Next Sunday Pastor Brooks will be joined for a dialogue sermon by Brian Willson, a Vietnam veteran whose wartime experiences transformed him into a nonviolent pacifist. He gained renown as a participant in a prominent 1986 veterans fast on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. The fast was in response to funding of the Contra wars in Central America. One year later, he was again thrust into the public eye when he was run over and nearly killed by a U.S. Navy Munitions train while engaging in a nonviolent blockade in protest of weapons shipments to El Salvador. Since the 1980s, he has continued efforts as an advocate for peace. Brian Willson’s autobiography Blood on the Tracks received acclaim from notables ranging from actor Ed Asner to intellectual Noam Chomsky.
This Sunday we continue our series on women in the Bible by looking at Queen Vashti, a woman who defied the wishes of her husband, King Ahasuerus. The sermon will begin by considering the recent views of mega church preacher Mark Driscoll who compared nagging wives to water torture in preaching that wives should submit to their husbands.
First Congregational United Church of Christ and the Islamic Society of Southwest Washington are less than 300 yards apart. Together, the two communities want to embody a tenet of both their faiths: love of neighbor. On Sunday, April 28th, three members of the Islamic Society of Southwest Washington visited their Christian neighbors on NE 68th Street in Hazel Dell as they spoke on a panel and painted a picture of Islam in Vancouver. Over previous Sundays, the church’s adult education program had presented other classes on Islam in preparation for the visit.