Lenten Series 2017 Week Two

03.09.17

    When the Church Speaks
    The Social Principles: The Nurturing Community
    The second session of the Wednesday Lenten series explores The Nurturing Community. The Social Principles discuss that: “The community provides the potential for nurturing human beings into the fullness of their humanity. We believe we have a responsibility to innovate, sponsor, and evaluate new forms of community that will encourage development of the fullest potential in individuals. Primary for us is the gospel understanding that all persons are important—because they are human beings created by God and loved through and by Jesus Christ and not because they have merited significance.”
    • Culture and Identity
    “We believe that our primary identity is as children of God. With that identity comes societal and cultural constructions that have both positive and negative impacts on humanity and the Church. Each of us has multiple identities of equal value that intersect to form our complete self. We affirm that no identity or culture has more legitimacy than any other. We call the Church to challenge any hierarchy of cultures or identities. Through relationships within and among cultures we are called to and have the responsibility for learning from each other, showing mutual respect for our differences and similarities as we experience the diversity of perspectives and viewpoints.”
    • The Family
    “We believe the family to be the basic human community through which persons are nurtured and sustained in mutual love, responsibility, respect, and fidelity…”
    • Women and Men
    “We affirm with Scripture the common humanity of male and female, both having equal worth in the eyes of God. We reject the erroneous notion that one gender is superior to another, that one gender must strive against another, and that members of one gender may receive love, power, and esteem only at the expense of another.”
    • Human Sexuality
    “We affirm that sexuality is God’s good gift to all persons. We call everyone to responsible stewardship of this sacred gift.”
    Additional topics of the Nurturing community include:

    1. Marriage
    2. Divorce
    3. Single Persons
    4. Family Violence and Abuse
    5. Sexual Abuse
    6. Sexual Harassment
    7. Abortion
    8. Ministry to Those Who Have Experienced an Abortion
    9. Adoption
    10. Faithful Care for Dying Persons
    11. Suicide
    12. Sexual Assault
    13. Pornography
    14. Bullying

    You can read further about the Social Principles: Nurturing Community at: http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/the-nurturing-community.

    The 2017 Lenten Series will be held the next 4 Wednesday evenings, beginning with a community meal at 6:00 p.m., followed by devotion, scriptures, prayers and songs. The study will begin at 7:00 p.m. Activities for children will be provided. We hope you will join us.