Becoming Beloved Community

This is an important opportunity to join a movement for positive change in our community. People from three churches are invited to participate in this groundbreaking program. Two Rivers UMC, The House, and Riverside UMC will be coming together for frank discussions and powerful learning. The workshops will take place from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Mondays, starting June 10. The location will rotate between the host churches. There will be refreshments at the gatherings.

The six-week dialogue workshop and training is led by Kaleidoscope Institute facilitator, Rev. Dr. James Fielder. The course is designed to help embrace and enact the vision of Becoming a Beloved Community, a lifelong spiritual journey. Change happens in the space between comfort and fear, what has been described as the Grace Margin.

The work of the Kaleidoscope Institute is based on respectful communication and building relationships where people can change and learn. This is powerful anti-racism training that includes exploring historical and contextual instances of oppression and racism in which we all participate.

Through invitational dialogue, wondering together, questioning assumptions, telling historic truth, we can begin to overcome systems and patterns and begin to plot a new course.

This is an important step toward making our community stronger. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of what it means to live toward the Kingdom of God and work together for justice and inclusion. This can be the start of something big here in the Quad Cities, and you can be a part of that vision.

To RSVP to the first session, please contact Robb McCoy at 815-514-3779 or email

Unvarnished Jesus

A Lenten Journey with Brian Zahnd.

You are invited to a Lenten journey with this daily devotional by Brian Zahnd and weekly discussion with Pastor Robb.

The Zoom discussion will take place at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday evenings, starting February 18.

The devotional includes 46 days of Scripture passages and short reflections. The purpose is to “encounter Jesus in a new and startling way… to act as a solvent to help remove the layers of lacquer comprised of political and cultural assumptions that prevent us from seeing just how challenging and compelling Jesus of Nazareth really is.”


You can also call in at 1-309-205-3325 and use the code 961006728 to enter the discussion.

GriefShare coming in January

A GriefShare support group is a safe, welcoming place where people understand the difficult emotions of grief. Through this 12-week group, you’ll discover what to expect in the days ahead and what’s “normal” in grief. Since there are no neat, orderly stages of grief, you’ll learn helpful ways of coping with grief, in all its unpredictability—and gain solid support each step of the way.

The group at Two Rivers Church will be led by a team that is combined laity and clergy. It will meet on Monday evenings, starting January 15. It is open to all – you do not need to be a member of Two Rivers Church to participate. There is a $10 registration fee, which helps cover the cost of the GriefShare workbook. Each session will include a video presentation, group discussion, and each week people will be invited to reflections in their workbook.