Do Not Be Afraid: Bishops and Young Clergy Share Signs of Resurrection and Words of Hope

Cass Community Publishing House
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 Membership in the United Methodist Church in the United States has been shrinking since the merger of 1968. Yet the bishops and young clergy who contributed essays to "Do Not Be Afraid" are unconvinced by the constant claims that the church is dying. The authors provide powerful stories pregnant with hope. Editor Dr. John Harnish masterfully weaves the chapters together so that the readers understand why each writer was included, as well as how each comes from a unique context.
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 John E. Harnish is a United Methodist pastor whose 43-year ministry has circled the globe, including seven years as the associate general secretary of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. While in that role, he was instrumental in the implementation of the 1996 ordering of ministry and he was involved in the planting of the two newest United Methodist seminaries in the world in Estonia and Russia. For over a decade he served on the board of trustees for the Baltic Methodist Theological Seminary and is currently a trustee at Methodist-related Adrian College. Dr. Harnish is a graduate of Asbury College and Asbury Theological Seminary and was awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. He served churches ranging from a three-point charge in rural Pennsylvania to the position of senior pastor at two of Michigan’s largest United Methodist churches in Ann Arbor and Birmingham. Now retired, he lives in northwest Michigan with his wife, Judy, a retired public school principal.

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Cass Community Publishing House
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May 1, 2015
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Religion / Christian Church / Leadership
Religion / Christian Life / Inspirational
Religion / Christianity / Methodist
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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. You’ll 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.

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