The First Congregational Church of Darien

United Church of Christ

A community of faith since 1737

Hearing the story of Christ’s passion, as we did last Sunday, I can hardly believe the likes of Gary and I must retell that story, and that you must hear it again. Why is that? The story is so heartbreaking. Read More

Hosanna and Passion
April 6, 2017

Hosanna!  Hosanna!  Hosanna in the highest!  The word hosanna (especially in biblical, Judaic, and Christian use) is used to express adoration, praise, or joy.  But the actual definition of the word means: save us. Imagine yourself standing in a line Read More

April 5, 2017

My sermon on character last Sunday was vigorous, even bracing. In a day when truthfulness feels like it is in retreat, I offered five different ways to test ourselves, search our souls, and examine our integrity. None were easy. All Read More

We live in a young town and our church is trending young.  Many of us might not recall the early ‘60s and how in those years hope seemed to hang in the air.  JFK challenged us to reach the moon Read More

Back in high school, Rogers Griffin and I worked together as restaurant bus boys. After years as friends, we planned a vacation in the Colorado Rockies. We met at my suburban home to plan. He didn’t stay long because of Read More

The Journey of Faith
March 9, 2017

Growing up as an athlete, my entire life, I’ve come to learn how important it is to respect the journey. Every year, training for the season began the day after the final game, film study took place on a regular Read More

Maybe I am overly sensitive about it because my last name is Rosenberger, and people would inquire about my Jewishness with intent that made me suspicious.  Exactly why do you need to know? Exactly why is establishing this important?  It Read More