At First Church, we believe that the journey of faith is one of lifelong learning – questioning and probing our doubts and certainties so we might hear the God who still speaks to the world today.
Through the course of the year, we meet together in various settings to explore our faith through book groups, discussions, DVD-series’ and bible study.
First Church Reads
Radical Spirit: 12 Ways to Live a Free and Authentic Life
By Joan Chittister
Feeling burnt-out from life, strung-out from social media, and put out by a society that always wants more from you? Drawing on little known, ancient teachings of the saints, beloved nun and social activist Joan Chittister, offers a practical program to help transform our thinking. With a series of twelve simple rules for healthy spiritual living, Chittister reminds us to develop enduring values by shifting our attention to how God wants us to live. This book will teach you how to accomplish this. Copies of Radical Spirit may be purchased online or at a local bookseller. Join us for conversation about the book on Wednesday, September 6, from 6-7:30pm in the Conference Room.
Palestine Is Our Home: Voices of Loss, Courage, and Steadfastness
Edited by Nahida Halaby Gordon
This September in conjunction with our Faith Enrichment offering (details below) focused on Israel/Palestine, we’ll be reading Palestine Is Our Home. Please pre-order a copy ($20 each) with the church office by September 5 or purchase online. The book presents a contemporary history of Palestine, short essays, first hand testimonies, and chapters on the liberation art of Palestine and the origins of traditional Palestinian costume.
Wednesday Faith Enrichment Conversations
On September 13, 20 and 27, members of our Justice and Peace Team and Pastor Nanette will be offering a series of conversations, featuring a variety of guest speakers and documentaries, to help us all understand the complex situation in Israel/Palestine, as well as the connections between that region and the United States and our role in bringing peace and justice in the region. As they become available, details of each week’s program will be posted below. All programs are free and all are welcome.
Wednesday, September 13, 10:45am-noon and 6:45-8pm
Join us for a broad overview of the situation in Israel/Palestine, a brief history of the region, as well as some insights into the current position of both Israel and Palestine. The morning and evening sessions are a repeat of the same program.
Wednesday, September 20, 10am-noon and 6:45-8:30pm
Join us to view the documentary The Stones Cry Out:
Christianity was born in Palestine two thousand years ago. From there it spread throughout the Middle East and to the rest of the world. Yet many are unaware Christians still live in the land.
For more than 60 years the Palestinians, Christians and Muslims, have suffered displacement, expulsion, wars, occupation and oppression.
The voices of Palestinian Christians have all too often been drowned out in the turmoil of events.
This is their story, in their voices, from the Nakba of 1948 until today.
Join us for the viewing and a moderated conversation following with guest speakers.
Wednesday, September 27, 10am-noon and 6:45-8:30pm
Please visit this page again — program details to be announced soon.