Holy conversation, older adult resources available

Two studies, one new and one revised, may be ordered through the Conference office and the online Learning Management System.

“A More Excellent Way: Holy Conversations about Homosexuality,” includes readings, a video about holy conversations, a three-session small group discussion guide and a bibliography for further study.

The bibliography includes papers written by members of the Human Sexuality Task Force and other scholars. Dr. Andrew Thompson, the Conference’s Wesley Scholar, is the presenter in the 20-minute holy conversations video. The task force, composed of clergy and laity, was convened in 2012 by Bishop Crutchfield to “develop a curriculum to guide holy conversations.”  As a result, the task force has released 16 different resources.

All of the resources, including the discussion guide, may be viewed or downloaded from the Conference’s Learning Management System, accessible through arumc.org; or you may order a copy of the discussion guide by emailing communications@arumc.org.

The new revision of the five-week study “Living with No Regrets,” is now available, as well. The small group study focuses on issues and challenges facing older adults and their families, and offers ideas for how local churches and communities might minister to them.

The 2014 revised study features a facilitator’s help video with Jenni Smith, the director of congregational care and Living with No Regrets study leader at St. James UMC Little Rock. Updated statistics are included about what growing older in Arkansas looks like for many individuals and their families.

Living with No Regrets was created by the Arkansas Conference Older Adult Ministry Council and funded by a grant from the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas. It was the recipient of a 2012 national Telly Award.

Arkansas local churches and ministries may order the study at no charge by emailing communications@arumc.org. Those outside the Conference may order the study for $25 at www.arumc.org/LWNR.