November 19, 2018
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by David Barnhart, Jr., Rebekah Jordon, Alex Joyner, and Jill Johnson
There is deep disagreement about what The United Methodist Church should teach about homosexuality, same gender marriage, and the ordination of LGBTQ persons. In 2019, a special session of General Conference will be held to consider these issues and how they will be addressed by The United Methodist Church in the future.
Living Faithfully is designed to help you understand the shape of this debate and what it means for the present and the future. Each chapter includes background on the Bible, Christian theology, history, stories from diverse viewpoints, and United Methodist structure and practice to guide reflection and conversation. You’ll also find definitions of key terms and information about upcoming events.
The four chapters are:
1. Is the Practice of Homosexuality Incompatible with Christian Teaching?
2. Is Same-gender Marriage Compatible with Christian Teaching?
3. Is Ordaining Practicing Homosexuals Compatible with Christian Teaching?
4. Where Are We Now?
This four-week study will help you understand and grapple with various views about the ministry and teaching of The United Methodist Church around issues of human sexuality. It will lead you to have honest, well-informed, and grace-filled conversations with others about these matters and the calls for change. And it will help you discern, in prayer and conversation, how you can respond faithfully in love of God and neighbor.
A Leader Guide is included with lesson plans to help facilitate a four-session small group study.
From the Faultlines collection, resources intended to inform conversations around human sexuality and the church.
Can Small Churches Change?
by Sarai Rice
No question is more vexing to me than this one, because I see so many small congregations struggling with the tendency of a body at rest to stay at rest. It’s a relevant question, too, for students of congregational life, given that the median size of a congregation in this country is currently 75, only 11% of Christians worship in such congregations, and most are experiencing decline. Lots of seminars and workshops have been spawned on the subject, with the same implicit subtext–can small churches change in order to grow?I love small congregations and regularly get goose bumps (in my experience, a sure sign of the presence of the Holy Spirit) listening to members talk about them. But there are ways small churches can and should change if they really want to grow.
13 Horrifying Symptoms of a Real-Life Sociopath
by Yi-Jin Yu
Gordon Gekko from Wall Street, Don Draper from Mad Men, and Frank Underwood from House of Cards are all charming, manipulative people who totally lack a social conscience and exploit other people for their own gain. In other words, they're sociopaths. “The key characteristic of [a sociopath] is that they have very little regard for others,” says Edward Poa, MD, chief of inpatient services at the Menninger Clinic in Houston, TX.
In reality, though, it turns out that a lot more traits are considered when a doctor is determining whether a person is a sociopath. And while many sociopaths in movies and on TV manage to turn their lives around, that’s not always the case in real life.
Here’s everything you should know about sociopaths-including how to spot one yourself.
The technical term for sociopathy is “antisocial personality disorder,” and is a mental health condition in the same vein as narcissistic personality disorder and borderline personality disorder. People who have antisocial personality disorder consistently ignore the concepts of right and wrong and the feelings of other people, and are known to be harsh, impulsive, or even violent. Perhaps worst of all, they don’t show any remorse for their behavior.
Can sociopaths change?
In short: probably not. Experts caution that there are little to no treatment options for antisocial personality disorder, a complex mental health condition that is influenced by a multitude of factors and is not well understood, says Dr. Griffith. “The problem with the DSM-5 diagnosis is that it simply provides a label for this pattern of symptoms, offering no explanation for what causes this disorder or how to treat it,” he explains.
Gratitude Meditation: A Simple But Powerful Happiness Intervention
Gratitude meditation is a type of meditation which, as the name suggests, focuses on gratitude.
This article will define gratitude meditation, discuss some of its benefits, and relate it to mindfulness. It also includes a few guided gratitude meditations, so you can start your practice today.
by Joanne D’Amico
It is impossible to feel stressed and tense when we feel grateful. Here is a gratitude meditation that will help you foster the feelings of gratitude When we feel grateful on a regular basis, our mood improves, we feel content and we tend to live life with a fuller appreciation of all the blessings that we have!
Focus of the Year: “Being Peace”
Considering the conflict and lack of civility in our world and communities, our churches and families, and within ourselves, the focus for the year is: “Being Peace.” Following Jesus’ practice of going into a quiet place to spend time alone with Abba, we will seek to find our center and listen for what God is calling us to, so that we may emerge as agents of transformation in the world.
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The Program in Pastoral Care and Counseling encourages the spiritual formation of our pastors believing a strong spiritual base is the greatest resource a church leader can possess. It helps us weather the many storms of ministry and deepens the incredible joys ministry provides. Following is a list of Spiritual Directors in our area. We encourage you to take advantage of this rich resource. This listing will appear in each edition of our bi-monthly webpage updates and new names and contact information will be provided as we learn of them and have permission to include them. If you are a director or know of a director that is not included here please let us know.
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Relax For A While: Bedtime Story for Sleep
by Joanne D’Amico
Fall asleep fast with this short guided meditation that is followed by a soft spoken bedtime story and ends with a short sleep count to help you drift off.
This lovely tale is called "The Hidden One" which is a Native American Legend that comes from the Mi'kmaq (Micmac) tribe of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Canada.
How to Handle People Who Hurt You
by Eckhart Tolle
Because many people we encounter are unconscious they pose a challenge to us to respond in kind. But such encounters and people can become a spiritual practice for us, maturing and deepening our soul. Much in the same way that physical exercise strengthens our body, dealing with difficult people can strengthen our spirit, boost our self-awareness and resiliency.
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