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How do we experience God in a complex world?

In our lives as individuals and with our churches, we have experiences of God. During a powerful worship service, while serving on a mission trip, in a quiet moment alone or in a relationship with a friend, we may have a special encounter with the Divine. 

On October 26, we'll talk with the Rev. Dr. Peter Mageto Maiko about how our experience, language, culture and other factors are important to our faith journeys.

Guest: The Rev. Dr. Peter Mageto Maiko

The Rev. Dr. Peter Mageto Maiko, a professor and author, serves as Deputy Vice Chancellor at Africa University.

Host: The Rev. Dr. Jacob Dharmaraj 

The Rev. Dr. Jacob Dharmaraj is a retired clergy member of the New York Annual Conference who has also served in Bombay and the Illinois Great Rivers Conferences.

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November 2: Do I have to believe a certain way to belong?

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

Through the centuries, the church has disagreed. From the councils of the first 500 years of the church, through the Reformation, and even to the labels and struggles of today, there have been differing understandings of our Christian faith. We have repeatedly separated and joined together.

Dr. Ashley Boggan Dreff, General Secretary of the General Commission on Archives and History, will share the role of our Christian tradition and how it continues to inform our thinking today.

Host: Rev. Dr. Jacob Dharmaraj 

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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.

Current: What is the role of the reason in my spiritual life?

We sometimes hear faith and reason presented as opposites, as if we have to choose one over the other. But life is far more integrated than that. God has given us the gift of reason as a tool for our lives of discipleship. How should we use it?

We chat with Dr. Filipe Maia, Assistant Professor of Theology at Boston University School of Theology, about how United Methodists are called to use our God-given ability for reason to help us grow in our faith.


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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).

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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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.