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Session 2 Central's Way Forward - Theology: "Toward a Theology of Inclusion"

May 16, 2019 Rev Dean Francis Season 1 Episode 2
Central's Podcast
Session 2 Central's Way Forward - Theology: "Toward a Theology of Inclusion"
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Central's Podcast
Session 2 Central's Way Forward - Theology: "Toward a Theology of Inclusion"
May 16, 2019 Season 1 Episode 2
Rev Dean Francis

Presented by Rev. Dean Francis
Drawing on both personal experience and academic study, Dean Francis will explore the ways in which Methodist theology supports inclusion, discussing John Wesley’s views on grace, sin, and the authority of scripture, as well as Wesley’s vision of sexuality as a gift. Rev. Dr. Dean L. Francis is a 3rdgeneration Methodist pastor who holds a Doctor of Divinity degree from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary.
Originally from the West Michigan Conference, he served churches in Lawton, Kalamazoo, and Albion prior to moving to Evanston, Illinois. There he oversaw a dramatic revitalization of the church’s ministry that focused
on becoming a Reconciling and Altar for All Congregation.

Becoming a Reconciling Congregation: Why Be an Inclusive Church?
Central Church prides itself on being a welcoming community and has decided to take a bold step to be a welcoming place for people of all sexual orientations. At its April board meeting, the Church Council voted to pursue a path to becoming an official Reconciling Ministry Congregation through the nationally recognized Methodist organization, Reconciling Ministries Network. This is a formal process, with several steps.  To help our congregation clearly understand the scriptural, theological, and practical expressions for becoming an inclusive congregation, we have intentionally planned these forums. They will help you understand why we are taking this step and what it means as Central Church prepares for a congregation-wide survey and members-only vote.

Show Notes

Presented by Rev. Dean Francis
Drawing on both personal experience and academic study, Dean Francis will explore the ways in which Methodist theology supports inclusion, discussing John Wesley’s views on grace, sin, and the authority of scripture, as well as Wesley’s vision of sexuality as a gift. Rev. Dr. Dean L. Francis is a 3rdgeneration Methodist pastor who holds a Doctor of Divinity degree from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary.
Originally from the West Michigan Conference, he served churches in Lawton, Kalamazoo, and Albion prior to moving to Evanston, Illinois. There he oversaw a dramatic revitalization of the church’s ministry that focused
on becoming a Reconciling and Altar for All Congregation.

Becoming a Reconciling Congregation: Why Be an Inclusive Church?
Central Church prides itself on being a welcoming community and has decided to take a bold step to be a welcoming place for people of all sexual orientations. At its April board meeting, the Church Council voted to pursue a path to becoming an official Reconciling Ministry Congregation through the nationally recognized Methodist organization, Reconciling Ministries Network. This is a formal process, with several steps.  To help our congregation clearly understand the scriptural, theological, and practical expressions for becoming an inclusive congregation, we have intentionally planned these forums. They will help you understand why we are taking this step and what it means as Central Church prepares for a congregation-wide survey and members-only vote.

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