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Thinking deeply

At Boston Avenue United Methodist, we embrace a reasoned approach to faith and scripture. Boston Avenue has never been a church where congregants had to “leave their brain at the door” in order to accept church teachings. We are not made uncomfortable with the confluence of science and faith and do not seek to deny one to accept the other.

Ask A Theologian

Explore your questions with our theologian in residence, the Rev. Dr. Gary Peluso-Verdend!

Send your question to theologian@bostonavenue.org. Tell a story about why that is an important question for you. Include feelings you may have about the question/issue. Gary does not pretend to be an expert in all theological matters but he can provide examples on how to think theologically.

Ask A Theologian: Christ’s Second Coming

Ask A Theologian: Christ’s Second Coming

In what ways should my belief that Christ will return again impact my lifelong journey of spiritual growth? Response: Well, there are several ways to think about that question. On the one hand, an answer might depend upon what you believe about Christ’s return. But...

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Ask A Theologian: Same God?

Ask A Theologian: Same God?

Do Jews, Christians, and Muslims worship the same God? Response: That is a dynamite question! The conversations and arguments regarding this query are legion, ancient, and modern. So, here are a few perspectives one might consider. My bottom line: in some ways, yes....

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Ask A Theologian: Evangelism

Ask A Theologian: Evangelism

I think that so many people, myself included, who come out of evangelicalism struggle with evangelism. I know that I feel incredibly conflicted about what to share and when. I do not want to manipulate people into thinking how I do. Honestly, I would rather not say...

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Appreciating reason

In our 2018 all-church survey, more than half of respondents included comments of appreciation for our church’s history of “thinking deeply.” Indeed, this commitment to thinking deeply stems from our United Methodist faith, and is particularly tied to the Wesleyan quadrilateral of scripture, tradition, experience, and reason, laid out in our United Methodist Book of Discipline.

Faith Working Through Love” with Rev. David Wiggs is a six-session series over the book “Faith Working Through Love”. In an easy to follow question-and-answer format, the book and class recap basic teachings and practices of Christian faith and underscore the core convictions of United Methodists.

Exploring

The faithful exploration of different viewpoints and challenging topics is deeply embedded into the tradition of Boston Avenue UMC.

Dealing with controversy

“Dealing with Controversy in the United Methodist Church” was a six-part series initially published in 2016 in “The Word,” Boston Avenue’s weekly newspaper. Revised in 2017, it presents some ideas from Reverend David Wiggs regarding human sexuality, and how we might engage with each other and our faith when we disagree on issues.

Faithful explorations series

Several years following the publication of our “Dealing with Controversy” series, and it is clear that there are a number of topics which might benefit from faithful exploration, especially in our current politically divisive environment. This Faithful Explorations series was published in Boston Avenue’s weekly newspaper in Fall of 2022 as a starting point for exploring these challenging topics and social issues. As with the initial series, we recommend the tools of our Methodist heritage, including our United Methodist Book of Discipline, and the Wesleyan Quadrilateral.

But what does the bible say?

“What the Bible Says, or Doesn’t Say, about Homosexuality” by Rev. Dr. Lisa W. Davison, presented as part of our 2016 Holy Conversations series.

Studying

The Boston Avenue library houses roughly 3,400 volumes, plus a number of current periodicals and newspapers, available for members and guests to use. The collection is maintained by our librarian, Matt Christian, and all volumes, except for special reference books, are available for checkout.

Special collections include topics such as parenting, cancer care, and United Women in Faith studies, in addition to a collection of books for children.

Being Transformed

I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, on the basis of God’s mercy, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your reasonable act of worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of the mind, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Romans 12:1-2 (NRSVUE)

Worship at Boston Avenue

Join us on a Sunday morning and explore your faith in a meaningful and reasoned way, where you don’t have to check your mind at the door!