Human Sexuality and the Bible
April 28 - May 19, 9:30 - 10:30 am
Academy Class on Sundays, April 28 through May 19 @ 9:30 a.m. - In October 2008, our congregation voted overwhelmingly to adopt a new welcoming statement and to join the Reconciling Ministries Network. These decisions put us on record as supporting inclusion and hospitality for all persons. In preparation for the voting, we underwent an extended period of education, conversation, and discernment that grew out of a belief that welcoming just "some people" was inconsistent with God's vision and Jesus' teaching. To remind us of the biblical basis and theological defense of First UMC's stand, all members of the congregation are invited to participate in a four-week study of human sexuality, the Bible, and the United Methodist Church. The study will take place during the Sunday School hour (9:30-10:30) as our only Academy Class from April 28 - May 19. There are plans to offer it again during the week for those who cannot attend on Sunday mornings. The class will be led by Rev. Steve Charnley and members of the congregation.