An engaged, urban partner sharing the good news with a world in need of God’s peace, love, and justice, Westminster has been a telling presence in the city since 1857.
With stirring worship services, beautiful traditions, and a progressive church culture, Westminster is a home for people of all ages and backgrounds to deepen their faith and make a difference in the world. The church offers ministries in adult, children, and youth education; music and the arts; and social justice, with a highly engaged congregation welcoming and caring deeply for all people within and beyond its walls.Read More
This World Communion Sunday we will focus on the global church – the church catholic – especially as it manifests itself in the Middle East, where the church is under assault in several lands, including Iraq, Syria. Palestine, Iran, Egypt. We will sing music from that part of the world and bring in liturgical elements that give us a flavor of worship in those lands and in those traditions.
It is common these days for congregations struggling to keep their doors open not to look beyond those doors, to focus inwardly, to think of themselves as isolated, alone against the world. Such a view negates the ancient claim that the church is not a series of isolated expressions of Christian faith, but, rather, one vast, confessing, worshipping, baptizing, proclaiming, feasting community.
When we say Church, what do we mean? We think of our congregation or perhaps our denomination. We may think of the Lutherans down the street, or the Roman Catholics. Maybe the evangelical mega-churches. But our view is fairly limited, sometimes even parochial. This Sunday calls for a much broader, much wider perspective on the Church: Judea, Samaria – and to the ends of the earth.
On World Communion Sunday we remember that the Church is a global community, connected as in a body that stretches the whole world over.
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The Westminster Cares series offers presentations, classes, and workshops to help congregation members and community participants learn about issues related to emotional, physical, and spiritual health. Topics range from aging and death to holistic health and healing, from eating disorders to caregiving. Download a flyer with this season’s offerings.
Renowned family scholar, researcher, and couples therapist William Doherty will discuss the state of marriage today on Sunday, October 12, 9:15 am. As Doherty points out, the only thing that rivals parenting for sheer challenge in today’s world is marriage, which holds our fondest hopes and our worst fears about permanence of relationships in life. Doherty’s mission is to restore a culture of hope about marriage by showing how couples can be intentional about their marriage and by promoting community and cultural support for marriage.
Later this month, and in conjunction with Doherty’s talk, Westminster will offer a Marital First Responders Training, led by Kirsten Lind Seal, PhD, LAMFT. Marital First Responders equips people with ways to respond helpfully to friends, neighbors, coworkers, and family members who confide in them about struggles in their marriages and committed relationships. All are welcome to attend—you don’t need to be in a relationship.
Ranging in scope and interest, Fellowship Groups are open to all and embrace a welcoming atmosphere of community and care, inviting us to share in our calling as the Body of Christ. Click here for a list of upcoming Fellowship events.
WestConnect is a group of Westminster members and friends in their 20s and 30s who gather regularly outside of church for fellowship, study, service and events. WestConnect is an informal way to get to know others and help find your place in the life of the church. Each Sunday during Education Hour, beginning at 9:15 am, young adults meet for coffee and conversation in the Bates Room. We'll discuss the Sunday Scripture and sermon topic, events from the week's news, and other themes throughout the year. Learn more or join WestConnect on Facebook.
The Westminster Gallery exhibits and collects religious and secular art representing diverse ethnic and cultural traditions. We feature art from the Westminster collection, private collections, and from regional and nationally known artists who demonstrate the connection between art and how it informs our faith. The church has a long history of collecting and incorporating art into both worship and daily life. The Westminster Gallery opened in 2002.
At Westminster, we believe that art matters because it provides a communication tool between an artist or designer and the diverse audience that encounters the art. This encounter likely will generate thought, stimulate conversation, or evoke emotion.
The Westminster Gallery is excited to present an exhibition of art created by middle school students through Banyan Community, one of Westminster’s community partnerships. Young people gather each year to paint a collection of individual pictures and a group banner around a common theme working with artist, Anne C. Brink.
The Westminster Gallery features approximately six exhibitions each year. The exhibitions during Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter are based on those themes, but vary substantially from year to year. A summer exhibition generally features art created by Westminster members and friends, and is curated around a particular theme. The other exhibitions focus on a single artist, a biblical theme, or may be inspired by current events. The work of other artists is frequently exhibited in the Great Hall, and the public spaces of the building are filled with original art from the collection.Read More