11:00 am

Rev. Dr. James Calvin Davis
Professor of Religion, Middlebury College, VT

Sermon: "Fools for God"   

James Calvin Davis is a professor of religion at Middlebury College (VT), where he teaches social ethics and American religious history.  He specializes in religious contributions to public moral discourse in the United States, a topic he explored in his last book, In Defense of Civility: How Religion Can Unite America on Seven Issues that Divide Us (WJK Press, 2010).  This summer he is finishing another book on the theme of respectful dialogue, titled Forbearance: A Theological Ethic for a Disagreeable Church (Eerdmans, forthcoming), in which he considers how churches can and should regard difference not as something to suffer through but as a gift to celebrate and model for the world.  When James is not thinking about moral discourse or reading Puritan theology, he lives in Shoreham, Vermont, with his wife Elizabeth and two sons, Jae and Kisung.  



Jon Walton is a graduate of Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.  He earned his M.Div. degree at Union Theological Seminary, New York City and his D.Min. degree at San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo, California.  He has previously served congregations in New Canaan, Connecticut; Setauket, New York; and Wilmington, Delaware.   He is the former co-moderator of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians and continues to serve as a member of the board.  A noted preacher, he has spoken at some of America’s most well known pulpits including the Washington National Cathedral,  and innumerable college, seminary, and conference settings.  His lectures and sermons are published in a wide variety of sermon anthologies, books on preaching, and articles in professional journals.  He is the author of the book, Imperfect Peace: Teaching Sermons on Troubling Texts. - See more at: http://www.fpcnyc.org/about-us/pastoral-staff/getting-to-know-the-pastors.html#sthash.7DqSI0rf.dpuf

220th Anniversary Celebration Service

A service of remembrance and celebration in observance of the 220th anniversary of the first service of worship in our first church building on September 11, 1796 was held on September 11, 2016.

Moderator Rev. Alexandra Lusak officiated. Rev. James Miller brought greetings from former moderator Rev. Robert Lamar and spoke about his own term as moderator. Members of the Session read remembrances from former moderators Rev. Donna Elia and Rev. Joseph Shook, passages from scripture and excerpts from the church history authored by Barbara Dudley and Nancy Chase. The Village Voices sang, led by church Music Director Jan Bishop. 
Four new members were received into the church during the service. A gala reception followed in Conkling Hall.  

Anniversary Service Program

Montage of Anniverary Service Photos by John Eldridge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psvY2c2ikKM

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