visual art symbolFirst Congregational Church seeks to involve the arts in its ministry. 

The church hosts art exhibits and programs to stretch faith and commitments without using words.  We collaborate with local art galleries and bring in exhibits from other parts of the country.  We believe that the visual arts provide insights into social issues and provide spiritual nourishment.

Below (left side) is the list of art exhibits and programs in that have enriched our faith and challenged us to see and act in new ways.

Below (right side) is the list of FIRST THURSDAYS@FIRST CHURCH from October 2012 through May 2013.

Stations of the Cross ExhibitionStationsThe Stations of the Cross represent 14 moments in Jesus’ journey through Jerusalem, from condemnation to crucifixion and burial. This unique exhibition across the capital invites people of all backgrounds to experience the Passion in a new way. “Station 8: Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem” is located at First Congregational UCC.  The multimedia installation is by artist Leni Diner Dothan.Read more...
Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: The Music and Art of John Shepherd | February 9, 2014

johnshepJohn Shepherd left a musical legacy for congregational worship and the visual arts. He served as our Director of Music from 1977-1993, and died of AIDS in 1993.  John lifted up life and faith and joy in his works. We will celebrate his creativity and faith – a continuing gift for these times – with musical performance, worship, and an art exhibit. Click to learn more about this special day.

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Art of Forgiveness | Images of the Prodigal

RobertBarnum Prodigal Son MasterAn exhibition of images of the Prodigal Son from the Larry & Mary Gerbens Collection of Calvin College. Including works by JJ Tissot, John August Swanson, Steve Prince, Thomas Hart Benton, Elmer Yazzie, and Rembrandt van Rijin, Sadao Watanbe and others.

 

 

 

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Discussion about Art and Guns, May 10, 2013

art with children's blocksWHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? PREVENTING GUN VIOLENCE THROUGH ART AND ACTIVISM   You’re invited to view the Newtown Project Art Exhibit and join in the discussion. FRIDAY, MAY 10th      6:30-8:00pm Discuss the issues with art curator Charles Krause and several artists whose work is in the exhibit and community leaders. View 40 works of art in response to the tragic massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

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The Newtown Project Exhibit April 6 to May 20, 2013

Newtown art EXTENDED The Newtown Project:Art Targets>Guns is sponsored by First Congregational United Church of Christ and Charles Krause/Reporting Fine Art. This remarkable exhibit displays award-winning art created in response to gun violence in Newtown, Connecticut and in hope for meaningful and effective gun control.   Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday noon-6 pm, Fridays 3pm -8pm, Sundays whenever the church is open.  Click here to view the exhibit.

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Talk with the Artist Friday April 26, 2013

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Please plan to attend a special talk by artist Michael D'Antuono on Friday, April 26, at 7 p.m. at FIRST CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST as part of the exhibit "The Newtown Project: Art Target Guns,” a juried exhibit of over 40 works, developed in response to the tragic massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

 

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“We Have Faith” Photo Exhibit September 6 – October 7, 2012

two women clergyThis photo exhibit was displayed at First Congregational UCC from Thursday, September 6 through Sunday, October 7. Created by Peggy Gillespie (writer) and Gigi Kaeser (photographer), it uses photographs and interviews to combat bullying and portray the deep beauty of the wide range of human diversity. This stunning exhibit presented 22 photos and interviews with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender clergy from around the world.  This  exhibit says that it is important for people to see there are many clergy who support the moral and legal equality of LGBT. 

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Windows and Mirrors Art Exhibit Open March 1, 8, 15, 22, 2012

Windows and mirrors imageThe war in Afghanistan is now the longest in U.S. history, yet for many of us it has been rendered largely invisible. The art exhibit Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan is an opening and an invitation to reflect upon the impact of this war on a civilian population caught in the crossfire. In 2009, the American Friends Service Committee put out a nationwide call to artists, seeking contributions for a traveling memorial to Afghan civilians who have died in the war.  Over the next few months, more than 40 muralists donated their talents, designing and painting 45bmindividual murals on sheets of acrylic cloth. Drawings by Afghan students in Kabul – collected in June 2010 – provide an up close look at life in a war zone.

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First Thursdays May 2, 2013

GW TroubadoursA co-ed a cappella group, The GWU Troubadours, will share music and fun on May 2, 2013 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm.  This group, based at the George Washington University, is more affectionately known as the Troubs.  Under the direction of Quinette Jeffries, they sing a collection of genres and artists - from John Legend and Sara Bareilles to Coldplay and The Fray.  Since their inception, they have performed at events big and small - from GW's Alumni Weekend to the 2011 Republican National Security Debate at Constitution Hall!

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First Thursdays April 4, 2013

Broadway in Love5:30 to 7:00 pm April 4,  2013 Come to hear music students from The George Washington University. Located in one of the most musically active centers in the country, GWU takes pride in the important role of music in its academic programs and campus life.  At our April FIRST THURSDAY session creative music students will share classics and new musical vitality.  Heartfelt, Heartbroken.  Love from Broadway. Arun Garg is Music Director.

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First Thursdays, March 7, 2013

Tim - Piano Office5:30 to 7:00 pm March 7, 2013. Come to hear Tim Whalen — an incredible musician! Tim Whalen has been blessed with opportunities to write and play with incredible musicians in the United States, Japan and Europe and in many different musical situations.  He has written music for everything from jazz trios to orchestras. Don't miss Tim Whalen's performance at our March FIRST THURSDAY program.

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First Thursdays, February 7, 2013

Seraphim 1Seraphim performs regularly in the autumn at the Maryland Renaissance Festival, at restaurants, parties, and historic houses during the Christmas season, and at appropriate venues during the spring and summer with their 1940′s show. They have sung at the White House, Constitution Hall, Tudor Place, Old Heurich Mansion, Woodlawn Plantation and numerous commercial establishments. In their performance at February’s “First Thursdays @ First Church” they shared some of their Romantic Renaissance songs. In their Renaissance show, they used dialog, acting, and renaissance songs and dances to tell a story, usually having something to do with love in its many varieties. It was a delightful evening.

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First Thursdays, January, 3 2013

Mosaic Harmony“Mosaic Harmony, a multi-faith, multicultural community choir that draws on the rich heritage of African-American inspirational music. “As a human mosaic, we strive to illustrate and encourage unity in the midst of diversity, one song at a time. Committed to the belief that inspirational music can create a community of interfaith and racial harmony, the choir members represent several different races, numerous faith traditions, and a variety of occupations.

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First Thursdays, December 6, 2012

Thom Guthrie playingThom Guthrie has been a church musician for the past 40 years, having served 10 different denominations.  Currently, Mr. Guthrie is organist/accompanist at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethesda, MD, where they just completed a performance of John Rutter’s Requeim. Mr. Guthrie served as Music Director for First Congregational United Church of Christ from 1997 to 2001 when the organ was not in the best of shape. Mr. Guthrie was especially pleased that December’s First Thursdays@First Church fell on St. Nicholas Day.  He performed a piece written by 20th century composer/organist Jean Langlais based on the legend of St Nicholas– along with many other joyful, exuberant pieces of the season!

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First Thursdays, November 1, 2012

IMG_2895DOUGLAS WOLTERS performs on modern and baroque cello as well as on viola da gamba.
THOMAS PANDOLFI is an exciting virtuoso pianist of classical concerti and is also a leading interpreter of the works of George Gershwin.

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First Thursdays, October 4, 2012

Lena SeikalyLENA SEIKALY is a fresh voice on the national jazz scene from Washington, D.C. In 2009, she was a participant at the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

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