Let Our Children Learn: A UMW Virtual Bible Study on Interrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline

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Thursdays May 20, May 27, June 3, June 10
6-7:30PM ET / 5-6:30PM CT / 4-5:30PM MT / 3-4:30PM PT

You are invited to join United Methodist Women members and friends for a four-part Bible study on the sacred place of children and youth in God’s eyes, antiracism and interrupting the school-to-prison pipeline.

What can I expect?

This study includes four 90-minute sessions:

  • Embracing New Life (Colossians 3:1-17; Romans 12:1-2)
  • Embracing the Gifts and Leadership of Children (Acts 16:16 19, Matthew 19:13–15, Luke 2:39-52, Jeremiah 31:15-17 and Matthew 2:16-18)
  • Reimagining the Role of Women in Society (Numbers 27:1–8, Matthew 15:21–28 and Luke 18:1–8)
  • Unfamiliar Identities: Embodying New Possibilities for Interaction with All Women (Luke 15 + Ephesians 6:10-17)

Each session will build on the previous session. We encourage you to register for and attend the full series.

We believe that God is presently active in the world. The Bible is not just a story we read about the past; rather, the Bible points to a Gospel story that is alive and at work in the present, as well. God seeks justice and liberation for all people. God’s love flows freely towards children and youth. The school-to-prison pipeline is contrary to God’s vision for creation.

A variety of gifts are needed in the work of interrupting the school-to-prison pipeline. Just as there are many parts to the body and many varieties of spiritual gifts, so there are many ways of being an “interrupter.”

We invite you to:

  • consider and explore additional lenses for engaging with Scripture;
  • dive deep into Biblical wisdom that supports the liberation, wellbeing and  wholeness of all people, especially children and youth;
  • reflect and discern in community, seeking clarity about your own call to interrupt the school-to-prison pipeline.

You can expect opportunities to participate and interact with other study members in small groups. Participation in small groups is voluntary but highly encouraged. Your experience of this study will be enriched if you are able to participate via video on a computer or cell phone using the free Zoom application. However, there will also be a Zoom call-in option for phone-only participation if you do not have access to participate by video. There is no cost to participate. Sessions will be live/interactive and will not be recorded. No prior knowledge is required. All are welcome.


About Your Lead Facilitator:

Neomi Fletcher Headshot Neomi Fletcher holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Policy Studies with a concentration on urban and social policy from Rice University in Houston, TX. Neomi is the founder of Peace Ground LLC — a household management organization dedicated to supporting families in establishing healthy family ecosystems. Neomi is pursuing ordination as a Deacon in the UMC and is a member of the Texas Annual Conference. Neomi will complete her Master of Divinity in May 2021 from Emory University. Neomi currently serves as a board member for Bishop’s Retreat and as the grant manager on the Strategic Management Team for the Nett Church in Atlanta, GA. Finally, she is the UMC Young Adult Delegate for the Churches United in Christ. She brings a commitment to empower others, a strong awareness of the various social structures hindering individuals opportunities to choose their course in life and a deep hope that God’s love is powerful enough to unite humanity.

Pre-registration is required and capacity is limited. Registrations are approved on a first-come, first-served basis.

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