Lessons of Easter about Love and Social Justice

I don’t believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins. I believe that Jesus Christ died because he bucked the power structure of the Roman Empire. I believe he was executed by the state for questioning the power of the political and religious elites and leading other people to question that power. I believe he…

Vacation Bible School Updates

1. Schedule updates!  See update schedule here…. Tonight at 6:30 we’ll be welcoming Dr. Sharon Fennema, Assistant Professor of Christian Worship & Director of Worship Life for a talk called “Look Who’s Coming to Dinner?!” which will focus on holy eating in Luke.  (Last week got postponed due to low holiday attendance. If you haven’t already…

VBS Lectures and Reflections

Miss a session? Don’t worry — we’ll be including recordings of the lectures/reflections here. We don’t record the discussions afterwards…so don’t miss out!  🙂

ItW Does Vacation Bible School! The Gospel of Luke!

We figured we’d celebrate the grand tradition of Vacation Bible School, by offering one of our own, for grown-ups. We won’t be making felt sheep or finger-painting Jesus (unless you want to!), but we will be meeting online twice weekly to do an in-depth focus on the Gospel of Luke. YOU DON’T HAVE TO ATTEND…

Lent ’15 Informal Reflection, Ash Wednesday

Here is our really, really, really, informal reflection from our Ash Wednesday service. (Scripture below). (If you’re wondering, last year’s sermon is here.) Also, we’ll be meeting tonight for our online check in. Hope to see you there.  All are welcome Lent 15 sermon 1 Matthew 4:1-11 4Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit…

Lent 15: Into the Wilderness

Into the Wilderness is an experimental spiritual community that will meet during Lent. There are three parts to Into the Wilderness – you can choose just one, or do all four. 1. Opening ritual Wednesday, February 18, 6:00– 6:50 p.m. Loper Chapel (First Church Berkeley, at the corner of Dana St and Durant Ave in…

Ash Wednesday Sermon 3-5-14

Note: This was the opening sermon for Lent in 2014. Matthew 4 1:11  If the link below doesn’t work, just download the zip version here. Sermon 3-5-14 (As of today, I am still not smoking. Thanks, God!) Join us for Lent 15!

Reflection 3/25 on Ephesians 5: 8-14

Did you miss the sermon tonight? Check it out here: 3-25-14 Reflection Sara Warfield, seminarian and ItW’s featured photographer, leads us in a discussion on Ephesians 5: 8-14. Ephesians 5: 8-14 For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light— for the fruit of the light…