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Upcoming Events

Affordable Housing Nurture, April 30affordable housing Two Housing Professionals in Our Congregation Share Their Expertise.  Please join us for this nurture as we learn about current efforts to confront the affordable housing crisis in Washington, recognized as one of the least affordable cities to live in the nation.  Many First Church members are nationally-recognized leaders in their fields.  Join us to learn from two of those leaders about their groundbreaking work in the difficult field of affordable housing, particularly their work in DC.Read more...

Past Events

Theology Reading Group: February 28, 6:30 PMPowers that BeThe Powers That Be:  Theology for a New Millenium, by Walter Wink,  reclaims the divine realm as central to human existence by offering new ways of understanding our world in theological terms.  Walter Wink reformulates ancient concepts, such as God and the devil, heaven and hell, angels and demons, principalities and powers, in light of our modern experience.  He helps us see heaven and hell, sin and salvation, and the powers that shape our lives as tangible parts of our day-to-day experience, rather than as mysterious phantoms.Read more...
Pottery Sale, December 8-11potters-for-peace Potters for Peace is a US-based non-profit that works in two clay-related fields:  working with subsistence potters in Central America and working throughout the world to assist with the establishment of factories that produce ceramic water filters.  Last year we raised $5,695.  Please help us go even higher this year!  The sale will feature a selection of pottery from Nicaraguan potters as well as work donated by potters in the DC area.  Please mark your calendars and be sure to do some of your holiday shopping at the sale.Read more...
Young Adult Holiday Walkholiday-treeYoung Adult: Holiday Walk in the Neighborhood.  Thursday, December 1, meeting at First Church at 6 PM.  Please join us for a holiday stroll through the neighborhood!  We will enjoy good fellowship and adventures that may take us to President Obama’s final lighting of the Christmas Tree, the Holiday Market, the Sculpture Garden Ice Skating Rink, or other places of joy!  We hope you can make it.  Please contact Sam if you have any questions:  mcferran.sam@gmail.com.Read more...
Weekend of Multi-Cultural Music, October 28-30multi-cultural-music A Weekend of Multicultural Music.  It is our great pleasure  to welcome C. Michael Hawn to First Church, DC for a rousing and wonderful weekend of global music and worship.  Michael is a Professor of Music and Director of the Masters of Sacred Music Program at Perkins Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas.   He is one of the leading consultants in global music and worship in the US today, an expert in cross-cultural worship and enlivening congregational song.Read more...
Theology Reading Group, July 26Buddha 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...
Celebrate Juneteenth! Sunday, June 19Juneteenth Indoor Picnic on Sunday, June 19!  Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when news of their freedom finally reached slaves in Galveston, Texas.  This was more than two years after President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation was enacted on January 1, 1863.  This year, we will mark this occasion with a community celebration of freedom following worship.  It will include a time of information sharing, followed by a potluck and games, and is sponsored by the Care of Parish and Social Action and Awareness commissions and the People of Color Affinity Group.Read more...
Theology Reading Group, May 17, 6:30 PM Theology Reading Group, May 17 at 6:30 PM.  Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman.  Please join us as we read Howard Thurman’s inspiring work that describes how “the religion of Jesus offers us an ‘emancipatory way of living,’ unchained from the pressures of contemporary society, and available to all men and women who hunger for righteousness, especially those 'who stand with their backs against the wall.”  Thurman was a 20th century preacher, theologian and a mystic.Read more...
Love in the Time of XenophobiaxenophobiaLove in the Time of Xenophobia:  Tuesday, May 3 at 6:30 PM.  Please join us for a community conversation about anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim and anti-black rhetoric and actions that have emerged during the current political campaign.  This event is co-hosted by First Church, the Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign, and several other D.C. faith-based organizations. The event will include a brief panel discussion, which will be followed by engagement with those in attendance. The goal is to articulate the current status of these issues, provide context for how we arrived here, and jointly discuss a faithful response. For more information, contact James Ross at jamesdrossii@gmail.com.Read more...
20’s and 30’s Group Fellowshipyoung adults First Church 20's and 30's Group Fellowship, Sunday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m., 518 9th Street, NE, #910 (Capitol Hill/H Street NE).  You're invited by the 20's and 30's Group for fellowship (hanging out).  RSVP to Dave Stroup at dave.stroup@gmail.com.  Join the Google Group:  http://bit.ly/firstucc20s30s.Read more...
People of Color Affinity Group, April 3Affinity GroupSunday, April 3.  The people of color affinity group will meet in the Living Room after worship.  The word “affinity” suggests a connection based on some common characteristic.  Best practices suggest that that groups built around these common connections can provide comfortable environments where real people come together to explore faith and life.  All who identify as people of color are invited to attend today’s meeting.  For more information, please contact James Ross at jamesdrossii@gmail.com.Read more...
Pancake Breakfast & Easter Egg HuntEaster BunnyBe sure to join us following Easter Worship for the Annual Easter Pancake breakfast.  First Church Easter Egg Hunt:  Hopping all the way to DC, the Easter Bunny will be dropping off lots of eggs for the First Church Easter Egg Hunt.  As the pancake breakfast winds down, the children will be invited to participate in an Easter Egg Hunt in the Sanctuary! Contact Sam if you have any questions at mcferran.sam@gmail.com.Read more...
Theology Reading Group, April 21, 6:00 PMFields of BloodFields of Blood:  Religion and the History of Violence  by Karen Armstrong.  Thursday, April 21 at 6:00 PM in the Living Room.  With a historian’s acumen, Armstrong confronts religion’s violent pasts. She brings forth examples of how often states would apply a religious lens to their cause in order to create a sense of deeper significance, and to attract a deeper sense of fervor and loyalty. She also asks, “How does a citizen respond to their nation engaged in a holy war?Read more...