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 9:15 on Sunday mornings in the Parlor. Childcare available.
CURRENT LOGOS: Advocacy for Children: A Biblical Perspective, with Dr. Clinton McCann (10/28-11/11)
Dr. McCann is returning to LOGOS for a special three-week class based on our 2018-19 Mission Theme: Advocate for Children.
The Bible features children as significant characters; and in other ways as well, it suggests the value of children in the eyes of God. We shall look at the legal material in the Old Testament, as well as several Old Testament narratives. As for the New Testament, we shall begin with the story of Jesus’ birth in the Gospel of Matthew to see how it anticipates a major trajectory that continues throughout the Gospel. We’ll also regularly consider how and why the biblical material remains relevant in our time and place. This LOGOS class meets at 9:15 a.m. in the Parlor on 10/28, 11/4, and 11/11.
NEXT LOGOS: In the Life of a Child (11/18-12/16)
In November and December, we will be exploring various topics that affect childhood. On 11/18, EyeSeeMe Books will host a book fair and teach about the lack of diversity in children's literature and illustrations. On 11/25 and 12/2, we will look at foster care by Pam Wright and guest Ann Louise Schmitt, and how the Black and White divide affects adoption/ foster care. On 12/9, Jim Pace will lead us in a discussion of Alzheimer's, the consequence of which affects everyone across generations. Finally, on 12/16, Tessa Adkins will talk about how environmental issues affect children. Note: LOGOS will not meet on 12/23 or 12/30.
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.
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.
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!