Whoever you are and where ever you are on life's journey...you are welcome here.
Join us for worship every Sunday at 10:30am.
Welcome to our new minister, Reverend John Doud !
He brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and humor to the life of our church.
Rev. John’s Statement of Ministry:
My ministry focuses on relationships. Though I am the “Ordained Professional” in this organization, I refuse to be set apart from the rest of the people in the church engaging in ministry as some sort of spiritual specialist. Ministry should be a partnership where the work is cooperative and where minister and people call each other to account. Rather than being set apart, we ought to be set together for a common vocation, sharing power as partners in the Congregational Way of Life.
It is essential for me to render the gift of my life’s experiences in worship and in service as minister, friend and co-worker. I believe in being there with the people, participating directly in life’s tragedies and contradictions. The aim of my ministry is not to convert everybody to my framework of Christianity- as if my way were the only way-but to encourage people to think for themselves in their own religious or secular settings. Through the influences of gratefulness and unconditional love, individuals can be called back to their better selves.
All of this is to say-whether we are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Pagan or of no religion at all-it is in the best interest of our world if we continue to search for a greater understanding of others which leads to unity. This is not a unity of belief, culture or tradition but a unity of love and respect which promotes education and communication with other religious and secular traditions. By humbling ourselves to our limitations, while simultaneously preforming anonymous acts of service, fostering cooperation and concern for all living beings in this planet Earth, we can become a genuine community of faith, hope and peace celebrating the Holy Name through acts of kindness and love.
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INTRODUCTION TO ZEN MEDITATION
October 27 2019
On October 27 the church will be hosting Gendo John Wolff Roshi for an afternoon to learn about and practice Zen Meditation. As you may remember, the Roshi was a speaker at our church last Spring. Several of us attended a 4 week training session in Grand Rapids in June.
There will be instruction on meditation in the Zen tradition as well as several short sessions of practice , a conversation on the role of the teacher in Zen Buddhism, question and answer, and an opportunity to meet one on one with the Roshi.
The Zen Meditation gathering will be from 1-5 PM ON SUNDAY, 27 OCTOBER . There will be a small registration fee of $10 to cover the cost of materials and expenses. There will be a form at greatwave.org. Payment can be made at the door, in advance at the church, or on the registration page through PayPal.
This will be a great opportunity to learn about Zen Buddhism. All are welcome.
MOVIES FOR THE MIND
Marriage Equality is finally here!
We at First Congregational Church UCC, Cadillac are pleased that the United States Supreme Court has upheld same sex marriage. Our church looks forward to officiating all weddings on an equal basis.