On January 20, 2017, United Methodists around the United States are encouraged to host or join house/church parties from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for an evening of fellowship and food to discuss and engage in ways to Reclaim the Common Good. These conversations will be biblically and theologically grounded, affirm our core Wesleyan values, explore challenges in this moment as they impact our communities and nation, and offer opportunities to name ongoing faithful conversations as United Methodists. Please consider hosting a party throughout the week of the inauguration if Friday evening does not work well for your community. Church and Society, Commission on Religion and Race, Commission on the Status and Role of Women, Higher Education and Ministry, and United Methodist Women are working together to provide resources for hosts to use to facilitate meaningful conversation.
The agencies will host a webinar on January 10, 2017, at 3 p.m. ET to walk through how to organize and facilitate a house/church party and discuss the activities for the Reclaim the Common Good witnesses. The agencies will provide written preparatory materials. If you are interested in hosting a house or church party, please register here and plan to participate in the webinar.
United Methodists who will be in Washington D.C. during the weekend of the Inauguration are invited to join a local church party at Silver Spring UMC. United Methodists participating in house/church parties around the country on the evening of January 20 will be able to connect with one another via social media to share visions for the common good using the hashtag #UM4CommonGood.