Anyone familiar with the First Church congregation knows that this faith community “expects and respects” (as one retired pastor says) questions about scripture, theology, and religion.
It is no surprise, then, that we are a congregation of readers, with six groups that gather regularly to reflect, discuss, probe, and struggle with books, Bible passages, and other pieces of writing. These groups attract a myriad of ages and life stages; the common goal is to use our God-given mental faculties in a supportive setting to ask big questions and apply what we learn and discover to our daily faith journey.
In the next week, three of these groups gather for conversation on three quite different books. These book selections reflect some of First Church’s core values — interfaith understanding, inclusive welcoming, and anti-racism–and offer a picture of a vibrant, thoughtful faith community.
Each of these groups welcomes new participants at any time, whether or not you’ve done the reading.