LOGOS means many things. It means the rational ordering of the cosmos and the logic of human thought. It means "thoughtful discourse" like the conversations we have about important, difficult, and life-giving matters. It means "word," as in "In the beginning was the Word," whom Christians find embodied in Jesus. In the spirit of all of these meanings, we invite you to join us for LOGOS as we explore a range of topics related to our faith, our world, and our lives together. Each month features a new topic. Come for one session or come for them all.
Come learn, ask, and grow! Bring a friend! All LOGOS classes meet at 9:30 on Sunday mornings in the parlor. Childcare available.
Upcoming LOGOS Topics
August 20 & 27: "Dr. Jesus: What Does It Mean to Be Healed?" with Rev. Dr. Adam Ployd
September 10- October 1 "Junk: It's What's for Dinner! - Exploring Issues of Hunger and Food Access in St. Louis" with social justice educator Julie Strassman.
Grocery shopping at the gas station, Dollar Menu decisions, and making do with $1.40 per meal: it's just another day in the life of low-income families in St. Louis. In this three-part series, we'll explore food-related issues, including food deserts, food insecurity, SNAP (food stamps), and more. Do you have what it takes to eat healthy on $4 a day (hope your neighborhood has a grocery store!), or will you be having Red Hot Riplets for breakfast? Join us and find out in this interactive, hands-on exploration of food issues and our faithful response.
October 8-29: "Responding to Mental Illness as a Community" with Ellen Boone
There are many challenges faced by people with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder and their families. These illnesses are far more common than most people realize. Societal institutions (including schools, churches, courts) are often ill-equipped to respond helpfully to people with these disorders and to their families. Attempting to navigate the medical and legal systems can be overwhelming. But appropriate supports can result in favorable outcomes for most people with these diagnoses. Learning more about these disorders, their treatment, and the recovery process can help us to be more responsive as individuals and as a church.
November: "History of University UMC" with Marty Braeske
Be You, Be Loved, Belong classes
Be You, Be Loved, Belong is a three-session course with Rev. Diane that connects you with University UMC through shared stories, giftedness, and calling. Completing this course provides the entry point for membership, adult baptism, or baptism for your child at University United Methodist Church.
During the class, we'll share our stories, explore how the baptismal covenant affects our daily lives, and discover how God has gifted us to serve. Each participant will be paired with a sponsor from the congregation (tell Rev. Diane if you have someone in mind). To sign up for the next class, email Rev. Diane.
Discover your spiritual gifts
Let's explore our spiritual gifts together!
First, what are spiritual gifts? In short: they're the gifts God has given us to serve each other for God's purpose. Both Rev. Diane and church member Stacy Brown Braeske have blogged about this topic. You can read more about spiritual gifts in Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, and Ephesians 4:1-13. You can also check out the worship series "Gifted" on our Sermon Podcast page.
How do you identify your gifts? We have a couple of handy resources to get you started.
- The United Methodist Church has a great video and a short assessment (21 questions long) on their spiritual gifts webpage.
- You can download a spiritual gifts inventory (60 questions long). This is an Excel spreadsheet, so if you fill it in on your computer, it will calculate your responses for you! After downloading, fill out the inventory by clicking the arrow next to each choice to choose one of the drop-down choices. You may need to "enable editing" before your choices can be entered. When possible, choose diverse numbers (not just "3" for all of them). The descriptions of each of the gifts are found in the longer spiritual gifts inventory below.
- You can print a longer spiritual gifts inventory (90 questions long) and fill it out by hand, if you prefer pencil and paper.
- Help the special kids and teens in your life recognize their spiritual gifts! There's an inventory for kids and one for teens.
What do you do now? Talk to Rev. Diane about how you can put your spiritual gifts to work for God in the community here at University United Methodist Church and beyond!