Faith, Race and Me

Racism and oppression have a long and painful past and present, they are an open, aching human wound that reflects a fracture in our relationship with God and one another. In this 4 week film based study, we’ll hear from leading faith voices who will help us engage in personal transforming conversations grounded in love. No weekly reading required.

Dates: Tuesdays, 8-9 pm,  9/1, 9/8, 9/22, 9/29

Facilitator: Rev. June Tamburro

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When God Seems Absent: A Study of the Book of Esther

The book of Esther has the distinction of being the only book in the Bible that makes no explicit mention of God or religion. Nonetheless, Esther is a powerful witness to God’s presence and deliverance in the midst of suffering and oppression. Esther is a book of hope and determination that transcends time and place. Approximately 30 minutes of weekly reading.

Dates: Thursdays, 8-9 pm, 9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 10/1

Facilitator: Rev. June Tamburro

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The Sermon on the Mount: A Beginner’s Guide to the Kingdom of Heaven

Using Dr. Amy-Jill Levine’s new study, we’ll take a detailed look at Matthew 5-7, collectively known as Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.  We’ll explore the main themes of this part of Matthew’s gospel and think about what it means to take Jesus’ teachings so seriously that the Kingdom of Heaven comes on earth now. Approximately 1 hour of weekly reading. Purchase the book from Amazon, and read chapter 1 before the first class. 

Dates: Tuesdays, 8-9 pm, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17

Facilitator: Rev. June Tamburro

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The Jesus Challenge: 21 Days of Loving God and Neighbor 

Our busy culture means we must make intentional efforts to stay in relationship with God and cultivate deeper relationships with others. The Jesus Challenge: 21 Days of Loving God and Neighbor, by Justin Larosa is a 3-week journey to help you become more attentive to your relationship with God and neighbor. This is an independent devotional program that can be extended to fit your schedule. 

Date: Available October 1

Facilitator: Independent self-paced study

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The Parables of Jesus and Relevant Works of Art

This study will be based, in part, on the book and videos, "Short Stories of Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi” by Amy-Jill Levine.  It will be augmented by references to relevant works of art inspired by Jesus' parables.

Dates: Sunday mornings 11:30-12:30, beginning September 13th

Facilitators: Don and Kathy Schulz

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Men's Book Study

The men of BUMC will be meeting every other Saturday for a study of James Cone's book, "The Cross and the Lynching Tree." To purchase and read a summary of this powerful book click here

Date: Alternating Saturdays at 9:00 am, beginning September 12th.

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