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Faith Exploration for Ninth Graders


The Faith Exploration Program (formally known as the Confirmation Program), is a concentrated time of fellowship building, faith exploration, and open conversations on what it means to be a Christian and a person of faith.  We do this in a safe and supportive environment through discussion, experiencing and reflecting on worship, and exploring the tenants of our progressive Christianity faith in comparison to other faith traditions. The goal is to allow youth to build positive and grace-filled relationships with other students and members of the congregation, to gain a deeper understanding of God’s love for all people, and to awaken a desire to begin his or her personal faith journey within the embrace of our church community. This year, Jonathan will be team teaching with our Director of Youth and Family Ministries, Mark Lindberg.

Schedule and Topics for 2018 Classes Wednesday Nights 7 – 8 p.m.

Book resource:          The Heart of Christianity by Marcus Borg


January 3           The Big Kahuna – Is there a God and how do we understand such a force/energy/being?

Book:        Chapter Four  God – The Heart of Reality

Film:          Nooma:  Rhythm – Another way to think about God


January 10         Jesus – Who was he really?

Book:        Chapter Five   Jesus – The Heart of God

Film:          Nooma:  Rain – How God cares


January 17         The Spirit of God – What does a community look like when the Spirit is alive?

Film:          Nooma: Names – How to break down the barriers


January 24         Progressive Christianity – What are the hallmarks? How that differs from other expressions of Christianity – And why it matters.

The Eight Points of Progressive Christianity


 January 31          Living into the Christian Faith – Bringing light into the world

Book: Chapter Seven  The Heart of Justice

Nooma:  Rich –  It is time we learn how blessed we are and of ways to be a blessing to others


II         COMPARING RELIGIONS –        Different ways of Living a Life of Belief and how they compare

Book:  Chapter 11      Heart and Home


February 7         Islam – A belief in the one God Allah.  1.1 billion people worldwide are Muslims and the Islamic traditions they follow are as varied as the nations where they live.

Special Guest Ibraheem and Haythem


February 16 – 18             RETREAT AT THE COAST  (More to come soon)


February 21       Buddhism – A belief that life is full of suffering caused by desire and that the way to end this suffering is through enlightenment that enables one to halt the endless sequence of births and deaths

Special Guest:            Dr Kim


February 28         Judaism – founded over 3500 years ago in the Middle East.  Jews believe that God appointed the Jews to be his chosen people in order to set an example of holiness and ethical behavior to the world.  Jesus was a Jew



March 7                      Thin Places – Living Life with an Open Heart

Book:  Chapter Eight  Thin Places


March 14                    Thin Places – Living Life with an Open Mind. Where do you experience God?


March 21                    Thinking Bigger – The Heart of Justice

Book:  Chapter Seven



Sunday, March 25                    Palm to Passion Sunday

Sunday, April 1                        Easter    (Can we offer a special service designed for the young at heart?)

Classes resume…

April 4                        Grief – How faith can help us deal with hardship and grief

FILM: Nooma: Matthew – Dealing with profound grief with strength beyond yourself


Friday, April 13       Celebration Supper at the Morgan’s   6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

My Journey   Where do I go from here?


Sunday, April 15           Faith Exploration Celebration Sunday

9 a.m.  Breakfast

10 a.m.  Worship


Sunday, April 22                   New Member Sunday – For those who wish to join FCC

What's Happening?

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  • Food Rescue at FOOD for Lane County Feb. 19
    Food Rescue at FOOD for Lane County Feb. 19
    It is our church’s turn to assist with food rescue at FOOD For Lane County (FFLC) on Monday, February 19. We meet at 6 p.m. and repackage food from the U of O, local grocery stores, hospitals, and...
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  • Third Act February 19
    Third Act February 19
    Dr. Doug Carnine is a retired Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Oregon. For the past 40 years, Doug has also been a lay leader in the local Buddhist community. Doug will address the...
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    All interested singers are invited to participate in Festival Choir! This is a great opportunity for those interested in singing who don’t necessarily want to commit to the year long Chancel Choir membership.  First Congregational Church’s...
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  • Exploring FCC class begins Feb. 25
    Exploring FCC class begins Feb. 25
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  • New Hearing Assisted Devices Now Available!
    New Hearing Assisted Devices Now Available!
    Updated hearing assisted devices are now available for use in the Wheeler Room, Chapel, and Sanctuary. Whether you use an existing hearing device or would simply like the room’s sound amplified for easier hearing, we’ve got...
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