The Way Forward - A Series of Discussions for our Church Family
Sundays, October 28th, November 4th, and November 11th from 4-5:30pm
‘How can Christians make life and community work when they disagree, sometimes quite deeply?’
That question is at the heart of a three-part series entitled ‘A Way Forward’ that we are offering on the Edenton Street campus on October 28th, November 4th, and November 11th. As the General Conference of the United Methodist Church prepares to meet in February of 2019 in an effort to discern a ‘way forward’ in regards to our denomination’s ministry with/alongside LGBTQI persons, it is imperative that we similarly engage in a season of prayerful discernment as a congregation.
We invite you to join us on the aforementioned Sundays from 4 - 5:30 p.m. in Kerr Hall as we hear from theologians, clergy and lay leaders who have devoted their life to leading local churches through navigating conflict and loving all people faithfully.
10/28 - Rev Gray Southern, Capital District Supt. and delegation leader for NC Conference delegates to General Conference. He will share an overview of the process, how the General Conference will work and share some history about how the Methodist Church has dealt with controversial issues in the past.
11/4 - Dr. Randy Maddox, ordained Methodist minister and professor of Wesleyan and Methodist studies at Duke Divinity School, will speak about our Methodist heritage and the study of scripture from the Wesleyan perspective.
11/11 - Rev. Paul Stallworth, Whiteville UMC; Rev. Laurie Hays Coffman, Chaplain at Croasdaile Village in Durham; and ESUMC’s Sam Isley will discuss the topic and model how Christians can dialogue on important issues, even when they disagree.
Sunday, February 11, 2018
2501 Clark Ave., Raleigh, NC
We’re moving from January to February!
In recent years we’ve had to reschedule the January meeting because of bad weather. By delaying it a month, we hope to avoid that. We will be meeting in Raleigh to join the regular evening worship service at 7 pm, with the Women of Faith Choir providing the music. Rev. Liz Roberts will be preaching. We expect to have a lively evening so come join us.
Fairmont United Methodist is pleased to present to “From Selma to Stonewall” Tuesday October 17th from 7 pm- 9 pm in the sanctuary. The film will run about an hour and then there will be an opportunity for question and answer with Reverend Gil Caldwell and Marilynn Bennett. There is no charge for this event, and it is open to the public.
The event is sponsored by Fairmont United Methodist Church, Reconciling United Methodists and Friends NC, and the North Carolina Annual Conference chapter of the Methodist Federation for Social Action. Fairmont is a member of the Reconciling Ministries Network.
The Reconciling United Methodists & Friends of North Carolina will be meeting for a vesper service at Calvary UMC, 304 E. Trinity Ave. in Durham on Sunday, Oct. 8th at 5:30 pm.
Aside from the annual Jack Crum Conferences, this will be our first inclusive worship service in the sanctuary of a Methodist Church and just for a RUM-NC meeting in several years. We have a joint worship service with MFSA- NC at annual conference each year, but that is held in a restaurant because we're not officially recognized by the conference. That is also a very busy time, and many folks are not able to join us because of schedule conflicts. We're hoping for a great attendance to recognize this special event. Please invite your pastor to join you at our meeting.
Rev. Chris Agoranos will be officiating at the service. Rummies who can sing are asked to join the choir for the communion hymn "Let There Be Bread" from TFWS 2260. Those who will sing in the choir are asked to come at 4:45 to practice. There will be a reception in the fellowship hall following the service. If your congregation is a part of the Reconciling Network, then you are asked to make a special annoucement at your church of this meeting. If your congregation is not a part of the network, this will be a special opportunity to join with fellow progressive Methodists in fully expressing the UMC Motto: Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors.