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This summer, the youth and children will be learning about the Sanctuary Movement.  In the spring, First Church officially became a Sanctuary Church, calling itself a congregation who will act on behalf of and in solidarity with all those who are persecuted. Over the course of seven weeks, the children will learn, in an age-appropriate manner, about the Sanctuary Movement through books, story sharing, arts and music. Read more...
August 6-11.  Some of the highlights of this trip will include:  Three days of volunteering with the Housing Development Alliance where we will work with seasoned carpenters to help build homes for Appalachian families; an Appalachian Meal offered by our hosts, First Presbyterian Church of Hazard County, KY; learning about the cultural significance and power of stories from Dee Davis of the Center for Rural Strategies in Whitesburg, KY; attending an Appalachian concert and a dance at the Cowan Creek Mountain Music School; a hike up to Cascade Falls in southwest Virginia. 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...