An Inconvenient Lent 2020: Lenten Sermon Series

Reckoning with Climate Change: The science is clear and so is our call to action— Lent 1 • March 1:  Reorienting What We Prize. Penny Nixon. Communion. Lent 2 • March 8:  Right-sizing Ourselves: Finding Our Place in Creation. Kelly Colwell/Phil Porter. A Dance on Behalf of the Earth. Lent 3 • March 15: SERVICE BROADCAST ON FACEBOOK ONLY (no in-person … Read More

CCSM Reads Climate Church, Climate World

This Lent, we’re taking on a congregational reading project! We’re all invited to read Climate Church, Climate World, by Rev. Jim Antal, who works with the UCC developing resources to equip churches taking on climate change and environmental justice. Here’s a taster from the book’s website: “Climate Church, Climate World argues that climate change is the greatest moral challenge humanity … Read More

First Tuesday Book Group

First Tuesday Book Group March 3 and April 7 • 7:30pm Fireplace Room On March 3 we’ll discuss Little Fires Everywhere, a novel by Celeste Ng. Please join us. All are welcome! A review from the Boston Globe: “Delectable and engrossing… A complex and compulsively readable suburban saga that is deeply invested in mothers and daughters…What Ng has written, in … Read More

Spiritual Conversations: Frederick Buechner

Spring, Lenten Season, 2020: Six consecutive Mondays March 2 – April 6, 7:00-8:30pm • Library The Sacred Journey and Telling Secrets, two short memoirs by Frederick Buechner, will be discussed in the Spiritual Conversations Lenten season. A minister and teacher, Buechner also wrote respected, popular novels; one was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and another for the National Book Award. … Read More

Special Concert with organist Jerome Lenk

Sunday, March 1, 5:00pm • Sanctuary Join us for a most unique concert in our sanctuary sponsored by our Music Ministry. Our Organist/Artist-in-residence Angela Kraft Cross will team up with Jerome Lenk to present Robert Schumann’s iconic and astonishingly beautiful Piano Concerto in A minor as a piano-organ duo. Normally the piano soloist plays the concerto in three movements with … Read More

Newcomers’ Breakfast

Sunday, March 1 • 9:30 – 10:15am • Buckham Room If you are new to CCSM and are interested in finding out more about our guiding principles and activities, please plan to attend our next Newcomers’ Breakfast where you will meet with Penny and other clergy for conversation and a light meal. RSVP to Chase Montara,, as we want … Read More

Second Hour with Molly Baskette

February 23: Bless This Mess with Rev. Molly Baskette Rev. Molly Baskette is Senior Minister at First Congregational Church in Berkeley. After preaching for us on the 23rd, she’ll offer a learning session for Second Hour about her book Bless This Mess, described as “a witty, compelling guide to raising open-minded and morally grounded kids in these crazy times, with … Read More

Ash Wednesday Service

February 26, 7:00pm Kloss Hall Our Wednesday Gathering, CCSM’s Spanish service, hosts this special bilingual Ash Wednesday service which will include communion and the imposition of ashes.  Please come and join together in worship and reflection. A meal will follow.

Intergenerational Mardi Gras/Pancake Tuesday Celebration!

Tuesday, February 25 • 6-8pm A traditional way to prepare for the season of Lent is to have a huge party! To use up our butter and sweets, to dance and to celebrate to prepare for a season that is more inward and introspective. Come out to the church for lots and lots of pancakes, side dishes, fruit and more—plus … Read More

Music & Art: Jeremy Ryan, Bass-Baritone, and Karen Hutchinson, Piano Accompanist

MUSIC AND ART Friday, February 21 • Noon • Buckham Room Jeremy Ryan, Bass-Baritone, and Karen Hutchinson, Piano Accompanist We’re in for a special treat with the soloist for our program.  Jeremy was the soloist with the Chancel Choir in December when they presented Handel’s “Messiah,” and earlier in the fall he sang a solo in Haydn’s “Creation” for the … Read More