Guest Speakers and Class members

An open, inclusive class that values love, respect, and tolerance while working toward justice, global responsibility, and truth. As we follow Jesus, we welcome all people to our class regardless of any defining characteristics. We have members of 35 years, and we welcome newcomers. Topics include The Bible, social issues, ethics, and the Methodist Church. Active in local and global service projects.

Sunday, April 5
Our speaker this week is Preston Shipp, former appellate prosecutor. He became morally uncomfortable with his work, and left the prosecutor’s office. He is currently working for a nonprofit advocating for sentencing changes for young people who were tried as adults for crimes and are now serving long sentences. He is also on President of the Board of Theology and Peace since 2018. He will be talking about his life journey, how our society regards criminals, , and how Jesus’s death and resurrection helps us come to a new vision of justice that seeks healing, transformation, and reconciliation.

Join us via Zoom:

Topic: Covenant Class, Preston Shipp
Time: April 3, 2020 09:15 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Meeting ID: 739 543 484
Password: 075606

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