Upcoming Events

First Look at Second

Are you new Second? Whether you are visiting with us for the first time, or you have been visiting with us for a while, we would love to get to know you better over brunch. Join us for “A First Look at Second” with Rev. Paul Rock, Rev. Kristin Riegel and Emily Nelson Dixon at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 10, in the Parlor. This will be a 45 minute opportunity to introduce you to the vision of Second. For more information, please contact Emily Nelson Dixon at

Contemplative Prayer Group

Our new Contemplative Prayer Group is meeting on Wednesdays from 12-12:30 p.m. in the Chapel. Join us each week for a short scripture reading followed by 20 minutes of silent prayer and meditation. Bring a brown bag lunch if you would like to join others for lunch afterwards. For more information, contact Susan Ray at

Save the Date for Brian McLaren: September 16-17

We are excited to share the news that Brian McLaren, one of the most influential Christian leaders in America, will visit Second the weekend of September 16-17.

A former college English teacher and pastor, McLaren is a passionate advocate for “a new kind of Christianity” – just, generous and working with people of all faiths for the common good. A frequent guest on television, radio and news media programs, he has appeared on All Things Considered, Larry King Live, On Being, and Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. His work has also been covered in Time, Christianity Today, Christian Century, the Washington Post, Huffington Post, and many other print media.

Continuing our year-long commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, McLaren will share his thoughts about the emerging church and how God is re-shaping the church today. In preparation for his visit, everyone at Second is encouraged to read his latest book, The Great Spiritual Migration: How the World’s Largest Religion is Seeking a Better Way to Be Christian. Copies are available for $15 and can be picked up in the church office. In late August, Second will offer small groups for people to meet and discuss The Great Spiritual Migration. Are you interested in leading or being a part of one of these groups? If so, contact Rev. Kristin Riegel at

Open Book Discussion

Open Book Discussion will gather on Tuesday, September 5, at 7 p.m. in the Parlor to discuss Brian McLaren’s The Great Spiritual Migration. Join us as we prepare for McLaren’s visit, and share in a great conversation.

Youth Nights

This fall, we’re expanding our youth community time by launching Youth Nights — gatherings that will be held every week on Sunday nights. Middle school youth (6th-8th grade) will meet from 4:30-6 p.m. and high school youth will meet from 5:30-7 p.m. Both groups will share dinner together, from 5:30-6 p.m. This will be a great time outside of our normal Sunday School classes to hang out, chat, play, dream and make some memories together as a group. The time is short enough to fit within your busy schedule, and will be a great time to connect with your Second Youth family. Invite your friends and join us as we kick off on the Sunday after Labor Day, September 10. We hope to see you there!

Art on Oak

October 13-14: save the date for Second’s annual art show. If you are interested in exhibiting your work, please visit the Art on Oak page.

The Open Table

Second’s new community of hospitality and conversation gathers from 6:30-8 p.m. on the second and fourth Sundays each month around shared meals, songs, and short topical discussions about how spirituality and life intersect. All are encouraged to participate, from contributing to the meal, assisting with setup of our common spaces, or leading a short discussion/experience. For more information, please visit