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|About||A progressive, welcoming congregation located near the UC Berkeley campus that serves the entire East Bay. We are part of the United Church of Christ.|
Finding a home in God’s wilderness,
we seek to savor God
and magnify the longings of Jesus.
We dare to be uncertain.
Practicing compassion and awakening conscience,
we bear hope for a suffering world.
In this Spirit, we honor one another
in beloved community.
Open & Affirming Statement:
We, as a diverse body of believers seeking to live in the light and image of God in Christ, do affirm:
that every person has worth as a special and unique creation made in God’s image;
that in the Spirit of love, openness, and inclusiveness we welcome persons of every sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, nationality, ability and age to participate fully in all aspects of our Church’s life and ministry;
that as agents of reconciliation and wholeness we embrace justice and seek to support all who suffer discrimination or who are disenfranchised from the religious community;
that in light of the Gospel we will continue to comprehend and appreciate more fully our differences and gifts; that through grace our love for God and neighbor may flourish.
First Church Berkeley. AKA First Congregational Church of Berkeley, CA, United Church of Christ. So many syllables! First Church for short. or FCCB. Or Home.
We are people who may have been brought up in other faith traditions or none at all.
We are people of different ages and styles of life.
We are people of different races, including multi-racial families.
Our families are different shapes and sizes and include singles, significant others, and those who have lost partners or spouses.
Some of us have children, some of us don’t, some of us are children.
We respect other faith traditions, and some of our families are interfaith.
We are all over the map politically (but we are located in Berkeley!).
We are free to wrestle theologically.
We take care of each other.
We like to think and exchange ideas and opinions.
We value creativity and use the arts in many ways in the life of the church.