Open and Affirming!

Open and Affirming!

All are welcome!

First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ
40 South Fullerton Avenue
Montclair, New Jersey 07042
Phone: 973-744-4856
email: admin@fccmtc.com

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Progressive Christianity: Transforming Labels into Living

Wednesday Evening Adult Discussion Series
February 1, 8:15-9:45 in the library

Our Wednesday Evening Discussion series has begun! Last week we gathered for a thought provoking and inspiring conversation about acknowleging the faithfulness of people who have other names and ways to God. This Wednesday we will continue our series on progressive Christianity by exploring (a bit out of order) the fifth point:

by calling ourselves progressive, we mean we are Christians who know that the way we behave toward one another and toward other people is the fullest expression of what we believe.

To prepare for our conversation I have attached the pdf of the Eight Points of Progressive Christianity (you only need to read the explanation of Point #5) and my sermon from last Sunday which explored this point.

All are welcome to join us!

Rev. Ann Ralosky
Senior Minister
First Congregational Church, UCC
40 South Fullerton Ave
Montclair, NJ 07042

www.firstcongmontclair.org

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Progressive Christianity: Transforming Labels into Living

Progressive Christianity: Transforming Labels into Living

Wednesday Evening Adult Discussion Series

February 1, 8:15-9:45 in the library


Our Wednesday Evening Discussion series has begun! Last week we gathered for a thought provoking and inspiring conversation about the meaning of Jesus in our faith. This Wednesday we will continue our series on progressive Christianity by exploring the second point:

by calling ourselves progressive, we mean we are Christians who recognize the faithfulness of other people who have other names for the way to God's realm, and acknowlege that their ways are true for them, as our ways are true for us.

To prepare for our conversation I have attached the pdf of the Eight Points of Progressive Christianity (you only need to read the explanation of Point #2) and my sermon from last Sunday which explored this second point.

All are welcome to join us!

Rev. Ann Ralosky
Senior Minister
First Congregational Church, UCC
40 South Fullerton Ave
Montclair, NJ 07042

www.firstcongmontclair.org

Friday, January 20, 2012

This Sunday at First Congregational Church!

January 12, 2012 at 10:30am

This Sunday we continue our Winter Sermon Series: "Progressive Christianity: Transforming Labels into Living." As the new year begins we will deepen our faith journeys as we explore who we are as Christians. If someone asked you "What kind of Christian are you?" what would you say? For many of us, this is not an easy question to answer. We might be able to state who we are NOT easier than claim who we are. We may have come from traditions that held us to a narrow definition of Christianity, labels that do not feel authentic to us as we experience more challenging and expansive ways to understand God. So for the next six weeks we will explore what it might mean to claim an identity as "Progressive Christians." Using the Eight Points of Progressive Christianity created by the Center for Progressive Christianity (www.tcpc.org) we will explore a different characteristic each Sunday.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Struggling for Social Justice in Latin America and Beyond with Father Roy Bourgeois

Thursday, January 19th, 7:30 pm in the FCC Sanctuary

Roy Bourgeois is the founder of The School of Americas Watch, a grassroots movement to close The School of the Americas, a military training camp housed at the Fort Benning Army Base in Columbus, GA. The SOA trains soldiers from Latin America in counterinsurgency techniques, including torture. Soldiers trained at the SOA have been, and still are, responsible for perpetrating death and violence against the people of Latin America. For over 20 years, Roy has dedicated himself to the goal of closing the SOA and educating the public about U.S. foreign policy in Latin America.

This event is co-sponsored by: Voices of the Faithful, School of the Americas Watch & NJ Peace Action.

"Jesus Has Left the Building... And We Followed" Service Weekend January 28-29

Three Ways to Serve our Neighbors in Need:

Provide Shelter: Habitat for Humanity Newark Build (Saturday January 28th, 8 am-5 pm)

Provide Food: Community Food Bank of New Jersey
(Saturday January 28th, 8:30 am—11:30 am)

Provide Love: Broadway House for Continuing Care (worship service 2 pm)

Please sign up in the Guild Room or see Brendan Bevensee for details!

Wednesday Evening Adult Study Series: "Progressive Christianity: Transforming Labels into Living"

Wednesdays January 18 through February 15, 8:15-9:45 p.m.

This study series will correspond to the sermon series and invites us to discuss in depth the characteristics of progressive Christianity that will be explored in the previous Sunday. This is a wonderful opportunity to have a robust and challenging dialogue about the faith we share at FCC. Long-timers and new comers are welcome to join the conversation! Questions? Please see Rev. Ann or email her.

Going Deeper: Winter Sermon and Study Series

Sunday Sermon Series: "Progressive Christianity:
Transforming Labels into Living"
Sunday Worship January 15 - February 19

If someone asked you, "What kind of Christian are you?" what would you say? As members of FCC we might use words like "inclusive", "peace and justice oriented", "spiritually centered" or "Jesus-following." When trying to describe all of those things we often use the term "progressive," but what does that really mean? Does it truly capture who we are? Does it go too far or not far enough? Labels are loaded things - and labels about faith identity are no exception. Yet they can also help us identify and embrace our values and live them out more au¬thentically. This sermon series will, explore what it might mean to call ourselves "progressive Christians." Each Sunday we will unpack a different characteristic of progressive Christianity and explore how it can transform and deepen our faith as Christians.