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Unmute Thyself: Talking Politics in Church

It’s taboo to talk about politics in church. God’s people are supposed to be united around our common love for God and desire to serve others, so churches avoid discussing the political issues that our communities are facing. We fear that disagreement will lead to division, as it so often does these days. Here’s the problem: we are missing opportunities to connect our faith with the political challenges of our time! We also are missing the opportunity to practice the healthy discussion and faithful discernment about how God asks us to live out our faith in these times.

This fall, the whole nation will be discussing the political issues at stake in the United States and in our local communities. And we at First Church will press the “unmute” button to consider how our faith affects our approach to these political issues. Our sermon series will address several of the fundamental questions at stake in political issues like immigration, gun control, healthcare, and abortion. We will hold several seminars addressing particular issues while modeling healthy disagreement. We will highlight the importance of political engagement and share ways we can serve God’s purposes faithfully through the political process. Join us this fall as we bring our faith and God’s Word to bear on what is sure to be a very political season.

Sunday, August 23
12th Sunday After Pentecost
Preacher: Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Scripture: Colossians 2:6-15
Sermon: “Politics”

Sunday, August 30
13th Sunday After Pentecost
Preacher: Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Scripture: Revelation 7:9-17
Sermon: “Neighbors: Who Is ‘Us’ and Who Is ‘Them'”?

Sunday, September 6
14th Sunday After Pentecost
Preacher: Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Scripture: Matthew 10:24-39
Sermon: “Violence: How Should We Handle a Breakdown of Justice?”

Sunday, September 13
15th Sunday After Pentecost
Preacher: Bee Moorhead
Sermon: “But…”

Sunday, September 20
16th Sunday After Pentecost
Preacher: Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Scripture: Amos 8:4-8a
Sermon: “Poverty”

Sunday, September 27
17th Sunday After Pentecost
Preacher: Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Scripture: Matthew 20:20-28
Sermon: “Power”