Heart of Longmont offers many opportunities for life-long learning, which is a vital part of our faith journey as adults. In addition to specially scheduled classes, workshops and Bible studies, Heart of Longmont offers three regular Sunday School classes for adults. Adult Sunday School classes follow a book/video club format with emphasis on spiritual growth and group discussion.
- Adventurers classes feature engaging conversations as well as coffee, tea and snacks. They strive to leave the classroom connected with others and blessed by the Holy Spirit. The age makeup is mostly Boomers and younger. This group also gathers for social outings such as hiking, dinners, comedy clubs, game nights and parties. Class meets Sundays at 9:00 AM in the Parlor (near the Fellowship Hall towards the back of the church). The discussions are thought provoking and interesting and often spiritually enlightening.
- The Adventurer’s Adult Ministry is currently reading and discussing various questions and Bible verses about Advent.
- Faith and Reason is a group of “ordinary radicals” who consider cutting-edge theological issues. They watch videos by leading theologians and then have spirited and in-depth discussions about the topic, working together to understand the ins and outs of a chosen topic. They meet Sunday mornings via Zoom from 8:30 to 9:30 AM.
- The Faith and Reason class is currently reading and discussing The Angels of Christmas by Susan Robb for Advent.
The Justice Seekers are a group of progressive-minded Christians who work to promote social justice in our church, community and world. Primarily through education, they seek to enlighten themselves and others about the challenges and difficulties of the disenfranchised, recognizing the inherent dignity of every human being. The group decides together where to focus their energies. Their current focus areas are:
- Immigration – The Justice Seekers seek to understand, with compassion and openness, the plights of recent immigrants to the United States, who are often marginalized and discounted.
- LGBTQIA+ Community – The Justice Seekers encourage Christians and others to be open and affirming of LGBTQIA+ individuals. They actively encourage the Heart of Longmont congregation to welcome people of all sexual orientations and gender identities into the full life of the church.
Justice Seekers’ History
In 2009 in an effort to learn more about the LGBTQ+ community and to provide more information to the members of Heart of Longmont, the Justice Seekers group was formed. At that time the church was exploring becoming a reconciling member in the United Methodist framework. That designation denoted explicit acknowledgment that Heart of Longmont was open and accepting to all persons regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity.
The Justice Seekers offered a study on the United Methodist Church’s social principles. They also invited members to view several movies about the LGBTQ+ movement and held discussions. A Bible study titled “Claiming The Promise” was part of the information learning process.
After two congregational voting sessions Heart of Longmont became a reconciling congregation in November of 2013. Activities since then have been participation in the Denver Pride March, Longmont Pride events, and workshops outlining how to contact representatives.
Knowing that social action involves voting and influencing legislation, the Justice Seekers sponsored a legislative workshop by the League of Women voters in 2018.
Heart of Longmont became a member of the Safe School Coalition for the St. Vrain School District and hosted many youth and parent events.
Attending the National Reconciling Ministries Network conferences has kept the group current on issues.
In 2012 and 2016 the Justice Seekers made rainbow stoles for the General Conference.
Support for PFLAG and OUT Boulder has been ongoing.
The group has also presented seminars on immigration and gave support for an undocumented woman, Ingrid, and her family who lived in safe sanctuary at a Boulder church. A letter writing campaign to Governor Polis was undertaken to ask for her pardon so she could live freely in the community.
Students who were part of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) were invited to speak to church members and share details of their personal struggles.
Other areas of focus include human trafficking, racial issues, and homelessness.