Judson offers many ways to get involved in the community beyond the Sunday morning worship service. Some activities are occasional, others regularly scheduled. Because the Church has a small paid staff, much of the work that sustains our community life comes from volunteers within the community.
Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m.: "Rooting Around" - a study series on the roots of our traditions, theological, Biblical, personal, is led by the clergy and Community Ministers.
Other special events or series are presented from time to time to engage adults in the community in investigating, exploring, discussing, and confronting themes and issues of interest. These might be led by the clergy, members of the community, or outside guests. Recent programs have included "Judson Academy" presentations on food justice, Utopian visions, and intercultural understanding, each led by a member of the congregation; "Explore the Eternal Feminine," a presentation and discussion on Mary Magdalene from a feminist perspective led by Melanie J. Johnson De-Bauffe, feminist and author, and an eight-week book reading and discussion series led by members of the congregation which met before the Sunday service.
We give ourselves an extra helping of spiritual nourishment by learning, serving, and playing together outside of the normal church activities. Whether an old-timer or here for the first time, all are welcome to join in. Call the church office with ideas and to volunteer. Past Second Helping events have included attending movies, plays, and lectures, and joining other community groups for community service projects.
The Weekend, sometimes called the Retreat, is a community tradition held each September. It is a week-end in the country with Judson friends where we can have some time together to get acquainted with each other and talk about our life and
Worshiping together, singing together, working together, deliberating together, and occasionally arguing together are common aspects of our community life. Another is eating together. The Thanksgiving shared meal (on the Sunday before the national holiday), the Christmas "Stone Soup" celebration, and the Easter shared meal are the traditional times when folks bring in food to share.
Since Judson is a congregationally-governed church, all members are encouraged to attend Congregational Meetings. These are held about four times a year, immediately after Sunday worship, in the Assembly Hall at 239 Thompson Street. At these meetings, essential information is shared on church activities, budgets, and future plans, and necessary votes are taken.
Welcome to All
Judson Memorial Church serves as a sanctuary for progressive activism, artistic expression, and spiritual nurture. We welcome persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities (including cisgender, transgender, and genderqueer) to participate fully in the life and ministry of the church. We support each and every quest to construct one’s own identity, affirming any and all who identify as lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, questioning, polysexual, asexual, pansexual, omnisexual, and straight.
Questions about what it means to be an "Open and Affirming" (ONA)United Church of Christ (UCC) congregation? Visit www.ucccoalition.org/programs/ona/ to find out more.
Or a "Welcoming and Affirming" (AWAB--Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptist Churches) baptist congregation? Visit http://www.wabaptists.org/ to find out more.
You can join one of the Alliance Communities allianceofbaptists.org/PCP/communities if you have a particular interest in issues related to (ie) Peace and Justice; Racial Justice and Multiculturalism; LGBTQ; Justice in Palestine & Israel; Justice for the Homeless.