Coming Up


May 19  Debbie Hill: A Review of Shameless: A Sexual Reformation by Nadia Bolz Weber

Christians are obsessed with sex. But not in a good way. For generations countless people have suffered pain, guilt, and judgment as a result of this toxic fixation on sex, the body, and physical pleasure. In the follow-up to her celebrated New York Times bestsellerAccidental Saints, Bolz-Weber unleashes her critical eye, her sharp pen, and her vulnerable but hopeful soul on the caustic, fear-riddled, and religiously inspired messages about sex that have fed our sha


May 26  Wrangle – Facilitated by Kathleen McLaurin

Jun 02  Debby Manuel: A Review of Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others by Barbara Brown Taylor

Barbara Brown Taylor, the renowned and beloved New York Times bestselling author of An Altar in the World and Learning to Walk in the Dark recounts her moving discoveries of finding the sacred in unexpected places while teaching the world’s religions to undergraduates in rural Georgia, revealing how God delights in confounding our expectations.

Jun 09  Barbara Lee: “Caring for Loved Ones: Negotiating Your Healthcare”

Jun 16  Debby Manuel and Fabian Lazarte: “The Outcome of Annual Conference”

Jun 23  Homeless in downtown Orlando – What you can do to help.

Lisa Portelli – Senior Advisor for Homelessness and Social Services, City of Orlando, Office of the Mayor

Lisa has more than 30 years of experience working with vulnerable populations, including time as the Executive Director of the I.M. Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless in Jacksonville, the Vice President for Housing for the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and most recently as the Program Director for the Winter Park Health Foundation from 2002-18.

Portelli is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, and earned her master’s degree from UCF’s School of Public Administration. She currently serves as an adjunct professor at UCF in the master’s degree program, for not for profit programs. She is a devoted cyclist, an Ironman Triathlete and a founding and current board member for Bike/Walk Central Florida Urban and Regional Planning and Masters in Non-Profit Management Programs.

Jun 30  Dianne Richardson
Dianne, a professional writer and First Church member, is FUMCO Poet in Residence. She brings the power of poetry as a spiritual expression and will work to incorporate poetry and other literary arts into the spiritual life of the church.

Dianne has been generous about sharing her knowledge and love of writing with her First Church family. She served on the Education and Discipleship Committee and taught two writing classes: “Writing Faith-Based Poetry” and “Creative Non-Fiction as Spiritual Expression.” During the current season of Lent, she wrote weekly prayers of confession and pardon that were published in the bulletin and used in worship.

She holds undergraduate degrees in geology and English as well as a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida.  Her career includes stints as a writing tutor, managing editor of a literary magazine, freelance editor and content creator, and college professor.  She is currently employed as a technical/proposal writer for a government services contractor based here in Orlando and serves on the Creative Writing Program Advisory Council for Full Sail University. 

Jul 07  Rev. Katrina Jenkins, Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life at Rollins College
She is originally from Stratford, Connecticut. Rev. Jenkins holds a BS in Speech Communication from Syracuse University, and received her Master of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School in Massachusetts. She is ordained by The American Baptist Churches, USA, and has begun her 18th year of chaplaincy within a higher education setting.

Prior to coming to Rollins, Katrina served as chaplain at Illinois College for five years. Before this, she was the Protestant Chaplain and Multicultural Center Liaison at Bentley University in Massachusetts for 11 years. Katrina is very involved in the community and hold various positions in local organizations.

July 14  Charley Wells and Kent Horsley: “A Discussion on the History of the Constitution”