The Wesley Sunday School Group, who meets Sundays at 11 am in the Library or G2, begins a new study on Sunday, May 22, 2016 called: “Economic Inequality: A Christian Perspective,” is a 5-session class.
The sessions are led by Dan Sagramoso, on the following Sundays: May 22, May 29, June 5, June 12, and June 19, and each offers different perspectives on the issue. Christopher Wurpts, youth ministries director, is featured in one of the sessions. Following are brief descriptions:
SESSION ONE (24 minutes)
• What is going on?
• Why should we care? A political perspective
SESSION TWO (18 minutes)
• Why should we care? An economic perspective
SESSION THREE (26 minutes)
• Why should we care? A prophetic perspective
SESSION FOUR (16 minutes)
• Why should we care? A kingdom perspective
• Why should we care? A Wesleyan perspective
• Why should we care? A United Methodist perspective
SESSION FIVE (11 minutes)
• What should we, the Church, do about it?
This curriculum follows the intent of a resolution overwhelmingly passed by the Desert Southwest 2015 Annual Conference, which calls on all of our congregations to:
• “recognize the destructive power of economic inequality on human potential, relationships, and our relationship with God, to advocate for the vulnerable and disadvantaged, and to work for greater equality;”
• “request the congregations of our Conference to use study materials produced by the Conference Board of Church and Society, for congregation-wide study and reflection on the nature, extent, and effects of economic inequality prior to the 2016 Session of the Desert Southwest Annual Conference;” and
• “request the Conference Sessions Committee to use the results of the studies described above for discussion at the 2016 Session of the Desert Southwest Annual Conference, to the end of creating strategies for the congregations of the DSC and the communities they serve to address economic inequality..”
A Leader’s Guide, Resource List and DVD are included in the curriculum, which was produced by the Economic Inequality Subgroup of the Desert Southwest Conference Board of Church and Society.
If there is interest, the class may be offered again in the fall.