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.
No classes on 12/24 or 12/31. LOGOS resumes on January 7th, when Rev. Justin Martin will present "Dignity All the Way: A Theological Conversation about ‘End of Life’ Wishes and Decisions." Justin is a candidate forordained ministry in the West Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church, where he is also a Licensed Local Pastor. Recently, Justin moved to St. Louis, Missouri to work full time as a chaplain at St. Anthony’s Medical Center/Mercy. Prior to living in St. Louis, Justin lived in Columbus, Ohio and Washington, DC.
Be You, Be Loved, Belong classes
New class forming: Sundays at 5pm on 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, and 1/28
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.
The Mystic Way of Evangelism: November-December
Sunday evenings, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26, 12/3, 12/10
When the decline of the mainline church sends us into what the mystics call "a dark night of the soul," we can be tempted to use evangelism as a quick-fix boost of sales & marketing. Unfortunately, that approach turns neighbors into "consumers" and faith into a "product." Instead, God calls us to contemplative spirituality.
Christian mysticism can offer a holistic evangelism appropriate to the postmodern world. Rev. Diane will present the wisdom of ancient, medieval, and modern mystics in this five-week course based on the book The Mystic Way of Evangelism: A Contemplative Vision for Christian Outreach by Elaine Heath, Dean of Duke Divinity School. This class is appropriate for anyone skeptical of evangelism or mysticism.
Dr. Heath writes, "Real evangelism is not colonialism, nationalism, or imperialism.... Evangelism is the holistic initiation of people into the reign of God as revealed in Jesus Christ... Evangelism as an initiatory process is complete only when individuals are fully incorporated into the church, participating in the life of the church in worship, service, prayer, and evangelistic presence in the world. This means that evangelism really is at the heart of everything we believe and practice as Christians."
What does it mean to be a follower of Jesus and what discipleship opportunities does UUMC offer? Read Tom Mitchell's blog post here.
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!