Sister Helen Prejean, social justice activist and author of
Dead Man Walking , at FUMC in September!

As part of our ongoing partnership with Literati Bookstore, we are happy to announce that Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking, and longtime social justice activist, will be presenting her latest book, River of Fire, in our sanctuary on Wednesday, September 11 at
7 p.m. River of Fire is an intimate memoir of Sister Helen's life and spiritual evolution, from her childhood in Baton Rouge to her work with the poor and imprisoned of Louisiana. This is a story of faith and spirituality, doubt and belief, addressed to believers, agnostics, and "nones" alike, and tells us how Sister Helen "caught on fire" to find purpose and passion in her work.

This is a ticketed event with two options:
1. Each Book Bundle registration ticket ($28.62 +$2.42 processing fee) includes one hardbound copy of River of Fire, to be picked up at First United Methodist Church the evening of the event, reserved seating, and priority access to the signing line. Literati Bookstore will have additional copies of Sister Mary Prejean's titles available for sale.

2.  Free Registration is also available. Copies of River of Fire will be available for purchase and free registrants may join the signing line following Book Bundle guests.

All  tickets (Book Bundle or Free) are available through Literati Bookstore (via a link at FUMC Web Site):
Questions? Contact Debbie Houghton  - 734.662.4536,

Adult Faith Formation Sunday Sessions are taking a summer break. 
They will return in September, watch the bulletin and Salt & Light for details in August.
Summer Offerings 

Summer Book Study
"Inspired" by Rachel Held Evans
Monday evenings June 24 - July 29 at Green Wood
6 pm - Bring sack dinner to eat in community
6:30-7:30 pm - Book Discussion led by Amy Kennedy and Debbie Houghton
Will you miss the voice of Rachel Held Evans? Join us for a summer book study of her last book,  Inspired. With honest questions and expert scholarship, Evans wrestles with our favorite Bible stories, explores their contexts, and then connects these ancient stories to our present day ones without checking her intellect-or her imagination-at the door.  Sign up for the discussion here:

Brown Bag Bible Study - The Parables
Tuesdays, 12 - 1 pm, July 2 - 30 in Downtown Chapel

The parables of Jesus are well known, beloved, and used to teach us all, from toddler to grandparent. Join us this summer as we read the parables in a 5-week Brown Bag study, running from July 1-July 30. We will be using both Amy-Jill Levine's book, Short Stories By Jesus, and J. Ellsworth Kalas's book, Parables from the Back Side to ask questions about these old stories. Everyone is welcome!
Try the Soul Centers!

How goes it with your soul? If you find yourself at the downtown church this summer, check out our new Soul Center corners; there is one in the Chapel and one in the 2 ndfloor nook. Meditations are there for reading, but please feel free to breathe deeply and simply be.

You can also rock your soul in the rocking chairs at both Green Wood and downtown at the Wesley Lounge...meditations are also provided, or simply rock and relax. It is a restful and moving way to pray!
Third Mondays at 7:30 pm  Downtown Asbury Room
The  Earthkeepers Group meets on the third Monday of the month. The group will meet through the summer on July 15 and August 19. All are welcome! We discuss issues of the environment and climate change, social justice related to those issues,  and what we can do to help. Contact person: Marilee Woodworth,
Ann Arbor First Church Reads - Fall 2019

This fall, the congregation will have the opportunity to participate in an all-church read - the book for this project is Where Do We Go From Here? compiled by Kevin Slimp. This is a collection of 24 essays from United Methodist leaders, all wrestling with the outcome from the General Conference and the Judicial Council rulings of 2019, barring the LBGTQ+ community from becoming elders or getting married in the United Methodist Church. In September, existing small groups and new small groups will have the chance to discuss this book and how it relates to our own situation at FUMC. Questions - contact Debbie Houghton - 734.662.4536,
Reading List
Adult Faith Formation - 2019 Summer Reading List
Looking for some inspired reading this summer?  Check out this list!

Inspired by Rachel Held Evans
Where Do We Go From Here? Compiled by Kevin Slimp
Becoming by Michelle Obama
And Your Daughters Will Prophesy by Adrian Shirk
Holy Envy by Barbara Brown Taylor
Educated by Tara Westover
Grateful by Diana Butler Bass
Learning to Fall by Philip Simmons
Circle of Grace by Jan Richardson
Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans
Shameless by Nadia Bolz Weber
Dead Man Walking by Sister Helen Prejean
River of Fire by Sister Helen Prejean (not released until August)
Evolution of the Word by Marcus Borg
Unbelievable by John Shelby Sprong
The Universal Christ by Richard Rohr
Journeys of Simplicity by Thomas Merton, et al.
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