Discussion Groups

“In the Commons” – has a double meaning – describing the place and the programming itself. A “commons-based” worldview emphasizes the concept that there IS such a thing as the common good, and that bringing people together in dialogue is essential to the sustainability of the human community. We begin Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., with baristas/snacks and an invited guest presenting for about 15 minutes, and then continue with casual but surely engaging dialogue with the speaker and each other. You can come for the speaker only—but most like to stay for the dialogue!

Adult Ed Brown Bag Lunch – at 12:15 PM in the Chapel. Bring your lunch and learn. Drop in any time! Current series: The Old Testament. Dr. Amy Jill Levine. (Great Courses)

Books Bible and Beyond – at noon in the Chapel. Current book is Punished:Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys by Victor Rios. Join at any time!

Adult Ed Forum – at 10:10 AM in the Moderator’s Room. Come whenever you can! Current series: The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World. Professor Robert Garland. (Great Courses)

Omaha Earth Vigil – meditation over shared grief, faith and hope for the planet. We meet on first Thursdays 6:30 to 7:00 PM in the Chapel. Sponsored by Community of Mindful Living and First United Methodist Church.

Racial Justice Study Group –meets Mondays at 7 PM in the Commons.  Currently watching classes on racism by various academics provided through ChurchNext, an online provider.  April 11- Whiteness and Racial Justice with Kelly Brown-Douglas,  April 18 – Reparation and Racial Justice with Jennifer Harvey.  April 25 – Theology and Racial Justice with J Kameron Carter and May 2 – Racism and Racial Justice with Eduardo Bonilla Silva.