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Gordon L. Morales was processing some old glass negatives and came across this one of the Court St. bridge, with the First Congregational Church in the background. He kindly sent it to Renee. This image is dated sometime around the turn of the century. ...

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Divine Feminine Worship Service ...

Divine Feminine Worship Service

September 4, 2016, 10:00am - September 4, 2016, 10:15am

It is World Goddess Day, Sunday September 4th, and I’m inviting you to a worship service that I will be doing that morning at 10 AM in the Sanctuary of the United Church of Christ, 30 Main Street, Binghamton, NY The title of the Sermon is “Divining the Sacred Feminine” The service was originally inspired by our “Cakes for the Queen of Heaven” Christian education class that focused on images, stories and beliefs around the divine feminine. And what life would have been like if we grew up believing in the Sacred Feminine as a society. With so many recent events happening in our world motivated by hatred, fear and violence, how is the soft, gentle, silent but powerful loving presence of the Sacred Feminine to ever make a difference or survive in these man-made times? As we learn to “Divine the Sacred Feminine” we begin to understand what must be done and rise to the occasion to do so. This is also the day that Mother Theresa will be canonized as a Saint and we will be recognizing her efforts and self-less work as well. I invite you, your loved ones, and our sisterhood of women to this full bodied experience that will delight all your senses, move your soul, and inspire you to act from a place of hope, power, and peace. Thank you for your time, consideration and heart, Many blessings, Rev. Renée Guidelli

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People of Blessing Interfaith Service ...

People of Blessing Interfaith Service

June 8, 2016, 7:00pm - June 8, 2016, 7:00pm

The First Congregational Church of Binghamton is hosting the People of Blessing Service as part of Pride Month. The Service affirms diversity in community , lifting up the common thread amongst us and affirming people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. The theme for this year's service is " It's Just Love" . The service will include music, readings, speakers and a shared blessing by community clergy. The offering for this evening will go to support this annual service and other programs of the Pride Coalition. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served following the service.

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Spiritual Book Group

The Spiritual Book Group ( hosted by Rev. Janet Abel ) has begun and we will continue to meet on Wednesdays at noon, as we discuss the book Zealot by Dr. Reza Aslan. Dr. Aslan has a BA in Religious studies, a minor in biblical Greek, a Masters in Theology of World Religions from Harvard, and a PhD in the Sociology of Religions from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Please join us at noon in the church Parlor and bring a bag lunch.

The Preservation Association of the Southern Tier, (PAST) Tour Event

First Congregational Church is on the Sacred Sites Tour this year- May 17th, 2015 11:30-1:30pm.  We will have tours going through our beautiful church while  sharing some of our history.   We will also have refreshments available in the parlor.

  • First Congregational Church Established September 25,1836
  • Church Building Dedicated August 17,1869
Stained Glass Windows on South Wall of Sanctuary
Stained Glass Windows on South Wall of Sanctuary
High View of Organ
High View of Organ
Sanctuary Altar
Sanctuary Altar


Links to more historic information about the church

 A Brief History

First Congregational Church – Binghamton, NY – Continental Reformed and Congregational Church Sites on
First Congregational Church of Binghamton on website

The Coming Interspiritual Age Conference with Kurt Johnson

Spiritual Evolution: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Location: First Congregational Church, 30 Main St. Binghamton


April 24th, April 25th, April 26th, 2015


Friday, April 24

9 am-12pm and 1:30 pm-4:30 pm

  • What is Inter-Spirituality
  • Before Inter-Spirituality
  • Origins of Inter-Spirituality
  • Emergence of Current Spirituality
  • Science and Spirituality
  • Why Inter-Spirituality
  • Evolution and Spirituality
  • The Necessity for Inter-Spirituality

7 pm – 8:30 pm

Meditation/Satsang Circle

Saturday, April 25

9 am-12pm and 1:30 pm-4:30 pm

  • Inter-Spirituality in our Pluralistic Society
  • Inter-Spirituality as a Spiritual path
  • Practical Inter-Spirituality
  • Inter-spiritual Prayer & Meditation
  • Church/Community
  • The Coming Inter-Spiritual age
  • Overcoming Darkness
  • Stages of Human Consciousness

7 pm – 830 pm

Meditation/Satsang Circle

Sunday, April 26

10 am – 11:30 am

Inter-Spirituality, Ecology and Peace
and Worship

Kurt Johnson

Kurt JohnsonKurt Johnson is well known internationally as a scientist, comparative religionist, social activist and former monastic. With a PhD in evolution, ecology, systematics, and comparative biology, plus extensive training in comparative religion and philosophy, he was associated professionally for twenty years with the American Museum of Natural History and also the One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in New York City. Ordained in three spiritual traditions, he is widely regarded as the closest associate of Brother Wayne Teasdale, the founder of the modern “interspiritual movement,” and works also with the international Contemplative
Alliance and Father Thomas Keating, founder of the Centering Prayer Movement. In science, Dr. Johnson has published over 200 professional articles and seven books on evolution and ecology. His popular book Nabokov’s Blues: The Scientific Odyssey of a literary Genius (co-authored with New York Times journalist Steve Coates) was a “ten best” book in science in 2000 at Booklist, library Journal, the Washington Post and HMS Beagle and “Editor’s Choice for 1999” at The Seattle Times. Johnson and Teasdale cofounded the international Inter-Spiritual Dialogue association in 2002, which presented at the 2004 Parliament of the World’s Religions and
then expanded to become the virtual inter-Spiritual Multiplex web resource.

THE COMING INTERSPIRITUAL AGE by Kurt Johnson and David Robert Ord, Namaste Publishing, now available

For questions about this event please call our office at 607-723-8981




Easter Sunrise Service 8AM, Traditional Service 10AM

Easter Sunday April 5, 2015

There will be a 8AM “sunrise” service on Easter Sunday, April 5th, at Recreation Park, Beethoven Street Binghamton, New York, at the bandstand, Joyful Noise will provide the music and a short sermon will be included within the service. We will then have refreshments back at the church, prior to our traditional Easter Service at 10AM. ( Easter Sunrise Service will be held at FCC 30 Main Street Binghamton, New York if the weather is uncooperative).

Seder Dinner Celebration for Maundy Thursday

This year is one of those years where Holy Week for Christians coincides with Passover for Jews ( Passover begins at sundown on Good Friday, April 3rd). In light of this, we will be hosting a (mostly) traditional Seder dinner on Maundy Thursday, April 2nd at 6:30PM. The tradition at FCC over the last several years has been to have a Tenebrae and Communion Service on Maundy Thursday, but this year we will be celebrating Passover in much the same way that Jesus did with his disciples when they were observing Passover that later became know as the Last Supper.

This will be coordinated by Leslie and Pastors Art and Janet. We invite you to join us for Seder dinner and service in the Fellowship Hall. All you need to do is sign up as guests on the hallway invite so we know how many people to serve. Of course, if you have ever made matzoh ball soup or a good brisket, let us know!

This event has nearly reached capacity, so this event is only open to church members and regular attendees at this time.

For more information contact our office at 723-8981, Monday to Thursday 9AM to 3PM


UCC Binghamton at Pride Palooza 2014

UCC Binghamton had a table at Pride Palooza 2014 on June 14th Pride Palooza ran from Noon to 8pm. This is the 10th year for Pride Palooza.  Pride Palooza is held on on Court Street from State Street to the Roundabout and then down Collier Street. Right in downtown Binghamton,NY.

UCC Binghamton table at Pride Palooza in Downtown Binghamton

For more information about Pride Palooza visit…

Binghamton Pride