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LOGOS Spiritual Growth Classes
9:30 a.m. Sundays, August - May
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. Bring a friend as we begin this exciting new spiritual growth series! We meet in either the parlor or the library, and childcare is available.
Come learn, ask, and grow! Bring a friend! All LOGOS classes meet at 9:30 on Sunday mornings either in the library or the parlor.
April LOGOS: Toxic Charity
This study will cover the good, the bad, and the ugly in mission and social justice. Discussion is grounded in the Old Testament, the book Toxic Charity, and experiences in mission. 9:30 a.m. Sundays in April (except Easter), in the Parlor. Discussion led by Tom Mitchell.
May LOGOS: Caring for Ourselves in Order to Care for the World
Do you feel like you can’t care about everything? Have you ever exhausted yourself engaging in a service activity you used to love? Do you question whether or not you’re really making a difference? What can we do, individually and as a church, in order to maintain hope and compassionate caring in a world filled with injustice and inequity?
Following April’s look at Toxic Charity and how we might engage in more effective and less damaging mission, May’s LOGOS topic prepares us for deep relationships that lead to sustainable missions and service activities. We will explore spiritual practices and secular concepts on maintaining our emotional, physical, and spiritual reserves while serving others. Starting May 7th at 9:30 a.m., Dr. Adrienne Strong will lead the LOGOS class through these and other questions in order to help us go out into the world of mission, service, and social justice advocacy armed with tools to care for ourselves and the carers in our lives.
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!