Education

“It cannot be that the people should grow in grace unless they give themselves to reading. A reading people will always be a knowing people.”

John Wesley

The founder of the Methodist movement, John Wesley, was an avid reader and student. In his prolific writings, he encouraged others to do the same. John Wesley focused on scripture, tradition, reason, and experience when he studied. These four areas of focus later became known as the Wesley Quadrilateral. Knowledge is critical to an informed faith. God has given us minds to use as we engage the world around us and seek to advance God’s love in all aspects of our lives. We invite you to follow in our founder’s example of study and education in our efforts to resist harm.

We hope that you will find the suggested resources below helpful for personal, small group, or congregational study. The first set of books are curated to match our monthly themes of resistance from January to May. Discussion questions for each book will be added later below.

If you find additional resources helpful during this season, we hope you will consider sharing it with others here.

Featured Books for Individuals & Groups

February 2020

Love

Holy Love
Steve Harper
Discussion Guide Included in Book

April 2020

Light

All Are Welcome
Leno Brown, General Editor
Discussion questions coming soon!

May 2020

Witness

Fear+Less Dialogues
Gregory C. Ellison II
Discussion questions coming soon!

Helpful Videos

A Dialogue in Biblical Interpretation
Alex Tracy - Preaching Outside the Lines for LGBTQ+ Equality
Anne Burkholder - Implications and Consequences
Jennifer Quigley - Teaching about Gender and Sexuality in the Bible
Jodie L. Lyons - Changing Minds by Changing Ethical Frameworks: Thinking Teleologically about Sex
Jonathan Lemaster-Smith - The Rural Church in Connection
Lovett Weems: Methodism's History of Rejection of General Conference Actions
Mark A. Chancey - Romans 1:26-31
Sam Persons Parkes - Am I My Siblings Keeper?
The History of The United Methodist Church on Human Sexuality
UMC Gen Conf JJ Warren Feb 25 2019

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