Good Shepherd, Berkeley
Good Shepherd church has a long history of radical inclusion. We pioneered same-sex blessings in the nineties, and are a place of refuge for people of all economic circumstances.
The church has held worship services for 135 years — the longest history of continual worship in Berkeley. It has long been a focal point for social justice in the area, housing a pre-school for the Black Panthers, and founding Head Start, the groundbreaking federal program for pre-school education and nutrition in the 1960s. To this day the church feeds 200 people a week with hot lunches and groceries.
The Good Shepherd Free Farm, a community organic garden, provides fresh organic vegetables to all who need them. We have a thriving ministry to our day laborer brothers, who join us in tending our garden. Our congregation is devoted to non-violence, compassion for and inclusion of all people. Our liturgy reflects this, with an emphasis on social justice and compassion in the Body of Christ, and gender inclusive language for God.
Good Shepherd Church is a Berkeley Architectural Landmark Building designed and built by Architect Charles L. Bugbee in 1878. The building of the church was funded by a women’s sewing circle, bake sales the congregation offered, and donations by devoted parishioners.
On October 20, 2012, an electrical fire devastated the church. We now need to follow in the footsteps of our fundraising forebears to bring this architectural treasure back to its former glory, and continue our important ministries. Since the very first morning after the fire we have continued to worship in our parish hall. We have learned that the church building is not what makes the church!
We welcome children of all ages to our Children's Storytelling Church service, and we happily participate in the Berkeley/Albany Area Ministry youth program. Good Shepherd Church is a member of Oasis California, and Integrity USA. Come join us on the journey!
Sunday 11 a.m. (Choral Eucharist)
Monday 9:00 a.m. (Morning Prayer)
Wednesday 12 p.m. (Noonday Prayer and Healing Service — bilingual)
First Sunday of every Month at 9:00 a.m Children's Storytelling church