The women mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus found at the beginning of the Gospel According to Matthew — Tamar, Rahab, Ruth and Bathsheba — were unique ancestors of Jesus. Their stories are troubling and reveal much that was wrong with the patriarchy of ancient and, unfortunately, modern times. On Women's Sunday, February 7, we will share their stories and explore our own. Join us at 10:30 a.m..
Paul, the Apostle We Love to Hate
Please join us for a three-part sermon series January 17, 24, and 31. Was Paul a brilliant evangelist or something of an arrogant blowhard? Have you read his letters? Do they inspire or annoy you? Last spring we wrestled with Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. Do Paul's teachings support or contradict the Way of Jesus? How is our personal faith encouraged or contradicted by this founder of the faith?
Welcome to Our Church Family!
We invite you to come worship with us and see how we do church. You'll find a pastor who doesn't stay put in the pulpit, but likes to preach from the aisle.
You'll find people who love to sing and do so with gusto, accompanied by guitar or piano, or a pipe organ built and tended by a member of our congregation. You'll find a special time for children that includes a ringing of bells, so we can listen to God in the silence that follows. You'll find flowers and beauty in our historic building.
In our church, you will find ideas to stimulate your thinking and surprising new understandings that can come from reaching deep into the history and mystery of the scriptures.
We are an Open and Affirming Congregaton of the United Church of Christ. For information on the United Church of Christ, click the links below.
Science and Faith
(presented on Feb. 8, 2015, Evolution Sunday) By Inkang Kim
When I first read Genesis Chapter 1, I was learning general physics in university. I learned Maxwell’s equation as a tool to describe the motion of light. As
you may know, the light is considered both as a particle and a wave.
As I learned more about biology and chemistry, I realized that science is just a small way to understand this immense universe. The more I learned about general relativity, string theory and cosmology, I noticed that all these theories are based on hypotheses and mathematical equations to justify their assumptions.
But when I learned about Gödel’s incompleteness theorem, I finally realized that our mathematical logic itself
is incomplete and depends on the choice of axioms. . . .
We use the current axioms in mathematics because it just explains things better about
universe without knowing that these axioms are absolutely true or not. We are able to fly airplanes, build bridges and launch rockets into the space using current mathematical logic and technology. It does not mean
that our logic is perfect; rather it means that our choice of axioms somehow explains how things work in the universe.
After the attempt to explain the origin
of the universe, physicists used string theory,
membrane theory and quantum theory to explainthe microscopic world which is mainly governed by electro-magnetic force, and the gigantic universe which is mainly governed by gravity. But they know none of these theories completely describe the universe. . . .
To be honest with you, physicists cannot even define“time” properly. Mathematicians use their limited logicto prove theorems. Every scientist knows his or her limits. I may say that the science is a human effort to find out
the secrets in universe hidden by God.
God is the infinite dimensional being, that’s why to him, one day could be thousand years; a million years could be a moment. He sees the beginning and the end of the universe at the same time. We cannot prove the existence of God, since he exists above our logic,
but his existence becomes evident to us through the heavenly manifestation of his love in the midst of our daily life. His way surpasses our limits and knowledge but the glimpse of his existential mystery is captured through our tiny science.
That is why I am a humble mathematician who is trying to discover the splendor of his beauty hidden in our lives and universe.
If science is a tool to understand the universe, created by God, faith is a way to understand ourselves created in his image, in relation to God. Without science, I will not be able to
understand his omnipotence, and without faith, I will never understand who I am and what my life is about.
At this very moment, and forever, I live as a mathematical scientist who has a faith in
News & Events
A Pastoral Letter on Child Refugees from the National Leaders of the United Church of Christ
The National Officers of the United Church of Christ and the Council of Conference Ministers — the leaders of the denomination's regional conferences — share this pastoral letter addressing the tens of thousands of young refugees fleeing Central and Latin America and seeking safety in the United States. In a unified voice, UCC leaders declare their support for these children that are leaving their homelands out of fear. This is a unique moment that tests the church's commitment for justice and peace .
Recognizing that the influx of unaccompanied children fleeing violence in Central America requires a robust humanitarian and advocacy response, UCC leaders call on all settings of the church to "care for the stranger in our midst." The number of unaccompanied children entering the United States has grown to more than 57,000 so far in 2014, up from 27,884 in 2013. These children and families are fleeing extreme poverty,drastic increases in gang-related violence, and their governments' inability or unwillingness to protect them.
Click here for more information and to read the Pastoral Letter.
Shop and Make a Painless Donation
to CCB at the Same Time
Do you shop online?
If the answer's yes, you have an opportunity to send a portion of your purchase price (4 percent or more) back to CCB as a rebate and a donation to our general fund.
Here's how it works. Go to the Amazon.com button or the eScrip Online Mall button on the left of this page. Click on the Amazon button and it will take you to the Amazon website. Just shop as you always would. Because you entered the Amazon site from the CCB webpage, the rebate will come back to the church. You don't have to do a thing differently.
For the eScrip Online Mall, click on the button and, when you get the to eScrip website, click on SHOP NOW. It will take you to a page where you can link to Bloomingdale's, Macy's, Best Buy, iTunes, and dozens of other retailers. When you make your purchase, use the credit card that's been registered for eScrip. (And if you haven't registered your cards, email Danielle for help in doing that.)
That's all there is to it. It's truly painless and it's not asking you to do a thing you wouldn't ordinarily do when you shop. Those 4 percents add up, and it's nothing additional out of your wallet.
But if you'd like to send a chocolate gift, remember to go to the websites of our Chocolate Fest vendors. CCB doesn't get a rebate but we do benefit our Chocolate Fest vendors whom we really want to succeed.
No Longer Strangers
The Rev. Wendy J. Taylor, former pastor of CCB, has written a book about Puente de la Sur, her ministry to the immigrant men who work the fields on the San Mateo County coast. To order No Longer Strangers from Amazon.com, click on the image below.