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Tuesday June 27, 6:30 PM. The Wounded Healer:  Ministry in Contemporary Society by Henri J. M. Nouwen. The Wounded Healer is a profoundly simple book that speaks directly to people who want to be of service in their church or community, but have found traditional ways threatening or ineffective.  Henri Nouwen combines creative case studies of ministry with stories from diverse cultures and religious traditions in preparing a new model for ministry.  Weaving cultural analysis with psychological and religious insights, Nouwen proposes a theology of service that begins with the realization of fundamental woundedness in human nature.  Read more...
Director of Mayor’s Office of Religious Affairs, Thomas Bowen, to Preach Sunday, June 18. What are current critical religious, interfaith, and justice issues in DC?  Come hear the Reverend Thomas L. Bowen preach on June 18.  Thomas is the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Religious Affairs in the Executive Office of Mayor Muriel Bowser and is considered a leading advocate and voice of the faith community in DC.  He is also the Minister of Social Justice at Shiloh Baptist. Read more...
As part of First Church's commitment to anti-racism, the anti-racism task force has recommended that the congregation plan and implement a series of conversations on race among church members and friends. These are difficult, but have proven to be impactful and transformative for other faith communities.  The task force recommended three sorts of simultaneous conversations, two of which will focus on the racial identity of the participants and the third on interracial dialogue. Read more...
First Church has joined a movement of more than 800 faith groups that have designated themselves as "sanctuary congregations," committing to protect and stand with immigrants facing deportation and with other vulnerable groups.  Church members unanimously approved the designation during the spring congregational meeting on May 14. The vote followed a recommendation from the Church Council, which created a task force of members and friends earlier in the year to discern whether First Church should make the designation and specifically what identifying as such would mean for the congregation.  Read the full motion: Read more...
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30 minute meet-up for meditation, silence, and prayer.  Wednesdays  between 12:15 and 12:45, a time of meditation and silence in the chapel.  No matter your faith or religion, you are invited to give yourself 30 minutes once a week for meditation, silence, and prayer.  Read more...
Sasha BruceFirst Church is bringing hope and help to homeless youth and other youth in need of services in the downtown area through a weekly drop-in center that we are operating in partnership with Sasha Bruce Youthwork and the Downtown Business Improvement District.  The drop-in center continues the First Church legacy of engaging directly with our community and working to address issues of homelessness.  Read more...