Welcome to 8th Day Faith Community

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! We meet at the Potter's House at 1658 Columbia Rd NW in the Adams-Morgan neighborhood of Washington.  Our church services begin at 10:30 AM Sundays. Click here for map.

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Most Recent Teachings Available

Money, Possessions and the Kin-dom of God

David Hilfiker

June 7, 2015

Texts: Mark 10:17-27
          II Corinthians

I've wanted for a long time to offer a teaching about money.  I've hesitated, though, in part because I haven't been able to figure out exactly what Jesus was saying about it.  But then I thought that since no one else has figured it out, you wouldn't expect me to in twenty-five minutes, so I'll just consider some of the questions the Gospel asks us.  The other part of my hesitation is that it's one thing to talk about money when, like Marja and me, you have more than enough and another thing when, like some of you, you're struggling to make ends meet.  But if we're going to be part of the same community, we're going to have face the issue of money together, too.

I'm told that Jesus talked more about material wealth and possessions than about any other subject except the Kin-dom of God.  Given that almost all of us in this country are wealthy compared to most of the rest of the world, I suppose it's not surprising that the American church has largely ignored, stretched or distorted Christian theology to avoid the biblical teachings on money.

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

Carol Martin

May 31, 2015, Pentecost

I want to tell you about a book I'm about to read.  I would have told you about a book I was actually reading except that I accidentally sent it to my granddaughter on my Prime account. The book is called The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating. I can almost hear the sound of 8th Day folks thinking, "ewww, snails" or "oh no, it's commitment Sunday and Pentecost!"  But first listen to this blurb from the book reviewer:

"Elisabeth Tova Bailey tells the inspiring and intimate story of her year-long encounter with a Neohelix albolabris—a common forest snail. While an illness keeps her bedridden, Bailey watches as the snail takes up residence on her nightstand. Intrigued by its molluscan anatomy, cryptic defenses, clear decision making ability, hydraulic locomotion, and mysterious courtship activities, Bailey becomes an astute and amused observer. The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating is a remarkable journey of survival and resilience, showing us how a small part of the natural world illuminates our own human existence."

I love this kind of thinking -- an odd fresh way of looking at things you think you already know all about.

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