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Registration for Living our Principles: A Look at The United Methodist Church's Social Principles (Hybrid)

Living our Principles: A Look at The United Methodist Church’s Social Principles (Hybrid)
Instructor: Rev. Neal Christie 
Location: Trinity UMC, 703 W Patrick Street, Frederick, MD 21701 and Zoom (link will be sent one week before the class)
Class Schedule: October 1 – 29; 10 a.m. to noon (Five Saturdays)  
Registration Deadline September 22
Cost: $35 (Does not include the cost of materials)


What does it look like to practice our principles both in our personal and public lives?


As faithful United Methodists, how can we better listen to one another when we do not always agree on the issues that we face as a church, community and world? And, what can we learn from each other’s lived experiences when we hold them alongside inspired Scripture, our Wesleyan tradition, and our capacity to thoughtfully and reasonably discuss urgent issues?


Over the next five weeks participants will engage in meaningful interactive dialogue, group exercises and personal reflection that will expand their knowledge about the UM Social Principles. We will look closely and carefully at the theology and applied values and ethics implicit in the Social Creed and Social Principles. We will discern ways that the Social Principles serve as prayerful resources for our spiritual growth and or responsible civic engagement. We will consider what the UMC actually says about the importance of practicing stewardship of creation, recognizing human dignity and rights, securing a fair and equitable sharing of resources, and peace-building and interdependent global relationships.    


Areas we will address include the Natural World, Nurturing Community, Social Community, Economic Community, Political Community, and World Community. We will look at both the 2016 Social Principles and the proposed, Revised Social Principles that will be acted on at the 2024 General Conference.


Throughout the study participants are invited to reflect on concrete ways the Social Principles can amplify and strengthen the mission and ministry of the local church as we make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Course materials:

Supplementary resources:



·        The Frederick District Lay Servant Committee reserves the right to cancel classes for insufficient registration
         and will give as much notice as possible, so you can register for another class or request a refund.

·        No babysitting services are offered.

·        No absences are permitted for classes that are to be completed on a 2-day time frame.

·        Classes that are one day on a 5-week time frame may have a one-day excused absence for an unusual
         hardship. However, left up to the discretion of the instructor, the student should make up the session missed.


CLASS COST: Does not include the required text.

·        Registration is $35 (Please contact Tonia Bennett, 410-309-3480, if you would like to pay by check)

Required text(s) need to be purchased prior to class by the student, and reading assignments that are sent by the instructor need to be completed prior to attending class.

Be sure to keep a copy of the certificate you will receive upon completion of the course. It will be needed along with a signed and approved Certified Lay Servant and Certified Lay Speaker Application to become a Certified Lay Servant. You will also need copies of both the Basic completion certificate and the advanced completion certificate for your annual report for Church Conference each year.

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