Sunday Contemporary Issues Forum
Sunday, 9:45 am, Walker Room
Adult discussions on living a Christian life in the world today with speakers on community, social, mission and outreach. Recent topics have included a review of the United Methodist Social Principles and the theological basis of caring for God’s creation.
Jim Cramer, Susan Padgett, Jim Tischer and Sue Woods, Coordinators

July 2: No Forum

July 9: The Relationship of American Citizens to their Military
Jim Tischer will continue the discussion, begun in May, on Americans and their relationship to the 40-year volunteer military service that is quite small compared to the wider population A few observations will be shared on the recent book Warriors and Citizens: American Views of Our Military by Dr. Kori Schake of the Hoover Institute at Stanford University and General James Mattis (retired) USMC recently appointed as Secretary of Defense.

July 16, 23, 30: A Colony In a Nation, by Chris Hayes
Alice Harvey will lead a three-week book study on the newly-published book, A Colony in a Nation, by best-selling author and Emmy Award-winning newscaster, Chris Hayes.

The publisher describes the book as follows: A Colony in a Nation examines the surge in crime that began in the 1960s and peaked in the 1990s, and the unprecedented decline that followed. Drawing on close-hand reporting at flashpoints of racial conflict, as well as deeply personal experiences with policing, Hayes explores cultural touchstones, from the influential “broken windows” theory to the “squeegee men” of late-1980s Manhattan, to show how fear causes us to make dangerous and unfortunate choices, both in our society and at the personal level. With great empathy, he seeks to understand the challenges of policing communities haunted by the omnipresent threat of guns. Most important, he shows that a more democratic and sympathetic justice system already exists–in a place we least suspect.

The book is now on sale in book stores. Two copies of the book are available to borrow in the church library.


Progressive Christianity Book Group
Monday, 7-8:30 pm, Walker Room
This adult book study group explores new ideas in religion, science, and other faith traditions.
Patti Nelson and Andy Burke, coordinators


Special Book Studies
Throughout the year these ad hoc small groups meet to deepen their understanding of their personal faith and the role of United Methodist Church in today’s world. During Lent and Advent multiple group are offered, but other groups meet when the spirit moves them. Groups are advertised in the Thursday Emails and Month Crossections.