Getting Ready For Your Future

The church is moving toward a new era with a new settled minister.  Churches tend to focus on the new settled minister rather than the functioning of the congregation itself. We need to ask ourselves “What work needs to be done to be the best congregation we can be?”  This Sunday Rev. Brock will explore this issue, with … Continued

Musings from an Agnostic Hindu: Of Beauty, Mystery, and Mysticism

Holi, the Indian festival of color with its celebration of Spring and new life, is almost here.  Pia Sen will discuss the ways Hindu spirituality weaves the Divine into human lives in many festivities, some large scale and some deeply intimate, and how it allows us to connect to the Divine through myriad relations of … Continued

Peacemaking in a World of Conflict

Rev. Ed and Jerry Levin will explore the meaning of making peace in a world of strife and conflict. The principles learned from the larger world can be applied near at home and in our own daily lives.  Jerry Levin is a former CNN journalist who writes on nonviolence, with an emphasis on the Middle East … Continued

Homeless in Birmingham

Join us to hear Anne Wright Rygiel of the Firehouse Ministries speak about homelessness. Anne has worked at The Firehouse since 2011, and became Executive Director in 2013. She sits on many advisory committees dealing with Mental Health Issues, Veterans’ issues, and Homelessness. She strives to raise public awareness about poverty in the South.

The Ingredients of a Healthy Church

There are clear, unequivocal characteristics of healthy, thriving congregations. As the congregation looks ahead to a new settled ministry, and to a long and mutually satisfying experience for all, amid the excitement and anticipation of the moment, there is a need to look carefully at what being a healthy congregation means.


  This church is called into existence and sustained  by the generosity of people. Our society, at all levels, is held together by generosity, by the myriad ways people express their care for one another.  On this Sunday Rev. Brock will reflect about the meaning of generosity in our daily lives.

Trust is the Currency of Life and Community

  Trust is essential for building community. It’s the glue binding people in common hopes and aspirations. Without it, the tender cords between people whither.  Trust accrues as actions to support it grow in a stable procession through all the seasons of relationship.  Rev. Brock will explore the importance of trust as this congregation looks ahead … Continued