Education

We are a learning congregation. From Bible studies to occasional seminars and classes, we are always working to deepen our faith and learn about our world.

Bible Studies

The Bible is a central part of Christian life. At First Congregational United Church of Christ, we take the Bible seriously, not literally. And part of how we do that is by spending time studying Biblical stories.

This fall, we’ll be doing a short, four-week Bible study on the book of Ruth. These studies meet on Wednesdays at 5:30pm.

Book Studies

This fall and winter, we’re hosting a book study on The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers by Amy Hollingsworth. From the Amazon page: The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers focuses on Mr. Rogers’ spiritual legacy, but it is much more than that. It shows us a man who, to paraphrase the words of St. Francis of Assisi, ‘preached the gospel at all times; when necessary he used words.

These studies meet on Wednesdays at 5:30pm.

  • October 16: Introduction and Chapter 1
  • October 23: Chapter 2
  • October 30: Chapter 3
  • November 6: Chapter 4
  • November 13: Chapter 5
  • November 20: Chapter 6
  • November 27: Chapter 7
  • December 4: Chapter 8
  • December 11: Chapter 9 and Epilogue

Book Studies

During Lent, we’ll be reading selections from Ijeoma Oluo’s So You Want to Talk About Race.

From the Amazon page: Widespread reporting on aspects of white supremacy–from police brutality to the mass incarceration of Black Americans–has put a media spotlight on racism in our society. Still, it is a difficult subject to talk about. How do you tell your roommate her jokes are racist? Why did your sister-in-law take umbrage when you asked to touch her hair, and how do you make it right? How do you explain white privilege to your white, privileged friend?

These studies meet on Wednesdays at 5:30pm.

  • March 4: Chapter 2
  • March 11: Chapters 3 and 4
  • March 18: Chapters 6, 7, and 8
  • March 25: Chapters 9 and 10
  • April 1: Chapters 11 and 12
  • April 8: Chapters 16 and 17

I Have Questions!

Faith isn’t always simple. We all have questions about what we believe and why we do certain things. I Have Questions is an occasional series of lunchtime talks and conversations about those deep questions of faith, led by Pastor Chris. Please join us, and feel free to bring a lunch!

Do you have a question about faith? Leave it in the box located near the memorial window in the lounge area.

Join Pastor Chris to learn about the history, structure, and values of our denomination.

Join Pastor Christ to learn about how we got our Bible.

The topic of this I Have Questions is TBD!

The topic of this I Have Questions is TBD!

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