PARIS — First Congregational Church of South Paris will conduct a series of conversational sermons on the topic of healing and hope over the next several weeks.

The Rev. Don Mayberry, pastor, said he will host a variety of guests to speak with him on topics of forgiveness, reconciliation, hope and wholeness of life.

On Sunday, July 19, the Rev. Scott Campbell of Harvard Epworth United Methodist Church in Cambridge will talk about the helpful and healing process of the Compassionate Friends group.

On Sunday, July 26, Kerry Irish, program director of the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing, will speak.

On Sunday, Aug. 2, the Rev. Arthur and Molly Rouner of the Pilgrim Center for Reconciliation will talk about their work in Africa as well as in this country, striving to bring about healing and reconciliation.

“Life is full of challenges and we are often wounded by life,” said Mayberry, “and faith can provide a pathway to wholeness.” He said, “We make the distinction between a cure and healing. Healing allows us to engage in another day with hope and positive expectations even in the face of our individual situations.”

Each week will feature special music, with Sarah Johnson on July 19; Ed Gabrielsen, July 26; and Aranka Matolcsy,  Aug. 2.

First Congregational Church meets in the Christian tradition with an open and welcoming spirit. Everyone is invited to the series at 9 a.m. Sundays. The church is handicapped accessible. Services are broadcast live on AM 1450 and AM 780. For more information, call the church at 743-2437.


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