Adult Christian Formation: 10 O'Clock Hours

The Gospel Tradition, with Issa Bibbins

Sunday, January 14,  10:00 a.m., in Margaret Jewett Hall 

Issa Bibbins is the Minister of Music at Roxbury Presbyterian Church. You may remember his original work Beyond Sunday Morning which premiered at First Church in May, 2017.  In addition to leading music for Morning Worship,  Issa will also be holding a 10 O’Clock Hour workshop about the deep tradition of African-American spirituals and gospel.  Plan to join us, as we make a joyful noise together and also celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Remembrance and Reparations at First Church, with Dan Smith

A two-part series, Sundays, January 21 and 28,  10:00 a.m., in the Harter Room

Dan Smith will lead two sessions related to the topic of his upcoming sabbatical study “Remembrance and Reparations at First Church.” In his grant proposal he asks: “How can a 21st-century New England congregation publicly remember and own its historic complicity in the racial terrors of slavery? How can such a public remembrance process be leveraged to raise awareness of ongoing racial injustice while creating some specific, meaningful, systemic change that improves the lives of descendants of enslaved persons?”  Join us in the Harter Room, as we begin a conversation about these and other questions!


Lenten Series on Contemplative Prayer, with Stephanie Paulsell

A three-part series, Sundays, February 18 and 25, and March 4,  10:00 a.m., in the Harter Room


Lenten Study on Worship in the Congregational Tradition, with Beth Spaulding

A two-part series, Sundays, March 11 and 18,  10:00 a.m., in the Harter Room

What makes worship “Congregational”? How did Congregationalists move beyond their Puritan roots to the celebration of church seasons such as Advent and Lent? Join Beth Spaulding on March 11 and 18 for discussion of these and other topics concerning Congregational worship.