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.
On Mental Health Sunday in the United Church of Christ, Minister of Community Life Rachel Bauman shares her own story about the way mental health issues in her family affected her as she was growing up. She reflects on how silence made the situation even more difficult for all involved.
On Transgender Day of Remembrance & Visibility, First Church mourns the lives of transgender people who have been murdered over the last year. Member and former Emerging Leader Sonny Graves draws on both the pain and the promise of the story of the crucifixion of Jesus.