These videos record some of the events in the 2nd Hour@theMeetinghouse series.  Not all such events are filmed, and some that are filmed never make it onto the web.  First Church thanks Willinet, the local cable access channel, for help in making these videos available. Showtimes on Willinet for 2nd Hour@theMeetinghouse videos are: Sundays 10:30-11:30 am, & 8-9 pm, Mondays 10-11 pm, Tuesdays 9-10 am, Thursdays 2-3 pm. Recent videos are shown on Willinet before becoming available on the web. Check the First Congregational Church listings on the Willinet web page for an up to date list.

The Making of A Racist. In this powerful memoir, Charles Dew, the Ephraim Williams Professor of American History at Williams College, and one of America’s most respected historians of the South — particularly its history of slavery — turns the focus on his own life, which began not in the halls of enlightenment but in … read on


Nicolas C. Howe of the Williams College Environmental Studies Program will address the issue of Sacred Space in a Secular World at First Church’s Second Hour, November 6th, 11:20 am.  He will discuss how American environmentalists have navigated the religious/secular divide in battles over wilderness preservation. His book Landscape of the Secular: Law, Religion and … read on


On May 15th, Professor Michael J. Lewis, the Faison-Pierson-Stoddard Professor of Art History at Williams will speak to us about Early New England Church architecture.  The Early New England Church is remarkable in every small-town.  These universally white structures were erected by local builders, joiners and occasionally by itinerant master carpenters. With no trained architects … read on


Melanie Johnson-Debaufre’s work extends beyond the classroom and library, into churches, popular media, and community groups and architectural sites in Turkey.  Through her research, teaching, and speaking, she explores how the study of early Christianity and its context in the Roman Empire provides insight into contemporary debates about the Bible, religion, sexuality, and globalization. Her … read on


The First Congregational Church of Williamstown is hosting a talk by William R. Moomaw, lead author of five U.N. Intergovernmental Panels on Climate Change (IPCC) Reports. Moomaw will speak on “Exceeding Expectations: Beyond the Climate Agreements at COP21. Moomaw attended last December’s panel in Paris. He will describe what happened in Paris outside the official … read on


What do shirt collars and the current building of the First Congregational Church have in common?  How did Williams College create the circumstances making it necessary to redesign the architecture of First Church?  Some of this information is common knowledge in Williamstown, but you may be surprised by some information that has newly been connected … read on


Thanks to our partners at Willinet, video of the following second hour at the meeting house series is available online.  You can watch it here, go to the Willinet website and search on “First Congregational” or, if the timing is right, watch the program on TV. Edan Dekel speaks on Moses in Exodus, Part I: Edan Dekel speaks on … read on


Thanks to our partners at Willinet, video of the following second hour at the meeting house series is available online. You can watch it here, go to the Willinet website and search on “First Congregational” or, if the timing is right, watch the program on TV.  Showtimes on Willinet for 2nd Hour@theMeetinghouse videos are currently: Sundays 10:30-11:30 am, & … read on


Thanks to our partners at Willinet, video of the following second hour at the meeting house series is available online.  You can watch it here, go to the Willinet website and search on “First Congregational” or, if the timing is right, watch the program on TV. William Wooters & Stuart Crampton speak on Physics & Faith: Showtimes on Willinet … read on


Thanks to our partners at Willinet, video of the following second hour at the meeting house series is available online. You can watch it here, go to the Willinet website and search on “First Congregational” or, if the timing is right, watch the program on TV.  Showtimes on Willinet for 2nd Hour@theMeetinghouse videos are currently: Sundays 10:30-11:30 am, & … read on


Thanks to our partners at Willinet, video of the following second hour at the meeting house series is available online. You can watch it here, go to the Willinet website and search on “First Congregational” or, if the timing is right, watch the program on TV.  Showtimes on Willinet for 2nd Hour@theMeetinghouse videos are currently: Sundays 10:30-11:30 am, & … read on


Thanks to our partners at Willinet, video of the following second hour at the meeting house series is available online. Magnus Bernhardsson on Religion & the Arab Spring About the Series


Thanks to our partners at Willinet, video of the following second hour at the meeting house series is available online. You can click on the links here, go to the Willinet website and search on “First Congregational” or, if the timing is right, watch the program on TV. Showtimes on Willinet for 2nd Hour@theMeetinghouse videos are currently: Sundays 10:30-11:30 am, … read on


Thanks to our partners at Willinet, video of the following second hour at the meeting house series is available online. You can watch it here, go to the Willinet website and search on “First Congregational” or, if the timing is right, watch the program on TV.  Showtimes on Willinet for 2nd Hour@theMeetinghouse videos are currently: Sundays 10:30-11:30 am, & … read on


Thanks to our partners at Willinet, video of the following second hour at the meeting house series is available online. You can watch it here, go to the Willinet website and search on “First Congregational” or, if the timing is right, watch the program on TV.  Showtimes on Willinet for 2nd Hour@theMeetinghouse videos are currently: Sundays 10:30-11:30 am, & … read on


About the Series View the video of part 1 here (note: You may find that although it is labeled part 1, this is actually part 2. If so, check back later because this error is known and is being corrected.) (51 minutes)   View the video of part 2 here (51 minutes)     View … read on


Two conversations with Julia Pedroni, Lecturer in Philosophy at Williams College, and Rachel Tarses, Clinical Ethicist for Hospitals in Los Angeles, moderated by Charles Fox. About the Series Part 1 (64 minutes)     Part 2 (59 minutes)


Earth Day: Climate Change Impacts and Solutions Frank Lowenstein, Director of Global Climate Adaptation for The Nature Conservancy, spoke on “Climate Change: Local Impacts, Local Solutions” at 3:30 pm on Earth Day, April 22 in Fellowship Hall.  The event was co-sponsored by the church, the Center for EcoTechnology, the Williamstown COOL Committee, the Zilkha Center andCenter for Environmental Studies at Williams College, … read on


On February 12th, 19th, & 26th 2012, First Church was pleased to present three consecutive segments of the Forum on Contemporary Religious Issues as part of our “Conversations@theMeetinghouse” series (now called “2nd Hour@theMeetinghouse”).  Our own Charles Fox hosted Edan Dekel, Associate Professor of Classics at Williams College, for a series of “Genesis Talks.”  Dr. Dekel … read on


First Church Video Prof. Peter Low of the Williams College Art Department discussing, with Charles Fox, The Emergence of the Crucifix and the Madonna in the Late Middle Ages. A heads-up: There is no sound with the titles but don’t worry, there is sound when the main video starts about 2 minutes in. (66 minutes)


First Church Video Carl Westerdahl on The Changing Art of the Annunciation (47 minutes)


First Church Video Williams College historian, and past-president, Francis Oakley discusses “Christian Disunity : Was the Reformation Inevitable?” with host Charles Fox. Click to view.