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Welcome to the Eighth Day Faith Community

An Ecumenical Church

Children's Sermon 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! Ordinarily we meet at the Potter's House but it is being renovated and will be closed until early 2015.  DURING THIS PERIOD WE ARE NOT MEETING IN THE POTTERS HOUSE. Our church services are at the same 10:30 AM time Sunday in the lower level of Sarah's Circle, 2551 17th St NW.  Click here for map.

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Most Recent Teachings Available

Being Rather than Doing

February 15, 2014

Texts:Psalm 37:7

Psalm 46:10

1 Kings 19:12 God meets with Elijah “a still small voice.”

Thank you for the chance to share with you today. I’ve given two teachings at 8th day and for each of them a specific message came to mind, I pondered it for a couple of months, and ideas for how to illustrate it came easily to me. That wasn’t the case with this teaching. I’ve struggled with how to illustrate what I want to say.

What I want to explore is how we can become more comfortable with being rather than doing. How do we prepare ourselves spiritually so that we can be quiet when it is needed? How do we discern when a situation calls for being rather than doing?

In 8th Day terminology, I’m wrestling with how to develop the inner journey and how and when to tap into that inner journey as opposed to developing the outer journey and discerning when to tap into that part of our spirituality.

Testimony to the Risen Christ

David Hilfiker

Feb 8, 2015
Text: Acts 4:32-37

This teaching is about our community here at Eighth Day.  The scripture I chose from Acts is a description of an early Christian community.  I’ll get to the passages about economic sharing a little later, but for now I want to notice that—sandwiched as it is between descriptions of radical sharing—is one verse that seems incongruous.  “With great power the disciples gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them.” (v 33)

I’ve always avoided passages like this because they bring me up against the claim of the Resurrection, which I’ve always interpreted as the resuscitation of the dead body of Jesus, which I just can’t believe.  I’ve learned a lot, though, from Fred Taylor in our years of weekly meetings about faith.  After I sent him an earlier version of this teaching, he emailed me:

The theological issue in the early church was not whether a dead man returned to life per se but whether the ministry of Jesus was and would be continuing through his followers and his community.  What that verse in Acts is about is the community’s testifying to the activity of the invisible, risen Jesus who continues his ministry through his followers and his community.

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