2021 Mission Studies
In Jesus' own words, he came to bring good news to the poor, release the captives, restore sight to the blind, and to let the oppressed go free. What is the responsibility of the church to follow Christ's example in the word and deed? While these times might feel particularly turbulent, society has always confronted the church with challenging issues where she has had to discern how God was calling her. The purpose of this study is to help the church and its members discern our call and bear witness to the will of God for a more just world.
Issue Study: Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools
This insightful book invites the reader to learn about the school-to-prison pipeline, school-to confinement pathways and school pushout through the words and stories of dozens of young people from all across the country, historical information and careful reflection. Pushout was not written specifically for United Methodist Women or a Mission u context; it was published in 2016 by The New Press for a general audience and was on the 2019 Reading Program list.
Spiritual Growth Study: Finding Peace in an Anxious World
The 2020 Spiritual Growth Study by Erin Brown and the Urban Village Church staff, uses the Serenity Prayer as a guide to help Christians find their way through anxiety, worry and fear toward God’s peace that passes all understanding. The study focuses on different aspects of the prayer and with an opportunity for participants to engage in various spiritual disciplines.