Green Ministry Team News

Green Team logoFirst Church has a strong commitment to the environment and the church as a whole has been involved in a number of inititiatives, including education and activism.

The Green Ministry Team is an open group that meets regularly to discuss issues and consider action related to a variety of environmental activities. (To find out more about the group, contact Paul Chapman or Cynthia Lloyd. If you don't know either of these folks, ask one of the ministers or other members and they will help you get connected.)

On this page you will find a number of current and past stories about the activities of the Green Ministry Team.

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Saturday, April 29, 2017


Paul Chapman brings this news from the Green Team

Saturday, March 11, 2017

First Congregational Church will participate in our fifth annual service day with Urban Releaf on Saturday, March 11, 2017

Sunday, February 19, 2017

On February 19 the Green Ministry Team will screen a portion of the Leonardo DiC

Monday, January 16, 2017

The Green Ministry Team and the

Saturday, November 5, 2016

With the harvest season here, the Green Team and the

Sunday, October 16, 2016

This year First Church has made great strides in lowering its carbon footprint.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Since the Church Council voted to sign on to the Paris Pledge in November 2015—committing the church t

Friday, July 29, 2016

The Green Ministry Team is glad to announce that First Congregational Church of Berkeley has earned the U.S

Wednesday, July 13, 2016


Monday, June 27, 2016

UPDATE   On July 19, the Oakland City Council took it's second vote to make the

Friday, June 10, 2016

The Green Ministry Team would like you to know about a new film about climate change, “

Sunday, April 24, 2016

As part of the series Easter to Earth Day (April 10, 17 & 24), the

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Interfaith Power & Light (IPL) has announced that First Church is among 26 churches reco

Sunday, April 17, 2016

The Rev. Dr. Ambrose Carroll will be our guest preacher at 11 am on Sunday, April 17.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

On Sunday, April 17, during the Save the Bay Learning Hour, come hear a representative from Save the B

Sunday, April 10, 2016

In April, we will celebrate the dignity and beauty of this one earth we share, honor the devastating realities of climate change and lift up the hope of our resurrection faith wit

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

What role can faith play in motivating our leaders towards sustainable change?

How can faith-based work bring activists together across communities?

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Once again First Church will participate in a service day sponsored by Urban Releaf to plant trees that will help restore

Friday, February 26, 2016

At its February meeting the First Church Green Ministry Team decided to support an advocacy initiative th

Monday, February 8, 2016

Forget about giving up cookies for Lent. How about giving up some carbon? – a.k.a. some of the driving we do or other carbon-emitting activities?  

Sunday, January 31, 2016

As part of the Paris Climate Summit in December, the Church Council endorsed the Paris Pledge, an initiative of

Monday, January 18, 2016
A dozen First Church Berkeley members spent the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, Monday, January 18, 2016 picking up more than 100 pounds of trash along the San Francisco Bay shoreline as part of a day of service.
Saturday, November 21, 2015
The Green Team, in partnership with,
 will be joining a climate mobilization march and rally 
in advance of the United Nations Climate Change Summit (called COP21) on Saturday, November 21 in Oakland
Wednesday, November 18, 2015

In October 2015, for the fourth year in a row, First Church Green Ministry

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

At its November meeting the Church Council endorsed the Paris Pledge on behalf of the FCCB congregation.

Thursday, November 12, 2015
First Church Green Team members Freddie Bunge, Rev. Charlotte Russell, and Young Adult Minister Rev. Kit Novotny spent Thursday, November 12 in Sacramento today with faith leaders from across California, part of a day of action organized by Faith Against Fracking.
Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Green Team is sponsoring the screening of Merchants of Doubt, an acclaimed documentary on climate chang

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Once again, the Green Team and Outreach, Missio

Sunday, September 27, 2015

In June, Pope Francis released his much-anticipated and ground-breaking encyclical, Laudato Si, called “Our Common Home”, that focuses on the

Sunday, August 2, 2015

The First Church Green Ministry Team will screen the short film “Faith Against Fracking” with special guest

Saturday, June 20, 2015

In its third year, the Green Ministry Team accomplished much to help the church become more environmentally sustainable and

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Have you come up against the challenge of how to recycle certain objects or materials and wondered where to turn?

