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.
Upcoming Faith Enrichment Series
White Privilege: Let’s Talk
Wednesdays, April 19 – May 31, 10:45am-noon or 6:45-8pm
In recent years, the issues of race, racism, and white supremacy/privilege have been heavy on the hearts of many in our church. The national unrest over the deaths of young black men, in particular, at the hands of police, the massacre of 9 black church leaders in Charleston in 2015, the “Black Lives Matter” movement, and the rhetoric surrounding the 2016 Presidential election is a clarion call for churches to reflect, respond and act.
The groups meet on Wednesdays at either 10:45am-noon or 6:45-8pm, April 19 – May 31, as we share in a curriculum written by Traci Blackmon, John Dorhauer, Da Vita McCallister, John Paddock, and Stephen Ray, Jr. entitled White Privilege: Let’s Talk. The authors’ note the writings of Peggy McIntosh and that she identified being taught that racism was only individual acts of meanness by members of one group against another but not to recognize the racism in the invisible systems that confer unsought preference for white people simply because of their race. They go on to say that “addressing the problems of racism requires first seeing the systems of power in place and their colossal unseen dimensions that create and perpetuate privilege.”
Please join us for this daring, timely, and crucial conversation so that we might more fully live out our Core Values and Bedrock Beliefs and Welcome Statement, together here at church and in the world.
First Church Reads: Requiem for the American Dream
Ideas central to the tradition and theology of Congregationalism, such as freedom, justice, and democracy, are woven into the fabric and bedrock of our nation as well as into the perhaps idealized “American Dream.” Many feel that these principles are increasingly under threat. In Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power, social critic and philosopher, Noam Chomsky, shares a bold and uncompromising vision, his perspective on the economic reality and its impact on our political and moral well-being as a nation. Copies of Requiem for the American Dream are available in the church office for $12 each or may be purchased online or at other booksellers. Opportunities for discussion will be announced soon.