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United Methodist Mission Studies

2006-2007 Studies

2005-2006 Studies

Children of the Bible
We invite you into the stories in the Bible from which we can glean the place of children in ancient times. Stories from both the Hebrew and Greek texts--the Old and New Testaments will call us once again to both love in the face of challenge and yes, to become like a child so that we too enter into the kingdom of God where the hungry are fed, the prisoners are freed and the children are whole people in Jesus Christ.

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India and Pakistan
The mission study on India and Pakistan presents the richness and diversity of the cultures of India and Pakistan. It also explores selected current key issues affecting both  countries, including gender issues, poverty, child labor, population, caste, illiteracy,  religious extremism, and globalization.  The study examines the complexities of the border conflict over Kashmir between the two countries.

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Aruna Gnanadason Bible Study:Bible Study 1, Bible Study 2, Bible Study 3

View news article: Free school for one-girl familes

Public EducationPublic Education: Issues and Challenges; cover
Public schools are the largest public institution in our nation. On the average school day, approximately fifty million children in kindergarten through grade twelve - about one-fifth of all our citizens - are in school. At a time when education is the buzz word in political campaigns and budget discussions from the federal government to state legislative houses and into local communities, it is appropriate for people of faith to take a serious look at public education. Despite a variety of alternatives being discussed and promoted, the vast majority of children in the United States will in the near future find themselves in a public school. If we believe with some of our founding fathers that education is the foundation of a democratic society, then the question arises as to what we want the future citizens of that society to know and what obligations the total society has to prepare children for their future – our future

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Concerning Prayeres; cover

2004-2005 Studies

Concerning Prayer
Concerning Prayer guides the reader through types of prayer and explores prayer issues such as interfaith prayer and prayer in school. "Flash" graphic inspirations gently lead the reader into reflections while articles on meditation explore the health benefits and techniques of meditation. Links to labyrinth web sites and a wide ranging bibliography both inspire and inform believers to go more deeply into their own spiritual practices. Prayers of the heart and prayers of action are engaged by the "Prayers for Peace" campaign and engages visitors to consider, "How do we pray in the face of evil?" "How do we pray for the good of all?" On our web site "Concerning Prayer" you can order the video, "What Good Is Prayer," as well as our book in English, Spanish and Korean and a separate resource for young people.

Public Education: Issues and Challenges; coverPublic Education
Public schools are the largest public institution in our nation. On the average school day, approximately fifty million children in kindergarten through grade twelve - about one-fifth of all our citizens - are in school. At a time when education is the buzz word in political campaigns and budget discussions from the federal government to state legislative houses and into local communities, it is appropriate for people of faith to take a serious look at public education. Despite a variety of alternatives being discussed and promoted, the vast majority of children in the United States will in the near future find themselves in a public school. If we believe with some of our founding fathers that education is the foundation of a democratic society, then the question arises as to what we want the future citizens of that society to know and what obligations the total society has to prepare children for their future – our future.

CubaCuba
To understand the church in twenty-first century Cuba, we must be aware of its particular character and history and the five events that have had a significant impact on the Christian church. Therefore the Cuba study is about the church in Cuba in its various forms: Roman Catholic, Protestant, and those of Santeriía and African-Christian religions. Until the last quarter of the nineteenth century, Roman Catholicism was the only legal way to worship in Cuba. Cathedrals and churches were found almost entirely in urban centers. Worshipers were, for the most part, the comfortable in society. Popular Cuban culture with its Spanish origins had a veneer of Christian faith but as Cuba's distinctive identity developed, its spirit was affected by African-Christian religions.

2003-2004 Studies

Creating Interfaith Community; many varied religious icons.Creating Interfaith Community
Through much of American church history Christians have been fairly oblivious to the presence of other religions in our land. But today the other faiths have become so numerous and so prominent on the American scene that we cannot ignore them. Our Christian brothers and sisters in other lands have had much more experience in living with believers of other religions than we have. They can help us to understand what interfaith community involves, and they can teach us the danger of neglecting the possibilities for such community. The question put to Jesus, “Who is our neighbor?” took on new urgency after September 11, 2001. The need to understand our neighbors of different faiths and find ways of getting to know each other better while being grounded in our Christian faith is the theme of this very contemporary study.

