2020 Mission Studies
Spiritual Growth Study: Finding Peace in the Midst of Anxiety (Title not final)
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.
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.
Youth Study: Managing Anxiety
In the explorative spiritual growth study Managing Anxiety, authors Trudy Rankin and Faye Wilson
educate youth on one very normal emotion with considerable power—anxiety—and offer tools and
practices that give them the self-confidence to manage decisions, control their emotions, and mature
into healthy young adults, using our Christian faith as a guide. By the end of the study, youth will
understand how anxiety shows up in their lives and learn a variety of practical techniques to manage
anxiety, including the Daily Energy Routine and the Emotional Freedom Technique, or tapping. They
also will know how they can experience God’s help and God’s love through spiritual practices, such as
reading the Bible and engaging in spoken and embodied prayer. This study also encourages youth,
their leaders and mentors, and their families to access other church and community resources such
as counseling and peer support.
Children’s Study: Managing Our Emotions
Managing Our Emotions helps children learn about their emotions and accept God’s gift of their entire
range of feelings (sadness, joy, excitement, fear, and frustration to name a few). The study draws from
the Bible, science, music, and our lived experiences to help children learn to manage their emotions
in a positive and healthy way. Techniques like the Emotional Freedom Technique, or “tapping,” and
the Buddy Bench, allow children to help both themselves and others.
The 2019 study, Women United for Change: 150 Years in Mission will be offered as an enrichment