Our mission here at the Board of Cooperative Ministries (BCM) is to build, connect, and mobilize Moravians to live out their faith…B.C.M., get it?!? This summer, we’re offering you a virtual place to connect with other Moravians. By spending time with a small group, you can build relationships, connect with others, and mobilize to grow in faith, love, and hope, following Jesus in serving the world. Not even a global pandemic can stop us! The BCM will offer a variety of online small group gatherings and/or study groups to examine various topics of interest to Moravian Christians during July and August.
Upcoming Summer CONNECT Offerings
The Color of Compromise: Book Study | Rev. Dr. Neil Routh
Mondays, July 13-August 3, 2020 | 3:00 PM ET
“The Color of Compromise is both enlightening and compelling, telling a history we either ignore or just don’t know. Equal parts painful and inspirational, it details how the American church has helped create and maintain racist ideas and practices.”
How does the church play a role in buffering anti-racism work rather than offering positive options to engage it? Are you ready to take a deeper look into systematic racism? Want to discuss issues related to dismantling racism beyond an entry-level? The Color of Compromise is a key resource for looking at how the church plays a role in avoiding the work of dismantling racism. This group discussion is for those ready to do deeper self-review for how white supremacy works and how you are contributing to it.
Required Book: The Color of Compromise | Jemar Tisby
Rev. Dr. Neil Routh is the pastor of Grace Moravian Church in Mount Airy, NC. Neil is a lifelong Moravian from Winston-Salem, NC and has been involved in various leadership levels since his high school years. He has a diverse experience in interaction with other Christian denominations. Educated at Mars Hill University, Moravian Theological Seminary, and Drew University School of Theology, he has served Moravian congregations in this region including Advance, King, Lewisville, Mayodan, Newton, and Winston-Salem. Neil is also a certified Intentional Interim Minister through the Center for Congregational Health at Wake Health.
What Are We Learning? Voices From The Pandemic | Rev. Dr. Riddick Weber
Tuesdays, July 14- August 4, 2020 | 3:30 PM ET
2020 has been both unsettling and revealing. As our worlds have been shaken we have seen parts of those worlds that may have been buried or that we have chosen to ignore. We have also learned about ourselves as individuals, as church members, and as citizens of our nation and the world. In four sessions we will have opportunities to share what we are learning and to continue learning from what other people share. Although there may be some overlap, our first time together we will focus on what we are learning personally. The second session will focus on what we are learning about congregational life. The third session will focus on what we are learning about our nation and the world. In the fourth session, we will look at the intersections of our previous conversations and ask what directions they may be giving us as we look at what life may be like in the future.
Rev. Dr. Riddick Weber, Associate Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Seminary Chaplain at Moravian Theological Seminary, teaches courses related to pastoral leadership, addressing the disciplines of stewardship, evangelism, and discipleship. Riddick loves music. He enjoys music from Bach to the Beatles, from Wagner to the Who, and is interested in the religious themes that can be found in their music. Riddick’s research addresses the radical and integrated liturgical, cultural, and social creativity of the 18th century Moravian Church. More recently his research has focused on how the Moravian Church lives out these principles today, especially as they related to the ordination of women, the viability of congregational models and the impacts of church governance. Before coming to Moravian Theological Seminary, Riddick served the Moravian Church as the Director of College-Age Ministry and as the pastor of Fairview Moravian Church.
Okay White People, What’s Next? | Tina Long Spach
Wednesday, July 22- August 12, 2020 | 6:30 PM ET
Feeling conflicted about issues of racism and wanting to understand the role of power and privilege in your life? Wanting a place to discuss this with others and learn more about what you can do? This small group discussion will invite you to explore the ways racism manifests in your family, church, and community. Our first two sessions will focus on the cycle of socialization and the culture of racism. Topics will include white privilege, systemic racism, and our role in perpetuating racism. The last two sessions will focus on the cycle of liberation and how we can begin to make a difference. We will incorporate the concept of cultural humility to help us see that anti-racism work is all about grace, mercy, love, and perseverance.
Tina Long Spach, M.A., LCSW-A, LCAS-A has taught sociology for 20 years focusing on topics of racism, classism, and sexism in the American South. She currently teaches online sociology at Johnson and Wales and taught at UNC-Greensboro, High Point University, and Winston Salem State University. Tina has experience working in the church setting on anti-racism and has helped facilitate anti-racism training. She is currently working in the mental health setting incorporating the concept of cultural humility into her practice as well as her work in anti-racism.
What’s My Type? Exploring the Enneagram for Personal and Spiritual Transformation | Ruth Cole Burcaw (Registration link will be uploaded soon, once the time is set.)
Thursdays, July 23- August 13, 2020 | TIME TBD (Fill out this Doodle Poll to let us know what time works best for this event!)
The Enneagram allows us a window into our truth – how our personality, triggers, and adaptive responses shape us alongside our faith. Of course, knowing our “number” is just the beginning and only scratches the surface of who we are. Transformation happens as we grow in awareness and learn how to engage and reflect God’s image. In four sessions, we’ll: delve into the Enneagram system of personality, discover our own number, and improve our self-awareness and our relationships with others. We’ll explore spiritual practices that will help us apply these Enneagram insights to our daily lives.
Ruth Cole Burcaw is the Executive Director of the Board of Cooperative Ministries for the Moravian Church Southern Province. She was introduced to the Enneagram about a decade ago, and draws from the teachings of a variety of Enneagram gurus, including Suzanne Stabile, Beatrice Chestnut, Richard Rohr, and others. She is still learning and would like to share with others as she discovers the complexities of this unique pathway for change and personal growth. Ruth enjoys learning, reading, knitting, genealogy, and hanging out with her husband and young adult children. She and her family are members of Unity Moravian Church.
Bible Study and Living Faith Small Group options to come in August!