Welcome to the Eighth Day Faith Community

An Ecumenical Church

Children's Sermon We are a small, diverse ecumenical church with members from different faith backgrounds and ways of expressing our faith. We hold in common the desire to follow Jesus through peacemaking, work for justice (especially economic justice), and environmental sanity.All are welcome, regardless of faith (or lack of it), religious background, age, gender, sexual orientation, wealth (or lack of it), ethnicity, or any other characteristic that ordinarily separates us from one another. We are open and affirming and value the differences among us. Check us out! Ordinarily we meet at the Potter's House but it is being renovated and will be closed until sometime in the spring of 2014.  DURING THIS PERIOD WE ARE NOT MEETING IN THE POTTERS HOUSE. Our church services are at the same 10:30 AM time Sunday in the lower level of Sarah's Circle, 2551 17th St NW.  Click here for map.


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Most Recent Teaching Available

The Encounter: Working with Difficult Scriptures

Kayla McClurg

November 23, 2014
Text: Matthew 25:31-46

I crawl in this morning, brought low by the surprising strength of a very little thing—the common cold. It is good when working on a sermon to be reminded that in the grand scope of things, I am quite small and powerless. Michael Leunig has a prayer dedicated to the cold in his little book called The Prayer Tree:

God bless those who suffer from the common cold.
Nature has entered into them;
Has led them aside and gently lain them low
To contemplate life from the wayside;
To consider human frailty;
To receive the deep and dreamy messages of fever.
We give thanks for the insights of this humble perspective.
We give thanks for blessings in disguise.

“We give thanks for blessings in disguise.” So,I guess this will be a Thanksgiving sermon after all.

Peace in 100 Years!

John Mohr

November 16, 2014

If I told you I have a plan that would bring world peace in 100 years, a plan so clear and credible that you were convinced it would work if enough people would follow it, would you be willing to do your part even if it meant changing jobs, life styles or communities? 

A friend of mine from Santa Barbara, who died recently, was working on such a plan.  I asked his widow if she would share his work with me, but she said “Sorry, I can find nothing.”  Dead end.  But the idea is fascinating to me for several reasons:

1.  Putting a target date of 100 years on it gives it a sense of being achievable as well as a sense of hope.  Even if it’s not in our lifetime, our grandchildren would enjoy it.  World peace is not even spoken about these days, much less on the agenda of any political party.  It’s time to break the silence.  Except for the Quakers, the term is almost obsolete.  Our culture has adopted military might as the primary way of solving conflicts.  Arbitration is rarely successful.

Pentecost Recommitment

On Pentecost Sunday, June 8, 2014, thirty-three members of the 8th Day Faith Community committed or recommitted to another year of membershp in the community.  In our community the commitment to membership is for only one year.  The rationale is that commitment to any institution or practice will change over time and it is important that a person not allow the commitment to 8th Day to atrophy without a conscious decision.  Every year, therefore, we have to make a conscious decision to commit or not.  Florence Akurut, Maria Barker, and Tim Kumfer were not able to attend the Pentecost service, but made there commitment on June 29, 2014.