There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28
Well, again, Happy New Year to all! And thank you once more for all the cards, gifts, and joy you shared with Linda and me during the Christmas Season. You are a very special family! I’ve included the quote (above) to support the following apology and clarification: On a recent Sunday, I made reference to wanting a men’s group and also to a small group we had in Maryland called the Faith, Physics and Philosophy Group. First, I am not a person or pastor who thinks things should be gender segregated. Our Tuesday and Wednesday Bible study group testifies to this. My comments that Sunday centered around my frustration that so few men are in faith-related studies! I was simply trying to identify something of specific interest to the men. Actually, my prayer is that we might have a closer balance of men and women in the upcoming Disciple 1 Bible study. Second, I mentioned a Faith, Physics and Philosophy Group, saying that it was comprised of Ph.D.’s and high-level scientists. My intent was not to be elitist. My point was that even highly educated scientists seek after spiritual meaning and want to talk about God. Too often, the Christians think scientists are atheists or antagonistic to faith. My point is that more often than not, the situation is exactly the other way around. Thankfully, most young people today don’t see color, race, gender, sexuality, or “other” in the way that some older generations have. They simply see people and want to be living life with all people. I support this same attitude and practice and call upon MUMC as a community of faith to always practice the same. On another note: At our Charge Conference in December, you approved the 2018 Church Leadership slate. You can see that slate posted here in this newsletter. I give thanks for these good and faithful servants and for all who serve in various capacities with them.