Saturday, March 21, 2015
The Green Ministry Team invites you to join a tree planting day of service on Saturday, March 21 with Urban Releaf. Please mark your calendars and RSVP to Paul Chapman. Urban Releaf is an urban forestry non-profit organization established in Oakland, California to address the needs of communities that have little to no greenery or tree canopy. They focus our efforts in under-served neighborhoods that suffer from disproportionate environmental quality of life and economic depravity.
Monday, January 19, 2015

Honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by volunteering with Save the Bay at the MLK Jr.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

In October 2014, Green Ministry Team members, assisted by students of the East Bay School for Boys, took to

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Rabbi Stephen Pearce will deliver the third and final presentation in the series InterFaith Perspectives on the Environment, sharing a Jewish point of view.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The First Church Green Ministry Team has written a letter to the Se

Monday, September 8, 2014

People's Climate March, Sept. 21, 2014 in New York City.

Monday, September 8, 2014

First Church's Green Ministry Team will show the new film, “Disruption,” produced by

Saturday, July 26, 2014

350 Bay Area and co-sponsors invite you to come hear Dr.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

On two Sundays, July 20 & 27, The Green Team and the Adult Education Committee is presenting Learning Hours (after the 10 am service) on environmental issues

Thursday, May 22, 2014

In April the Green Ministry Team completed a Transportation Survey gathering information about transportati

Sunday, May 4, 2014

In honor of Earth Day (April 22), the Green Ministry Team is organizing the Second Annual Green Commute to Church D

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Committed cyclist and First Church member Dan Leaverton will be taking part in the Climate Ride, a

Saturday, April 19, 2014

This year’s Rebuilding Together project will take place on two Saturdays, April 19 and 26 from 8 am to 5 pm, working o

Saturday, March 15, 2014

The Green Ministry Team invites you to join in a day of tree planting with

Sunday, February 16, 2014

View Patricia de Jong’s sermon at the 9 am service...

Sunday, January 26, 2014

On Sunday, January 26, members of the Climate Change Team at the League of Women Voters

Sunday, January 19, 2014

On January 19, the First Church Green Ministry Team has invited Gail Schickele from the

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Twelve members of the First Church community took part in a Save the Bay activity on Saturday, January 18.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

About 50 people gathered for the Green Ministry Team’s Sustainable Potluck Lunch at First Church on Sunday, October

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Dumpster diving on Thursday, Oct.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Green Ministry Team at First Church is hosting a

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Paul Chapman is the chair of the Green Ministry Team, formed in 2012 at First Church Berkeley.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Thanks to the outstanding support from the First Church community, the Green Ministry Team enjoyed a productive year promoting environmental sustainability at Fir

Friday, May 24, 2013

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

We will have the opportunity to work with the Shorebird Park Nature Center near the Berkeley Marina to promote environmental stewardship within our church and the local community

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Fifteen First Church folk gathered at the Shorebird Park Nature Center near the Berkeley Marina to help clean up the shoreline along San Fra

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The UCC-wide campaign “Mission 4/1 Earth” began on April 1 and will be ending soon on Sunday, May 19 (Pentecost).

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The United Church of Christ has set a goal of sending 100,000 advocacy letters on environmental concer

Monday, May 6, 2013

How many members of the First Church community found a way green way to commute to church on Sunday, May 5?

Between 40 and 50!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

How many members of the First Church community can find a green way to commute to church on Sunday, May 5?

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Members and friends of First Church Berkeley helped transform the home of a Berkeley resident by cleaning inside and out on Saturday, April 27.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

One of the goals of the UCC-wide campaign “Mission 4/1 Earth” is to plant 100,000 trees world-wide. First Church has set a goal of 250 trees.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

More than 30 members and friends of First Church plus three dogs spent a beautiful Sunday afternoon walking through Berkeley to raise the issue of world hunger an

Saturday, April 13, 2013

30 members and friends of First Church Berkeley joined with the committed staff of the Oakland organization Urban Releaf

Monday, April 1, 2013

This spring First Church will be joining a major initiative organized by the United Church of Christ called Mission 4/1 Earth, an opportuni

Sunday, February 10, 2013

On Sunday, February 10, First Church joined in the National Preach-In on Global Warming sponsored by

Friday, December 28, 2012

A few weeks ago, members of First Church’s Green Ministry Team were seen diving in the dumpster, recycling and green waste bins.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

An important element in work of the First Church Green Team is to promote and acknowledge activities in the church that are helping us “care for the earth and care for eac

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Ruth Perry, a long-time member of the congregation who has since passed on, was well aware of environmental issues.

Friday, October 26, 2012

The Green Ministry Team continues to promote various sustainability initiatives.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Please use these four separate bins located in the Small and Large Assembly, Kitchen, and Durant House to help us reduce waste:

Sunday, September 2, 2012

The Learning Hours and worship themes in September will help us live into our fall theme “Caring for Each Other, Caring for the Earth.” Three ins

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Is the environment an important issue for you? What’s firing you up to take action?

On Thursday, November 12, members of Faith Against Fracking (who were with us in a Learning Hour last summer) wi