Welcome to 8th Day Faith Community



An Ecumenical Church

How Do We Sing the Lord's Song in a Strange Land?

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.  There willl be no service on Sunday, October 8 while we are at Welkspring the Family Reunion.

Please click on "Basic Info" tab above for an introduction to our church.

Most Recent Teachings Available

How Are We Known?

Teaching: Emily Owlsley

March 18, 2018

The lectionary passages for today are about how we are known and how we know God.  How we are forgiven and the fact of being forgiven as part of our identity.  We also have the foretelling of Easter and Jesus’ death allowing for new life.  And the analogy of plants dying and providing seeds that create new life.  Jesus explains that this is how new life happens. 

I’m going to talk through the lectionary passages this morning and then ask you all if you’re willing to share about particular times in your life, or the life of the community, or someone close to you, when something had to be given up, or die, to allow for new life to happen.  So keep that in mind as I go through the scriptures. 

God’s Gift of Snakes in the Wilderness

Meade Hanna

March 11, 2018

Texts:   Numbers 21:4-9
             John 3:14-21

I picked the Old Testament and the New Testament readings because they are inextricably linked.  To understand the good news of the gospel of John, to understand the God who loves the whole world and the kind of sacrifice he gave us, I need to know that that God can walk with me through the wilderness, snakes and all, not taking the sources of death and suffering away but helping me to remember and to turn to my source of life, to the places and people in whom we find God.  To remember that I never walk alone. 

Today I will start with Barclay’s ideas of the gospel of John and end with my ideas about snakes. 

John was Jesus’s disciple and Jesus is known for loving him affectionately, possibly as his younger first cousin.  We see John resting on Jesus’s arm in DaVinci’s Last Supper.  He was Jewish but in 100 AD, a good thirty years after the other three gospels were written, John and his community decide they need to write a very different gospel, one that appealed to the crowd of Greek Gentiles all around them.  Why?  The scholars propose that this gospel was written as a bridging across cultures.  John and his community want the Greeks to know their God, rooted in the Semitic story of the Old Testament.  John wants to show God as loving and choosing them, just like he chose the nation of Israel, to have as his people. 

No front page content has been created yet.