Michael McBride is a native of San Francisco and has been active in ministry for over 20 years. A graduate of Duke University’s Divinity School, he launched The Way Christian Center in West Berkeley, where he presently serves as the Lead Pastor. In March 2012, he became the Director for the Lifelines to Healing/LIVE FREE Campaign with the PICO National Network. In 2013, Pastor Mike was selected as a Top Clergy Leader to Watch by the Center for American Progress. He has served as an Advisor on President Obama’s Faith Based Advisory Council for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and is a regular guest on MSNBC, CNN and Al-Jazeera. Pastor Mike is married to Cherise McBride.
"A letter from the movement to the movement'
In September 2019 Pastor Michael McBride The Way Church was one of 100 black leaders, many affiliated with Liberation Road who signed A letter from the movement to the movement defending Maurice Moe Mitchell and Nelini Stamp of the Working Families Party for endorsing Elizabeth Warren instead of Bernie Sanders for the Democratic Party presidential nomination.
President's Advisory Council
President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships 2012/13: Council Chair: Reverend Jennifer Butler, Bishop Carroll Baltimore, Preeta Bansal, Reverend David Beckmann, Reverend Traci Blackmon, Kara Bobroff, Rachel Held Evans, Rabbi Steve Gutow, Reverend Adam Hamilton, Aziza Hasan, Lanae Erickson Hatalsky, David Jeffrey, Naseem Kourosh, Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, Pastor Michael McBride, Nipun Mehta, Kevin Ryan, Reverend Dr. Gabriel Salguero, Barbara Satin, Dr. Stephen Schneck, Manjit Singh, Alexie Torres-Fleming , Deborah Weinstein, Dr. Rami Nashashibi.
"When Peace Becomes Obnoxious"
Zach Wyner January 16, 2018 ·
Pastor Michael McBride, reading the following excerpt from MLK's "When Peace Becomes Obnoxious" sermon at today's Reclaim MLK Day march, organized by the amazing folks over at the Anti Police-Terror Project.
"I agree that it is more tension now. But peace is not merely the absence of this tension, but the presence of justice. And even if we didn’t have this tension, we still wouldn’t have positive peace. Yes, it is true that if the Negro accepts his place, accepts exploitation and injustice, there will be peace. But it would be a peace boiled down to stagnant complacency, deadening passivity, and if peace means this, I don’t want peace.
1) If peace means accepting second-class citizenship, I don’t want it. 2) If peace means keeping my mouth shut in the midst of injustice and evil, I don’t want it. 3) If peace means being complacently adjusted to a deadening status quo, I don’t want peace. 4) If peace means a willingness to be exploited economically, dominated politically, humiliated and segregated, I don’t want peace. So in a passive, non-violent manner, we must revolt against this peace."
1st Anniversary of the #Ferguson Uprising
Maurice Moe Mitchell August 5, 2015,
- UnitedWeFight: 1st Anniversary of the #Ferguson Uprising - National Conference Call. Thurs. 8PM EST / 7PM CST Register at http://bit.ly/uwfcall — with Justin Hansford, Scott A. Roberts, Mary Hooks, Kayla M. Reed, Diamond Latchison, Kareem Jackson, Bukky Gbadegesin, Katrina Gamble, Tanya Lucia Bernard, Tory Russell, Cedric Lawson, Alicia Garza, Leslie Mac, Charlene Carruthers, Patrisse Cullors, Cherrell Brown, Dante Barry, Waltrina Middleton, Damon Turner, Marbre Stahly-Butts, Ash-Lee Henderson, Damon Davis, Thenjiwe Tameika McHarris, Mari Morales-Williams, Mervyn Marcano, Nicole Lee, Elandria Williams, Opal Ayo, Jonathan Pulphus, Dara Cooper, Michael McBride, Umi Selah, Osagyefo Sekou, Tara Tee, Rose Berry, Sistufara W. Muhammad, Purvi Shah, Cid Nichols, Ingrid Benedict, Jade Ogunnaike, James Hayes, Anita Nichole, Joe Worthy and The Movement for Black Lives.
Livefreesotu watch party
Michael McBride, January 14, 2016;
- Deeply grateful to all our amazing friends who joined our #livefreesotu watch party & discussion. It was a small cross section of the diversity in our faith & liberation movements but the conversation was rich, challenging, nuanced & unfiltered. Hopefully this will be the first of many conversations and inspire the rich and diverse voices across the country to create our own narrative, content & s... — with Rahiel Tesfamariam, Barack Obama, Osagyefo Sekou, Gabriel Salguero, Alexie Torres-Fleming, Davey D. Cook, Onleilove Alston, Dante Barry, Tory Russell, Dara Silverman, Traci Blackmon, Ify Ike, Steve Phillips, Rosa Clemente, Bakari Kitwana and Linda Sarsour.