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November 23: After I'm saved, what's next?

As we respond to the grace we have received in Jesus Christ, we allow God to grow us as disciples of Jesus Christ. One response is to follow our United Methodist General Rule of Discipleship, which encourages us "to witness to Jesus Christ in the world and to follow his teachings through acts of compassion, justice, worship and devotion under the guidance of the Holy Spirit."

We'll ask the Rev. Dr. Connie Semy P. Mella what it means to respond with gratitude to God's grace at work in our lives.

Guest: Rev. Dr. Connie Semy P. Mella

The Rev. Dr. Connie Semy P. Mella is an ordained elder of The United Methodist Church who serves as the Academic Dean of Union Theological Seminary, Philippines.

Host: Dr. Ashley Boggan Dreff

Dr. Ashley Boggan Dreff serves as General Secretary of the General Commission on Archives and History of The United Methodist Church.

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Latest: Holiness? Really?

Can anyone really be holy? In our United Methodist tradition, we understand that God continues to work in the hearts and lives of Christians after the moment of salvation. We call this God's sanctifying grace. It can sound pretty ominous to think that God is perfecting us, making us holy.

We're asking Dr. David N. Field what all of this means for us as individuals and as part of a local church.

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November 30: Can my baptism be invalidated by my sexuality or anything else?

The Rev. Dr. Jay Williams is our guest in Tuesdays at the Table. Photo courtesy Jay Williams. Photo courtesy Connectional Table.

In baptism, "we are initiated into Christ's holy church..., incorporated into God's mighty acts of salvation, and given new birth.” Yet for some, it feels like the baptism they received as an infant can be declared null and void if they discover they are LGBTQIA+.

Let's chat with the Rev. Dr. Jay Williams about what our United Methodist tradition teaches about what it means to be a baptized Christian.

Host: Michelle Hettmann

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Catch up with Tuesdays at the Table

Explore previous episodes (and check out upcoming ones) below.

Join us live on Facebook

Join us each 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 respond 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.

Series Introduction: 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.

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).

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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.

What does it mean to be United MEthodist?

November 30

In this episode of Tuesdays at the Table, we talk with Jay Williams about what the sacrament of baptism means throughout our lives.

Can my baptism be invalidated by my sexuality or anything else?

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December 7

In this episode of Tuesdays at the Table, we talk with Dr. Edgardo Colón-Emeric about how communion unites us.

What do you understand when you hear, "This is the Lord's table and we don't set the guest list"?

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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.

We Respond

December 14

In this episode of Tuesdays at the Table, panelists will respond to questions we have received.

AUA: Ask Us Anything

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December 21

Join us as we prepare for a new year by recommitting ourselves to God and the ministries to which we are called.

Covenant Renewal Service of Worship

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