At the Church of the Good Shepherd we believe in the inclusive love and goodness of God, whose good news we hear in Jesus, the Good Shepherd, through the Holy Spirit at work in all of creation, and in the gifts each of us brings to our life together as a community.

The community of the Good Shepherd creates and nurtures a place where God’s goodness can flourish and where each of us can grow in compassion, love, and understanding.



Horns a Plenty

Brass Band presents a program of

Swing, Jazz, Ragtime, Dixieland and a little novelty besides... 


Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd

1823 Ninth Street, Berkeley July 19th  –  7:30 PM

$15 admission


Russ Button, trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn Dave Altschuler, trumpet, flugelhorn, alto and soprano saxophones

Johannes Mager, tenor trombone and garden hose John Kinney, tenor trombone and alphorn   Kerry McCoy, bass trombone

Jim Thorne, drums

The Rt. Rev. Michael B. Curry elected as the Church’s Next Presiding Bishop

On June 27, 2015, the Houses of Deputies and Bishops for the Episcopal Church elected The Rt. Rev. Michael B. Curry as the Church’s next presiding bishop.  Bishop Curry was elected by 121 votes on the first ballot in the House of Bishops and in the House of Deputies the vote was 800 in favor of Bishop Curry and 12 against.  Michael Bruce Curry was born March 13, 1953 in Chicago, Illinois.  North Carolina’s 11th diocesan bishop, Curry was the rector of St. James’ Episcopal Church, Baltimore, Maryland, when he was elected in 2000.  He is also the current chair of Episcopal Relief & Development’s Board of Directors.



“They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”

Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S._____ (2015)

Today the Supreme Court rendered its decision in the matter of Obergefell v. Hodges, the case for marriage equality.  The ruling was 5-4 in favor of marriage equality.  If you would like to read the full opinion of the court and the dissenting arguments, cut-and-paste this link in your browser:  http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/14pdf/14-556_3204.pdf.

Marriage Equality Symbol


Bill Countryman’s First Sunday Bible Study Class is on hiatus until October 27, 2015.  In the meantime, you can discover Bill’s blog at billcountryman.com.