25th Reconciling Ministries Celebration with Special Guest J.J. Warren

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SAVE THE DATES: our 25th Reconciling Ministries Celebration is March 26-27!

Reconciling Ministries at First Church invites you to mark your calendars for our upcoming 25th anniversary celebration with special guest J.J. Warren!


Saturday, March 26

Conversation/Panel with J.J. Warren at CU Boulder’s Wesley Foundation
The Church of Tomorrow, Today!
1290 Folsom Street in Boulder (on the campus of the University of Colorado).
10:00 am–12:00 pm
Lunch following


Sunday, March 27

J.J. Warren is our Guest Preacher in the 10:30 am service here at First Church!
His sermon is entitled Reclaiming Church.
After worship, he’ll join us for Coffee Hour.

All events are FREE of charge, and all are welcome! No reservations are required.


Books for Sale

J.J.’s book, Reclaiming Church: A Call to Action for Religious Rejects, will be available for purchase on Saturday following the conversation/panel, and on Sunday in the parlor following the 10:30 am worship service. You can pay by cash, check, or credit card.


Volunteer Drivers Needed!

We need your help with transportation! When J.J. is here, he will need transportation on Friday afternoon, March 25, from the airport to Mountain Haven, around to the various events of the weekend, and back to the airport on Sunday, March 27. If you are interested and available to help with transportation, please email Reconciling Ministries Co-Chair Katie Warren. Thank you!


J.J. Warren

J.J. Warren is a seminary student at Boston University School of Theology, a graduate of New York’s Sarah Lawrence College (’19), and a certified candidate for ordination in The United Methodist Church (UMC). After making an impassioned plea for the inclusion of LGBTQ+ persons at the United Methodist Church’s top law-making assembly in 2019, J.J.’s speech went viral, and his advocacy has been covered by HuffPost, NBC, Brut Media, and WXXI Radio. His first book, Reclaiming Church: A Call to Action for Religious Rejects, is now available from Abingdon Press.

J.J. spent a year at Oxford University, England, where he studied Biblical Hebrew, Early Church history, and gender studies of late antiquity. He founded a progressive Christian community on his undergraduate campus, and founded Team Forward, an online collective of queer youth/young adults and allies who seek to grow in ministry, use their voices, and reclaim the Church through radical love. J.J. now travels the world preaching a message of collective forward progress and inclusion. His summer 2019 speaking tour, Forward Together, visited more than 30 cities across the United States. Visit his website to learn more!


First Church Boulder became a Reconciling Congregation in 1997, joining other member churches of the Reconciling Ministries Network to affirm that LGBTQIA+ people are fully welcome in the life of the church.
Inclusive rainbow flag designed by Daniel Quasar.