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Beacon District: UM History

The Beacon District presents Living Our United Methodist Beliefs (UM History) on Zoom with Tom Santa

February 17 @ 8:00 am 5:00 pm


Course scholarships are available to those in need of financial assistance. Please contact your district director or cle@nccumc.org.

About the Course:

This course will explore the special gifts of theology, witness, and organization that The United Methodist Church brings to the church universal, how we got where we are today, and how our distinctive emphases are still needed in the 21st-century church.

Participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of the distinctive traditions and emphases of The United Methodist Church;
  • Learn about the journey of the people historically known as Methodists and Evangelical United Brethren, who united in 1968 to form The United Methodist Church;
  • Learn about the contributions of the early leaders of these churches – Wesley, Otterbein, Boehm, Albright, and many others;
  • Develop skills in interpreting United Methodist heritage and emphases to the local church and its members.

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All participants are expected to read Living Our Beliefs: The United Methodist Way, by Kenneth L. Carder, prior to the course.

About the Facilitator:

Tom Santa is a certified lay minister and lay speaker from Moyock UMC. He is passionate about becoming a better disciple and helping others to grow in relationship with God and with one another. He is the husband of Michelle, who introduced him to the Methodist church, and father of Mary Elysse and Lauren. Tom retired from the Navy after 22 years as an active-duty Nurse Corps officer and now serves as a full-time family and acute care nurse practitioner.

For questions about the course, please contact Tom Santa at tsanta5721@hotmail.com.