Marriage has become the subject of considerable political discussion in recent years – the centerpiece of an ongoing national debate about same sex marriage and the civil rights of gay people. Despite tremendous certainty and conviction pulled down on both sides of the marriage debate, how much do people really know and understand about the history of marriage as a social institution? How much has marriage been a topic of study within churches themselves? What does the Bible say about marriage?
Capitol Hill United Methodist Church explored these and other questions during a five week marriage inquiry entitled “Exchanging Vows: What Does God See in Marriage?” This five week sermon and lecture series, led by prominent marriage scholars and United Methodist clergy, covered marriage from A to Z.
A full summary of events is available for download here in PDF format.
More information on CHUMC's journey as a reconciling United Methodist church is available on our Reconciling Ministry page.
Check here each week for audio recordings of the sermons and lectures.
Sunday, April 18, @ 11:00 am
“Marriage: What’s the Big Deal?” Marriage as a holy covenant with God and one another.
Lecture: “Marriage through the Ages and How the Church got into the Marrying Business”
Guest Lecturer – Dr. Carol Cook Moore, Professor of Worship and Preaching, Wesley Seminary
Sunday, April 25, @ 11:00 am
“Is Marriage Necessary? Living Single and Whole”
Lecture: “The Marriage Contract: What’s the difference between the Civil and the Spiritual?”
“Honor and Obey? Really? Isn’t it 2010?”
Lecture: “Variations on Marriage; How Marriage has always been Controversial”
This Class will explore historical marriage controversies such as: polygamy, interracial marriage, and disagreements in the courts and church.
“Despite Best Efforts and Intentions: when the covenant is broken….”
Lecture: “Marriage: What’s Sex got to do with it?”
Guest Lecturer - Laura Rossbert from Reconciling Ministries Network will discuss the Church’s teachings on intimacy, procreation and homosexuality.
“Something Old, Something New”
Lecture: “Marriage: What’s Next?” Exploring Same-sex Marriage in the church.
Guest Lecturer – Dr. Phil Wogaman, Professor of Christian Ethics, Wesley Seminary
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