Category: Personal & Spiritual Development

Chancel Choir Starts the New Church Year

Personal & Spiritual Development, Social Groups

The Chancel Choir will start up again for the 2022-23 church year with Thursday evening rehearsals on August 25. New… More >

Love as our First Assumption

Personal & Spiritual Development

Sometimes a quote comes at me and rings the bell of my heart, resounding like the meditation bowl we ring… More >

Love Is …

Personal & Spiritual Development

In the first class of the First Church Journey to Membership series, I ask our new members to close their… More >

Special Fundraising-An Invitation to Create Our Future

Membership, Personal & Spiritual Development

We Need Your Bright Minds and Your Love for Our Church!   Over the last few years, our beloved First… More >

Join the OWL Teachers Team

Personal & Spiritual Development, Religious Education

Kids in my class are incredibly sexist and homophobic, as a queer woman how can I feel safe? What is… More >

Knowing Without Words

Personal & Spiritual Development

Last weekend I couldn’t remember the word for socks. I knew I was wearing fabric on my feet. I was… More >

Reconciling Types of Knowing

Personal & Spiritual Development

In my preacher files, I have a folder entitled “knowledge,” into which I throw articles and thoughts about knowing. I… More >

Roe v. Wade Overturned-Pastoral Response

Personal & Spiritual Development, Social Justice

June 25, 2022 Dear Ones, We join you in sadness and anger at the Supreme Court’s decision June 24, 2022… More >

Circle of Hands

Consider Becoming a Theme Circle Facilitator

Personal & Spiritual Development

Do you enjoy our monthly worship themes? Are you called to the ministry of creating a trusting space for reflection… More >

Blessings at PrideFest

Personal & Spiritual Development

I want to share a glimpse of what “Blessed at Pridefest” is, an event I help co-create and host. “Get… More >

Reminders to Celebrate Blessings

Personal & Spiritual Development

My mission as a minister is to be a blessing. To be a blessing, I need to receive and celebrate… More >

Volunteer at PrideFest Blessing Booth

Personal & Spiritual Development

Our local congregations are returning to spread love, joy and affirmation at the Blessed at PrideFest booth, June 3-4 in… More >

Mark the Turning Toward Summer

Personal & Spiritual Development

Summer Solstice lands on June 21 this year, marking the longest day of the year and the beginning of summer…. More >

A Conversation with Past Anti-Racism Team Member Ron Oshima

Personal & Spiritual Development, Social Justice

  Justice is a word that we hear often at First Church and justice is a value that we hold… More >

Beauty in Imperfection

Personal & Spiritual Development

There is an ancient Japanese philosophy embodied in pottery that confused me when I first encountered it. The potter adds… More >

Nurturing Beauty Takes Time & Attention

Personal & Spiritual Development

I’ve been knitting the same wool sweater for over 15 years. I call it my infinity sweater because it is… More >