Recently, I had the opportunity to teach the United Methodist Women’s 2016 spiritual growth study, “The Bible and Human Sexuality” at the NC Conference Mission u. A tender topic, to be sure. A topic on which there are a variety of opinions among the faithful and a topic on which we are not all going to agree. Nonetheless, I couldn’t wait to hang out with United Methodist Women and talk about “The Bible and Human Sexuality.”
We had a wonderful eight hours together in class and we touched just the tip of the iceberg! Rev. Ellen Brubaker’s, “The Bible and Human Sexuality” guided us well as we delved into Old Testament, Gospel and Epistle texts. We talked about the Wesleyan Quadrilateral. We looked at statements about marriage, divorce, singleness, abortion, pornography, and human trafficking in The Book of Resolutions of the United Methodist Church as we pondered a sexual ethic for today.
Another piece of writing that guided us well was our Class Covenant. At the beginning of our time together, we worked together to create a covenant to guide our words and behaviors. Our covenant read:
1. We will begin on time and end on time (I put in that one!)
2. We are free to take care of our needs during class time.
3. We will speak from our own perspectives, using “I” statements.
4. We are all learners. There is no one “right” answer.
5. We will maintain confidentiality. What is said in class will not be repeated outside of class.
The Holy Spirit and our Class Covenant allowed us to speak and listen charitably to one another as we discussed difficult issues and life experiences. Thank you, Jesus, and thank you to my class participants for honoring the covenant that we made with one another. You inspire me. I’ve said it before, and I will say it again, “United Methodist Women ROCK.”