In the first of a sermon series called “The Wildness of God,” Senior Minister Molly Baskette explores the fragility of life and the power of God. Although we often emphasize the loving nature of God, God is also in the earthquake and the strong wind. And things get broken—we are broken.
Director of Youth Programs Trust Hilton and members of the senior high youth group, Winthrop, have recently returned from their work camp in Stockton, CA. The group cared for the facilities of a homeless shelter there and painted parts of the local UCC church.
On Pride Sunday, Minister of Community Life Rachel Bauman reflects on the gifts of queer folk can “shine” when they are included in faith communities and can fully claim God’s love. Jesus’ words, taken from the Sermon on the Mount, were spoken to people who were used to hearing that they didn’t belong.
Loi Almeron's time as a First Church Emerging Leader is coming to a close. Loi reflects on the last year and in particular on the struggle of her immigration process as well as the challenges the church faced after the fire in 2016. As is suggested in the scripture for the morning, our internal structure is changing day by day whether it is seen or unseen (2 Corinthians 4:16-5:1).
Guest preacher Michael Piazza lifts up the variety of zoological references in the morning’s scripture. He notes that Jesus chooses to use the image of a mother hen as a symbol of protection. “When life is like a zoo, we become more like foxes.” But Jesus’ example was to open his arms wide in welcome and acceptance, embracing and demonstrating his vulnerability.
For this all-ages worship Sunday, Minister of Community Life Rachel Bauman leads the congregation in a reflection on Isaiah’s call to a “new heaven and a new earth,” a hopeful cry for justice and peace for all people.
In the last of his four sermons as First Church’s Public Theologian in Residence, Marvin K. White explores the rich topic of “love.” In his theopoetical style, he explores the generosity of God’s love, our own capability to name it, claim it and share it in the world, and the direct connection between love and justice.
Reflecting on the themes of sleep, faith and safety in Psalm 4, Emerging Leader Kim Druziako shares her own stories of survival as she first moved to the Bay Area. With little resources, she finds herself in a warehouse community of other poor queer folks who help each other make ends meet.
Public Theologian in Residence Marvin K. White upends the story of Noah and the flood (Genesis 9:8-17) by naming the violence of God’s response to the world he created and is now destroying. And instead of giving us rainbows, why can’t God just say God is sorry?