Advent & Christmas Schedule of Events

Dec. 24, 5:30-6:30pm: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Advent Sermon Series: “Recovering the True Meaning of Christmas: A Sermon Series on the Holy Family”

Dec. 2: “Of Gods & Tyrants” (Matthew 2:1-12)

Dec. 9: “Brown Skinned Refugees” (Matthew 2:13-23)

Dec. 23: “Casting the Mighty from Their Thrones” (Luke 1:46-56)

Week of Witness

This Sunday at Brentwood, we are joining thousands of people in a multifaith “week of witness” to increase awareness about children still separated from their parents after arriving at the southern border seeking refuge. You can learn more online here.


Brentwood 101

Are you new to Brentwood? Would you like to learn more about our beliefs and values, as well as our programs and justice initiatives? If so, we hope you’ll join us at Brentwood 101!

This series will be held from 9:00 – 9:45 a.m. on the Sundays of September 9, 16, 23, and 30. It’s led by Phil Snider and will meet in Room 10 (which is next to the nursery and close to the sanctuary). While there’s no need to RSVP, you can direct any questions you might have to

Building Communities of Resistance


“If a church never gets into conflict with the ruling powers it should question whether it’s a church of Jesus Christ.” Jon Sobrino

We live in a time where the message of Jesus and the agenda of the powerful are in conflict, where the hidden systems of domination are being revealed, where the need for a movement of justice and a people of resistance is ever more clear.

Here at Brentwood, we are partnering with Homebrewed Christianity and activist-theologian Robyn Henderson-Espinoza for a four week series (Wednesdays in September at 6:30 p.m.) on Building Communities of Resistance.

  • September 5: Resisting Nationalism with Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • September 12: Resisting Patriarchy with Rosemary Radford Ruether
  • September 19: Resisting Racism with James Cone
  • September 26: Resisting Empire with Jon Sobrino

This is free and open to the public. We’ll meet upstairs at Brentwood, in Room 10. The series will be convened and facilitated by Phil Snider, in partnership with Tripp Fuller and Robyn Henderson-Espinoza.

Upcoming Sermon Series: Healing Spiritual Wounds

Our next sermon series is inspired by Carol Howard Merritt’s book, Healing Spiritual Wounds: Reconnecting with a Loving God After Experiencing a Hurtful Church.


“While we go to church to affirm our deepest ideals, too often people receive spiritual wounds rather than nurture. Whether these wounds are due to the sting of sexism, homophobia, religious politics, or abuse, the challenge becomes finding healing and reconnecting with a loving and nurturing God going forward. For Presbyterian minister and author Carol Howard Merritt, this is precisely her calling: to help us recover a loving and life-giving faith in the wake of suffering at the hands of the church.” – From the back cover

Sermons will reflect on themes in the book; interested participants might wish to read the chapters corresponding to each week’s sermon in order to more deeply engage the material.

Aug. 5: Healing Our Image of God – Rev. Snider

Aug. 12: Recovering Our Emotions – Rev. Snider

Aug. 19: Redeeming Our Broken Selves – Rev. Bowen-Marler

Aug. 26: Reclaiming Our Bodies – Rev. Snider

Sept. 2: Regaining Our Hope – Rev. Snider

Sept. 9: Reassessing Our Finances – Rev. Bowen-Marler

Sept. 16: Being Born Again – Rev. Snider



Summer Sermon Series: “The Big Questions”

June 3: Can the Bible be Trusted? (Rev. Dr. Phil Snider)

June 10: Is Christianity the Only True Religion? (Rev. Snider)

June 17: How Can Faithful Christians Affirm LGBTQ persons? (Rev. Snider)

June 24: Is the Rapture for Real? (Rev. Emily Bowen-Marler)

July 1: Was Jesus Really God? (Rev. Snider)

July 8: Is it Reasonable to Believe in God? (Rev. Snider)

July 15: What Happens When We Die? (Rev. Snider)

July 22: Is Hell for Real? (Rev. Bowen-Marler)

July 29: Who Decides What is Orthodox? (Rev. Snider)