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"Ties That Bind": Oct. 18

posted Sep 2, 2015, 2:40 PM by Interfaith WS   [ updated Sep 2, 2015, 2:41 PM ]

American religious communions are in a time of permanent transition. Traditional ways of organizing faith communities and declaring faith perspectives are changing dramatically.  What might that mean for the church's message and the church's future?

The Ties That Bind: Protestants in Conversation movement explores that and other questions at a gathering in Winston-Salem Sunday, October 18, 4-6 p.m. at United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church, the church on the hill above U.S. 52 at Fourth Street.  The event is open to the public at no charge.

Discussions will be led by Dr. Bill Leonard, Dunn Professor of Baptist Studies and Church History at the School of Divinity at Wake Forest University; Rev. Terrance Hawkins, associate pastor, Winston-SalemFirst Church, and community activist; Mia Sloan of St. Peter’s Church and World Outreach Center; and Rev. Emily Hull McGee, senior pastor, First Baptist Church on Fifth Street.  Their comments will be followed by 45 minutes of small-group conversations that cover questions like these:

·      What does it mean to speak of and engage with God’s New Day in the world?

·      How do we understand that most basic aspect of Jesus’ message and its implications then and now?

·      In what ways might faith communions engage in that dynamic through their own ministries and in shared ministries in the community?

·      Is the meaning, message, and action involved in recognizing that God’s New Day continues to come near an appropriate guide for renewing faith, ministry and congregational life?

Registration for tickets and childcare can be made online at