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Online opportunities for learning

Online Learning options

Jesus and Justice are the focus of these online learning opportunities starting next week. Register now for the Christmas through Jewish Eyes experience or the Disabilities to Differences study.


Christmas through Jewish Eyes
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 11, and 18, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Star of David for online class

This three-session, multi-sensory experience combines Bible study, spiritual practices, and large and small group discussions. The experience will uplift, enlighten, and equip Christian leaders in these days of waning light. This enriching preparation for Advent is brought to you by the Rev. Rebekah Simon-Peter. Born and raised Jewish in an interfaith home, an unexpected vision of Jesus later in life led Simon-Peter to seminary, baptism, and ultimately Christian discipleship, a surprising journey which she reflects on in her books.

By focusing on three main themes of the season—light, family, and salvation—participants in Christmas through Jewish Eyes will develop a greater appreciation for the connections between the two faith traditions. And gain new insights for creating the Beloved Community.



DOING JUSTICE: Disabilities to Differences
Monday November 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 6:00-7:30 pm

Online Class on Disabilities

DOING JUSTICE is a series of justice-seeking studies created and made available by the Fuller Ogilvie Institute. The Disabilities To Differences study sets the groundwork for a conversation about our relationships with people who have severe differences in their bodies, minds, or emotions. Participants will consider the implications of common terminology used in this subject and learn more inclusive language and attitudes. Four common responses among Christians will be explored with biblical and theological frameworks. Learners will evaluate and compare the four common responses in light of the information introduced through a mix of articles, commentary, and videos. For some, this will be a difficult journey. Learning together to understand the why of certain positions will unveil wisdom and insight directing a shared journey of discovery toward God’s design of and desire for inclusive inclusion of people “with certain limitations, like not being able to hear, walk, or do specific intellectual activities in a typical way.” 

Content contributors include Bethany McKinney, Paul Ulrickson, Hak Joon Lee, and Tim Dearborn.

Online access to content. Virtual sessions through Zoom, a free, one-time download.  Headset with microphone or earbuds recommended for the best audio and video participation.

Zoom info and online access to content will be sent with registration confirmation.

Direct your questions to Jodi Fuller, Executive Administrator, [email protected].


Panel discussion on Anti-Racism and the Church
Tuesday, November 10, 7:00-8:00 pm


What does anti-racism really mean for the life of the Church? As United Methodists, our baptismal vows ask us if we “accept the freedom and power God gives [us] to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves.” Join us for a discussion as our panelists offer some ways our churches can live into their baptismal vows in ways that actively work to dismantle systems of racism and oppression in leadership, worship, mission, and ministry.

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Last Updated on December 27, 2022

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