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If you have not experienced a Disciples of Christ congregation before, I would like to share with you some of the distinctive characteristics of our church which I hope you will find as appealing as we do.

Simple doctrine. Faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of the Living God is our only requirement for membership.

Centrality of the Bible. No book is as important as the Bible to our faith and practice.

Diversity of belief. Every person is free to interpret the Bible according to one's own experience and belief. At the same time, we expect all to show respect for the opinions, viewpoints, doubt and questions of others.

Equality in ministry. Men, women, young and old serve in all areas of leadership, including the ordained ministry.

Christian unity. We believe the church is called to be one and, therefore, are involved in most inter-church activities. We recognize all forms of baptism and welcome all persons of the Christian faith to the Lord's Table.

Local control and government. We own our own property, select our own minister and decide how to allocate our finances.

Community involvement. We are active in working to combat hunger, poverty, homelessness and injustice at home and abroad.

In essentials unity, in opinions liberty, and in all things charity.

I invite you to discover the joy, warmth and love of the Christian fellowship at First Christian Church.

Dan Bryant
Senior Minister


Additional Commentaries from Dan Bryant

Extend Olive Branch to Iran. (Editorial, September 29, 2013)
Faith of the Commons. (Interfaith service, September 11, 2012)
Many People of Faith Support Family Planning. (2012)
A Pastoral Letter on Becoming Open & Affirming. (2011)
Peace and Interfaith Advocacy. (Video, 2010)
Global Warming. (2009)
Universal Healthcare. (2009)
Inquiry Into Use of Torture Can Cleanse Our National Soul. (2009)
Dan's statement for Basic Rights Oregon. (2009)
Dan featured in Oregonian article on evolution. (February 2009)
Keynote Address for Universal Declaration of Human Rights (December 2008)
Dan Bryant on Sabbatical -- Pictures!
The Civil Rights Issue of our Era.
We Must Make Peace in the Middle East.
Updates and Well-Wishes for Dan, includes a detailed update from Dan himself -- April 2006 (Surgery updates).
An Advent Prayer -- December 2005
Good God, Bad Government -- speech at Temple Beth Israel, May 22nd, 2005
Testimony at Oregon Senate hearing, (civil unions) May 5th 2005
Worship in a Strange Land:  A Case Study of Interfaith Worship
Invocation at Oregon Senate, March 2005
Invocation at Oregon House of Representatives, June 2001
Pastor's Pen:  Gay Marriage?

Sermon on the Passion

Remarks from March 8 2004 Public Dialogue at Northwest Christian College on the 'Passion of the Christ' movie.

U.S. Bishops criteria for the Evaluation of Dramatizations of the Passion.

Tikkun editorial on Mel Gibson's movie.

National Council of Churches Study Guide.

Statement on War in Iraq at Federal Courthouse in Eugene, Oregon.

Dan Bryant delivers a Benediction


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