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500th Anniversary of the Reformation.  On Sunday, October 29, First Church will commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation with the special worship service, “Faith Not Fear,” and an Adult Nurture session following worship. The Nurture will focus on the UCC resource A Study Guide for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation and the historian Martin E Marty’s October 31, 1517: Martin Luther and the Day that Changed the World. Read more...
We are seeking a Senior Pastor. If you are interested or know someone who is, the congregational profile is available here. We are striving to attract the widest possible pool of candidates. To apply, an interested candidate would go through the process of the Central Atlantic Conference of the UCC. The position posting on the UCC Ministry Opportunities website is available here. Read more...
The Big Question:  Why We Can’t Stop Talking About Science, Faith, and God by Alister McGrath.  Much discussion about the relationship between science and religious faith in recent years has been dominated by the so-called New Atheists such as Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins, who dismiss all religion as premodern nonsense. Alister McGrath's The Big Question presents a response to the New Atheists and offers an accessible, engaging account of how science relates to faith.  McGrath explores how the working methods and assumptions of the natural sciences can be theologically useful (summary from the publisher). 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...
First 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...