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 DVD-series.
Details of upcoming opportunities will be added here.
Conversation on Race Continued
We live in a multicultural, multiracial, world. The Economist predicts that the United States will become majority non-white in less than 25 years. As many of us came to realize in the summer of 2020, we also live in a world with a broken heart where our unity is challenged by our fear, by our human prejudice and greed for power. This summer, we are re-engaging in our ongoing conversations on race by reading books and watching a documentary. Conversations, some with guest facilitators, will happen in the early fall. Stay tuned for information about dates and, in the meantime, start reading and watching!
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO: DOCUMENTARY
Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished in this powerful and enlightening documentary. The book, unfinished at the time of his death, was a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.
UNCOMFORTABLE CONVERSATIONS: BOOK
In Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man, Emmanuel Acho takes on all the questions, large and small, insensitive and taboo, many white Americans are afraid to ask yet which all Americans need the answers to, to increase understanding and join in the antiracist fight.
I’M STILL HERE: BOOK
This incisive memoir by Austin Channing Brown takes a penetrating look at race and the Christian faith. Brown’s experiences and lifelong exploration of racial understanding and reconciliation offer a modern take on the double consciousness first written about by W.E.B. DuBois. I’m Still Here is an eye-opening account of growing up Black, Christian, and female that exposes how white America’s love affair with “diversity” so often falls short of its ideals.
HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST: BOOK
At its core, racism is a powerful system that creates false hierarchies of human value; its warped logic extends beyond race, from the way we regard people of different ethnicities or skin colors to the way we treat people of different sexes, gender identities, and body types. In How to Be an Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi takes readers through a widening circle of antiracist ideas that will help readers see all forms of racism clearly, understand their poisonous consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves.