We live in a diverse and changing world. Around the globe and in our own neighborhoods, we live and work with people of other faiths. What do they believe? How, as Christians, should we respond to them? How can we learn about their faiths and share our own faith with respect, building bridges of mutual understanding?christianity-and-world-religions

Jackson United Methodist Church will focus for six weeks on the subject of “Christianity and World Religions: Wrestling With Questions People Ask,” in the hope that we will come to a better understanding of our world, a greater appreciation of the differences among religious people, and a stronger grasp of our own faith. This six-week study will be held on Sundays from July 17-August 21.

The study is based on a video series of the same name featuring the Reverend Adam Hamilton, founding pastor of the Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. This special church wide event will include worship, sermons, and small-group discussion after church each Sunday. Come and learn more about Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity.

Churches often speak harshly and judgmentally about other faiths or ignore them, pretending that they do not exist. Neither is ultimately helpful. Since the topic of religious diversity is of such great interest, we will be making an extra effort to invite the community to join us. We will have religious leaders and experts join us for discussion after church.

I am excited because we will grow in knowledge and appreciation of our neighbors, plus I promise you will grow in your understanding and appreciation of Christianity and the incredible gift we find in Jesus Christ!