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Rachel Laser Rachel Laser on White Privilege.  Rachel, who speaks publicly and writes about white privilege, will join us to deliver a sermon during worship and to lead a Nurture afterward.  Rachel first visited First Church in May, when she participated in the “Love in a Time of Xenophobia” discussion, which dealt with issues of anti-immigrant, anti-black and anti-Muslim sentiments that have become more prominent during this election season.  Rachel is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and Harvard University.  This sermon and nurture are part of First Church’s focus on racial justice and in keeping with its commitment as a multi-cultural, multi-racial congregation. Read more...
Farmers MarketLoving Our Neighbors:  Replacing Food Deserts with Farmers Market.  July 24th, 12 PM.  Is eating fresh and healthy food a privilege?  Should it be seen as something that is only accessible to people that have certain financial means?  How do we live in a city where too many people go to bed hungry? Please come and join us as we learn from FreshFarms Markets Executive Director Michael Koch who will describe how his organization is responding to this food security crisis. Read more...
Summer Sunday School Summer Sunday School 2016:  Experiencing the World Through a Lens of Faith.  Does faith experience impact how we see the world?  Does it impact how we see ourselves?  How about the people in our schools, our neighborhood, or the strangers across the street?  Does it impact how we see our rivers? Or maybe where our food comes from?  In fun and hands-on classes, the youth and children this summer will begin to identify the different ways we see the world through the lens of faith.  Please join us! Read more...

Memories

Lately the weeks have blended already into one long time of sad and terrifying memories. How will we remember the summer of 2016? A summer of gun violence, killings, racism, and terror? I look at the weeks and wonder what kind of humans are we? What kinds of memories are we making for our children? Such terror and troubles are one set of memories that will remain with me about the Summer of 2016. But today is about something else, something holy and life-giving, not hopeless and death-dealing. Today Donovan Tobias Davis, child of God, was baptized. And like the baptisms of so many of our children over the past year, memories of those baptisms are all about hope! Read more...
Buddha Tuesday July 26, 6:30 PM.  Without Buddha I Could Not Be a Christian, by Paul F. Knitter.  Please join us as we read this fascinating book by a theologian (and former Catholic priest) who spent many years exploring Buddhism.  This book describes how Knitter’s investigation of Buddhism deepened his understanding of his own Christian faith.  Knitter argues that a Buddhist standpoint can help inspire a more person-centered conception of Christianity, where individual religious experience comes first, and liturgy and tradition second.  Paul Knitter is the Paul Tillich Emeritus Professor of Theology, World Religions, and Culture at Union Theological Seminary.  Read more...
Break Away!  A 30-minute meet-up for meditation, silence, and prayer, Wednesdays between 12:15 and 12:45 p.m. a time of meditation and silence in the chapel.  No matter your faith or religion, you are welcome here for a time of silence, to sit with others and meditate. Read more...