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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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The First Church Adult Education Committee and the Diversity Team are sponsoring a screening of 13th an American documentary by director...

Sunday, February 26, 2017

First Church welcomes Marvin K. White back as guest preacher on Sunday, February 26, 2017.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Join us at First Church on Wednesday, March 1, for a powerful and moving Ash Wednesday Service where we are reminded what it means to be human.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Join in the fun at the all-church, child-friendly festive evening on Tuesday, February 28 to mark Mardi Gras, the last day before the season of Lent...

Sunday, February 26, 2017

On Sunday, February 26, 11:45 am–1:15 pm, parents are invited to a workshop led by First Church member Patty Contaxis, MFT, back by popular demand!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

How do we connect with friends, family members, coworkers and others “across the aisle” in these challenging political times?

Saturday, March 11, 2017

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

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

From Epiphany to Encounter is the current theme for Sunday morning worship.

Monday, February 6, 2017

First Church is delighted to welcome Loi Almeron as a new Emerging Leader at First Church this spring semester.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Each year, the church prepares an Annual Report detailing the activities of the previous year.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Long-time First Church member Dr.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

On Sunday, January 22, at an officially called meeting, the congregation unanimously approved the 2017 budget, developed by the Ministry of Stewardship, Finance...

Monday, January 30, 2017

The Fire Recovery Committee and the recently-appointed...

Saturday, January 21, 2017


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

At its January 17 meeting, Church Council approved the slate for the new ad-hoc Council committee—the “Blue Sky Visioning Team.” Eleven members...

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

During the season of Epiphany, we will play with the theme “From Epiphany to Encounter.”

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

About 50 women gathered at Ralston White Retreat Center for the annual Women's Retreat last weekend.


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Each year, the church prepares an Annual Report detailing the activities of the previous year.

Friday, November 4, 2016

As we continue to appreciate our new worship location at...

Sunday, November 20, 2016

On Sunday November 20, First Church observed Transgender Day of Remembrance & Visibility during its 10 am worship service at ...

Monday, October 31, 2016

Hasn’t it been comforting in the wake of the fire to gather after church for some heartier food and warm conversation?

Sunday, October 23, 2016 to Sunday, December 25, 2016

The recent fire at First Church Berkeley did limited damage to the Sanctuary, but restoration will take a few months.

Friday, October 28, 2016 to Sunday, December 31, 2017
Sunday, October 23, 2016

For the second time a group from First Church took part in a peaceful demonstration to share messages of love and bear witness to the killing of African-...

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

by Molly Baskette

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Young Adult Minister Kit Novotny will have office hours on Thurs...

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

by Molly Baskette

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

First Church’s Children at the Border/Sanctuary Ministry Team is celebrating the Global Citizen’s Award from the East Bay United Nation’s Chapter...

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Click on the symbol in the lower right corner of the slideshow below to see the photos full screen.


Sunday, October 2, 2016

On Sunday, October 2, 2016 a large crowd gathered at First Presbyterian Church at 2 pm in the afternoon for First Church worship.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

In response to the wider community’s request to help in the aftermath of the fire at First Church, an online “gofundme”...

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

DECEMBER NOTE  Open Chapel will take place on December 14 only in Loper Chapel at the First Chu...

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Members of the BeFrienders Ministry Team are available for those who would like an opportunity
 to talk one on one about how they are feeling related to the fire.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Because of the fire that took place at First Church Berkeley on Friday, September 30, 2016 the...

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

February 18-20, Saturday-Monday 

Feb Camp, "Speak Out!" • Monte Toyon in Aptos, CA (near Santa Cruz)

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Each year the Committee of Involvement (COI) invites First Church members and friends to join the core ministries of the church.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

On Sunday, July 10, 2016 First Church responded to a disturbing and challenging week in which two more black men were killed by police and five Dallas policemen...

Sunday, February 19, 2017
Find out who will be preaching at First Church on upcoming Sunday mornings.
Sunday, February 21, 2016 to Sunday, July 3, 2016

NOTE  Links to videos below!

Sunday, January 3, 2016 to Sunday, December 25, 2016

First Church Berkeley is participating in an on-going food drive to support the work of the Berkeley Food Pantry...

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

UPDATE   On Sunday, April 19, In an official congregational meeting, First Congregational Church of Berkeley voted to amend its Open and Affirmi...

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Watch the powerful United Church of Christ’s StillSpeaking Ministry video spot which was launched on the internet in 2010.