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Upcoming Events

Theology Reading Group: September 26The 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...

Past Events

Faith and Justice: Labor in the PulpitFirst Church will use the week of Labor Day to call forth beloved community and justice for workers, working families and a living wage.  September 8:  Documentary screening and panel discussion of “Union Time,” the story of the successful effort to organize workers at the Smithfield Processing Plant in Tar Heel, NC.  The panel includes the filmmaker, as well as local and national labor and faith leaders.Read more...
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...
Showing of “13th,” Documentary by Ava DeVurnaySunday, March 19 at 12:00 PM. 13thOn Sunday, March 19, we will host an extended nurture, during which we will show Ava DeVurnay’s celebrated documentary “13th.”  The film explores the nexus among race, justice, and mass incarceration and suggests that today’s over-incarceration of African Americans is an extension of slavery.  Although the 13th Amendment banned slavery in the U.S., it allows an exception “for the punishment of a crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted.” The 100-minute film will begin at noon in the Community Hall.  It will be followed by a discussion that will end at 2:30 p.m.Read more...
Theology Reading Group, March 28, 6:30 PMReading Group MarchWhy Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohamed Cross the Road? Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World, by Brian McLaren.  Can you be a committed Christian without having to condemn or convert people of other faiths?  In this book, Brian McLaren proposes a new faith alternative, one built on "benevolence and solidarity rather than rivalry and hostility."  Read more...
Theology Reading Group, April 25, 6:30 PMParables of Jesus The Parables of Jesus (Jesus Seminar), by Robert Funk, et al.  Jesus died in about 30 CE.  The first gospels were not written for several decades after that, and in the intervening years, Jesus’ teachings were preserved by oral tradition.  This short book focuses on the parables of Jesus, which tell us so much about his understanding of the Kingdom of Heaven.  The book sifts through the parables and reaches conclusions about which of the parables are most likely to have been taught by Jesus.Read more...
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...
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...