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Learning Hour: Ethiopian Village Schools Foundation

Sunday, September 20, 12:15 pmhttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/88967740143 In this session, we will learn about the nonprofit Ethiopian Village Schools Foundation (EVSF) that supports schools in the villages of Ethiopia. We will learn about the history of Ethiopia, how the nonprofit has helped in the past, and plans going forward. Our presenters are Thomas Eusterbrock, EVSF president, Eileen Mougeot, EVSF board member, and …

Fire Recovery

First Church has successfully concluded months of negotiation to recover a portion of our uninsured fire loss from the roofing company believed to be responsible for the 2016 fire that destroyed Pilgrim Hall and damaged the Sanctuary. The church will receive $522,000 from the roofer’s insurer.  The rebuilding program developed by the Blue Fire team and endorsed by the congregation …

Abolish Christianity?

Tuesday, September 1, 3:30 – 5 pm Guest preacher and friend-of-First-Church, self-proclaimed “feral Christian” Rev. Lynice Pinkard is running an amazing online Bible Study this fall! If you are wanting to go deeper in your faith and also provoke a critique of Christianity, this is the place and this is your teacher. Click here to register!  On Tuesday, September 1, …

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Finding Good Ground: Spiritual Community & Practices for Genders Diverse & Transgender People

Sunday, August 30, 5:30 pmContact Sonny Graves, srggraves@gmail.com First Church Berkeley UCC is hosting a series of four sessions to build the spiritual community, connections, and practices by and for gender diverse* and transgender* people. The Christian lineages and the churches we are a part of can offer nourishment, growth, and liberation through faith-community. At the same time those same …

Free Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Course from the Bay Area Training and Exercise Program (BATEP)

The Bay Area Training and Exercise Program (BATEP) is offering a FREE 7-week course on how to prepare for disasters and emergencies. There is no cost for attending this course, and it is designed with nonprofit employees and volunteers, and other interested community members in mind. The series is designed to be appropriate for everyone, and will focus on personal preparedness, organizational preparedness, …

Open Chapel: Sexuality in the Time of COVID

Wednesday, September 2, 6 pmhttps://zoom.us/j/906176831 Sexuality can be tricky to navigate at any time – and some of the complexity has certainly been increased in this season. Negotiating relationships, dating, identities, desire – all of that can be a bit tough when we’re stuck at home. Or it can be wonderful with lots more free time (at least for some …

Register Now: Healthy Congregations Workshop, Saturday, September 12

Be part of an amazing daylong online training in family systems and conflict resolution by the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center’s superlative teacher Richard Blackburn! This session will be for member churches of the Northern California Nevada Conference UCC and offered at a special rate for our members. Scholarships available for those of limited means–don’t let money be an obstacle to …