In recognition of the Lenten Season and as a part of a Reconciliation grant, Bethel will be participating in a book study of the book America’s Original Sin “Racism, White Privilege, and the New Bridge to a New America.
We invite you to join us on this journey.
America’s Original Sin “Racism, White Privilege, and the New Bridge to a New America
Session 1: February 21, 2018 6:00 PM-7:00 PM
America’s Original Sin: Acknowledging and Repenting of the Embedded Sin of Racism
Session 2: March 6, 2018 6:00 PM-7:00 PM
The Sin of Historically Systemic Racism and the Idolatry of Whiteness
Session 3: March 13, 2018 6:00 PM-7:00 PM
The Meaning of Repentance and the Beloved Community
Session 4: March 20, 2018 6:00 PM-7:00 PM
From Warriors to Guardians: Reforming the Criminal Justice System
Session 5: March 28, 2018 6:00 PM-7:00 PM
Welcoming the Stranger: Racial Justice and Fixing Our Broken Immigration System
Session 6 April 7, 2018 6:00 PM-7:00 PM
The Bridge to a New America: Having the “New Talk” in Our Schools, Communities, and Congregations
To download the study guide for this book please click this link America’s Original Sin “Racism, White Privilege, and the New Bridge to a New America
If you are interested in learning more about the study contact Pastor Jermine Alberty at firstname.lastname@example.org
After much consultation and looking at the weather forecast for tomorrow, January 7, 2018. We are moving morning worship to 3 PM in the afternoon. I would encourage all who can be present to please attend. I’m looking forward to seeing you on tomorrow.
On November 7th Co-convener Molly Housh Gordon welcomes clergy, laity, and other representatives of Columbia’s interfaith community to a Faith Assembly hosted by Bethel Baptist Church.
Represented at Bethel that night were members of the Islamic Center of Columbia, Hillel Jewish Campus House, Show Me Dharma, VA chaplaincy, the United Methodist Church, the Disciples of Christ Church, the Presbyterian Church, the Baptist Church, Congregation Beth Shalom, the Lutheran Church, and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia
We open our assembly with prayer and then learned a very important lesson on listening and hearing. What’s the difference between listening and hearing? In Hebrew, the word for “listen” shares a root with the physical “ear,” while it’s the word for “hear” that has a deeper meaning. There is no word for “obey.” The word is “hear,” as in, “Hear, O Israel, the LORD your God, the LORD is one.”
Campaigns of listening are intentional, structured times to gain understanding and build relationships by sharing stories developing a plan for and a commitment to action. Styles and structures vary as is authentic for the particular community but the goals are creating space to share stories, make connections between stories and policy, and making an invitation to action.
On that night the Bethel community learned about the first step in discerning our call to justice: listening. At the Assembly, attendees were trained in how to host and facilitate conversations in our congregations and neighborhoods so our justice agenda is firmly rooted in the dreams and struggles of our community.
To learn more about Missouri Faith Voices of Columbia, please visit their website at http://www.missourifaithvoices.org/columbia/
Each year we get a couple of new trunks for our Trunk or Treat, If you haven’t participated in this activity
in the past maybe you could join us this year. Decorate your trunk and provide a box or dish to hold a treat.
Children trick or treat down the rows of our cars and get their treat from each one. If you aren’t available to come to the parking lot and hand out treats that night maybe you would like to provide a bag or two of candy or other goodies for those that decorated their trunks. We also do s’mores so there will be a sign up poster in the foyer for you to help with providing supplies.
Trunk or Treat starts at 5:30 pm so if possible have your car lined up with the others by 5:00 pm. If you are providing candy, please have it at the church on the kitchen counter, marked for Trunk or Treat, by Sunday, October 29th. Kin us if you can!
We invite all children and youth Pre-K-6th grade to a Kid’s Night Out on Friday, October 27th from 6:00 -9:00 pm. Kids bring a sack dinner. Wear orange or your favorite pumpkin shirt.
We will have fun crafts, pumpkin games and activities, snacks and Bible lesson! Kids are welcome to invite friends to this fun event. Adults please RSVP to Connie Adams (cell# 573-999-1400) by Tuesday, October 24th so we can plan ahead accordingly.