of Art & Communication Phil Porter explores the passage in the wild and crazy book of Revelations in which God is creating a "new heaven and new earth." (Revelations 21:1-5) He commends the power of coll

July 10, 2016 • 10 am • Boiling Point

Sunday, July 10, 2016 followed a week in which two black men, Philando Castile and Alton Sterling were killed by police, and five Dallas police officers "Michael Smith, Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Patrick Zamarripa and Brent Thompson" were shot by a sniper.

Dec 27, 2015 • 11 am • What Now?

In his sermon • What Now? Emerging Leader Sonny Graves invokes the powerful words of John the Baptist calling the people to account and suggests that rejecting racism is one of the most powerful ways for us to respond to the call to be a faithful people.

Oct 18, • 11 am • Scared Sacred

Guest preacher Marvin K. White shares reflections on his trip to Ferguson, MO, as part of a seminary immersion trip to mark the anniversary of the day that Michael Brown was killed by a policeman. A poet as well as a preacher, White weaves together words of challenge and encouragement to name and address racism and racial inequality.

Oct 18, 2015 • 9 am • Scared Sacred

Guest preacher Marvin K. White shares reflections on his trip to Ferguson, MO, on the anniversary of the day that Michael Brown was killed by a policeman. A poet as well as a preacher, White weaves together a series of his own and other's Facebook posts to tell the powerful story of his experience there.