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Podcasts ask the question, ‘Stay or go?’

Podcasts explore questions

What do the disagreements in The UMC mean for you? The Connectional Table is hosting podcasts, starting October 5 at 11 a.m. that will help you think through some important personal decisions.

The world has changed and is changing. The global coronavirus pandemic and disagreements within our denomination are just two of many events that continue to affect United Methodists around the world.

As the church confronts these new realities, it is important for the people called United Methodist to explore and understand who we are, what we believe, and how we live as people of God today and into the future.

To help us think through these issues, the Connectional Table, in cooperation with our general agencies, is hosting a series of discussions with United Methodist theologians and leaders that will help us better understand our faith, our church, ourselves.

Beginning October 5, come to the UMC Facebook page every Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Join a 20-30 minute conversation about who we are as the people of The United Methodist Church.

Our guests will be responding to your questions in that chat for approximately 30 minutes following the presentation.

Podcasts begin on October 5: Session 1 — Should I stay? Or should I go?

Maybe you started going to a United Methodist church as a child. Or perhaps you came later in life because of the choir, the preaching, or because the building was near your home. As our church experiences a tumultuous season, you may be wondering what our disagreements and decisions will mean for you.

As we begin the Tuesdays at the Table podcasts, we talk with Dr. David N. Field about why he is a United Methodist and how he is thinking through these personal decisions. 

Dr. David N. Field is a renowned author and scholar who serves as the Academic Coordinator for the Methodist e-Academy and as the Ecumenical Staff Officer for Faith & Order and Theological Dialogue for the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church. He is the author of several books, including Our Purpose Is Love: The Wesleyan Way to Be the Church. Field is a layperson and a member of the Kleinbasel congregation of the United Methodist Church. He has represented the Central Conference of Central and Southern Europe at various forums. Field was also a member of the Commission on a Way Forward. 

Host, the Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai serves as Chief Connectional Ministries Officer of The Connectional Table of The United Methodist Church. Before coming to the Connectional Table in a staff role, Rev. Bigham-Tsai served on the Michigan Annual Conference Cabinet as chief missional strategist. She has served local churches and in many leadership positions within her annual conference and at the general church level, including as a delegate to General and Jurisdictional conferences since 2012 and as co-chair of the Michigan delegation for the 2020 General Conference.

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