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Sunday Morning Classes

United Methodist Women

Six different fellowship circles for women of different ages meet at a variety of times throughout the month for study, fellowship and mission engagement. 

Join the Journey

Tuesdays, 7pm, Wesley Library*
Interested in joining our church? Want to learn more about the Christian faith, Methodist Church, and us here at Metropolitan, Wesley, and St. Luke’s? This is the small group for you! Rev. Dottie Yunger leads our Sunday group at Metropolitan during the study hour (Room 106) and Rev. Kate Payton leads our Thursday evening group at 7pm at Wesley Library (5312 Connecticut Ave., NW). Contact: Rev. Kate Payton. *5312 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Food for Thought - 2015 - 2016 Schedule

Every Wednesday evening, you're invited to a community dinner in the Vestry between 6pm and 7 pm. Enjoy a chef-prepared meal with friends old and new. Dinner is $8/adult, $5/child, with a maximum of $20/family. AU students pay what you can. Reservations are appreciated for planning purposes; reserve your meal here!

After you feed your body, feed your mind and soul with a mid-week study. Food for Thought features two different study opportunities: a Bible study and a topical study. Studies change monthly, so you can choose a Bible study one month and a topical study the next, without missing pieces of either. The Bible study is led by Bob Olson, co-chair of the Learning Pillar, and Rev. Charlie Parker, the senior pastor of the Metropolitan Church. Topical studies will be led by different individuals throughout the year. For more information, contact Rev. Janet Craswell, Director of Christian Education.

Race & Bias
Wednesdays, September 30 - October 31, 6pm - Dinner (Make Reservations), 7pm - Study

As part of Metropolitan’s fall focus on race, Food for Thought is offering a short course on Race & Bias. We will be looking at the usually unconscious, unintentional racial divisions present in our collective living. We look to uncover the enculturated and unconscious bias we all carry in one form or another through study of scripture, sociological research, and prayerful listening. The course will include: Got Bias?: A presentation from Julian Blair and Dushaw Hockett; Identity Reflection: In different stages of your life, what have been your experiences of discrimination?; Trust Circles: Prayerful listening around personal stories of discrimination; Understanding Race as a Social Construct; The Church's Role in Moving Beyond Institutional Racism: Structures to be transformed, power, possibility, and barriers.

The course will be led by Rev. Kate Payton and Dr. Esther Barkat with assistance from Julian Blair and Dushaw Hockett, Executive Director of SPACEs—Safe Places for the Advancement of Community and Equity.

Disciple Bible Study

Thursdays, 7pm, Conference Room
Disciple Bible Study offers a chance to grow in faith and scriptural knowledge while forming a community with other members of the class. New classes form in September each year. For more information, contact Rev. Janet Craswell.


Sunday Morning Classes

The Gospel and the News

Held in the Library: This casual adult Sunday school class focuses on specific “Good News” current events - with relation to Christian and Biblical theology. There are good and Godly things going on in the world, but they don’t usually make the headlines, and don’t typically grab our attention. This class looks beyond the headlines for positive stories and perspectives. Class discussion and sharing of opinions will be encouraged. No prep or homework required. Drop in for a few minutes, hang around for an hour, come every week, or whenever you would like. For more information, contact Jon and Lisa White.

Bible Plus Class

From now until December, join us in the Parlor as we meet with the Science and Religion class (see below). Held in the Christie Room: A diverse, small group fellowship which studies the Bible and other literature in order to grow in faith, strengthen our devotion to God, and serve others. For more information, contact Debbie Gustowski

Inspired Parenting

Held in the Fireplace Room. Open to parents with kids of all ages, this class is a safe space to share the week's parenting challenges and joys. We talk about helping keep our kids grounded and passing along lessons of our faith. It is a great place fo find advice, feel affirmed, and become conencted with other parents in our church community. Drop in as you can -- newcomers always welcome. For more information, contact Caralee Adams.

Questions of Faith

Held in the Conference Room: This group addresses issues of personal faith development and current trends in Christian thought, as well as social and ethical issues in light of the Christian faith. Newcomers are welcome. For more information, contact Diane Moody.

Science and Religion

Held in the Parlor: This class involves vigorous dialogue on matters of faith and “contemporary thought.” There are visitors and newcomers just about every week. For more information, contact Maynard Moore.

Join the Journey

Held in Room 106: This small group is for those interested in becoming members of Metropolitan, Wesley, and St. Two options are available every week for your convenience. Rev. Drema McAllister-Wilson and Rev. Dottie Yunger lead our Sunday group at Metropolitan during the study hour and Rev. Kate Payton and Janet Burkhart lead our Tuesday evening group at Wesley UMC at 7pm in the Library. Contact: Rev. Kate Payton. *5312 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Great Hall Sessions

Periodically, study lectures and discussions are held in the Great Hall. Frequently, these are held as “Grounds for Discussion” in which Dr. Parker leads a discussion of his sermon for the day. For more information, contact Rev. Janet Craswell, Director of Christian Education.