One of the hallmarks of progressive Christianity is an engagement with the world as it is and how it affects religious life and practice.
Over the course of several weeks in May of 2009, First Church looked at trends in church life in the US. Patricia de Jong preached two sermons on trends in membership and worship practices and style. Phil Porter preached on church, faith and technology.
The series continued with a dialogue sermon between Pat and Rev. Steve Sterner, who was the Executive Minister of Local Church Ministries for our denomination, the United Church of Christ. Finally, former Browne Barr Seminary Intern Geoffrey Gaskins challenged the congregation to imagine how a progressive Christian perspective is articulated both within the church and outside its walls.
Listen to Pat?s sermon ?You Are Witnesses? from April 26, 2009.
Listen to Pat?s sermon ?Larger Than Life? from May 3, 2009.
Listen to Phil?s scripture reading for May 10: Words Not in the Bible and Favorite Words That Are that were collected from his friends on Facebook.
Read the entire list of words that Phil collected from Facebook: Words That Aren?t in the Bible and Favorite Words That Are.
Listen to Phil?s sermon ?00011100101101011? on church, faith and technology from May 10, 2009.
Listen to Rev. Steve Sterner and Rev. Patricia de Jong reflect on the ?Past, Present and Future? of First Congregational and the United Church of Christ, from May 17, 2009.
Listen to Kate Noson?s wonderful version of ?Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing? sung during the service on May 17, 2009.
Listen to Geoffrey Gaskins preach about progressive Christianity from May 24, 2009.