One of the things I like to say to people when they walk through the doors of First Congregational Church is, “Please don’t check your brain at the door.” I say that because it seems to me that too often churches seem more interested in indoctrinating people rather than exploring with them the complexities of what it means to be a follower of Christ in a post-modern age. At First Congregational I like to think that we value questions as much as answers and diversity of opinion as much as unanimity, because scripture often speaks with many voices and we are living in increasingly complicated times.

And yet there is a hunger in the human heart – a hunger to know the one who speaks to some with loud shouts of deliverance and to others in barely discernable whispers in the night. So we come together, to listen to one another, to share what we think we have heard or discovered, to challenge and support one another in our journeys of faith, and to try to figure out what it means to be the Body of Christ in a troubled and hurting world.

First Congregational Church isn’t for everybody, but if you think it might be for you I would strongly urge you to come worship with us Sunday morning at 10 am. And may God bless you in your journey wherever it leads you.

– Reverend Jane Quandt

Originally from Connecticut, Reverend Quandt is a graduate of Bates College and Yale Divinity School. She served two churches in Connecticut and one in Arlington, Virginia before coming to Riverside with her son in 2001.