- Thursday | April 29, 2021
- 7:30 PM
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Thursday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom
We live in a time of significant social upheaval across a variety of social issues in the U.S. in general and in the United Methodist church specifically. We face issues such as racism, gender/sexual orientation, food insecurity, and environmental justice to name a few. Our Methodist heritage calls us to be thoughtful and prayerful about them. Our society is polarized over these issues, but instead of having a congregation that is afraid of talking about them, we know we can come together as a community of faith to understand our different perspectives. From there, we can make decisions about how to act on our faith in our community. As we pray our Breakthrough Prayer, we listen for God’s word, and then ask that He guide us to serve with love, faith, and courage. If we can’t have these conversations within the church among our brothers and sisters in Christ, the people we love, where can we do it?
We may be afraid that if we discuss these topics in the church, that we’ll hurt someone’s feelings or make someone angry. And that is the very reason that in this Town Hall, before we take on any specific topics, we are going to discuss why we want to have these Courageous Conversations, and how to do so. We’ll explore ways that we can have respect for another’s opinion, have a desire to learn, have a desire to love more than to be right, find ways to separate emotion from the issue, and more.
As John Wesley said “Though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike?”