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June 10, 2018 • 10 am • Day by Day 2.0

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).

May 13, 2018 • 10 am • When Life is a Zoo • Michael Piazza

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.

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.

Apr 15, 2018 • 10 am • I Will Lie Down in Safety?

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.

Dec 17, 2017 • 10 am • Joy Watch

Minister of Community Life Rachel Bauman sets out on a “joy watch” based on the morning'ss scripture from Isaiah (61:1-11) which promises a double portion of joy. The words come in a time of exile, return, and restoraion. The writer claims that it is those who are oppressed who will lead the way.