First Congregational Church 1000 S. Cooper St. Memphis, TN 38104


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Welcome to First Congregational Church!

We believe that God created the world - and that every single one of us has good work to do in life. We believe that our "good work" has to do with living in ways that reflect God's agenda of love, joy, compassion and hope for the world and all its creatures, even in the midst of struggle. We believe that Jesus showed us how to do this. He had radical trust in the Goodness of God and our ability to share God's agenda of life for the world. We can have this trust and share this agenda, too, by following in his way. We believe that we feel more alive when we're living from our sense of connection - with God, with each other, and with life itself.

We believe strongly that the health of our city and the world, as a whole, depends on communities like First Congo leading the way.  We were brave enough – back in 1991! – to advance the notion that GLBTQ people and straight people not only COULD, but SHOULD live, work and worship together.  We have been courageous in standing by the leadership of women, not only in the world of the church but in academia, city government, not-for-profit leadership and the arts.  We are working diligently to overcome barriers of race and class that so often divide cities.  There are so many ways that we’ve modeled cooperative partnership in the name of justice.  It’s who we are, and others have grown from seeing what comes from risks we’ve taken in the name of faith.

I hope you enjoy getting to know us online. I look forward to you coming out for the opportunity to dialogue together about how we maintain First Congo as an innovative, creative, Spirit-led community of faith.  The world – and our city of Memphis – needs us!




Cafe Congo Lunch

September 26, 2016 11:00 am

Served Monday through Friday

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We always have quite a bit going on and have quite a bit to say about what's going on around us. Check the calendar, listen to the latest sermons and messages, and watch out for anything that moves you to continue visiting with us.

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A Note From Our Senior Pastor

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February 4, 2016

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