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New study resource on the future of UMC available to Mountain Sky Conference Districts

April 02, 2020
A new congregational study resource receiving widespread praise is now available for rent in each District of the Mountain Sky Conference, thanks to The United Methodist Association of Retired Clergy (UMARC).

The new set of DVDs on Faithful and Inclusive - The Bible, Sexuality, and the United Methodist Church is gaining high praise across our denomination from a variety of respected leaders. 

The Rev. Rob Fuquay, the lead pastor of St Lukes’ UMC in Indianapolis, is the host and guide on the six-session video series. Fuquay creates a safe space through thorny issues, relying on the Biblical interpretation approach of Methodism’s founder, John Wesley.


 



 
The six 50-minute video sessions cover these subjects: 
 
1: How United Methodists Interpret Scripture
2: Old Testament Passages
3: The Influence of Culture on How We Read the Bible
4: New Testament Passages
5: The Jesus Ethic: What Did Christ Say?
6: Where Does the United Methodist Church Go From Here?
 
When the Steering Committee of the United Methodist Association of Retired Clergy met last month, they became aware of the new Faithful and Inclusive DVD series study by Rev. Fuqua. Because of the history in UMARC of advocacy for full inclusion and of a deep commitment to study and adult education in Theology and Scripture, that group voted to purchase enough copies of the DVD series so that the resource will be available for loan in each district of the Mountain Sky Conference.

Sample sessions from the Faithful and Inclusive DVD series may be seen at: https://www.institutefordiscipleship.org/dvd

Congregations that which to borrow this resource in each District may do so by contacting their District Office or Congregational Resource Minister (CRM) or https://www.mtnskyumc.org/staff.

This new Bible study resource has been sponsored in Methodism by the Richard and Julia Wilke Institute for Discipleship, creators of the widely popular Disciple Bible Study resource which was utilized by hundreds of thousands of church members across more than 20 denominations in many countries.

Members of the Steering Committee of the United Methodist Association of Retired Clergy are Don Messer, Harvey Martz, John Blinn, Linda Gertenbach, Marilyn McGraw, Marla Kauerz, David and Chris Ferguson, and Julian Rush. The UMARC organization has over 200 members including clergy from the Mountain Sky Conference as well as from other conferences in the US.