A series of talks on timely topics

Wednesdays, June 5, June 19, July 10, July 24

7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  |  Fellowship Hall

Everyone is welcome, and everyone’s voice and opinion will be respected.





The Church and Society Committee of Benson Memorial United Methodist Church is pleased to announce our 2024 Living Our Faith Talks schedule. This series of Wednesday night listening and learning sessions will examine relevant social issues, with an emphasis on improving our understanding of and compassion for the most vulnerable in our society. These sessions are an opportunity to learn about timely issues in light of the tenets of our faith and the example of Jesus. The series will be held at 7:00 p.m. every other Wednesday evening, beginning June 5, in the Fellowship Hall. Make plans now to attend to gain a deeper understanding of these complex issues and explore how we are called to respond as servants of Christ.


Wednesdays, June 5, June 19, July 10, July 24

7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  |  Fellowship Hall

Everyone is welcome, and everyone’s voice and opinion will be respected.


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June 5:

Christian Nationalism

Presented by

Rev. Dr. Joey Shelton

Dean (ret.), Chapel at Millsaps College

Rev. Dr. Joey Shelton, retired dean of the Chapel at Millsaps College, will delve into the timely and critical topic of christian nationalism. In his discussion, he will shed light on its rise, the inherent dangers it poses, and most importantly, how we can actively resist its influence in our communities.

June 19:

Addiction Disorder Support

Presented by

Jerry Monday & Mike Loewe

When you have someone in your life with addiction disorder, how can you help without enabling them while protecting yourself from emotional pain and suffering? Hear from presenters Jerry Monday and Mike Loewe about their experiences in getting through it. Jerry and Mike are affiliated with Nar-anon, a 12-step program for families and friends of people with addiction disorder, and they will offer their suggestions on ways to provide support while taking care of yourself. 

July 10:

The UMC's Perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Presented by

Janet Lahr Lewis

General Board of Global Ministries; General Board of Church & Society

Janet Lahr Lewis, Advocacy Coordinator for the Middle East for the UMC’s General Board of Global Ministries and Peace with Justice Program Associate for the General Board of Church and Society will give us a “boots-on-the-ground” account of the situation in the Middle East as well as the UMC’s position on the current and historical conflict.

July 24:

Faith and Democracy


Presented by

Rev. Dr. Jennifer Copeland

Executive Director, NC Council of Churches

Gain and understanding of the Christian imperative for democracy and voting from Rev. Dr. Jennifer Copeland, Executive Director of the NC Council of Churches. Jennifer will explain how faith communities are uniquely positioned to staunch the wound of the unraveling of democracy and the disintegration of our shared covenant as members of society.

Peace, love, mercy, compassion, righteous living, and justice.

Serving our community as Jesus calls us to do.


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