First Church Somerville UCC
First Church Somerville UCC
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Standing Naked Before God in a Real Good Church

Our books!

First Church Somerville has a book about their lay liturgist program which came out in June 2015 from Pilgrim Press, Standing Naked Before God: The Art of Public Confession. Every week, millennials, Gen-Xers, Boomers, and even young teens at our church take the stand to tell about a time they messed up, broke bad, or made Jesus want to cry. This book includes a how-to for reluctant churches, and a moving anthology of testimonies.

Our former lead pastor, Rev. Molly Baskette, also wrote a book about First Church's amazing renewal called Real Good Church: How Our Church Came Back from the Dead and Yours Can Too, which published to acclaim in 2014. Some people call it the Insiders' Guide to First Church! It documents many of the strategies and innovations that our beloved community used to grow radically in numbers and spirit.