Spring Break + Passion Week

When we hear the word "passion," we usually think of strong emotion or intense love. But the Latin passio originally meant to endure suffering. So it is that Passion Week encompasses both the strong emotion and the suffering of Christ.

Passion Week (or Holy Week) is the week between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. This year, Palm Sunday is on March 25 and Easter is April 1. It also happens to be Spring Break.

We wish you all a happy and restful Spring Break, but encourage you to also take time to contemplate Jesus' suffering as he resolutely headed to a brutal death on the cross. Many churches--ours included--take this week to prepare our hearts for Easter by reflecting on Jesus' last days. Here are some questions to consider:

  • How is it that the crowds cheered Jesus, hailed him as king, and welcomed him into Jerusalem, but but jeered at him, condemned him as blasphemer and criminal, and sent him away to the cross?
  • Jesus suffered immense emotional, physical, and spiritual anguish. He was despised and rejected by his people and his disciples all abandoned him. He was beaten, scourged, and nailed to a cross to die a slow, painful death. He experienced God turning away from him for the first time ever. What must that have been like? Why would he go through all that?
  • Why did Jesus go through all that? If he was God, why didn't he stop it all from happening?
  • What does Jesus mean when he says to remember his body broken for us and his bled shed for us? 
  • What does the cross have to do with me? What does it have to do with my sin? "Before we can begin to see the cross as something done for us, we have to see it as something done by us" - John Stott
  • What does it mean for me that Jesus doesn't stay dead, but he comes back to life just as he promised?

If you are back from break in time, we invite you to join us for our Good Friday service and celebrate with us at our Easter Service.

Passion Experience

Hello! Excited to let you know about Passion Experience this year! The Passion Experience is a fully immersive experience designed to help us walk with Jesus through the last week of his life, also known as the Passion. Here’s a trailer for those of you who have never been through the experience:  https://vimeo.com/123168558

This year, the PE will be open from 7am-11pm every day in two locations: DL and HB. For DL, we’ll be starting Monday, 3/19 & for HB, we'll be starting Wednesday, 3/21.

Both locations are identical, so you only need to sign up for one time slot at the location of your choice.

To sign up, please check your emails for the signup links or ask a staff to send you the information.

We’re looking forward to how God will touch lives through this year’s Passion Experience!

Welcome to Cal!

Koinonia is a campus Christian fellowship at UC Berkeley. We meet during the week to share about life, what's been happening in our lives. We also meet to learn about God through reading his Word and meeting for Bible Studies. Whether you're a Christian or not, whether you've been to church all your life or never stepped foot in one, you have place at the table here. Come join us! We'd love to have you here.