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 scholars and experts who care deeply about the conversation and the church.
THE NEXT CONVERSATION MATTERS
The Future of the United Methodist Church
with Wil Cantrell
February 25th at 5:00 pm in Asbury Hall
In February 2019 United Methodists from around the world will convene for a called General Conference in St. Louis, MO. The church's top lawmaking body will act on a report by the Council of Bishops based on proposals from the Commission on the Way Forward. What happens as a result could profoundly affect the future of the church.
Wil Cantrell, who serves as an associate pastor at Concord UMC in Farragut is a General Conference delegate who recently authored a book called Unafraid and Unashamed: Facing the Future of United Methodism.
For the February Conversation Matters event, Wil joins us for a candid conversation on what the upcoming General Conference means for the denomination and what it means to be a United Methodist.