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
Over the course of the summer, we’ll be reading three timely and inspiring books – join us for one or all. Opportunities for group discussion will be announced in News & Notes and in our weekly email.
Great Prayers of the Old Testament by Walter Brueggemann
In this accessible volume, world-renowned scholar Walter Brueggemann offers his insight and wisdom on twelve prayers in the Old Testament, listening to the biblical text and explaining how these examples of ancient prayer can make prayer come alive for us today. The prayers in this volume express joy and lament and show the depths of human experience and the majestic grace of a loving God who hears everything and takes every prayer to heart. Copies of Great Prayers will soon be available in the church office for $12 each or may be purchased online or at other booksellers.
The (Un)Common Good: How the Gospel Brings Hope to a World Divided by Jim Wallis
In this provocative book, Wallis shows us how to reclaim Jesus’ ancient and compelling vision of the common good – a vision that impacts and inspires our whole lives. Copies of The (Un)Common Good will soon be available in the church office for $10 each or may be purchased online or at other booksellers.
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.