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|Title: Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church|
By: David L. Barnhart, Rebekah K. Jordon, Alex Joyner, Jill M. Johnson
Number of Pages: 112
Vendor: Abingdon Press
|Publication Date: 2017|
Dimensions: 8.30 X 5.40 X 0.30 (inches)
Stock No: WW859779
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. Youll 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.
Alex Joyner is author of Restless Hearts: Where Do I Go Now, God? (Abingdon Press), a curriculum on vocation for young adults. He is also the author of Whats in the Bible About Us? and Whats in the Bible About the Holy Spirit? (Abingdon Press). He is a published poet, photographer, and essayist on the online magazine Catapult.
Joyner is pastor of Franktown United Methodist Church on Virginias Eastern Shore. He has served as campus minister at the University of Virginia and in appointments in Virginia, Texas, and England. A regular writer for the FaithLink adult curriculum, Joyner began his career as a news director for a radio station. He teaches theology and church history as a summer faculty member at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, Texas.
Jill M. Johnson is a freelance writer and communications professional living in Austin, Texas. Over the past 25 years she has worked in nonprofit, legislative and faith-based arenas and has worked as a healthcare and education advocate. Jill loves to combine her working knowledge of public policy issues and current events with her inclination toward viewing all of life through a spiritual lens. She believes our faith doesn't just intersect culture; it nudges its way into our line of vision until God's presence permeates all we see. Jill has written for Cokesbury, Abingdon Press, United Methodist Publishing House and other organizations. Jill currently worships with the community of Christ that is Bethany United Methodist Church, and serves as their Director of Inviting Ministries. Her writer website can be viewed at www.jillmaxwelljohnson.com.