Sacred Garden Community Church is not alone in using psilocybin mushrooms and other psychedelic substances in its religious practice.
Video: Firefighter escaped peril in First Church blaze
A Berkeley firefighter almost died last fall after he was left more than two floors up in a smoke-filled building as flames closed in and his oxygen ran down, a new video reveals.
After devastating fire, services return to First Congregational Church
Services have returned to First Church after a fire which put a firefighter in danger. The future of the damaged Pilgrim Hall is being discussed.
Parishioners continue call for change at Berkeley church
Fr George Crespin addressed a gathering of some 50 St. Joseph the Worker parishioners on March 23. Photo: Judith Scherr By Judith Scherr Some 50 St. Joseph the Worker parishioners gathered Friday night, but they weren’t at the century-old sanctuary on Berkeley’s Addison Street. Instead, they met at old Finn Hall on Tenth Street, because, they […]
Berkeley pastor bans protesters from church duties
Protesters outside St Joseph The Worker Church in Berkeley on Sunday October 30th Members of the congregation at St Joseph The Worker Church in Berkeley who have been holding regular protests at the church since the early summer, have been told by the church’s pastor, Father John Direen, that they can no longer serve as ushers, […]
Pets are blessed too at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
All God's creatures, including rats, are welcome at the annual blessing of pets at St. Mark's Episcopal Church. Here, the Rev. Fr. Michael Hiller blesses a young parishioner's rat. A key element of the service is keeping the terriers far away and up wind of the rats. Photo: Bruce Alexander Twenty dogs, two cats, two […]
In Berkeley, a church congregation is dismayed
Demonstrators outside St Joseph The Worker Church on June 19 expressed disappointment rather than anger. Photos: Tracey Taylor A congregation that has run out of patience on Sunday demonstrated passively outside its own church while three morning masses were being held inside. The protest, about 150-strong, was directed at Father John Direen, leader of St […]