Posts tagged religion

UMC's Calling 21 Program for Young Adults

Can online Communion be a substitute for the real thing? - Religion News Service

What are your thoughts? What does Communion mean to you?

Question for Personal Thought

Do you personally decide to pray or not to pray for someone based on their religious beliefs, or does prayer transcend religion?

I Believe In Jesus (Skit Guys): Jesus. The name conjures up a lot of images and ideas depending on your relationship with him. Watch as Jesus takes shape on the canvas of an artist and listen as the creed of our Savior is woven/spoken/declared across it all. Is Jesus your obsession?

Chuck Knows Church - The Bible:  It’s one collection of 66 books and is considered a sacred text for both Christians and Jews. And Chuck is going to explain what it is in just 4 minutes? Hmmm. Chuck Knows Church is a WEEKLY online series. Check back each week (usually Wednesdays) for the next episode! Use each episode in worship, youth groups, fellowship groups, confirmation classes, worship teams, new member classes and late-night snack viewing!  Follow Chuck on his website: ChuckKnowsChurch.com.

Syria and the Christian Response - Part 3:  Syria and Damascus are central to the Christian, Muslim and Jewish faiths. Over the centuries, they have served as a leading crossroads of people, armies, commerce, and ideas. Yet in the past two years, an estimated 80,000 Syrians have lost their lives in a tragic civil conflict. The outcome will have major implications for the entire region. To help our Church family better understand what is happening in Syria and how Christians should respond three 1-hour long discussion sessions were held. Our discussion leader has been to Damascus, and his doctoral studies focus on religious conflict and peacemaking in the Middle East.

Syria and the Christian Response - Part 2:  Syria and Damascus are central to the Christian, Muslim and Jewish faiths. Over the centuries, they have served as a leading crossroads of people, armies, commerce, and ideas. Yet in the past two years, an estimated 80,000 Syrians have lost their lives in a tragic civil conflict. The outcome will have major implications for the entire region. To help our Church family better understand what is happening in Syria and how Christians should respond three 1-hour long discussion sessions were held. Our discussion leader has been to Damascus, and his doctoral studies focus on religious conflict and peacemaking in the Middle East.

Have you ever judged others on their “level” of Christianity?

Have you ever found yourself judging someone else based on how “Christian” you think they are?  If you have, how did you feel about it afterwards?  Did you feel, at the time, that you were accurately reflecting how you feel a Christian should act?

Gungor continues their ascent through the Christian music genre with the addition of their latest music video, “God is not a white Man” a precise and thought provoking song about the misconceptions involving God.

Chuck Knows Church - LENT: Ever heard, “I’m giving up sweets for Lent”? Why does Lent make people want to give up something? And how do you calculate the 40 days of Lent? Stick with Chuck as he explains Lent.

(Chuck Knows Church is a WEEKLY online series. Check back each Friday for the next episode! Check out more at www.chuckknowschurch.com)

The United Methodist Women, as part of Shoulder to Shoulder, continue to fight “hate-speech” with subway signs in Washington D.C. Metro Stations just as they recently did in New York City.

The United Methodist Women, as part of Shoulder to Shoulder, continue to fight “hate-speech” with subway signs in Washington D.C. Metro Stations just as they recently did in New York City.

The Spirit in the Synapse: Neuroscience & Religion - October 22nd

The Blackstone Seminar for Science, Theology, Ethics and Ministry is holding The Spirit in the Synapse: Neuroscience & Religion on October 22, 2012.  

"There are some cognitive scientists today who argue that God is a figment of our imagination; that God, and by extension, religion, were created by brain structures to serve an evolutionary purpose. Because we understand how the brain created religion, we can now give religion up as an unnecessary vestige of our primordial past. This presentation explores this perspective and argues that another interpretation is possible. Looking at the evidence that brain scans, cognitive science, and evolutionary biology offer, we might find that our brains have developed in order that we might grasp the reality of God in the world and in our lives.  Come and join us for faithful fellowship, dialogue, and discovery…"

Find out more about this program at BlackstoneSeminar.com

Is the popular long-time fandom phenomenon, Doctor Who a religion?

"Dr. Who is one of the longest running TV shows on the BBC, and it’s got a huge fandom surrounding it, called Whovians. And while it might not seem like, Whovianism, might just be RELIGION!!!!! Whovians, like other passionate fan cultures, create art & fan fiction and engage in a strong remix and cosplay culture. But it’s more than that. Dr. Who provides a philosophy; a way of understanding the universe. Fans embrace this in ways that are similar to most world religions: a positive influence that changes their approach to daily life. Also, the Tardis makes a pretty great shrine!" - PBS Digital Studios

So… what do you think?

A Miniature Earth: “What if the world’s population were reduced to 100 people community?”

Your Light: "We all shine a light and that light symbolizes God’s love. We all possess the power in helping others shine their light for the good of mankind."