Education - Online Learning Resources
Here are some options for you to study online. If you have a resource you'd like to share with us, please contact Gina Dawson, Director of Christian Education.
301-881-1881, ext. 2250
chuckknowschurch.com - Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church produces Chuck Knows Church, which is two online video series that help interpret complex subjects and issues in a fun, yet informative, way. Each series features “Chuck” who helps us learn more about our church while inviting us to have deeper conversation with our pastor or priest. The ORIGINAL SERIES is all about the objects, symbols and terms we often hear in church. Each episode is approximately 2-5 minutes. THE COMMITTEE is a humorous and poignant online series that examines the struggles congregations face as they look toward a preferred future. Designed for both individual viewing and group study, each free 10-13 minute episode also has a free downloadable study guide.
urelearning.upperroom.org - One of the goals at The Upper Room is to offer you spiritual formation resources that are accessible anytime and anywhere. They have an array of courses for your choosing, priced anywhere from $9 to $30. All courses are designed to enrich your spiritual life and can be completed at your own pace. Take a look, and choose a course that sounds intriguing to you. They'll add more courses regularly, so come back and see what's new.
www.ccel.org - The Christian Classics Ethereal Library is a digital library of hundreds of classic Christian literature selected for edification and study by interested Christians, seekers and scholars.
www.iamsecond.com - I Am Second is a movement meant to inspire people of all kinds to live for God and for others. The authentic stories provide insight into dealing with typical struggles of everyday living and give hope to the lonely and the hurting, help from destructive lifestyles, and inspiration to the unfulfilled. Note that Faith UMC does not endorse the viewpoints expressed at I Am Second. The purpose of sharing this resource is to provide encouragement during life's struggles.
www.interfaithradio.org - Interfaith Voices is the nation's only public radio show exclusively about religion. Born just three days after 9/11, they educate the public about the religious and ethical issues behind the news, explore the mystery of spiritual experience, welcome guests and listeners from a wide diversity of traditions, promote dialogue, and present many faith traditions and points of view. Note that Faith UMC does not endorse the viewpoints expressed at Interfaith Voices. The purpose of sharing this resource is to encourage thinking and spark conversation.
onbeing.org - On Being is a Peabody Award-winning public radio conversation and podcast. On Being opens up the animating questions at the center of human life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live? They explore these questions in their richness and complexity in 21st-century lives and endeavors. Note that Faith UMC does not endorse the viewpoints expressed at On Being. The purpose of sharing this resource is to encourage thinking and spark conversation.
Praying With Scripture - This resource from Ignatian Spirituality teaches you about two forms of Scripture Meditation: Lectio Divina (divine reading) and Gospel Contemplation.
qideas.org - Modeled after TED talks, each week Q poses a question and compiles a set of 10-25 minute video responses given at previous Q Conferences. Q was birthed out a vision to see Christians recover a vision for their historic responsibility to renew and restore cultures. Previous topics include combating mental illness, the refugee crisis, immigration, role of media. Note that Faith UMC does not endorse the viewpoints expressed at Q. The purpose of sharing this resource is to encourage thinking and spark conversation.
Walking the Labyrinth - Veriditas, an organization dedicated to inspiring personal and planetary change and renewal through the labyrinth experience, provides some guidelines for walking our 5-circuit labyrinth in The Garden.