Enhance our capacity to invite, love, and bless all in our community through engagement in worship, the arts, and fellowship.
Fulfill God’s vision of shalom where each person is affirmed, respected and loved; create a comprehensive ministry to end racism; and celebrate the diversity of God’s people.
Witness to the reality of White Supremacy in both church and society
Actively love our sisters and brothers of color
Advocate and work to overthrow systemic racist policies and practices and to establish antiracist policies and practices in church and society.
Educate and provide consciousness raising opportunities for members of First Church and the community
Strengthen our relationship with First Baptist Church of Stratford as “Two Houses, One Home”
Increase our antiracist capacity by working with the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport (CCCGB) and Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut (CONECT) and to
Engage the congregation to act on local and national issues such as, but not limited to, criminal justice reform including police accountability, mass incarceration, bail reform, and juvenile justice, voting rights, inequities in housing, education, and health care, and environmental justice
An antiracist church, community, and nation
Follow God’s command by creating a comprehensive ministry to welcome and provide sanctuary for at-risk immigrants and refugees.