Upcoming Learning Opportunities

Make Friends, Connect at Church, Grow in your Faith…
Free childcare is almost always provided for groups that meet at church (see bottom of page for details).
Staff contact: Beth Palmer, Director of Adult Discipleship (bpalmer@hilliardumc.org, 614.876.2403 [church office]).

Exploring Racism: Three Upcoming Opportunities

Criminal Justice Reform: Fall 2018 Ballot Initiative
Community Organizers from the Columbus People’s Partnership are working with bipartisan partners in support of a ballot initiative to reform our criminal justice system, promote safety and healing over punishment, and reinvest millions of dollars into drug treatment and community-based recovery programs. Their goal is to get the Ohio Neighborhood Safety, Drug Treatment, and Rehabilitation Amendment on the November 2018 ballot. Adoption of the amendment will increase public safety while decreasing incarceration. For more information, visit columbuspeople.org.

Come help collect petition signatures to get this on the November ballot!  We’re looking for volunteers to help staff a booth at the Hilliard Farm Market on Tuesday, May 29, 4-7pm (and possibly subsequent Tuesdays through June). Contact one of the pastors to sign up. You’ll be trained & given some talking points.

If you’ve read Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow (which describes the racism inherent in our nation’s criminal justice system) and are looking for a practical way to work for change, here’s an opportunity!

THE HATE U GIVE, by Angie Thomas
Meet Thursday, June 7, to discuss the whole book.
6:30-8pm, Sanctuary building, Social Hall
Get your own copy.
Free childcare provided.
SIGN UP ONLINE HERE, or just show up, or contact Beth Palmer directly (bpalmer@hilliardumc.org, 614.876.2403).

This is a young adult novel that has been getting really good reviews. It looks at police violence through the eyes of a teen girl. By age 16, Starr Carter, the main character, has lost two childhood friends to gun violence: one in a gang drive-by, one by a cop.

 

WAKING UP WHITE AND FINDING MYSELF IN THE STORY OF RACE, by Debby Irving.
Meet for discussion Thursday, July 12, and maybe July 26, 6:30-8pm
Sanctuary building, Social Hall.
Get your own copy or let Beth Palmer know by May 29 to order one for you (bpalmer@hilliardumc.org).

Free childcare provided.
SIGN UP ONLINE HERE, or just show up, or contact Beth Palmer directly (bpalmer@hilliardumc.org, 614.876.2403).

This is a memoir written by a middle-aged white woman. From the back cover: “For twenty-five years, Debby Irving sensed inexplicable racial tensions in her personal and professional relationships. As a colleague and neighbor, she worried about offending people she dearly wanted to befriend. As an arts administrator, she didn’t understand why her diversity efforts lacked traction. As a teacher, she found her best efforts to students and families of color left her wondering what she was missing. Then, in 2009, one ‘aha!’ moment launched an adventure of discovery and insight that drastically shifted her worldview and upended her life plan.”


Ongoing Open Groups

Ongoing Adult Sunday school classes are on THIS page…


Extra Stuff…

Childcare (free) for children up to age 11 is usually available for all classes as a gift to you from the church. Take your child(ren) to the Sanctuary building nursery on the main floor or the Warehouse 839 nursery, behind the stage, where they will be met with a smile by trained, paid staff who have completed all the requirements outlined in our Safe Sanctuaries Policy (including a background check).

We don’t want the cost of books to get in the way of you taking a class, so sign up whether you have book money or not. It’s on us, happily! If you’d like to contribute a few extra dollars toward a book for someone who doesn’t have book money this time, that’d be great, thank you! Class facilitators will collect book money at class. (There are one or two exceptions to this, such as Financial Peace University.)