Other Opportunities

Summer Reading Group

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
Tuesday, June 4, 10:00 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. / Book: $12
“Not since Atticus Finch has a fearless and committed lawyer made such a difference in the American South. Though larger than life, Atticus exists only in fiction. Byran Stevenson, however, is very much alive and doing God’s work fighting for the poor, the oppressed, the voiceless, the vulnerable, the outcast, and those with no hope. Just Mercy is his inspiring and powerful story.” —review by John Grisham
The Same Sky: A Novel by Amanda Eyre Ward
Tuesday, July 30, 10:00 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. / Book: $12
A beautiful and heartrending novel about motherhood, resilience, and faith—a ripped-from-the-headlines story of two families on both sides of the American border.
Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others by Barbara Brown Taylor
Monday, August 19, 7:00 p.m. or Tuesday, August 20, 10:00 a.m. / Book: $17
The renowned and beloved New York Times bestselling author of An Altar in the World and Learning to Walk in the Dark recounts her moving discoveries of finding the sacred in unexpected places while teaching the world’s religions to undergraduates in rural Georgia, revealing how God delights in confounding our expectations.
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Living Our Faith Series Begins May 22

Benson’s third annual Living Our Faith series begins Wednesday, May 22, and continues through July 17. Focused on social justice issues that affect the most vulnerable among us, this year’s schedule features an outstanding slate of topics and speakers:
  • May 22: "Poverty in North Carolina" with Gene Nichol, Boyd Tinsley Distinguished Professor at UNC and author of The Faces of Poverty in North Carolina: Stories from Our Invisible Citizens.
  • May 29: "Homelessness Among Wake County School Students" with JenniferTisdale, Project REACH Coordinator, an initiative of Passage Home to help homeless students enroll and stay in school, and Sarah Sabornie, REACH Advisory Council Co-Chair.
  • June 5: "Eyewitness to the Mideast Refugee Crisis" with Benson’s own Alex Johnson shares life story interviews she had with Syrian, Iraqi, and Palestinian refugees during her recent trip to Jordan.
  • June 12: "The Importance of Public Defense" with Thomas K. Maher, Executive Director of the North Carolina Office of Indigent Defense Services, offers insight into the crucial role of public defenders in our criminal justice system.
  • June 19: "Touching the Poor Among Us in Wake County " with John Luckett, CEO of Raleigh Rescue Mission, a nonprofit that has been serving the homeless in our community for nearly 60 years.
  • July 10: "Prisoner Re-entry: Second Chances" with Daryl Atkinson, Co-Director, Forward Justice, a nonpartisan law, policy, and strategy center dedicated to advancing racial, social, and economic justice in the U.S. South.
  • July 17: "Approaching Climate Change on Common Ground" with Donald Addu,Southeast Regional Director, Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change.
The series will be held at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday evenings in the Fellowship Hall. Make plans now to attend to gain a deeper understanding of these complex issue and explore how we are called to respond as servants of Christ.

Women's Retreat

Our annual women's retreat happens every April. This is always a special weekend for Benson Memorial's women and their friends. For more information, email Pat.

United Methodist Women

Our UMW group is open to all women and meets in the Conference Room at 1:00pm on the 4th Monday of every month (except December). We listen to presentations and take part in projects that enhance the quality of life for women and children.