The Church and Society Committee of Benson Memorial United Methodist Church is pleased to announce our 2023 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 7, 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.
OUR SCHEDULE OF SPEAKERS & TOPICS
Every other Wednesday, June 7 through August 23
7:00 to 8:30 p.m. | Fellowship Hall
Everyone is welcome, and everyone’s voice and opinion will be respected.
Pat Watkins was formerly a missionary working for the UMC General Board of Global Ministries as our first “Missionary for the Care of God’s Creation.” His passion is to raise the awareness, particularly among people of faith, that there is a connection between faith and a responsibility to care for and heal God’s creation.
NC State Representative
The U.S. has experienced more mass shootings than days this year in 2023, and NC laws are being changed to make it easier to carry a gun. Come and learn about the latest updates and what citizens can do to help change the trends.
North Carolinians against Gun Violence
Co-presenter of the June 21 Gun Violence Living Our Faith talk
This talk is co-sponsored by Hayes Barton UMC and Pleasant Grove UMC Church & Society Committee.
2023 Voting Challenges
League of Women Voters
Redistricting, voter ID, and restrictions on registration and access to the polls inhibit many citizens from exercising their most basic right, that of voting for the candidates of their choice. How can such challenges be overcome? What does the future look like for voter access? What can we do to help expand access and participation?
White Supremacy and Extremism
Intelligence Analyst, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation
Domestic terrorism, violence that is often perpetrated against people of color and governmental institutions by extremist groups, has been with us since the beginning of our country. Find out how their ideologies threaten our safety and democracy and what we can do to provide for our security.
August 9: Fighting Goliath
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Learn about mental illness and about organizations like the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) who are helping in our communities. We will discuss creating hope and a caring community by our willingness to support those members of our churches who experience mental illness.
Building the Beloved Community
Vice President of Faith Relations, Habitat for Humanity of Wake County
Join us as representatives from Habitat for Humanity of Wake County will be with us to share how we can “Build the Beloved Community” with housing justice, equal opportunity, and love for all in our surrounding communities.
Peace, love, mercy, compassion, righteous living, and justice.