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Welcome to the St. John’s Presbyterian Church!
We are glad you found us.

We are an inclusive gathering of people who seek to know and love God, receive God’s amazing grace and pursue God’s vision of peace and justice in our community and the world.

Join us for multigenerational worship on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. and various community life events throughout the week.




Camp Elmwood Now Accepting Applications

An Urban Adventure for Campers Ages 6- 13  and Teen Leadership (ages 4-18)
CAMP SCHEDULE: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Aftercare is available from 2- 5:30 p.m. for an extra fee). Camp will continue until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, for a family barbecue at 5:15 p.m. and program at 6:00 p.m.
Register online, in person or by mail by July 13.
For details go to Camp Website:  www.stjohnsberkeley.org/community/ce


St. John’s Knitting Ministry

will meet Fridays, May 6 and 19 in the church office at 1:30 until 4pm. Come join us for tea, knitting (for the Women’s Daytime Drop-in Center) and conversation.



Forum on Populism, Racism & Civil Liberties:

On Wednesday, May 24, 7 pm, in the Sanctuary, St. John’s presents the 2nd in a series on the American crisis in  civil liberties and the role of religion.

What are the driving forces  behind the far right populist movement? How much is economics, or frustration, with current politicians? And, how do we resist a slide towards fascism and protect and enhance civil liberties?  Come hear the views of these eminent authorities:

Ronald Robles Sundstrom is the Philosophy Department Chair at the University of San Francisco and teaches for USF’s African American Studies program and the Master of Public Affairs program, for the Leo T. McCarthy Center of Public Service and the Common Good. His areas of research include political theory, critical social and race theory, and African American and Asian American philosophy.  Sundstrom’s publications include: The Browning of America and The Evasion of Social Justice and Frederick Douglass” from The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Tifanni Marie Johnson (Ph.D. Candidate UC Berkeley) is Co-director of H2O Productions, an urban youth arts program. She is also Director of Student Life and an academic advisor at San Francisco’s Leadership High School, where she practices and studies the use of critical pedagogy in urban schools. With Education as her undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley, she continued her research at San Francisco State’s Equity & Social Justice graduate program. Johnson’s research spans the areas of schooling and curriculum change, teacher development and retention, critical pedagogy, cultural and ethnic studies and arts.

William Sullivan is Senior Scholar at the New American Colleges and Universities. He was formerly Senior Scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Sullivan is co-author of the highly acclaimed study of American civil society– Habits of the Heart and The Good Society. His most recent book is Liberal Learning as a Quest for Purpose.

Co-sponsored by the Ecumenical Peace Institute, The Way Christian Center, and Berkeley Organizing Congregations for Action (BOCA)

download  Populism Racism Forum 8.5×11 PDF


Horizons Bible Study continues this year’s topic: Who Is Jesus?

Claudia Cate will facilitate our discussion of Lesson Nine on Thursday, May 18. The focus is on Contemporary Cultural Interpretations. Background Scripture is Matthew 15:21-28; Luke 10:38-42. The key scripture is the Matthew passage. We’ll be meeting, as usual, in the Campbell Reception Room at 12:00 noon. Bring a lunch for yourself and the lesson materials (extra copies are available on request). We check in with each other during lunch, before focusing on the lesson, which starts a bit before 1:00 pm. Our discussions are usually quite lively! New Comers are welcome. Questions? Check with Sally Hussey.


May Flick Flack

The movies for our May 26 potluck/movie group are:
Graduation,” “Frantz” and “Circle.” Hope to see you then, 6:30 pm in the Campbell Reception Room.
We start with dinner, followed by our reflections on the movies. Together, we decide which movies to see for next month’s gathering.


New Members to join on Sunday, May 21

If interested in becoming a member of St. John’s Presbyterian Church, please talk with Pastor Max soon.  Also, following that service, there will be a Congregational Meeting at which the Nominating Committee will present their slate for the next class of Elders and Deacons, and their nominations for members of next year’s Nominating Committee.




Adult Forums In May

May 7 … Apartheid theology in its historic and cultural context:
Following the theme of our Wednesday evening seminars on civil liberties and the role of religion, the forum on May 7 will review the development of Apartheid theology in its historic and cultural context. Nigel Blampied will lead the discussion on this topic, a focus of his seminary studies in the 1980s.

May 14 … Mother’s Day – No forum

May 21 … Cuba: Past, Present, and Future
Stuart and Glenda Pawsey will present slides and offer reflections on their recent trip to Cuba with the La Peña Chorus.

May 28: Memorial Day weekend  No forum.