Faith and Media: Messages and Representation
Join Jacey Johnson and Jen Kidwell on Sunday mornings from 9-9:45am in room 151 from July 2-August 20. We’ll talk about how the different kinds of media that surround us create messages, about how individuals and characters from different groups are portrayed, and about the kinds of questions our faith should prompt us to ask in these environments. This class is for adults, but would be appropriate for high school students as well. Contact Jen ([email protected]) or Jacey ([email protected]) to join the email list.
If you’re interested, we suggest you watch or listen to the following films or episodes before our discussion. This is optional!
July 9 (portrayals of faith in media): God’s Not Dead, Saved! (both available on Amazon to rent)
July 16 (portrayals of sexual orientation):
July 23 (portrayals of gender identity):
July 30 (portrayals of disability):
August 6 (portrayals of race):
August 13 (faith and Music/music videos):
August 20 (faith and Reality TV):
Adult Sunday School Class
This class is an ongoing class that meets in the library, 9-9:45am during the summer and 9:45-10:45am during the school year. They use different curriculum, and will be using Cokesbury’s Adult Bible Study series this summer that focuses on “God’s Urgent Call.” Contact Neil Hindman ([email protected]) with any questions, or just drop in sometime!
Monday Night Study Group
Racial Reconciliation Reading Group
This reading group meets occasionally to study texts and discuss topics around the issue of racial reconciliation. They have read titles such as Just Mercy (Bryan Stevenson), The New Jim Crow (Michelle Alexander), and America’s Original Sin (Jim Wallis). The group typically meets from 12:15-1:30 on Sundays. If you have suggestions about what to read or explore next, contact Jen Kidwell at [email protected] or Gladys Baxley at [email protected].
Join us on July 16 for a screening of the Netflix documentary 13th, and on August 20th for a chance to learn about how race intersects with the histories of the UMC and Montgomery County.
Starting in the Fall of 2017, this group will meet monthly on the third Sunday after church to discuss issues of race.
Women’s Bible Study
TED and Theology – Online Class
Wednesday Early Bible Time
New and Renewing Members Class
Silver Spring United Methodist Women
UMW is a community of Methodist women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ. UMW develops a creative, supportive fellowship, and expands concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church. Fellowship and service activities include: the Annual Fair, the Church Thrift Shop, and supporting community ministries such as the Board of Child Care and the Methodist Home in Washington, D.C.
Meetings are held in Fellowship Hall on the First Tuesday of each month at 10:30 a.m., followed by a luncheon. Please contact Katie Whitley (301) 587-6339 or Margaret Madert (301-588-4858) for more information.
Silver Spring UMC’s Men’s Group
Our men’s ministry at SSUMC meets on alternating Tuesdays in the Blue Room from 7-8pm to discuss how faith intersects with modern life. Check the church calendar for the schedule. Stay tuned for information about service project work and special fellowship events. To be added to the email list, email Aaron Sathyanasen at [email protected].