First Sunday Live

Starting September 3, 2017

Emmanuel brings timely topics to our attention at our First Sunday Live speaker series. Bringing a wide variety of issues that face us today, these events will expand our thought, and help us learn to open our hearts, minds and doors to the things that matter to God most. Special programs for children and childcare so you can enjoy the series.

We’re still having our regular Sunday services in the sanctuary at 9:00 and 10:45 AM. If you want to worship and attend the First Sunday Live program, come to the 9 AM Service and then attend the First Sunday Live.



September 3, 2017
“Confronting Mass Incarceration”

U.S. policies have substantially increased the number of incarcerated people in U.S. prisons, jails and detention centers over the past forty years. The problem of mass incarceration includes racial disparities in the criminal justice system and turning away from rehabilitation.  This session will look at mass incarceration and what we can do as a faith community. Additionally, this session will look at the ongoing issues related to solitary confinement and advocacy strategies to address the issue.

T.C. Morrow serves as NRCAT’s (National Religious Campaign Against Torture) Director of Finance & Operations. From 2004 to spring 2009 at the Churches’ Center for Theology and Public Policy, she worked to educate and organize religious communities on public policy issues. In that position, she served as a founding staff member of NRCAT. She holds a M.Div. from Wesley Theological Seminary and a BA in Physics from Vassar College.

October 1, 2017
“Dirt People: Adam from Adamah” 

Humans have deep and old connections with the earth starting with the creation story found in Genesis chapter 2 where God forms us from the dirt. Our connections to the earth are in our actual DNA and our “spiritual DNA.”  God gives us the responsibility to keep and till the earth.

Beth Norcross is the founding directors for the Center for Spiritually in Nature. She is an adjunct faculty member at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., where she has developed and teaches courses. Beth has spoken to a wide variety of churches and organizations, and has written several articles and developed educational resources for congregations.

November 5, 2017
“Since Election Day…”

We are practicing “public theology” when we bring our knowledge of who God is to bear upon our public lives.  That requires being in dialogue with a lot of other theologies! Mike McCurry equips leaders to navigate the connections between their faith and public policy, with a vision of fostering civil discourse in a nation struggling with a divide.

Mike McCurry is Director of the Center for Public Theology and a Distinguished Professor of Public Theology at the Wesley Theological Seminary in the nation’s capital.

McCurry has nearly four decades of experience in Washington. McCurry served in the White House as Press Secretary to President Bill Clinton (1995-1998). He also served as Spokesman for the U.S. Department of State (1993-1995) and Director of Communications for the Democratic National Committee (1988-1990).

December 3, 2017
“Racial Reconciliation: The Differences between Reconciling, Restoring, Repairing, and Reconstructing”

Rev. Michelle Ledder is the Director of Program Ministries at the General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR) where she focuses on helping the UMC, at all levels, live into increasingly honorable forms of racial justice and institutional equity.

She is also an Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and serves as an Associate Minister at Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, DC. Michelle received her M.Div. from the Candler School of Theology and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Emory University with a focus in Homiletics (Preaching) and Pedagogy (Teaching).

A special program for kids while you enjoy our speaker series
10:30- 11:45 AM in The New Building
Led by Donna Meoli

All children ages 3- 5th grade are invited to learn about Bible Heroes while making new friends. Everyone will enjoy music, crafts and games related to a different Bible Hero.

Childcare is Available – Children younger than 3, can go to our childcare room, room 6, where they will be supervised by trained staff.
Childcare is still available at both services in room 6.