Ecumenical Advocacy Days 29 Jan 2017 Ralph Jones

Last Sunday Pastor Susan asked how many of us participated in the Women’s Marches. An impressive number of hands went up. Did we achieve justice for all, yet?

This morning, Good Morning America interviewed at Yale PhD. Student researching in Afghanistan and unable to come home. It occurs to me to ask how many of us have students or colleagues affected by the Executive Order? I see three or four.

We have more to do!

I can’t tell that the Publican in chief has even acknowledged the concerns of the people. (Think about it. The head of the Republican Party owns hotels and bars and is now chief tax collector.)

So, what can we do now?… Continue

Adult Education Jan-Feb 2017

A six week Sunday School series exploring ideas of gender in the Bible and Church.

The first week, adults will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the Miller Gathering Hall to discuss what gender is (and isn't); the role and language of gender; and the power and effect of language.  Children and youth ages 6+ will meet next door for a modified version of the class.  From week 2 onward, these groups will be combined for inter-generational learning.  

January 15, 2017 - Week 1 – Gender and Language

  • What is gender (and what isn’t)?
  • What is the language of gender?
  • What is the role/power/effect of language?

January 22, 2017 - Week 2 – Gender and Scripture

  • Golden Rule
  • Lord’s Prayer
  • Beatitudes

January 29, 2017 - Week 3 – Gender and God

  • Does God have a gender?
  • The Holy Spirit?
  • If the Church is the Body of Christ, why wasn’t Jesus a woman?

February 5, 2017 - Week 4 – Gender and Church

  • What does church look like from the lens of someone who is not gender-normative?
  • Scriptural leaders who were not gender-normative: David (and Jonathan), Joseph (and his fabulous dress), the Marys on Easter.
  • How do we welcome everyone?
  • Is hospitality gendered?

February 12, 2017 - Week 5 – Gender, Church & World

  • What is the role of the church in supporting all in the world?
  • What does it mean to be a good man, a good woman, a good person?
  • Is goodness gendered?

February 19, 2017 - Week 6 – So What Now?

  • Action planning – self, church, local community, state, nation, world?

Abraham’s Tent 2017

January 16th-22nd, the men of Abraham’s Tent again will follow a star to First Presbyterian Church. The twelve men from the Columbus House Shelter program will make their way to the Owens Community Building for a week starting Monday, January 16th Sunday school classrooms will become bedrooms. The Miller Hall will be transformed into a dining hall and commons space. A group of First Church volunteers will welcome our guests each night at 6, enjoy a home cooked meal together, play some games or just sit and talk before lights out so that all can get a good night’s sleep. Morning comes early with a home cooked breakfast before the men leave for the day.… Continue