Troubling the Water

Read alongside your First Pres community! As we prepare to welcome Ben McBride to First Pres on January 14, we invite you to pick up his book on radical belonging, Troubling the Water. We’re excited to have Ben as our guest speaker in worship and in the community conversation after the service; there will also be time set aside for book signing, so bring your copy!

An internationally recognized faith leader, activist, and speaker, Ben McBride is the co-founder of Empower Initiative, an organization devoted to developing leaders and fostering belonging. His peacemaking work and passion for public safety reform were featured in the documentary The Force (watch it at First Pres on January 12). Previously he served as director of PICO California, the state’s largest faith-based community organizing network. In 2020 the Center for American Progress listed him as one of the top faith leaders to watch. Ben lives in Oakland, California, with his wife, Gynelle, and their three daughters. (Read more about Ben.)