Arts, Literature, Faith (ALFIES)
We, the Alfies Community at Central United Methodist Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico, declare ourselves to be an Open, Affirming, and Reconciling Sunday School Class/Community. We are committed to living and actively promoting the United Methodist’s Credo: Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors.
“Although we cannot think alike, may we not love alike? May we be not of one heart, though not of one opinion? Without all doubt, we may. Herein all the children of God may unite, notwithstanding these smaller differences.” John Wesley
We commit to being Open and welcoming to all persons. Regardless of your age, race, education, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, family configuration, religious faith or non-faith, legal status, economic status, political persuasion, or physical or intellectual challenges, you will enrich the fabric of our community. Affirm that all people are created in God’s image and that as beloved children of God, all are worthy of God’s love and grace. Recognize our differences and do not seek to erase them. Rather we would use them as a source of strength as we journey together toward reconciliation through understanding, mutual respect, and love.
This is our understanding of actively promoting the United Methodist Credo:
Open Hearts—We seek to devote ourselves to a mission of intentionally showing God’s love in our daily lives. Emulating Jesus’ ability to love and value all of creation is our challenge.
Open Minds—We value exploring and questioning, learning from each other in community. We welcome questioning and doubt as expressions of great faithfulness. No one of us has all the truth.
Open Doors—We recognize that the open door both welcomes all into communion, but also serves as our pathway into the community where we live and engage with our neighbors and the wider world. We seek to embody the same spirit of welcome and hospitality in the world as we do in our class. Everyone is our neighbor and our commitment is to love them.
The class, open to all adults, meets Sundays 9:45-10:45 in the Conference Room at the end of the main floor hallway.
Spiritual issues addressed through Lectionary.
Class is dedicated to spreading the love of Christ through study, service and support. Our class study is generally devoted to specific books of the Bible or Biblical ideas and concepts. Social events help solidify us as a Church family that offers love and support in good times and bad.
Analysis of social issues through Bible study and other topics.
The Breakfast Club
Join us as we explore scripture through the lens of literature and music
Class of Promise
The Class of Promise is a group of vibrant, interested Christian learners who benefit both from the topic being studied and the interaction of the class members. The class is taught by the members who cooperatively decide on the topics to be discussed.
We use study books to assist us with our Bible Study lessons. We also have DVD Bible Studies. All of our members take an active part in our lessons. Our attendance varies in age from 60’s to 90+. Everyone is welcome to join our class! Our class monetarily supports: CUMC TV ministry, Lowell School Food Pantry, Project Share, Title 1 Homeless Youth Project, Lowell School Uniforms, CUMC Youth, and the Methodist Children’s Home.