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First Church is a progressive Christian community that gathers to listen, speak and then act, with a spirit of compassion, justice and stewardship.

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There’s something for everyone in our fall Small Groups programming.

“The Cash Value of Whiteness”

Adapted from the UCC’s White Privilege curriculum, this group will explore how economic systems, educational systems, and housing practices in the US are set up in ways that generally advantage white people and disadvantage people of color. Led by the Racial Justice Team; meets Sundays: Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28 and Nov. 4 8:30-9:45 a.m. at First Church.

“Breathing Underwater: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps”

Guided by Richard Rohr’s book of the same name, this group seeks to provide space for a conversation about addiction and recovery and spirituality. It is open to anyone, regardless of your relationship to addiction or to Christianity. Each meeting will begin with a time of silent (centering) prayer before moving on to discussion. Led by Jane; meets Mondays: Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29 and Nov. 5. 7-8:30 p.m. at First Church.

“Race and Your Story”

Prerequisite: Participants must have attend an earlier “Cash Value of Whiteness” series. This group will focus on how your race and your culture weave together in shaping your life story. Come together to write and share your story. Knowing that our culture is built on many systems–educational, legal, medical, financial, immigration, housing, etc–it’s valuable to know how those systems serve to shape who you are and how you are in the world. Led by the Racial Justice Team; meets Mondays: Oct. 8. 15, 22, 29 and Nov. 5, 7-8:30 at First Church.

 

“Excursions and Service”

This intergenerational activity group will meet at different locations and will alternate between exploring differnet parts of the metro area and engaging in service projects that will strengthen our connections to our neighbors and to the world. Meets Tuesdays: Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30 and Nov. 6. 6-7:30 p.m. Locations tbd.

 

“Inheritance”

This Bible-based study group will read and discuss the texts that are the focus of our fall worship, from the books of Ruth, Samuel, and Kings.  Led by Jane; meets Wednesdays: Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31 and Nov. 7. 10-11:30 a.m. at First Church.
Sign up by  emailing the office or adding your name to the sheets in Pilgrim Hall.

 In Worship

Our fall worship theme is “inheritance.” We will hear the stories of biblical ancestors in the books of  Ruth, Samuel and Kings. These flawed, faithful people represent the complicated histories that make us each who we are. They were underdogs and outsiders who became wise and powerful leaders. They were a mixture of heroic courage and ugly betrayals. They embodied grace, kindness and wisdom that show us the face of the divine. And, in God’s own name, they stole and destroyed and killed. These ancestors, like us, have coped with big problems. They’ve faced wars, famines and political and ecological turmoil that threatened their lives and the lives of their communities. They survived and adapted and grew strong. Even when they stood in the ashes of destruction and despair, they drew hope and healing from their relationship with God.

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