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Richmond Beach UCC celebrates 125th anniversary

Richmond Beach Congregational Church (RBCC) formed following services on Sunday, March 1, 1891 when seven people presented themselves for membership. 

Current members of RBCC carry on a 125-year tradition of being open and accepting of all who wish to participate, of commitment to serving the broader community in a variety of ways, of dedication to providing a nurturing place for children and youth to discover their faith and of a deep feeling of fellowship with all who enter, said Carol Colt, Community Life Board chair.

Members and friends of the church in Shoreline celebrated the anniversary on Sunday, March 6, with a worship service and celebration brunch. 

Between worship and brunch there was a presentation written by a member for the church’s 100th anniversary.   It told the story of the connections between the church and the founding community. Others spoke during the brunch.

“We opened the cornerstone, set October 30, 1960 on completion of the current church building, and displayed contents along with other records from the Shoreline Historical Society,” Carol said. 

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RBCC hosts faith-science dialogue

The Rev. Ron Cole Turner and Michael Zimmerman will lead a dialogue “How does evolution connect to God and God to evolution?” from 11:20 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday, April 24, at Richmond Beach UCC, 1512 NW 195th St., in Shoreline.

Ron teaches theology and ethics at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and promotes dialogue between science and faith with the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Templeton Foundation. He is writing on the science of human origins from the standpoint of theology.

Michael, an evolutionary biologist and provost of Evergreen State College, empowers faith leaders—Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Unitarian—to speak to the relationship between faith and science through the Clergy Letter Project.

In 2004, he helped clergy in Wisconsin prepare a statement to support teaching evolution in response to anti-evolution policies passed by the school board in Grantsburg. In a few weeks, nearly 200 clergy signed it. The school board retracted their policies.

Support from clergy around the country encouraged Michael to make this an international project with annual evolution weekend celebrations.

For information, call 206-542-7477.


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