Rev. Alan Johnson, Chair of the UCC Mental Health Network, was First Church’s guest preacher on Mental Health Sunday. He encouraged the congregation to “not shrink back” from the reality of mental illness—our own stories, those of our family members and our church family. The stigma around mental illness is strong. By breaking the silence and stepping forward we can offer and get support.
Palm Sunday is the beginning of a series of events leading up to Easter Sunday.
As the country approaches Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples Day, Emerging Leader Sonny Graves reflects on how the story of our country has eliminated complexity. In this case, the fate of the indigenous people who lived here before Europeans arrived has been largely erased.
First Church members Curt Wands-Bourdoseau, Diana Graham and Tim Sweetser share their stories in testimony to their faith. Curt speaks of times in his life when he "quaked" in God's presence upon being challenged to help victims of poverty and oppression.