T W Lewis Lecture Series | Galloway UMC

Galloway United Methodist Church | 305 N Congress Street, Jackson

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This fall’s 2023 T.W. Lewis Lecture Series on Jesus and a Just Society will be A Gospel Response: Access to Healthcare. As people of faith, we will look at the compelling reasons it should matter to us – that all Mississippians have access to good healthcare and hospitals. Jesus was quite insistent in His love command, telling us we’re to love our neighbors as ourselves. Though we will speak to it, our direct focus will not be on the legislative issue of Medicaid Expansion. Ours is a larger issue, a kingdom of God issue, an issue we believe matters to the God who made us. So, how then do we think about access to good healthcare for all of our people in Mississippi?

Instead of just one keynote speaker, a handful of Mississippians who’re already working in this arena will be presenting at this year’s event, including Rev. Dr. Chuck Poole, Rev. Dr. Jason Coker, Dr. Sandra Melvin, Mr. Von Gordon, Dr. Dan Jones, and Dr. Michelle Owens. Panel Discussions will be moderated by Ms. Deidra Bell, and featuring the presenters along with Q&A from attendees.


Friday evening, October 27
5:30 – 6:15 – Reception in the Fellowship Center
6:15 – 6:30 – Welcome and Introductions
6:30 – 7:30 – Lecture 1- Rev. Dr. Chuck Poole, “Concerning the Way Scripture Leans”
7:30 – 8:15 – Lecture 2- Dr. Sandra Melvin, “Walking In Our Faith to Create Healthier Communities”
8:15   –   Adjourn
Saturday morning, October 28
8:15 – 8:30 – Gathering with snacks, coffee
8:30 – 8:45 – Welcome and Introductions
8:45 – 9:30 – Lecture 3- Rev. Dr. Chuck Poole, “Concerning the Way Jesus Leans”
9:30 – 10:15 – Lecture 4- Mr. Von Gordon, “Sacred Creations in Unhealthy Cultures”
10:15 – 10:30 – Break
10:30 – 11:15 – Lecture 5- Rev. Dr. Jason Coker, “Hope is a Four-Letter Word”
11:15-12:30 – Lunch on your own
Saturday afternoon, October 28
12:30 – 1:15 – Lecture 6- Dr. Dan Jones, “Has the Great Commission Church Lost Its Passion for The Great Commandment?”
1:15 – 2:00 – Lecture 7- Dr. Michelle Owens, “Our Sisters’ Keepers: Meeting the Challenges of Maternal Health In Mississippi.”
2:00 – 2:15 – Break
2:15 – 3:15 – Panel Discussion – Ms. Deidra Bell, moderator
3:15 – Closing
Sunday Worship, October 29
11:00 – Rev. Dr. Chuck Poole preaching the Worship Service “What Matters Most?”  –  Matthew 22:34-46
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