Bob G and Paula G were introduced to Old First by their friends — and neighbors in the Art Museum area — Jan and Steve. Bob and Paula have long been active church folks, in Presbyterian congregations before coming to Old First. They like Old First’s commitment to and advocacy for social justice, reflected in its hands-on approach to meeting human needs, and the personal aspect of the faith community here.
Paula sees mainline churches accepting the wrongs of contemporary society, not speaking out against “the powers of evil,” and appreciates Old First’s engagement in “the struggle for justice and peace.” Supporting our involvement in POWER (the interfaith organizing effort of over 80 congregations in southeast Pennsylvania) and helping write grant requests are among the activities that appeal to her.
Bob is committed to the missional dimension of faith and to understanding the relationship of social action to the experience of the sacred in worship. He has been particularly active in repairing and, with Habitat for Humanity, building housing. Supporting Old First’s involvement with WISE (the UCC program to help congregations become Welcoming, Inclusive, Supportive, and Engaged with people and issues involving mental health) interests him now.