Methodism in the modern WOrld
6 weeks, Mondays (Sept. 11–Oct. 16)
In February 2019, The United Methodist Church will hold a Special Called Session of the General Conference and will hear the report from the Commission on A Way Forward regarding the church’s stance on LGBTQ+ issues. This class will consider our United Methodist approach to church polity (operational and governmental structure), understanding of scripture, and decision-making as we approach this milestone moment.
Co-leader Rich Higgins works as a Manager of Policy & Planning for the Maryland Department of Commerce. Rich is a long-time member of St. Paul's UMC. Along with Marge and our two adult sons we have found the faith community here to be very enriching and supportive.
Co-leader Emily Sama-Miller was raised and confirmed in the UMC and has long been interested in the organization and decision-making of the denomination, and ongoing spiritual formation. This will be her first time teaching this course, although her professional and volunteer background include experience in teaching, facilitating small-group group discussions, fostering conversation and collaboration across groups of people with different perspectives and priorities, and (US) policy-making. She looks forward to using those experiences and interests to support this important class.