|Study and Discussion of Fear of the Other
Sundays, August 25-September 22, 10:00 a.m.
SAN Wesley Hall
There is a distinctively Christian way to engage the so-called “outsider” and “stranger.” Tolerate one another. Wait. Isn’t that supposed to be love one another? It’s one thing to genuinely love people who are more or less the same as we are, but what about those who are not only strangers, but people who live completely different lives? Retired Pastor John McMullen will lead the discussion of Bishop Will Willimon’s book that invites you to look more closely at the gospel’s command to love—because to genuinely love those considered to be “Other” may be the hardest thing for people of faith to do. Register here.
|Mercy and Justice Book Study: The Far Away Brothers
Tuesdays, September 3-17, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
FLC Room 104
Join Pastor Cathy Stone as we read The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life by Lauren Markham, the deeply reported story of identical twin brothers who escape El Salvador’s violence to build new lives in California—fighting to survive, to stay, and to belong. Register here.
|Disciple I Fast Track
Wednesdays, September 4-November 20, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
FLC Room 104
This 24-week study, led by Dr. Brad King, offers a twist on the classic Disciple Bible Study, which is an excellent overview of entire Bible. The class meets for a total of 24 weeks, 12 weeks in the fall and 12 weeks in the spring, this study is for anyone ready to commit and delve deeper. Perhaps you have recently started coming (or coming back!) to church, and you want to know God and the Bible better. Perhaps you are looking for a group to connect with over a longer study. Perhaps you are interested in becoming a leader at FUMC. Disciple is a great place to start. Registration is required through our website and will cost $30 for two Study Manuals. Register here.
|Gender and Sexuality in the Household of God
Sundays, September 8-29, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Though many lay claim to the “biblical” stance on family, gender, and procreation, the Bible does not provide clear or consistent advice on any of these issues. It does, however, provide a great deal of insight into the ways that early Christians understood Christ’s message to shape loving relationships and behaviors. Join Dr. Brad King for a lecture series on discerning the impact of scripture on our most important social concepts and relationships. Register here.
|Study and Discussion of The Song of the Bird
Sundays, September 15-22, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
FLC Room 102
Everyone loves stories; and in this book, bestselling author Anthony de Mello shares 124 stories and parables from a variety of traditions both ancient and modern. Each story resonates with life lessons that can teach us inescapable truths about ourselves and our world. The Song of the Bird uses the familiar yet enduring medium of the story to illustrate profound realities that bring us in touch with the problems and concerns of daily life, as well as with our common spiritual quest. Join FUMC member Lucius Bunton for this insightful class. Register here.
|Study and Discussion of What is the Bible?
Tuesdays, October 29-November 26, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
FLC Room 103
Author Rob Bell goes deep into the Bible to show how it is more revelatory, revolutionary, and relevant than we ever imagined and offers a compelling argument for why we need to look at it in a fresh, new way. What Is the Bible? provides insights and answers that make clear why the Bible is so revered and what makes it truly inspiring and essential to our lives. The author addresses the concerns of all those who see the Bible as God’s Word but are troubled by the ethical dilemmas, errors, and inconsistencies in Scripture. FUMC member Curt Ashmos will lead this thought-provoking class. Register here.
Childcare is provided with RSVP to email@example.com, 48 hours in advance of the first class date. For more information about discipleship opportunities, contact Emily Buchanan, Director of Discipleship, at firstname.lastname@example.org.