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St. Paul United Methodist Church
Monday, March 25, 2019

Sermon Series

February 4th-25th
9AM & 11AM 


St. Paul has initiated a program in 2018 to highlight and
embrace diversity among us – that is, embracing the
differences among people that enable us to work
together to “be in ministry to all God’s people, to the end that all may realize the love of God for the world, and to make disciples of Jesus Christ.” 

February 2018 Celebrate Diversity Schedule
each Sunday at both 9am & 11am Worship Services

Sunday, February 4
Celebrate Diversity Highlight

Sunday, February 11
Rev. Clyde Ellis, Guest Speaker

Sunday, February 18
Personal Testimony - Donnell Tilery II

Sunday, February 25
United Methodist Women Presentation




The UMC Book of Discipline mandates that we “challenge, lead, and equip the people of The United Methodist Church to become interculturally competent, to ensure institutional equity and to facilitate vital conversations about religion, race, and culture.”


Celebrating diversity has always been a tenet of Methodism.  John Wesley wrote to a Catholic friend in 1749, “But if God still loveth us, we ought to love one another. We ought, without this endless jangling about opinions, to provoke one another to love and to good works. Let the points wherein we differ stand aside … Then, if we cannot as yet think alike in all things, at least we may love alike.” And the slogan of the United Methodist Church is “Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors.”


The United Methodist Church long has been committed to the principle of social inclusiveness. That is, in keeping with the spirit of the gospel, we affirm that all persons — whatever their racial or ethnic identity, whatever their gender or national origin, whatever their physical state or condition — are full-fledged members of the human community and are equally valuable in the sight of God. Diversity is a positive outcome of social inclusion that yields benefits for the entire community.


Our cultures are defined by our likes, dislikes, and worldview. Generally, cultures are not right or wrong, but simply different. Don’t allow differences to become points of conflict or animosity. Be intentional about learning the cultures of others. We should view differences as a learning experience and become genuinely interested in people who are different than us. Much of our cultural distinctiveness might remain, but our common relationship with Jesus must become the strongest bond between us.



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