Rev. Dr. Miguel De La Torre

Join First Congregational Church for our annual James W. White Lecture Series, with this year's guest, Rev. Dr. Miguel De La Torre. 

As Professor of Social Ethics and Latinx Studies at Iliff School of Theology, De La Torre works at the intersection of faith, academia, and activism. He will be exploring faith-based responses to unending injustices by embracing the reality of hopelessness. The theme for the weekend is "Embracing Hopelessness: Shaking Up the Powers that Be." 

Participants are encouraged to read his newest book, "Burying White Privilege: Resurrecting Badass Christianity." All events are open to the public and will be at First Congregational Church, but please note that Saturday's workshop requires registration! Please contact Candace Woods with any questions. 

Friday, May 10, 7 pm - Free public lecture: "Embracing Hopelessness: Shaking Up the Powers that Be." 

Nursery available for newborn-5 years old. 

Saturday, May 11, 10 am-12 pm - Workshop: "Applying the Ethics of Hopelessness: Shaking Up Immigration and Other Current Issues." 

Nursery (newborn-preschool) and kids' program (kindergarten-5th grade) available with registration. 


Sunday, May 12, services at 8:30 and 11 am, with a Q+A session at 9:45 am.

Dr. De La Torre will be preaching on Matthew 15:21-28, with a sermon entitled "Was Jesus a Racist?" 

Nursery and kids programming available in both services and during the Q+A session.


James W. White

Rev. Dr. James W. White served First Congregational from 1989 to 2005. His provocative and passionate ministry guided our congregation through a period of renewed witness in this community, encouraging and supporting an engaged spirituality. At every point Jim taught others to enter into a life of faith more fully and more richly, exploring and drawing upon Biblical and historical traditions. He was committed to relating wide-ranging lessons of historic Christian teachings to the complexities of contemporary life. Sharing his enthusiasm for reading and study, Jim often brought to our congregation’s attention thinkers whom he admired, often inviting them to speak from our pulpit for the benefit of our church and the wider community.

Gifts to the James W. White Lectures Endowment are still welcome and can be made to First Congregational Church, noting the James W. White Endowment in the memo section of the check.


To honor Jim’s ministry and legacy, FCC established the James W. White Endowed Lectures. 

In 2007, the inaugural lecture was given by Bishop John Shelby Spong, followed in subsequent years by Dr. Walter Brueggemann, Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, Professor Bernard McGinn, Rev. Dr. Robin Meyers, Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, Sister Joan Chittister, Brian D. McLaren, John Dominic Crossan, Nadia Bolz-Weber, Bishop Yvette Flunder, Peter Rollins, and Dr. Miroslav Volf.

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