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.

Rev. Dr. Miguel De La Torre

Rev. Dr. Miguel De La Torre was our Guest Lecturer for the 2019 JWW Lectureship Series in May, 2019. 

He spoke on three great themes:

  • Embracing Hopelessness: Shaking Up the Powers that Be

  • Applying the Ethics of Hopelessness: Shaking Up Immigration and Other Current Issues

  • Was Jesus a Racist?

We thank everyone who made this excellent Lectureship weekend possible. 

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." 


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, Dr. Miroslav Volf, and Rev. Dr. Miguel De La Torre.

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