What’s Happening at First Church

First Church Berkeley, part of the United Church of Christ is a progressive, welcoming church drawing together a community from throughout the Bay Area. No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here. Read more about the news and events that draw the community at large to this landmark in the community.

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Thursday May 23, 2019 • 5:59 pm
For All-Ages Worship on Sun., June 2, we will worship with our whole bodies in service to our church and wider community on Service as Worship Sunday!
Sunday Jun 09, 2019 • 11:45 am
Interested in putting down some spiritual roots at First Church? Are you considering becoming a member or official friend of the church?
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Sunday Jun 23, 2019 • 11:45 am
Tuesday May 21, 2019 • 3:39 pm
With our beloved Director of Youth Ministry Trust Hilton leaving the position to begin the next stage of his ordination process by becoming a hospital chaplain in Concord, we are seeking a thoughtful, curious, collaborative, empathetic, cre
Thursday May 23, 2019 • 6:14 pm
Last year, during the fun and popular Berkeley Sunday Streets (, we had a tent in front of the church on Durant Ave with live music from a variety of our groups, free samples of Bree’s homemade communion bread, bubbles, and mor
Friday Jun 28, 2019 • 5:30 pm
San Francisco Pride is coming up! Our historic Queer-affirming high holiday! We have two opportunities to show up and show ourselves as an LGBT-embracing community. 
Tuesday May 07, 2019 • 5:30 pm
Senior Minister Molly Baskette holds office hours each week on Tuesdays.
Thursday May 23, 2019 • 6:34 pm
This past Sunday approximately 65 people met to discuss the draft Vision Statement ( and next steps toward its adoption at a congregational meeting.
Sunday Apr 21, 2019 • 10:00 am
Find out who will be preaching at First Church on upcoming Sunday mornings.
Friday Jun 28, 2019 • 5:30 pm
San Francisco Pride is coming up! Our historic Queer-affirming high holiday! We have two opportunities to show up and show ourselves as an LGBT-embracing community. 
Wednesday Jun 12, 2019 • 12:00 pm
Kerrie Hein is looking for more volunteers to help with the task of waking the unhoused neighbors who sleep each night in our cloister, providing companionship to them, and then cleaning the cloister after they leave.
Sunday Feb 17, 2019 • 12:00 pm
The Diversity Team led a 2-part study of Richard Rothstein’s The Color of Law: The Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America during the Learning Hours in February of 2019.
Sunday Feb 03, 2019 • 12:00 pm
At the First Church Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 3, the congregation voted unanimously to become a Welcoming, Inclusive, Supportive and Engaged (WISE) Congregation for Mental Health.
Thursday Jan 24, 2019 • 12:00 pm
After much delay, the church now has a date for a hearing before the independent panel of appraisers charged with resolving the dispute between First Church and its insurers as to the value of losses from the fire of September 2016.
Tuesday Mar 03, 2015 • 8:00 pm
UPDATE   On Sunday, April 19, In an official congregational meeting, First Congregational Church of Berkeley voted to amend its Open and Affirming Statement to include the phrases "gender identity" and "gen
Sunday Jan 27, 2019 • 12:00 pm
We were blessed to have the talented and insightful church growth consultant, Michael Piazza, with us in May 2018 to teach Bay Area UCCs about new best practices for stewardship, as well as conduct a full health check on ou
Tuesday Sep 04, 2018 • 12:00 pm
First Church has launched the First Church Berkeley GodCast, a podcast featuring the scripture and sermon from the weekly Sunday service.
Thursday Nov 15, 2018 • 12:00 pm
Some of you may have noticed in Sunday’s bulletin the use of “kin-dom” in the Lord’s Prayer.
Sunday Oct 14, 2018 • 10:00 am
Rev. Sophia DeWitt was our guest preacher on Disability Empowerment Sunday, during the 10 am worship service on October 14, 2018.
Wednesday May 01, 2019 • 6:00 pm
Join us every first Wednesday of the month (Sept-May) for Open Chapel: our alternative, creative, heartfelt worship gatherings, for and by young adults. Slow down, sing out, tune in, break bread, open up.
Friday Aug 10, 2018 • 12:00 pm
First Church member Kerrie Hein presented a series of five seminars on Mental Health Promotion. sponsored by the Mental Health Ministry Team.
Thursday May 10, 2018 • 12:00 pm
Marvin K. White served as First Church’s Public Theologian in Residence for 2017-2018. Marvin is a poet, preacher/theologian, activist, and artist.
Monday Jan 22, 2018 • 12:00 pm
Members of the First Church have formed a new Disability Empowerment Team. One of its goals is to generate sensitivity around language of disability.