Welcome to the 8th Day Faith Community
An Ecumenical Church

Potters HouseWe 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 sometime in the spring of 2014.  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 Teaching Available

Gospel for a Time of Testing

Fred Taylor

August 24, 2014

Texts:
Mark 12:18a, 24, 28-34
Romans 1:16-17

I love the metaphor of geese flying in formation.  The V-formation conserves energy for the flock as the front goose breaks the headwind which makes flying easier for the rest.  Moreover, geese honk as they fly.  This is to encourage the lead goose to give all he/she has for a concentrated time after which the lead goose will drop back into the formation as another goose takes the point.  By flying in formation and encouraging leadership by quacking geese can fly incredible distances without stopping.  This is a graphic example of an 8th Day value: shared leadership. 

As your lead goose for the next 30 minutes I want to guide us to work with a critical question for 8th Day and every other church in the Church of the Saviour tradition: how do we in this tradition conserve the understandings and commitment that gave us solid footing and at the same time adapt to a new situation?  I would appreciate your honking from time to time if something I say touches you.

Living in L'Arche

Dottie Bockstiegel

August 17, 2014

As many of you know, my vocation for the past 28 years has been to live and work in a L’Arche community.  At the present time I no longer live in a L’Arche home but still am still there on a part time basis.  L’Arche has given me a sense of meaning and value for my life as well as being a place to belong that I can call home.  There are many ways we lived together that have made it very special.  Finding L’Arche, as well as finding this church, has made me feel as though I have hit the jackpot in life and I am well content.

At present I serve as the membership coordinator for the various homes and that means especially looking with people at the goals of membership.  Today I want to talk about my experience in L’Arche and describe how we try to live together and to carry out these goals. 

The first goal starts out by asking a question.  What is the vision, the value and the spirit of L’Arche? 

Pentecost Recommitment

On Pentecost Sunday, June 8, 2014, thirty-three members of the 8th Day Faith Community committed or recommitted to another year of membershp in the community.  In our community the commitment to membership is for only one year.  The rationale is that commitment to any institution or practice will change over time and it is important that a person not allow the commitment to 8th Day to atrophy without a conscious decision.  Every year, therefore, we have to make a conscious decision to commit or not.  Florence Akurut, Maria Barker, and Tim Kumfer were not able to attend the Pentecost service, but made there commitment on June 29, 2014.