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

For the 2016-2017 year, the Monday Night Study Group engaged in a series of different studies. We met from 7-9pm in the Parlor (across from the sanctuary), and are studied the book of Galatians, Underdogs and Outsiders (Tom Fuerst), “The Bible” miniseries produced by the History Channel in 2013, The Wounded Healer (Henri Nouwen), and Half Truths (Adam Hamilton). We are currently on summer break, but stay tuned for movie nights and barbecues and other opportunities to have fellowship over the summer. Contact Jen Kidwell to be added to the email list, [email protected].

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

This small group meets Thursday mornings, 10-11 am at our Downtown location. We do a series of short-term studies, alternating between Biblical and topical. In 2016-2017, we studied My First White Friend (Patricia Raybon), Just Mercy (Bryan Stevenson), A Year of Biblical Womanhood (Rachel Held Evans), Grounded (Diana Butler Bass) and Life Together (Dietrich Bonhoeffer). We are taking a break for the summer, but stay tuned for our fall offerings. Contact Jen Kidwell at [email protected] with questions.

TED and Theology – Online Class

Thanks to those of you who participated in this experimental format this year. We have finished posting new content, but if you’re interest in exploring the TED lectures or the weekly devotionals inspired by them, you can review the website here. If you have other ideas about new formats for study or for content that you think would lend itself to an online study, contact Jen at [email protected].

Wednesday Early Bible Time

New and Renewing Members Class

Are you thinking of making Silver Spring UMC your church home? Come and get tours of both campuses, meet staff, and learn more about how we understand church membership and about ways to get involved and connected here at SSUMC.  Our next class class is scheduled for:
Saturday September 23  – 9:00AM-2:00PM

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].