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June 24, 2018 • 10 am • Shine On, Queer Church, Shine On

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.

Apr 29, 2018 • 10 am • Love & Belonging

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.

Feb 11, 2018 • 10 am • Waffle Day

The state of the world can seem perilous. Political life in the United States seems chaotic. Minister of Art & Communication Phil Porter describes his attempts to share his experience of life with our current president to his InterPlay friends in Australia in performance in January.

Jan 28, 2018 • 10 am • Food Rules & American Idols

In the Scripture, Paul answers a question the community of Corinth has about eating the mean that has been sacrificed to idols. Young Adult Minister Kit Novotny uses this as a jumping off point to explore our own relationship to food, especially considering that food is such a big deal in the area.

Jan 21, 2018 • 10 am • We Are Not Our Own

Senior Minister Molly Baskette lifts up the challenges of connection and disconnection in larger communities. How are we neighbor to each other? Do we slip into the anonymity of urban life, unaware or unwilling to engage with those living right near and among us?

Nov 19, 2017 • 10 am • Discipleship: The Venture of the New Creation

Guest preacher Rev. Lynice Pinkard deconstructs the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30) to expose the greed and inequality that was represented in the story. She calls us all the a “dissident discipleship” which rejects the status quo and moves toward the way of love. The Kingdom of God is an alternative script, a viable choice. We can shift our attention from ourselves to each other.

Word Takeaway: By What Authority

First Church’s Public Theologian in Residence Marvin K. White shares from his sermon “By What Authority” from the 10 am service on Sunday, October 1, 2017.

Aug 27, 2017 • 10 am • Love & Guilt

In the final sermon in the “Summer of Love” series, Senior Minister Molly Baskette explores love and guilt. Guilt can be a powerful force. It is a sign that we have done wrong or failed to do right. It may provide the impulse to make things right.