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Should I stay or should I go?

The world has changed and is changing. The global coronavirus pandemic and disagreements within our denomination are just two of many events that continue to affect United Methodists around the world.

As the church confronts these new realities, it is important for the people called United Methodists to explore and understand who we are, what we believe, and how we live as people of God today and into the future.

To help us think through these issues, the Connectional Table, in cooperation with our general agencies, is hosting a series of discussions with United Methodist theologians and leaders that will help us better understand our faith, our church, ourselves.

Live on Facebook

Beginning October 5, join us every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. Central Time (3:00 p.m. GMT) on our Facebook page, for a 20-30 minute conversation about who we are as the people of The United Methodist Church.

Our guests will be responding to your questions in that chat for approximately 30 minutes following the presentation.

Don't have Facebook? Don't worry!

Following the Facebook event, the videos will be posted here at UMC.org!

October 5, Session 1: Should I stay? Or should I go?

Maybe you started going to a United Methodist church as a child. Or perhaps you came later in life because of the choir, the preaching or because the building was near your home. As our church experiences a tumultuous season, you may be wondering what our disagreements and decisions will mean for you.

As we begin Tuesdays at the Table, we talk with Dr. David N. Field about why he is a United Methodist and how he is thinking through these personal decisions. 


Dr. David N. Field serves as the Ecumenical Staff Officer for Faith & Order and Theological Dialogue for the Council of Bishops. Photo courtesy David Field.

Guest, Dr. David N. Field is a renowned author and scholar who serves as the Academic Coordinator for the Methodist e-Academy and as the Ecumenical Staff Officer for Faith & Order and Theological Dialogue for the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church. He is the author of several books, including Our Purpose Is Love: The Wesleyan Way to Be the Church


The Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai serves as Chief Connectional Ministries Officer of The Connectional Table of The United Methodist Church. Photo courtesy Kennetha Bigham-Tsai.

Host, the Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai serves as Chief Connectional Ministries Officer of The Connectional Table of The United Methodist Church.

 

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Part 1: October 12 through November 2

How can we know God?

On the next four Tuesdays, October 12 through November 2, Tuesdays at the Table will be discussing the ways we know and experience God throughout our lives.

We will explore each of our United Methodist Theological Guidelines: Scripture, reason, experience and tradition (Book of Discipline 2016, para. 105).

More information below.

How can We know God?

October 12

In this episode of Tuesdays at the Table, we talk with Dr. Kabamba Kiboko about how United Methodists read scripture.

What is the role of the Bible in our lives?

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October 19

In this episode of Tuesdays at the Table, we talk with Dr. Filipe Maia about what part our God-given ability to think plays in our discipleship.

What is the role of reason in my spiritual life?

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October 26

In this episode of Tuesdays at the Table, we talk with Peter Mageto Maiko about how experience, language, culture and other factors are important to our faith journeys.

How do we experience God in a complex world?

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November 2

In this episode of Tuesdays at the Table, Dr. Ashley Boggan Dreff will share the role of our Christian tradition and how it continues to inform our thinking today.

Do I have to believe a certain way to belong?

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We pray with and for those healing from tragic loss. Photo via ChristianPics.co.

Part 2: November 9 through 23

What is grace anyway?

Beginning November 9, Tuesdays at the Table will discuss the amazing grace of God, and ways we can respond in gratitude for all God has done for us in Christ Jesus.

We will explore the Wesleyan concept of grace—prevenient, justifying and sanctifying—and how we can make ourselves available to God. 

Details below.

What is grace anyway?

November 9

In this episode of Tuesdays at the Table, we talk with Traci West about God's love for you, your neighbor and humanity as a whole.

Does God love everyone? Do I have to?

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November 16

In this episode of Tuesdays at the Table, we talk with Dr. David Price about holiness for us as individuals and as part of a local church.

Holiness? Really?

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November 23

In this episode of Tuesdays at the Table, we will ask the Rev. Connie Mella what it means to respond with gratitude to God's grace at work in our lives.

After I'm saved, what's next?

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Checking personal privilege

Part 3: November 30 & December 7

What does it mean to be the people of The United Methodist Church?

When we say, "We are the people of The United Methodist Church," what do we mean? 

In this section, we will talk about the sacraments of baptism and communion, and how they bring us together. 

More information coming soon.

Community invigorates our faith

December 14 & 21

We Respond

Following our weeks of conversations, we offer an opportunity to respond. 

AUA: Ask Us Anything on December 14. 

Worship with us as we celebrate a Covenant Renewal Service on December 21.