Free American Guild of Organists Concerts at First Church Berkeley

Wed., July 3, 9 amSanctuary San Francisco will be hosting the national convention of the American Guild of Organists beginning Sunday, June 30. Two of the concerts will take place at First Church and feature the “Rising Stars” of the organ world. These concerts will be free and open to the public – please come and tell your friends! Both …

News from the Interfaith Coalition for Justice in Jails

The Interfaith Coalition for Justice in Jails (ICJJ) published its latest newsletter. It has news about the recall of District Attorney Pamela Price, the likely ballot measure to repeal Proposition 47, and the ongoing efforts to stop the deaths and harm at Santa Rita Jail. Proposition 47 made drug possession and minor property theft misdemeanors instead of felonies in 2014.  Why would you read the newsletter? …

Living Fully by Preparing for Death: A Workshop to Contemplate Impermanence

Sat., June 29, 2024, 9 am to 1 pmLoper Chapel On Sat., June 29, from 9 am to 1 pm in Loper Chapel, the Adult Education Ministry and FCCB Over 60 are sponsoring a program entitled, “Living Fully By Preparing for Death: A Workshop to Contemplate Impermanence,” which will be an opportunity to consider one of life’s deepest questions: What …

June 23 Learning Hour: Creative Memorial Service Planning

Sun., June 23, 2024, 11:45 amLoper Chapel In conjunction with Zen Hospice’s half-day workshop on Sat., June 29, Rev. Molly will offer a Learning Hour/Workshop on Sun., June 23 inviting participants to do a bit of life review and take some notes for their someday memorial service. Planning our own memorial service is a way to face the fact of …

Taizé Prayer Service

Sun., June 23, 2024, 7 pmSanctuary The Taizé prayer service is a meditative form of worship. It is a candlelight service, with simple chants, prayerful silence, and short scripture. We are reviving monthly Taizé services at First Church Berkeley on 4th Sundays. We hope you will join us for our first service, Sun., June 23, at 7 pm. We will …

Berkeley Festival & Exhibition 2024

– Derek Tam, Director of Music, First Church Berkeley Many of you know that our church holds an important place in the East Bay’s classical music scene. One of the signature events that happens on our campus is the biennial Berkeley Festival & Exhibition, which The New York Times has called “a remarkable institution on the American musical scene.” Since 2020, …