On October 2, for World Communion Sunday, Dr. John Perkins and Shane Claiborne, will be our special guests at Westbury United Methodist Church for worship in the morning at 10:45 am and a dialogue in the evening at 5:00 pm. Perkins and Claiborne are Christian social justice activists and the co-authors of Follow Me to Freedom: Leading and Following as Ordinary Radicals.
On Sunday morning, the sermon time will be an extended dialogue between the two as they will reflect on the Beatitude, “Blessed are the poor and the poor in spirit.” At the evening gathering, they will discuss their book, Follow Me to Freedom. These events are free, open to the public and will be held in the Sanctuary.
Dr. Perkins is an African American Baptist pastor and veteran of the American Civil Rights movement. He lives with his wife, Vera Mae, in Jackson, Mississippi. They have dedicated their lives and ministry to working with poor people in the name of Jesus Christ.
Shane Claiborne was raised a Methodist in Tennessee and now lives in a Christian community among the poor in urban Philadelphia. His journey has taken him around the world from wartime Iraq to serving alongside Mother Teresa.
"I felt led to invite these two men to come because I believe that their witness and Westbury UMC's vision to be a church for all people intersect beautifully," says senior pastor Rev. Tommy Williams.
"These are two followers of Jesus Christ who have transformed their respective communities just like we are trying to do. I pray that all of us who attend these talks will be inspired and challenged in new ways."
For more information, contact the church office at 713-723-0175 or visit www.westburyumc.org. Westbury UMC is located on the corner of W. Bellfort and Willowbend in southwest Houston.
Posted on Tue, September 6, 2011
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