First UCC News

UCC General Minister and President to Preach October 20, 2019

1st UCC Second Life - First United Church of Christ Second Life will welcome the Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer, United Church of Christ General Minister and President, as guest preacher at a worship service Sunday, October 20, 2019.  The service will be held in the Worship Center Sanctuary on the First UCC Second Life campus in the virtual world of Second Life.  Service time is 5 p.m. SLT (Second Life Time, identical to U.S. Pacific). 

The Rev. Dr. Dorhauer was recently re-elected as President and General Minister of the United Church of Christ (UCC).  Dorhauer’s ministry began as pastor of a UCC church in rural Missouri.  He then served as Conference Minister of the Southwest Conference of the UCC before his election to his present post.  Dorhauer holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Cardinal Grinnon College, a Master of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary.

Dorhauer now serves as Vice-Chair of the National Council of Churches (NCC), and has co-chaired the NCC’s United to End Racism campaign.  In 2017, he was identified by the Center for American Progress as one of the religious leaders to watch.

First United Church of Christ Second Life is the first church in any denomination to have full standing while existing only in the virtual reality universe of Second Life.  The ministry is approaching its sixth anniversary in October 2019.

Second Life is the oldest and largest of the virtual reality universes.  It was created and is operated by Linden Laboratories, San Francisco, CA.

Gospel of Luke Class Offered

1st UCC Second Life - A new course on the Gospel of Luke starts the week of September 8, 2019.  Two sections will be offered each week.  The Sunday Section will meet at 3:30 p.m. SLT and the Thursday Section meets at 5:00 p.m. SLT.  Both sections will meet in the Gathering area, on the second floor of the Worship Center.  Classes will be about 50-55 minutes in length.  No previous experience in Bible study is necessary.

Gospel of Luke Schedule
Two sections are offered each week: Sunday at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday at 5 p.m.
9/15 and 19  Infancy Narrative           Chs. 1-2
9/22 and 26  Prep. For Ministry         3:1 – 4:13
9/29 and 10/3  Galilee Ministry I        4:14 – 6:49
10/6 and 10  Galilee Ministry II          7
10/13 and 17 Galilee Ministry III        8
10/20 and 24 Galilee Ministry IV        9
10/27 and 31 To Jerusalem I              9:51 – 11:54
******* 2 week break *******
11/17 and 21 To Jerusalem II            12:1 – 13:35
11/24 and 28 To Jerusalem III           14:1 – 16:31
12/1 and 5 To Jerusalem IV               17:1 – 19:27
12/8 and 12 Jerusalem Ministry          19:28 – 21:38
12/15 and 19 Passion/Resurrection     22:1-71
12/22 and 26 Passion/Resurrection     23:1 – 24:53

Click here for a notecard copy of the schedule.