Bering United Methodist Church

New Room Sunday School Class – our study from April 30 – May 21, 2017

Who we are

Screen Shot 2016-02-23 at 12.12.36 AMThis class is for adults of any age. We most often focus our discussion around books, and sometimes watch video lectures. Our reading, watching, and talk is on themes of Christian behavior and growth, Wesleyan ideals, God’s radical love and inclusiveness, and of course, the Bible. We see ourselves as a learning and support community, sharing the road on our Christian journeys.

We chose our name, New Room, to remember our roots and to look with hope to the future

The New Room, in Bristol, England, is the oldest Methodist chapel in the world. Built by John Wesley in 1739, as a place of meetings and worship, it also served the poor as a dispensary and schoolroom. Our name reminds us to strive to reflect Wesley’s method of building communities of faith through small groups.

Our name also reminds us to work towards a new and fully reconciled Methodist Church, that opens its doors wide and makes room for all God’s children, in full inclusion.

Visitors are welcome any time. Come join us. We are quite informal. Don’t worry if we are in the middle of a book. It’s okay to just listen, until you get familiar with our current topic.

If you want to find out more about our class, come join us for a week. Or catch Kevin Geurts or Angela Smith at 1st Service in the chapel, or catch Randy Scott at 2nd service in the sanctuary.

Join us as we read and talk about William Willimon’s book Fear of the Other – No Fear in Love.  “Is there a distinctively Christian way to engage the ‘outsider’ and ‘stranger’?”  We’ll discuss Willimon’s challenge to his readers to consider the Gospel’s call to love, not just tolerate, those who are different than us or “Other.”
Need a copy of the book? Catch Kevin Geurts or Angela Smith at 1st Service in the chapel, or catch Randy Scott at 2nd Service in the sanctuary. Or get an eBook or hard copy from Amazon.
Here is our current syllabus:
Apr 30 Old Testament – King Solomon – Amy-Jill Levine
May 7 Old Testament – Fall of the North – Amy-Jill Levine
14 Old Testament – Southern Kingdom – Amy-Jill Levine
21 Old Testament – Babylonian Exile – Amy-Jill Levine
28 Fear of the Other – Introduction & Chapter 1 – Saved by the Other
Jun 4 Fear of the Other – Chapter 2 – The Other, My Enemy
11 Fear of the Other – Chapter 3 – Learning to Fear Like Christians
18 Fear of the Other – Chapter 4 – Loving the Other in Church
25 Fear of the Other – Chapter 5 – Jesus, the Other
Jul 2 No Class – Independence Day Break
9 Old Testament – Restoration and Theocracy – Amy-Jill Levine
16 Old Testament – Life in the Diaspora – Amy-Jill Levine
23 Old Testament – Apocalyptic Literature – Amy-Jill Levine

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