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.
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.
By Judith Scherr
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, lectors or eucharistic ministers.
Twenty dogs, two cats, two rats and their assorted guardians came to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Berkeley on Sunday for a Blessing of Pets.
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 Joseph The Worker Church at 1640 Addison Street, and it represented the culmination of many months of frustration and disappointment at actions taken by Direen, who has been in the post for two years.
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