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Welcome to the First Congregational Church of San Francisco

We gather on Sunday morning at 10:30. You are invited to join us. 

First Congregational Church of San Francisco (FCCSF) is an inclusive community of faith in the heart of the city–where Lower Nob Hill meets the Tenderloin and Little Saigon.

We gather in a building that contains a beautiful sanctuary of peace which reflects our deepest commitment: to become a place of love, gratitude and hospitality in a city and world that needs more understanding, compassion and justice.

We moved to our building in 2008, and it took some time to adapt to our new address. But in the last few years,  we set an intention to become the community center for the Lower Polk Neighborhood. We have taken a roommate, Metropolitan Community Church of San Francisco. Expanding our understanding of what “church” can be, we believe, is part of the way we remain relevant in world that demands us to be more loving disciples and better citizens.

This is why we think of ourselves as embracing many aspects of progressive theology but also moving toward emerging church: fewer labels, more love and peace for everyone. This is also why our community life is integral to our life of faith: some call it radical hospitality, we just do our best to practice it.

Here are a few more things you should know about us: First Congregational Church was also among the first congregations to become an “Open and Affirming” community for LGBTQ persons. It is important to us that people of all kinds feel welcome, including people who consider themselves spiritual but not religious.

We are proud of our denomination, the United Church of Christ (UCC), which united four church traditions into one. Those historical churches spoke and acted against slavery as early as 1720, was the first “mainline” denomination to ordain a African American person (1785), the first woman pastor (1853), and the first openly gay man (1972).

Clearly, there is more work to be done today—in the world and at our doorstep. The challenges we face as human beings in a technologically charged culture and a global economy are breathtaking sometimes. At other times, we feel isolated and overwhelmed.  We might even feel powerless.

We believe that being connected to community is essential to quality of life–people who know you for your whole self, and continue to care for you in times both good and bad. FCCSF might be a place where you can co-create a family of choice. It may be that we can provide a place where you can have an impact on your life and the lives of others.

We believe that we are now in the age when spirituality and faith are becoming less about fear and control, and more about connection and compassion and hope and love. FCCSF wants to be part of nourishing people through Christ Spirit.

Connect with us on Sunday mornings at 10:30 am.

Sunday Service with Rev. Groves - May 27 ( pt 1)

Sunday Service with Rev. Groves - May 27 (pt 2)

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