Two Special Sundays at Palo Alto First United Methodist Church

September 19, 2008

Palo Alto First United Methodist Church invites you to join them as they celebrate two Special Sundays in September. Palo Alto First UMC is located at 625 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301. 

On Sunday, September 21, co-authors of Proverbs of Ashes: Violence, Redemptive Suffering, and the Search for What Saves Us, and the recently published Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire, the Revs. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock and Dr. Rebecca Ann Parker will be the guest preachers at the 10:30 a.m. service.

Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock is a member of the Christian Church and is Founding Co-Director of Faith Voices for the Common Good. She directed the Fellowship Program at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and currently is a visiting scholar at the Graduate Theological United in Berkeley. 
Dr. Rebecca Ann Parker is a United Methodist minister and has been President of the Starr King School of Theology since 1990.
Prior to the service, Fiume di Musica, Palo Alto First United Methodist Church’s chamber ensemble, will play a special Prelude with music of Rosh Hashanah, which falls at the end of September. This short medley of varied music of Rosh Hashanah, is a statement that religious music can pull us together on our spiritual paths.
At 12:30 p.m., the Revs. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock and Dr. Rebecca Ann Parker will discuss their latest book, Saving Paradise in the Fellowship Hall. Bring a brown bag lunch. Beverages and dessert will be provided.
On Sunday, September 28, “Inclusiveness Sunday”, Dr. Karen Oliveto will be the guest preacher at the 10:30 a.m. service. She is currently the pastor of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco.
Dr. Oliveto holds a Ph.D. in Religion and Society from Drew University, and recently served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Pacific School of Religion where she continues as adjunct professor of United Methodist Studies.  
She has served as chair of the National Board of Directors for the Reconciling Ministries Network, a grassroots organization of congregations and communities committed to the full inclusion of GLBT persons in the life and ministries of The United Methodist Church. Dr. Oliveto is also the co-author of Talking about Homosexuality: A Congregational Resource and has written numerous articles, hymns and liturgies.
For more information, contact Palo Alto First UMC at or (650) 323-6167.