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Rethinking Church

As we respond to Emilie Townes' video, "The Church is Transforming," this action relates ways of rethinking church.

Rethinking Church

As we respond to Emilie Townes' video, "The Church is Transforming," this action relates ways of rethinking church.


Within the United Methodist Church, there is a movement called Rethink Church.

Rethink Church's mission is to expand the idea of church as more than a place to go to worship. As they say, "We think it's important to live our faith both inside and outside the church walls, serving our neighbors and those around the world. We think putting our beliefs into action can create systemic change and transform the lives of others."

Rethink Church engages in Spirituality, Restorative Justice, Hunger, Women's Empowerment, Education, and many more issues because they believe that it is just as important to take action outside the church to serve our neighbors as it is to welcome them into the walls of the church.

As the things that happen inside the walls of our churches change, may we also transform the ways we take church beyond those walls. Here are a few ideas that you can take to your congregation or your community:

  1. Connect with local non-profits and organizations engaged in service in your local community.
  2. Stay keyed into the local political atmosphere--ministry and change begin closest to us, where we can most directly affect change.
  3. Be open to the ideas of people who think differently about church than you. There is room at the table, in the sanctuary, and in service for all.

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