Because of the miracles of modern technology, many of us live most of our lives in virtual reality, where anonymity reigns, and truth is obscured. In our virtual reality lives, we know that various media absolutely love to trigger us into playing our parts in the script they have written for us where moral outrage and division reign.
First Church is a real time, real touch, real life place of belonging where peace reigns, where prayer and uplift are the languages spoken, and where empathy and understanding are the values stressed.Here, forgiveness is offered for mistakes. Grace is abundant and free. This congregation gives us real, ideologically and theologically diverse folks to see and touch and know. We get to practice what it’s like to live with and understand those who are different from us. We get to say together, “Love is what transcends our division. There is nothing in heaven, and nothing on earth that separates us from the Love of God, and so we cannot be separate from one another.” Because our mission is clear and urgent, it transforms our lives.