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.
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.
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.
“God’s love endures forever.” That is the repeated refrain in Psalm 136 and as part of the sermon series “Summer of Love” Minister of Art & Communication Phil Porter explores the benefits and challenges of long-term relationships.
In a week that saw the ramping up of tension and the threat of military and even nuclear response between the US and North Korea, and demonstrations by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, Senior Minister Molly Baskette found it hard to create a sermon about God’s love as a solution.
Nothing can separate us from the love of God, including death. In the context of the theme “Summer of Love,” Senior Minister Molly Baskette explores the relationship between love and death. We may be frightened by death, but it is what makes life precious.
A minister colleague of Senior Minister Molly Baskette described the experience of attending the recent UCC General Synod, the national denominational meeting, as “two steps and a hug”—that he couldn’t go much farther than that before being warmly greeted by someone he knew.
Besides being the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, this year is also the 50th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia that struck down the remaining laws in 16 states prohibiting interracial marriage. Mildred and Richard Loving were arrested in their home state of Virginia when their marriage certificate from Washington, D.C. was not honored.
The scripture for the morning says, “whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.” (Matthew 10:40-42) Young Adult Minister Kit Novotny explores the nature of rewards and the difference between the accumulation of
In the scripture, the early community of believers were gathered together, learning a new way of being together in community “day by day”.