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Overcoming the Temptation to Despair

Pastor Jeff Wells

Our Progressive Church, 50 Years Ago

Rev. Finley Schaef, guest preacher


Earlier Worship Series:

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Healed and Blessed in Our Brokenness

Pastor Jeff Wells

Are We Now Living Within God?

Anne Hughes-Hinnen,
Minister of Care, COTV
guest preacher

Carrying Past Hurts and Trauma

Pastor Jeff Wells

Issue of Blood

Dr. Su Yon Pak,
guest preacher

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Spirituality 201:
Let Your Whole Life Be a Witness

Pastor Jeff Wells

Spirituality 201:
Inner Peace in a Torn-Apart World

Pastor Jeff Wells

Spirituality 201:
Growing Your Spiritual Gifts

Pastor Jeff Wells

Spirituality 201:
What Good is Faith?

Pastor Jeff Wells

Spirituality 201:
When God Calls Us to Greatness

Gloria Fanchiang, guest preacher

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Building a New Way:
Relentless Grace

Rev. Dr. Kimberly Bracken Long
Guest Preacher

Building a New Way:
A Lesbian Icon & the Kin-dom of God

Katie Reimer
Guest Preacher

Pride Sunday:
We Are Family

Scott Sprunger 
Guest Preacher

Building a New Way:
The Humble Road to Transformation

Pastor Jeff Wells
COTV, Lead Pastor

Building a New Way:
What Are You Searching For?

Pastor Ronneak M. Lee
COTV, Assistant Pastor

Building a New Way:
Practicing Neighbor Love

Pastor Jeff Wells
COTV, Lead Pastor


Sunday, April 8, 2018
Rev. Dr. Althea Spencer Miller

Sunday, April 15, 2018
Rev. Doris K. Dalton

Sunday, April 22, 2018
Pastor Jeff Wells

Sunday, April 29, 2018
Rev. Dr. Traci C. West

Sunday, May 6, 2018
Dr. Sarah Azaransky

Sunday, May 13
Rev. Derrick W. McQueen, Ph.D.

Sunday, May 20
Pastor Jeff Wells


Tear Down Every Wall

Pastor Jeff Wells
Lead Pastor, COTV

Recommended Reading:
Pastor Jeff Wells recommends the following resources:

Video: “Does God Care About Justice?” 
by Charles Marsh and John M. Perkins
(if you don't have time to watch the whole video, begin with John Perkins at minute 36)

"Why Jesus’ Skin Color Matters"
by Christina Cleveland
Christianity Today, March 18, 2016

For further study:
Welcoming Justice: God's Movement Toward Beloved Community 
by John M. Perkins and Charles Marsh

The Beloved Community: How Faith Shapes Social Justice from the Civil Rights Movement to Today
by Charles Marsh


Lessons from the Womb

Reverend Derrick W. McQueen, Ph.D.
Serving as Pastor of St. James Presbyterian Church, Harlem, NYC


Being White

Pastor Jeff Wells
Lead Pastor, COTV

Recommended Reading:
In preparation for our conversation on Sunday and beyond, Pastor Jeff recommends four short readings:

A Facebook post from Monday by COTV member Isaiah Du Pree:

An article by an anti-racist elected official in St. Louis:
      "White people need to commit to dismantling white supremacy"

And two opinion essays by philosopher George Yancy:
      "Dear White America" and the follow-up essay,
      "Should I Give Up on White People?"


A New Welcome for the Table:
Reimagining the Beloved Community

Rev.  Doris K. Dalton
Executive Director Westchester MLK Jr. Institute for Nonviolence

Recommended Reading:
Reverend Dalton recommends and offers a wonderful resource from The Dialogue Institute, based in Philadelphia. They have an excellent "Dialogue Decalogue", the Ten Principles of Dialogue. This is a useful resource for us to consider how we have hard conversations with those who are not already at the table for a reimagined Beloved Community. Click here to view the website. Click here to download.


Tupac's Song: Coloring Jesus

Rev.  Dr. Althea Spencer Miller
COTV Minister-In-Residence,
Assistant Professor of New Testament at Drew Theological School, Madison, NJ

Recommended Reading:
Professor Spencer Miller recommends reading the following article in preparation for Sunday worship. Click here to read, “What Has Been Done? What Can We Learn? Racial/Ethnic Minority Readings of the Bible in the United States” by Tat-Siong Benny Liew, chair of the department of New Testament at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. 



Easter: Saved by Love

image credit: Holy Absence by Jan Richardson,


Healing and Wholeness