Welcome to 8th Day Faith Community



An Ecumenical Church

We meet for worship at 10 AM in the Festival Center (1640 Columbia Rd)

We are a small, diverse ecumenical church with members from different faith backgrounds and ways of expressing our faith. We hold in common the desire to follow Jesus through peacemaking, work for justice (especially economic justice), and environmental sanity.All are welcome, regardless of faith (or lack of it), religious background, age, gender, sexual orientation, wealth (or lack of it), ethnicity, or any other characteristic that ordinarily separates us from one another. We are open and affirming and value the differences among us. Check us out! We meet at the Festival Center at 1640 Columbia Rd NW in the Adams-Morgan neighborhood of Washington.  Our church services begin at 10:00 AM Sundays. Click here for map.

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Most Recent Teachings Available

Great Expectations

Shelley Marcus

January 31, 2016
Text: Luke 4:[14-20] 21-30

As I read the lectionary passages in preparation for this teaching, I found myself puzzled by the reading from the Gospel of Luke—I couldn’t really get the dynamic of the story Luke was telling.  My habitual response to this kind of puzzlement is to shrug, and hope for better luck finding a hook in one of the day’s other readings.  This time, I felt drawn to stay with my puzzlement. 

To understand what’s going on in this week’s portion, we first have to go back to last week’s lectionary Gospel reading, which is the first half of what Luke created as a unified story.  It’s the story of what happened when Jesus taught in the synagogue in his hometown, Nazareth.  Luke is an astute storyteller, so it’s important to bring the chopped-up halves back together to avoid distorting either half.

Beginning Again: Blessing and Covenant

Marcia Harrington

January 3, 2016

In this new year, may God bless you and keep you.  May God make his face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you.  May God lift up her countenance upon you and give you peace.  (Numbers 6:24, the priestly blessing)

This year I have had a hard time entering into the season of Advent and Christmas.  The physical and verbal violence, anger, oppression; the thousands of desperate refugees fleeing violence and death have dampened and saddened my spirit.  It’s been easy to shed tears during quiet times, feel helpless and at times depressed.  So, I started fishing for light, for hope.  When I got an email announcing that Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, the author of the Dignity of Difference, would be speaking about his new book, Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence, at the Brookings Institute in November, I sensed he might have deep knowledge and wisdom to share.  I was not wrong.  He spoke with authority, clarity and kindness.  I bought the book, started reading it, and felt some relief from my heaviness and bewilderment at what an angry and unraveling world we now live in.  I commend the book to you, but read it slowly and reflectively, and find a conversation partner or two.

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