Philippians 2:12-18

Author
Rev. Gwen Thomas
Date

Our guest preacher today is Reverend Gwen Thomas, an avowed Liberation Theologian and Womanist. She is ordained by the Fellowship of Affirming Ministries and licensed in United Church of Christ. Gwen serves as an associate minister at Rehoboth Fellowship Atlanta UCC. At Rehoboth, Gwen is a part of the Worship Planning Team. She also facilitates leadership development training.  Additionally, Gwen is the former Conference Moderator and ONA (Open and Affirming) consultant for the Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ. At the national level of the denomination Gwen is a part of the leadership team for UCAN (The United Church of Christ HIV/AIDS Network).  

Gwen is also on the governing board of two womanist/feminist organizations: WomanPreach! Inc and Women Healing Women, Inc. Gwen is a member of the African American Working Group for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Creating Change Conference. Outside of faith-based work and activism, Gwen is a speaker, consultant and writer. She presents various professional development and personal growth topics. She has provided training and motivational speaking throughout the United States, in the Caribbean and six other countries; including Australia and New Zealand.   

She is the author of a book called The S.H.E. Experience and is a regular blogger for the Huffington Post. She has a Master of Education Degree in Adult Education and Development and a Certificate of Theology. She is currently a student at Methodist Theological School In Ohio, seeking a Master of Divinity. She has one adult son and four grandchildren.   

Recent Message

Rev. Mirjam Welsch

This morning Rev. Welsch is going to speak to us on some selected verses from chapter two of the book of First John. Last week we set the stage by saying that this book was written to "reaffirm the beliefs of the community during a time of spiritual upheaval or confusion," which is a feeling we understand today. The author we call John uses themes that are familiar to us from the Gospel of John; themes of word and light and love and truth. There are also strong statements in here about sin, meant to correct the false teaching of some people who were trying to lead the community astray. John's goal is to build up the community, to make it loving and healthy, and our reading this morning is a direct continuation from last week, when we talked about the freedom that follows confession. So before I read this morning's text, hear again these few verses from the end of chapter 1: