We offer regular small group Christian Education and Bible Studies. Scroll down for all our offerings.
(Not Your Grandma's Sunday School)
The Met® is now offering Progressive Spirituality Programming (Not Your Grandma’s Sunday School!) at 10:30 am Sunday's in the first floor Community Room. We are now moving into better alignment with our progressive values and goals. This programming will help create our future as a Vibrant, Inclusive and Progressive congregation, while building upon our strong foundation as a church of diverse believers, nonbelievers, and seekers.
Next Progressive Spirituality Program:
Refugees and Immigration:
Are We Stirring a Melting Pot or Building Walls?
This provocative new Progressive Spirituality Program looks at the real story of Sodom and Gomorrah - where refugees were not made welcome as a background to study modern day U.S. refugee and immigration issues. Fueled by film and video depictions, this six-week course promises lots of controversial discussion. Diverse opinions and newcomers welcome; no bullies! Begins Sunday, June 19 at 10:30-noon, in the first-floor Community Room and will be facilitated by Jude Litzenberger.
Programming will continue to be offered in short 4-6 week series led by facilitators appointed by Pastor Dan. If you are interested in facilitating a course, contact Jude Litzenberger or Paul Hetrick for information. Progressive Spirituality is based upon the original Eight Points of Progressive Christianity and includes the following statement of intentional inclusion:
By calling ourselves progressive Christians, we mean that we…
1. Believe that following the model of Jesus’ care, compassion and community can lead to an awareness and experience of the Sacred and the Oneness and Unity of all life;
2. Affirm that Jesus provides one of many ways to experience the Sacredness and Oneness of life, and that we can draw from diverse sources of wisdom in our spiritual journey;
3. Seek community that is inclusive of ALL people, including but not limited to:
•Christians of all types and questioning skeptics,
•Believers, atheists and agnostics,
•People of all Gender Expressions,
•Those of all sexual orientations and gender identities,
•Those of all classes and abilities;
4. Know that the way we behave towards one another is the fullest expression of what we believe;
5. Find grace in the search for understanding and believe there is more value in questioning than in absolutes;
6. Strive for understanding, peace and justice among all people by our personal commitment to awareness and action;
7. Strive to protect and restore the integrity of our Earth through becoming aware and committing to action;
8. Commit to a path of life-long learning, compassion, and selfless love where all lives matter. Look for future announcements of the courses and series that will be offered in Progressive Spirituality Programming (PSP) at The Met®..
For more information, please contact Jude Litzenberger.
Thursday Night Spiritual Enrichment Class - Thursday
The Thursday Night Study is a time of exploration, study, and fellowship in a comfortable, in-home, small group environment. All are welcome. The study meets at the home of Ron Sperry & Jim Burford. Ror more information and location, please contact Ron at 619-339-8033 or email Lyn Malone.
What to Expect with In-Home Studies
Our small groups are not traditional "student teacher" Bible studies. They are intended to foster discussion, self-study, and figuring out what God is saying to you through scripture. As such, there are no right or wrong answers to the questions posed in our studies. Through the sharing of our own personal stories, beliefs, and understanding, we seek to illuminate the meaning of the scripture being studied for each person in the group (but no one will tell you what that scripture should mean to you). Generally (but not exclusively), our groups use study books published by Serendipity House. You may find more information about Serendipity and their Bible study series at www.serendipityhouse.com. (Please note: They are a resource vendor and not affiliated with Metropolitan Community Churches.)
For the most part, our meetings follow this format:
1. Opening Prayer
2. Ice-Breaker (a "getting to know you" question or activity)
3. Bible Story
4. Questions & Discussion
5. Break (usually with snacks)
6. Sharing & Caring (where you may share what is going on in your life and make any prayer requests you want the group to pray for you until the next meeting)
7. Closing Prayer
Since there are no right or wrong answers, everyone is encouraged to participate in every disussion, and no one is permited to dominate any discussion. All opinions and thoughts are respected. Also, since people may be sharing earnestly and sometimes intimately, confidentiality is extremely important. We ask that you respect the other group members' privacy and not discuss what is shared in the group with other people.