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 bible study, book groups, discussions, and TV-series.
Current Opportunity: First Church Reads
This Summer, First Church Faith Enrichment will be engaging with four books that we will then discuss in September when we regather. Our late-summer Faith Enrichment gatherings will continue to take place on Wednesdays at 6:30pm in our Fellowship Hall over a soup dinner.
September 7: If God Is Love, Don’t Be A Jerk
Imagine for a moment what the world might look like if we as people of faith, morality, and conscience actually aspired to this mantra. What if we were fully burdened to create a world that was more loving and equitable than when we arrived? What if we invited one another to share in wide-open, fearless, spiritual communities truly marked by compassion and interdependence? John Pavlovitz explores how we can embody this kinder kind of spirituality.
September 14: Braiding Sweetgrass
Drawing on her life as a woman and indigenous scientist, Kimmerer shows how other living beings offer us gifts and lessons, even if we’ve forgotten how to hear their voices. In reflections that range from the creation of Turtle Island to the forces that threaten its flourishing today, she urges that the awakening of ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world.
September 21: Jesus and John Wayne
Jesus and John Wayne reveals how parts of the Christian church in America have worked to replace the Jesus of the Gospels with an idol of rugged masculinity and Christian nationalism – or in the words of one modern chaplain, with “a spiritual badass.”
September 28: The Coddling of the American Mind
“Rising intolerance for opposing viewpoints is a challenge not only on college campuses but also in our national political discourse. The future of our democracy requires us to understand what’s happening and why – so that we can find solutions and take action. Reading The Coddling of the American Mind is a great place to start.” —Michael Bloomberg, 108th Mayor of New York City.
Visit our Bible Study page for an additional opportunity held on Wednesday Mornings.