|I’m Black, I’m Christian, I’m Methodist
Lead facilitator: Judy Boroto
Ten personal narratives reveal the shared and distinct struggles of being Black in the United Methodist Church. All 10 authors are United Methodist ministers who tell of their personal struggles in facing historic and modern racism. The narratives are from people and leaders whose lives are tangible demonstrations of the power of a divine purpose and evidence of what grace really means in face of hardship, disappointment and determination. Each of the journeys intersect because of three central elements that are the focus of this book. We’re Black. We’re Christians. We’re Methodists. Each starts with the fact, “I’m Black,” but to resolve the conflict of being Christian and Methodist means confronting aspects of White theology, White supremacy and White racism to ground an oppositional experience toward domination over four centuries in America.
A video section of this study will be incorporated into the book’s narrative. We will complete the content in three weeks, but a fourth week is scheduled for general discussion to process what participants have experienced during the presentations.
|6:30-8 p.m. Mondays, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22
Book is available by paperback and as an e-book through various website vendors.
|Zoom link will be emailed.|
|Open Minds One-Session Book Discussion
Leaders: Celeste Pardee and Ann Reaban
Nov. 19: “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents,” by Isabel Wilkerson (2020). Wilkerson describes an invisible phenomenon in America as she explores, through researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings. Beyond race, class or other factors, caste influences our behavior as well as our nation’s direction. Wilkerson’s book is an eye-opening examination of what lies beneath the surface of American life today.
|9-10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 19
Books may be borrowed from the county library or purchased through Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
|Zoom link will be emailed.|
|Wednesday Morning Study Group
Led by Marcia Rostad
A six-week study on Chaos & the Kingdom by Nathanael Vissia & Michael T. Bush (2015). The class will get to join a conversation with one of the book authors, the Rev. Michael Bush, at one of the sessions.
The various interpretations of Biblical stories can lead to disagreements, frustrations, confusion and, well, chaos. A group can strong-arm its singular interpretation of these stories over those they most influence and the good news Jesus proclaimed can be leveraged by self-serving entities out to fulfill their agendas. It is no wonder living our lives following Jesus can sometimes be perplexing and full of turmoil. This study uses and encourages dialogue to help clear the chaos to better hear the good news.
|10-11:30 a.m. Oct. 20-Nov. 24
Books are available at bookstores or through various online vendors.
|Room 17/18 or Zoom link will be emailed.|
|Disciple Bible Study: Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study
From the beginnings of the Jewish faith; through their Exodus and Exile and Reconstruction; to the life of Jesus and the Apostles and the beginnings of the Christian faith and church — this study challenges us, guides us, takes us to new depths and heights in our faith. More details to come. Sign up to express your interest.
|COMING IN JANUARY 2022.|