June 17, 2021 | by Mary Cheng
In Jesus’ own words, he came to bring good news to the poor, release the captives, restore sight to the blind, and to let the oppressed go free (Luke 4: 18-20). What is the responsibility of the church to follow Christ’s example in word and deed? This is the question explored by the 2021 Mission u spiritual growth study, Bearing Witness in the Kin-dom: Living into the Church’s Moral Witness through Radical Discipleship.
The text, written by Darryl W. Stephens, helps us to imagine God’s justice and lead with compassion. It also invites us to examine and claim our role as moral witnesses.
Stephens is an ordained deacon, an ethics professor, and director of United Methodist Studies at Lancaster Theological Seminary. He points to a path of moral discernment and authentic engagement rooted in Wesleyan theology and practice that can help us navigate this cultural moment of divisive rhetoric, disinformation, and denial of historical facts.
This study will be offered in English, Spanish and Korean on the Zoom platform. Participants from all three classes will participate in the joint opening worship on July 22 from 7-8 pm. We are honored to have Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño bring the message during this service.
The English and Spanish classes will be on July 23-24 (July 23: 10-noon and 1-3 pm; July 24: 10-noon and 1-4 pm). The class in Korean will meet from 10-1:30 pm on August 7.
We are excited to have a slate of experienced study leaders who will facilitate these classes. Rev. Amanda Meisenheimer will lead the class in English. Amanda is the Minister of Children and Families at the Riverside Church in New York City and wrote the Leader’s Guide for this study.
Rev. Jorge Domingues, Executive Director of Connectional Ministries of the CA-NV Conference of the UMC, and Miriam Peralta De Garcia, educational program developer, will co-facilitate the Spanish class.
Myungrae Kim Lee, Executive Director of the National Network for Korean United Methodist Women, will lead the Korean study.
We welcome all to attend this dynamic learning experience. Pastors who complete the entire course in English or Spanish will receive one CEU unit in Discipleship/Evangelism: Social Transformation.
For more information and to register, please go to the UMW Mission u webpage: https://www.canvumw.org/mission-u. The deadline to register is July 10.