VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2019
Monday, July 8 – Thursday July 11
“The primary problem for the church is not how to “accommodate” disabled persons. The problem is a disabling theology that functionally denies inclusion and justice for many of God’s children. Much of church theology and practice—including the Bible itself—has often been dangerous for persons with disabilities. The prejudice, hostility, and suspicion toward people with disabilities cannot be dismissed simply as relics of an unenlightened past. Christians today continue to interpret Scripture and spin theologies that reinforce negative stereotypes, support social and environmental segregation, and mask the lived realities of people with disabilities.” – Nancy Eiesland, PhD, author of The Disabled God
In her book The Disabled God, Nancy Eiesalnd works to advance a theology for people who are differently abled—in mind and in body, without loosing sight of the God who God is not hungry for power and control over creation but invites creation to create and share what Michale Welker calls “overlapping spheres of interdependence and creative responsibility.”
She writes to those who are not simply people waiting on God’s miraculous hands to make straight limbs that have grown weak; but those who struggle everyday with ability—and those who love them.
She writes to those who are not simply people waiting on God’s miraculous hand to bring sight to eyes that have never beheld a rainbow in the sky; but those who struggle everyday with sight—and those who love them.
She writes to those who are not simply people waiting on God’s miraculous hand to allow melodious sonnets to awaken ears that have never heard sound; but those who struggle everyday with hearing—and those who love them.
Eiesland proclaims the emancipatory presence of the disabled God, and encourages communities of faith to imagine wholeness and justice for every single person. She writes, “Like a faithful Jew who had conscientiously opened the door for Elijah each Seder and spun images of the majestic beauty of a Messiah who would shout out an order and the universe would tremble, I had waited for a mighty revelation of God. But my epiphany bore little resemblance to the God I was expecting or the God of my dreams. I saw God in a sip-puff wheelchair, that is, the chair used mostly by quadriplegics enabling them to maneuver by blowing and sucking on a straw-like device. Not an omnipotent, self-sufficient God, but neither a pitiable, suffering servant….I recognized the incarnate Christ in the image of those judged not feasible, unemployable, with questionable quality of life. Here was God for me.”
“As a community of Christ we believe that all persons are children of God, created in God’s image, and affirm the inherent value, worth and dignity of all races, ethnicities, ages, sexual orientations, and gender identities, without regard to one’s marital status, family structure, faith and educational background, economic and social standing, mental and physical ability, military or civilian status. No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.
In the prophetic tradition of the progressive United Church of Christ, we extravagantly welcome all people into the full life, membership, leadership, mission, fellowship, worship, and sacraments of this church, and invite all to bear the responsibilities, blessings and joys of membership, ministry and life in this church. Recognizing that we are an increasingly diverse culture and that there are differences among us in private belief and interpretation of sacred scriptures, we covenant, as the community of Christ, to work and serve the Lord together in this church.”
–Christian Fellowship Congregational Church, ONA/A2A Statement
At Christian Fellowship, this is not just a tag line. We mean it so much that this message greets everyone who comes to our church campus. We invite you to come and experience it for yourself any Sunday at 5:00 pm for our Evening Jazz Vespers, at 10:30 for our Morning Worship, or on Wednesday Evening at 6PM for our Fellowship Meal and Religious Education Programs.
Since 1887 Christian Fellowship has been on the cutting edge of progressive, inclusive, justice and witness-oriented ministries in the City of San Diego.
We believe that a living faith in Jesus Christ demands not only righteous living but a faithful engagement with the issues and challenges of our world. In the past, this has meant things like a national leadership role in the pre-Civil War Abolition Movement, active engagement in the struggle for women’s suffrage and the ordination of women, and very lively involvement in the Civil Rights movement. We are proud of our history, but not chained to it. Our faith calls us ever forward, particularly as we think about ecological justice issues, racial justice, homelessness and immigration concerns as a border community.
We believe that God’s Spirit calls us to work for the rights and dignity of all people, believing that God’s image is reflected in human variety and diversity. One of the ways that we express this belief is that since 2017 we have been an Open and Affirming and Accessible to ALL church, welcoming persons who are differently-abled, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender into full participation, leadership and ministry of our growing congregation.
Christian Fellowship Congregational Church UCC is a progressive and inclusive community of believers, and we believe by faith that there is a place here for you!
October 2018 Update
The Social Justice Ministry will sponsor two event this month. On October 19 at 1:00pm, there will be an Emotional Emancipation Circle held at 6367 Alvarado Court Suite 103, San Diego 92120. The Board will sponsor the Fellowship Hours and its inaugural “Social Justice Teach-In” on October 21, immediately following the worship service. The Teach-In will focus on “Incarceration and the Criminal Justice System.” Please contact Min. Clovis Honore for further information.
Weekly Potluck Community Meal at 5:45pm,
followed by Bible Study led by Dr. Hill at 6:15pm
Our Traditional Worship Service begins at 10:30AM
Click HERE to find out what Dr. Hill will be preaching about this Sunday
Christian Fellowship has a 2 octave set of Malmark English handbells. Our handbell ensemble practices weekly from 3:30PM to 4:30PM every Sunday afternoon.
An Ecumenical Evening Worship Service….”Where Jazz meets the Spirit”
Dr. J. Lee Hill, Jr., preaching
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