Mission Studies for 2012
Mission Studies begin at 8:30 with registration, fellowship and refreshments, from 9-1 will be our 4 hour instructional time.
On May 5th we will be at Gray Rock UMC in Granville Co. for "The Journey". The Journey: Forgiveness, Restorative Justice and Reconciliation intertwines stories from the Bible and recent history to illustrate the redemptive power of forgiveness, the restorative power of God's justice and the Good News of reconciliation. The Journey includes a study guide that takes us from spiritual concepts to tangible, practical life skills.
On April 21st we met at Epworth UMC in Durham for "Haiti" and "Joy to the world".
Haiti: Challenges and Hopes is a study that offers an overview of the cultures that shaped Haiti’s past and shape the ongoing legacy of colonialism. It offers glimpses into the heart and soul of Haiti’s people through pictures and Creole adages. The mission study also includes the impact of the devastating January 12 earthquake in 2010.The study offers avenues available for those wishing to help the people of Haiti rebuild, but its approach and perspective go well beyond the immediate need of recovery from the earthquake. The book lays out the need for developing a theology of liberation for Haiti, insisting that mission must be aligned with the concept of partnership. Most significantly, it offers readers hope for Haiti’s future.
Joy to the World: Mission and Evangelism explores how mission and evangelism flow from joyous gratitude for the Good News of Jesus Christ. For United Methodists, Christian mission is a response to God’s presence in Jesus Christ, who came into the world with a message of forgiveness, joy and hope for all of God’s creation. Christians carry this message wherever they go. They are living witness to the belief in Emmanuel—“God with us.” In God’s name, Christians go into all the world to share the Good News.
Mission Studies are open to anyone who wants to learn and enrich their life.
Attend the School of Christian Mission July 20 -23 at Methodist University in Fayetteville.
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Our 2011 Studies were:
For the Love of God: The Epistles of John as a Spiritual Guide was held May 21, 2011 at Banks UMC near Oxford, NC.
The Epistles of John were written to encourage deeper, more meaningful faith, and therefore they speak to us just as much as they spoke to congregations 20 centuries ago.
The Beauty and Courage of Sudan: Why a Dream of Peace is Possible and Joy to the World!: Mission in the Age of Global Christianity were held March 26, 2011 at Grace UMC in Roxboro, NC.
The 2010 mission study, Joy to the World!, explores how mission and evangelism flow from joyous gratitude for the Good News of Jesus Christ. It was led by Michele Allen.
This mission study The Beauty and Courage of Sudan invites participants to develop an appreciation for the complexities concerning the Republic of the Sudan, to encourage solidarity with all the Sudanese people, to develop an awareness of United Methodist ministry in Sudan, and to celebrate the courage of the United Methodist Churches in Sudan. It ws led by Angela Crisp-Sears