Welcome to 8th Day Faith Community



An Ecumenical Church

We have permanently moved our worship services to the Festival Center (1640 Columbia Rd) and begin at 10 am (not 10:30)

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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God’s Kingdom Is About Here

Emily Owsley

November 29, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving, and welcome to the Advent Season; the beginning of the time of expectation for the birth of Jesus.  It is a blessing to be here together today, and to notice the start of this season of our calendar.  I have the benefit of being asked to share this Sunday, so I have to be here today, however, on other years I’ve realized that I’ve accidentally missed the beginning of Advent.  Many people travel on this weekend and there is so much attention to “The Holidays” that if we’re not careful, we mindlessly slump into the Christmas season with a food baby from too much turkey, pie, and mashed potatoes and roll right into the consumerism of Christmas.  However, the readings for today reveal a very different and unique purpose for this season. 

End Times

Ann Barnet

November 22, 2015

When Dottie called me last August to ask me to preach, I picked November 22.  I assumed that the lectionaries, and thus my topic, would have something to do with Thanksgiving; so I was surprised, and to tell the truth a little dismayed to find that, since our lectionary scriptures follow the liturgical year, this Sunday, November 22, marks the end of the year and the end of time.  Apocalypse now!  

The dramatic and obscure biblical images about End Times have split the church since the beginning, and some of us think it’s a subject to be avoided.  But given the fearful events of the last few weeks, in Paris, Beirut, Somalia, Mali, and elsewhere and the rumors of impending even worse events, I think it’s as good a time as any to face our fears.  Violent fantasies—of holy destruction, the Last Battle, Armageddon, and so on—appeal not only to the ignorant and the destitute but, at some primitive level, probably to everybody.  Just this last Tuesday on the front page of the Washington Post there was a headline question: “The Islamic State Strategy: Luring the ‘Unbelievers’ into an Apocalyptic Battle?”

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