The Rev. Samuel Gregory Jones explores the essential Christian worldview. We live in an in-between time, a time between the Resurrection of Jesus and the Second Coming, when Jesus will be, as Paul says, all in all. We live, that is, between the inauguration of God’s Kingdom in Jesus and Spirit and its final realization. In this in-between time, the Christian community is an embassy of God’s Kingdom in the world, and Christians are ambassadors of Christ. As a famous theologian once said, the Church is a tree with its roots in the future and its leaves and fruits in the present.
We Grow Hope: Working with Children in Honduras
with Michael Miller of Hope Farm Coffee
Founded by Michael Miller and his wife Kim, Hope Farm supports orphaned, abandoned and abused children in Honduras, caring for them when no one else will. They also grow and sell amazing coffee. Here, Michael Miller talks about the ways that God has worked in their lives, empowering them for this amazing work.
For Ears that Hear with Hearts to Learn
with Marcia Coles, Jim Ward, Gretchen Kemmer & Bruce Hunn
Funny, sometimes shocking, yet always calling us to listen to those unlike ourselves, this forum will be a panel discussion with parishioners Marcia Coles, Jim Ward, and Gretchen Kemmer about their experience of judging and being judged by the color of skin in America today. Moderated by Bruce Hunn and presented by the Racial Reconciliation Task Group at St. Michael’s, our aim is to stir up conversation about our experience of being black or white in America. What is it like? Where is God moving us as we engage with St. Matthews AME?
Welcoming the Stranger
with Adrienne Morton, Refugee Services Coordinator for Lutheran Family Services Carolina.
Now more than ever there is a need for our community to come together and welcome the stranger. Refugees are one of the most resilient populations in the world. They have been forced to flee their country of origin due to persecution — or a well-founded fear of persecution — because of race, religion, nationality or political affiliation. Yet the journey is just beginning. Refugees can spend 17 years or longer in a refugee camp waiting for a durable solution, and for the 1 percent of refugees that are resettled in a third country such as the United States, integration is one more hurdle in their journey. So how can we as an American community and as believers in Christ better support this vulnerable population? What is the best way to accept, appreciate, and honor the journey they’ve endured?’
God’s Giving and the Great Thanksgiving
with the Rev. Greg Jones & the Rev. Robert Fruehwirth
Eucharist means “thanksgiving” in Greek. Just as Eucharist is the central act of Christian worship, a life of thanksgiving is what Christians are supposed to be about. In this class, Greg and Robert will explore a theology of thanksgiving from Scripture and Christian practice.