May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

“Confronting our feelings and giving them appropriate expression always takes strength, not weakness. It takes strength to acknowledge our anger, and sometimes more strength yet to curb the aggressive urges anger may bring and to channel them into nonviolent outlets....
END THE STIGMA

END THE STIGMA

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. First Christian Church is dedicated to ending the stigma that persists regarding mental health.  One of the best ways to end the stigma regarding mental health is to learn how to communicate better when we talk about our own or...
Becoming the Beloved Community: BLIND, part 2

Becoming the Beloved Community: BLIND, part 2

When Ann Nichols was a reader for a blind high school student in the 1960’s, she found many people imagined limitations and pitied her.  They assumed Naomi wouldn’t be able to swim, or take the geometry class, or learn how to find her classrooms without a guide. All...

Hospitality/Casa Alitas Update

First Christian is responding to the need of those seeking asylum in our region. Between last Wednesday and Sunday, we were called upon to received seven families on an emergency basis when Casa Alitas was short on rooms. We thank those who offered their time and...

Becoming the Beloved Community: BLIND

As part of our journey toward becoming the Beloved Community, for the past several weeks we have been exploring “ableism.” We began with a statement: Ableism: Ableism is the discrimination of and social prejudice against people with disabilities based on the belief...

A moment of pause

This Holy Week, I find myself in need of a pause—in need of an intentional halt of all the things that make the days non-stop and seem perpetually in motion. I remember how in the first months, maybe even year, of the pandemic doing everything from home freed up so...

Good Friday prayer vigil

This week is Holy Week.  Recall that by Friday the disciples were locked in a room together, their hearts were crushed by unmet expectations, they were afraid for their lives, and they were grieving what they could not control. Still, God was present with them. Still,...

On Seeing Bucha: Poem by John Indermark

The news and images from Ukraine attest to the atrocities occurring there. Reports state that the Ukrainian government is documenting evidence that actions taken by Russian forces against Ukrainian civilians fall under the designation of war crimes. We have heard the...

Casa Alitas Update

This week First Christian was called upon to help Casa Alitas host families. We thank our volunteers and staff for their rapid response to get spaces ready, prepare meals and snacks for their trip, purchase clothes, and schedule transportation to the airport. Thank...