Technology has advanced so rapidly. Our medical care is better. Our ability to keep informed with the world is better. Grandparents are able to watch grand children grow up, even from great distances with the help of Facebook and Skype.
With the advancements in communication, has come unintended side effects. Online we have the ability to comment on a world of topics anonymously leading us to say things we would never say to someone's face. On Facebook, we can hide the things that we don't like. We don't have to see the other side of an argument. We can filter our news so we never hear of the world's events.
As people who are called to be a light in this world...
We need to know what is happening in the world.
We need to hear all sides of the story.
We need to respectfully share our side.
During each Conversation Matters event, we will have conversations about specific cultural and historical topics. These discussions will be led by United Methodist scholars who care deeply about the conversation and the church.
On April 30th, Dr. Eric Keels of the Howard Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy led a conversation on the crisis in South Sudan.
1st UMC has been active in that region of Africa for many years. That work included building a church/school building in the
village of Pukuka. The current conflict in South Sudan has forced the people in that village to flee, with most going to the neighboring country of Uganda.
Scroll down to hear Dr. Keel's presentation
and listen to audio from some past Conversation Matters events.