OPPORTUNITIES COMING LATER THIS FALL
“Raising White Kids by Jennifer Harvey”:
A Book Chat with Maggie Jarrell and Emily Robbins
Mondays in October at 7 PM
If you are a parent, grandparent, or guardian responsible for helping raise a white child today, you may be curious about how to navigate issues of race with your young ones. Join Maggie Jarrell, Pastor of Children and Families, and Emily Robbins, Minister of Youth, as they co-facilitate a study of the book “Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children In a Racially Unjust America.” According to the WEUMC Anti-Racism Statement adopted by our Ministry Table, we are committed as a church to “work together in hope for the beautiful kin-dom of God to be realized among us.” Come together with other parents and caregivers as you seek to cultivate the awareness and skills necessary to raise anti-racist children who will seek justice and equity for all of God’s people. To register, go to westendumc.org/raisingwhitekids
“Seculosity by David Zahl”:
A Book Chat with Nick Deitmane
Wednesdays in October at 7:30 PM
Join West End member Nick Deitmane as he leads us in a short-term book study of David Zahl’s “Seculosity: How Career, Parenting, Technology, Food, Politics, and Romance Became Our New Religion and What to Do about It.” Nick will lead participants in an interactive discussion around this intriguing book that argues our culture has replaced traditional religion with a host of new “secular religions” that compete for our attention and allegiance. What does it mean to prioritize our relationship with God in such a world? Nick will guide you in discussion about this and other questions as you read together. To register, go to westendumc.org/Seculosity
“At Play with God” with Guest Facilitator Keller Hawkins
Mondays in November at 7:30 PM
Have you played recently? Is play important? What exactly is play?
Join in this interactive 4-week workshop for adults (yes, adults!) where we will explore the concept of play and all its rich intricacies and complexities. Over the course of the workshop, we will define play and discuss its benefits, delve into play personalities, reflect on the divine playfulness of God and theological play, and consider play as a tool to help wade through situations of chaos and conflict. All are welcome!
This workshop will be held on Monday nights at 7:30pm, starting November 2nd (skipping the week of Thanksgiving). It will be led by Keller Hawkins, who is a graduate of Vanderbilt Divinity School, a pastor, chaplain, sexuality educator, and an evangelist of play! She loves to walk labyrinths, juggle, cook, and—when not in the midst of a global pandemic—travel. To register, go to westendumc.org/playwithgod.
“On This Spirit Walk by Henrietta Mann and Anita Phillips”:
A Book Chat with Katie Minnis and Brandon Baxter
Wednesdays in November and First Week of December at 7:00 PM
One of our commitments as a church striving to be more anti-racist is to utilize resources that help us hear and learn from voices that have been historically marginalized in our culture. In “On This Spirit Walk: The Voices of Native American and Indigenous Peoples,” readers will learn from a variety of Indigenous and Native American writers who are also United Methodist. These writers reflect on indigenous spirituality and the gifts that these beliefs and practices bring to the global community of faith. Chapters focus on ideas such as identity, values, storytelling, creation, worship, justice, and more.
This book chat will be held on Wednesday nights at 7:00pm, starting November 2nd (skipping the week of Thanksgiving). Rev. Brandon Baxter and Pastoral Fellow Katie Minnis will serve as co-facilitators for our time together. To register, go to westendumc.org/spiritwalk.