“Show me your ways, Lord,
teach me your paths.!”

— Psalm 25:4
 

Sunday Morning Forum

A weekly time of fellowship where we discuss both historical and contemporary issues through a Christian lens.

 

We seek to strengthen personal bonds within our church family, and to cultivate new relationships through conversation and shared experience. We work to nurture our spirituality in this secular world; understand our own faith traditions and those of others; and determine how to best express Christian faith in this diverse society. (Teens through Adults welcome).

 

This class meets every Sunday on the first floor of the Education building in Room 102 at 9:30 AM.

Regenerative Agriculture and Christian Discipleship (Rosie Snow)

January 5, 12 & 19

This series uses excerpts from “The Biggest Little Farm,” a cinematically rich documentary about a couple who attempt to farm in perfect harmony with nature. From this, we will consider what regenerative agriculture teaches us about our lives as Christians in 2020, and how Wesley Memorial can lead in this new decade of tremendous consequence.

Fall Planning Session (Rick Hamilton)

January 26

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Jesus was Incarcerated, Too (Jasmine Fernández) 

February 2 & 9

Christians are taught that compassion and forgiveness are fundamental to our identities, yet our biases often dictate who is worthy of second chances and Jesus’ mercy.  This series analyzes the experiences of biblical characters and modern individuals who have faced imprisonment. Together, we will discuss the role faith should play in advocating for a more just system.

Reflections on Fr. Richard Rohr’s “Alternative Orthodoxy” (Jim McDonald and Carolyn Newsome)

February 16 & 23

This session provides background and context on Richard Rohr, along with some of Rohr’s common themes.  Prepare for this conversation by assembling your own thoughts, by following some of Rohr’s daily meditations (Meditations@cac.org), or reading one of his many books, such as his latest, The Universal Christ.  Rohr offers an “alternative orthodoxy,” which challenges many of our theological notions while inviting us to recover a deep sense of the divine in all that we experience.

Hymnody: From Psalms, to the Poetry of the Gospels (Cameron Pampus)

March 1 & 8

Why do we sing hymns, and where do they come from?  Discover what information the hymnal provides and gain a deeper knowledge of our religious musical traditions.

Can Two Walk Together Except They Be Agreed?  (Spencer Wells)

March 15 & 22

Often facing heterodox minorities,18th Century Americans vigorously debated how much congregational liberty of conscience to allow before resorting to excommunication?  With this historical sweep, we likely ask the degree to which sameness of doctrinal and social opinion is necessary for religious association to function?

Update on IMPACT:  Immigrant Conditions (Maury Early)

March 29

This class discusses matters of local and national immigration condition concerns, in advance of the annual local gathering.  There will be a synopsis of research visits and explanation of the issue we will present at the Nehemiah Action. Mark your calendars for March 31, and plan to attend the IMPACT Nehemiah Action, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing Arts Center.

Blood and Sacrifice:  What Leviticus can Teach our Messy World about God (Rev. Isaac Collins)

April 5, 12 & 19

The book of Leviticus is about life in the wilderness and how God protects God’s people. It’s also a book about holiness, and how to be a good neighbor. Leviticus recognizes that we live in a messy world, and that we need grace and holiness to navigate that messiness with justice and grace. Come gain a new perspective on a book you may have never encountered.

ProFuture Faith: The Prodigal Species Comes Home (Rick Hamilton and Tom Miller) 

April 26 - May 17

We are living in challenging and confusing times, and religion and science each has a vital role to play in assisting humanity in coming home to reality. Given our impact on Earth’s climate, soils, seas, forests, and other species, we are already in the early stages of what could be called, The Great Reckoning. The good news is that this could also be The Great Homecoming.  This four-part “Living the Questions” video series explores science and faith, with the final four parts to be covered in fall, 2020.

  1. 4/26: Un-Trivializing God – Reality as Thou

  2. 5/3: The Purpose of Religion and Necessity of Science

  3. 5/10: The Epic of Evolution – A Cosmic Timeline

  4. 5/17: Thus Sayeth Reality – What is Inevitable; What is Needed

 

Small Groups

One of the best ways to settle into a church home is to join a small group. At Wesley Memorial we have a range of options.

For more information contact the coordinator for each group.

Wednesday Bible Study

Wednesdays

11:00 am - Noon

Aldersgate Room

The study follows the Revised Common Lectionary, and requires no preparation before each session. However, if you’re interested in following the lectionary, here is a link.

Contact: Rosie Snow

Prayer Group

Wednesdays

Noon - 1:00 pm

Aldersgate Room

This group of committed women raise with confidentiality the prayer concerns of our church family and beyond.

 

If you are interested in making this a dedicated commitment, contact Mary Allen Ingram

Book Groups

Third Tuesdays

10:30 am

Wesley has two book groups, one of which is currently filled. The Tuesday morning Book Group is open and meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 10:30 AM. They read books that stretch the mind and open them to the Spirit. 

Contact Pat Rader for more information.

 

If you would like to start a book group and need some guidance, contact Stella Pool.

Blue Ridge Stitchers

Second Saturdays

10:00 am

Aldersgate Room

Anyone who likes to sew or wants to learn and pays to join the American Sewing Guild is welcome. You can attend two meetings free and then need to join. We belong to the Richmond Chapter and within that there are many neighborhood groups, specializing in all manner of stitchery. There are 3 neighborhood groups in Charlottesville: Fashion Funway (more fashion sewing), Kids Sew Too, and us (eclectic: some meetings fashion, some more craft). The rest of our neighborhood groups are in Richmond. You can attend any or all of them both here and anywhere in the USA as you would belong to the American Sewing Guild.

Wesley Memorial
United Methodist Church

Worship every Sunday at 11:00 am

Office Hours: Mon 9am - 3pm, Thurs 9am - 3pm 

+1 (434) 296-6976

office@wesleymumc.org

1901 Thomson Road

Charlottesville, VA 22903

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