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 Library. Childcare available.
January Logos: Jesus and Buddha
This month, Prof. Elizabeth Coker and John Barrett are presenting “Jesus and Buddha: Paths to Awakening,” by James Finley and Richard Rohr. This series draws from a seminal conference by these two scholars that explores parallels between Jesus’ teaching and the Four Noble Truths identified by the Buddha, centuries earlier. The class will include video, discussion, and spiritual exercises drawn from both traditions. LOGOS meets at 9:15 on Sunday mornings in the Church Library.
February LOGOS: Religious Diversity in the Church, with Perrin Bailey
This class will explore how we can make room at the table for diverse religious expressions through understanding religion itself, different belief systems, and our own biases.
We’ll spend 4 weeks talking about why the gospel is uniquely positioned to make room for a diverse range of religious expressions and how we as the church can make that room, including how to let go of idolatrous beliefs (such as a religious affection for capitalism or patriotism or whiteness or the 2nd amendment, etc.) so that we are able to appreciate and value diversity of religious expression.
Week 1: What is religion? What is it not? Why has it persisted throughout human history?
Week 2: "The Big Five" and other examples of "high religion."
Week 3: "Low religion" and civil religion: the things in our lives which aren't commonly thought of as religious but have the key traits of religion, nonetheless.
Week 4: How do we respond to religious diversity as Christians? How is the gospel of Jesus Christ able to transcend the typical function of religion in a way which makes room for all?
LOGOS meets at 9:15 on Sunday mornings in the Library.
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!