Adult Education: THRIVE
Small groups are the primary vehicle for
discipleship at BUMC.
We gather with our friends and neighbors to live life together, experience the gospel, wrestle with the truths of the Bible, and love one another.
THRIVE is the name of our adult small group program.
LEARN Any Time (Asynchronous)
A digital platform you can subscribe to for FREE! It has videos (from a Wesleyan perspective) for all ages. Click on this link, and use this Access Code: WHBLZG to register for your account.
Enjoy learning together as a family on your schedule.
LEARN with a Group (Synchronous)
While our building is closed, our small groups are meeting on-line via ZOOM. Click on the link below the group to register and receive log-in info.
Sundays @ 10:00AM
Leader: Audrey Romasco
A Bible study & discussion group for all.
■ GIFTS Class
Sundays @ 9:00AM
Leader: Kenny Robeson
A Bible study & discussion group for all!
Beginning Sunday, Jan. 17 - they will be studying Matt Rawle's book "The Faith of a Mockingbird."
In The Faith of a Mockingbird, based on Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, pastor and author Matt Rawle uses Lee’s beloved characters to explore Christian faith, theology, and ethics. Join Scout, Atticus Finch, Boo Radley, and Tom Robinson in this four-week study considering God’s world and what it all means. All are welcome! (You can purchase the book here.)
■ I'm Still Here: Black Dignity In A World Made for Whiteness
6 weeks from Monday January 25 –
March 1 (11 am – noon)
From a leading voice on racial justice, an eye-opening account of growing up Black, Christian, and female that exposes how white America’s love affair with “diversity” so often falls short of its ideals. Register here.
■ Faith & Racial Healing
(Race Class #2)
9 weeks from Monday January 11 – March 8 (7-9 pm)
Do you want to address racism in your faith community, but you don't know where to begin? This eight-week program guides participants in telling the truth about the history of racism in the United States, that we might work toward true reconciliation with God and restoration with one another. Register here.
■ Words of Life, Jesus and the Promise of the Ten Commandments Today (Adam Hamilton)
Tuesdays, Jan. 26-April 6, 10:15AM-Noon
Leader: Kathy Nash
In this book of Scripture and inspiration, bestselling author Adam Hamilton brings modern eyes to the most important set of ethics in history. He considers the commandments in their historical context, considering the meaning of each commandment in Hebrew, unpacking how Jesus reinterpreted them, and showing how every thou-shalt-not was intended to point to a life-giving “thou shalt.” He also explores how the latest research in science and psychology illuminates these commandments, rightly understood, as a way of ordering one's life beautifully in the present day. In a culture marked by workaholism, materialism, and social media-driven envy, God has given us a time-tested path that leads to gratitude, confidence, and peace.
Students will need an AMPLIFY free account (see above). The book or Kindle can be ordered through Amazon or other vendor.
■ I. Faith & Racial Equity
9 weeks from Tuesday January 19 – March 16 (7-9 pm)
Faith & Racial Equity: Exploring Power & Privilege is an 8-week module that awakens groups to the economic systems, public policies, cultural norms, and hidden biases that empower some and oppress others. The first half of the module introduces a framework for understanding and recognizing racial disparities in power and privilege. Sessions 5-8 take a deeper dive into specific issues related to power and privilege, including affirmative action, the school-to-prison pipeline, the criminal justice system, and powerful biases in media representation. As with all JustFaith programs, participants will explore how their faith should inform their response to their learning, as well as discern action steps for working toward racial equity in their own communities. Register here.
■ Faith & Poverty: A Biblical Response
9 weeks from Wednesday January 13- March 10. (7-9 pm)
Faith and Poverty: A Biblical Response guides participants in exploring the Gospel’s call to respond to poverty in our local communities, equipping participants with practical tools to take action in effective and sustainable ways. Register here.
■ “The Tribe”
Monthly Meeting: 2nd Thursdays, 7PM
Leaders: Jenny Murrill & Caitlin Adams
A fellowship group for moms (of all ages). Join any time!
■ Men's Spirituality Group
1st & 3rd Thursdays of each month, 7:30pm
Leader: Ross Kendall
A study, discussion, and fellowship group especially for men. You may join the group at any time.
■ WIS: Women in Study
Leader: Pastor Katie
A Bible study & discussion class for women.
Will begin September 17, 2020.