Seven Friends - Seven Faiths - Who is That Kid Next Door? Who is That Kid Next Door?
Younger Christians go to school and live in communities with others from other faiths, seeing religious conflicts on a daily basis. And they question whether their Christian faith is mature enough to engage in dialogue and live in harmony with those of other faiths. This book of stories told by youths will engage youth in discussions on interfaith issues, on personal faith journeys as Christians, and on the quest to live with others in an inter religious community.

Seven Friends - Seven Faiths
Creating Interfaith Community for Children focuses on stories of how Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist and Baha'i children celebrate their faith and what their holidays mean.

Exodus
Exodus: the Journey to Freedom; Graphic of people rejoicing. The story of Exodus has been a powerful tool in the journey toward justice and freedom in the African American community. Methodists have experienced historic divisions because of slavery and racism from which we have yet to fully recover. The spiritual growth study on Exodus: The Journey to Freedom is a journey the whole Methodist family has been on since John Wesley began his ministry. Slave trading of Africans was already in full swing and Wesley would have none of the “execrable villainy which is the scandal of religion”. In the United States, free blacks and former slaves responded to racism in the North by founding their own Methodist churches (African Methodist Episcopal and African Methodist Episcopal Zion). In the mid-1800s the Methodist Episcopal Church split into North and South as the civil War loomed. After the war, former slaves in the South were given their own church, separate from the whites (Colored Methodist Episcopal now Christian Methodist Episcopal). This study provides an opportunity to look at the story of the escape from Egypt of the Hebrew people through the lenses of the African-American experience of liberation from slavery and on through the continuous struggle with racism today.

2002-2003 Studies

Mexico: Labyrinth of Faith; native Mexican artwork in Background.Mexico: Labyrinth of Faith
The history of Mexico contains a spiritual history which is complex and largely unknown outside of Mexico. This study gives a brief political and cultural history of Mexico and gives a portrait of Mexico's history of religion.
Cartoon showing Mexican girl spraying pigs with water with boy and his mother laughing at the scene in the background.Pyramids and Pig Tails:
A Children's Study on Mexico

Join Jenifa and her mother as they travel to Mexico, stay with the family of Bolivar and Maria, and learn about Mexico, the culture, the geography, Christ's mission in the country, and so much more.

Silhouette of man looking out from prison bars.Restorative Justice
Many people live much closer to the world of crime, violence, courtrooms, jails, and prisons that anyone should have to. Many dream of a system of justice for all God's people--one which builds up and transforms rather than isolates and punishes.


The Scandalous Message of James
Detail from the cover of the book on James,Latin American children. The Epistle of James has long been a controversial book. The Early Church debated whether it should be canonized. Protestants like Martin Luther thought it was a "book of straw." But James survived to challenge each new generation of Christians to put their faith into action.


2001-2002 Studies

Global Health and Christian Response-Ability: Adults
Global Health and Christian Response-AbilityExplore the current status of global health care as it affects individuals, societies and the mission and ministry of the church in this mission study.

Colorful air  balloonGlobal Health and Christian Response-Ability: Children and Youth
We're about to embark on an adventure together. Together, we'll explore countries around the world. We'll meet people from these areas. We'll discover the health issues in each of these countries, what can we do to help, and why we should help.

Jesus and Courageous Women
Jesus and Courageous Women This study highlights courageous women in the the New Testament, provides a window into women's leadership among the early followers of Jesus, and offers role models for women today who are compelled by Jesus and his teachings to be transformed and to transform the world.

Jesus and Courageous Women: Children and Youth
Detail of drawing showing woman anointing Jesus Seven scenes of Jesus and courageous women illustrate this New Testament study, in which two youth groups raise questions about each story. The art for this book is available on this web site and may reproduced for use with this study.

Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos: Lands and People
Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos Explore the unique relationship of people in the United States with these three countries. Increase your awareness of United Methodist mission work by and with Vietnamese, Cambodians, and Laotians.

2000-2001 Studies

Children of Africa
Children of Africa This study gives an in-depth look at the causes of such desolation in the lives of many African children as well as the opportunity to see the response of The United Methodist Church as it endeavors to save children from cruelty, injustice, disease and death.

God's People in an Urban Culture
God's People in an Urban Culture
The massive move of people to the city and its environs has created many new issues for faithful people.

Paul's Letters to the Corinthians
Click to Go  to Corinthians Home. Paul's letters to the Corinthian congregations reflect challenges facing the early church as Christians struggled with what it means to be made a new creation in Jesus Christ.

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