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Hans von Sponeck


German Diplomat Hans von Sponeck to speak on Western Unilateralism, US Exceptionalism, De-Westernization and the Global Order.

Hans von Sponeck worked for the United Nations for more than thirty years. He served as a UN Assistant Secretary-General and UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq. Since his resignation from the UN he has served as a member of the board of trustees of various non-governmental organizations in Switzerland, Italy and the US, as an adviser for multilateral issues, and as a consultant for personnel development in international organizations. Von Sponeck is the author of A Different Kind of War: The UN Sanctions Regime in Iraq.

The event is FREE. Donations will be accepted.

FREE parking is available in the church garage at 150 Denny Way.

Sponsored by Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Sunday School: The Beloved Community


Beloved Community Theme PR WEB

First Church’s Young People’s Ministries invites you & your family to join us Sundays at 9 AM as we kick of our education year!

The Beloved Community
Love. Peace. Acceptance. Joy.

For Dr. Martin Luther King, The Beloved Community was not a lofty utopian goal to be confused with the rapturous image of the Peaceable Kingdom, in which lions and lambs coexist in idyllic harmony. Rather, The Beloved Community was for him a realistic, achievable goal that could be attained by a critical mass of people committed to and trained in the philosophy and methods of nonviolence.

At First Church, our kids & youth will be learning what it takes to build a Beloved Community. Our theme for the year will be woven into our weekly Sunday School classes and special events throughout the year. Please join us as we dive in on Sunday, September 18 at 9am in Room 303/304!

Pub Theology – Beyond Canon


Beyond Canon (New Belltown Pub Theology Series) – Curious about early Christian writings that didn’t make it into the Biblical Canon? Pastor Austin is leading weekly discussions introducing us to the spiritual value in extracanonical texts such as the Gospel of Thomas and the Gospel of Mary Magdalene. Pub Theology is a gathering of minds, where challenging questions and meaningful discussion are always on tap.  It is a space to explore the wisdom each of us brings to the table as we speak candidly about faith, God, and culture. Drop in anytime for a pint (of theology, of course) and lively conversation.


Pub Theology – “Beyond Canon” will meet Wednesdays at 7 PM starting September 28 at the Queen Anne Beerhall (203 W. Thomas St.)

The Queen Anne Beerhall is about a 10 minute walk from First United Methodist Church. If you are attending Pub Theology, you can park for free in a reserved spot on Level P5 in the church garage at 150 Denny Way (entrance on Warren Ave.)

Limited street parking around the Beerhall is also free after 6 PM, and there is a bus stop near the Beerhall.

David Korten – Sunday, September 11


We look forward to welcoming author and activist David Korten to First Church on Sunday, September 11. He will be preaching during our 10:30 worship and sharing at a Lunch & Learn after worship.

David Korten is known for his contributions to framing alternatives to the deep cultural and institutional forces driving the human species toward economic, social, political, and environmental collapse. He is the author of numerous books, including the international best-seller, When Corporations Rule the World, and, most recently, Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth.