The First Congregational Church of Darien

United Church of Christ

A community of faith since 1737

Last Sunday the witness of FCC, Darien was brought to bear on recent events in Charlottesville.  Some say this is an overreaction and we overdo what the press exaggerates.  After all, only a miniscule percentage of citizens are involved in Read More

Love Supreme
August 17, 2017

Our world is broken.  Our nation is divided.  How can we find healing?  We must look to Jesus Christ of Nazareth.  Irrespective of what people believe about him we can learn from him.  The evil, hate and segregation that infects Read More

The First Time
August 11, 2017

George Foreman is a former American professional boxer who competed from 1969 to 1977, and from 1987 to 1997.  Nicknamed “Big George”, he is a two-time world heavyweight champion and an Olympic gold medalist.  Outside the sport he is an Read More

Saint Francis of Assisi, was an Italian Roman Catholic friar, deacon and preacher.  Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures in history.  He articulates one of my favorite quotes, regarding preaching: “It is no use walking anywhere to preach Read More

WHY ATTEND CHURCH?
July 27, 2017

  You’ve heard me recall aloud how my preaching professor, William Muehl, urged us seminarians “to preach as though everyone there almost didn’t show up on that Sunday.” His charge was less about that phantom “relevance.” He was more about Read More

Holy Spirit Move
July 20, 2017

Every Sunday, at The First Congregational Church of Darien, the Holy Spirit is moving in new and energetic ways.  Pastor Dale and I, through prayer, are constantly asking the question: “Lord, what is the next move for YOUR church?” As you may Read More

 TWO BIG THINGS
July 13, 2017

  Two key items in our life: I want to announce the expansion of our Church School Director into a broader Director of Christian Education.  I also want to update our summer conversations about our FCC, Darien becoming a Full Read More

  That is what I want our membership to do anyway during the summer: to slow down so you can read more. To ponder things that you cannot always on the run. To pray to find a way forward for Read More

On June 19, 2006 a letter was sent to our church membership declaring that our clergy were empowered on behalf of First Congregational to perform civil union services for same-sex couples.  On June 26, 2015 the US Supreme Court struck Read More

  Preaching is strange, believe me. I will never exhaust its mystery. You can sweat over a sermon that falls flat. You can cobble together on the fly something that people find riveting. The latter happened last Sunday. I could Read More