Sunday Contemporary Issues Forum
Sunday, 9:45 am, Walker Room
Adult discussions on living a Christian life in the world today with speakers on social justice and community issues. Recent topics have included a review of the United Methodist Social Principles and a film on the environmental impact of coal-fired plants. Forum often has speakers from local non-profit organizations and discussions on issues such as racial justice, homeless services, care for the elderly, etc.
Jim Cramer, Susan Padgett, Jim Tischer and Sue Woods, Coordinators
February 4: Reporting on Social and Political Issues in San Francisco
With Heather Knight Bennett, San Francisco Chronicle columnist
Heather Knight Bennett grew up in Davis, attending Davis UMC, and has been a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle since 1999, becoming its city columnist last year. Heather’s twice-weekly column discusses many of the political and social issues in the city, including homelessness, injection drug use, poor teacher pay and lack of affordable housing. Heather will talk about how she approaches her coverage and some of the responses she has gotten to her reporting. Heather is the daughter of John and Sharon Knight.
February 11: Sacramento Area Congregations Together (ACT)
With Gabby Trejo, ACT Organizer
Area Congregations together is a large, multi-racial, multi-faith organization which advocates for social justice. ACT is expanding its work into Yolo County and our Service and Justice Ministry would like our church to consider joining ACT. Come learn about the history and work of ACT and what becoming a member of the organization would mean. (See separate article elsewhere in Crossection.)
February 18: Living Our Principles: United Methodists and the Natural World
Video from General Board of Church and Society
Every four years the United Methodist General Conference declares Social Principles, but then what? Do these value statements and advocacy positions vanish into thin air? No, actually local efforts are made to put the principles into action. The General Board of Church and Society has released videos showing how our Social Principles are being implemented around the world. Today we’ll watch the first video, which shows how “people of faith live out their values and convictions when it comes to The Natural World.”
February 25: Fake News!
With Kelly Wilkerson, English and Journalism Teacher at Davis High School
What is “fake news” and why is there so much of it? How can we improve our literacy skills and sort out what is true? Kelly Wilkerson is a high school teacher and the Davis UMC youth group leader. She also oversees the production of the Davis High student newspaper and website. In 2017, Kelly was named the top journalism advisor by California Journalism and Media Affiliates. Come join the discussion as we look at fake news and its impact on our country.
Sunday Bible Study
Sunday, 9:45 am, Roethe Room
The Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study follows the lectionary and reinforces the pastor’s sermon.
Rosa Washington Olson, Coordinator
Progressive Theology Book Group
Monday, 7-8:30 pm, Walker Room
This adult book study group explores new ideas in religion, science, and other faith traditions.
Patti Nelson and Andy Burke, coordinators
Wednesday Bible Study
Wednesday, 1:30 pm, Walker Room
This Bible Study group uses a variety of authors on the Bible to deepen participants understanding of scripture.
Louanne Horsfield, Coordinator
New Members’ Classes
Offered periodically these small group gatherings with the Pastor are for individuals who have been attending Davis UMC—whether you are new to the church or have been attending forever and just have never officially joined. All are welcome! There is no obligation to become a member at the end of the series—just an open invitation to explore and enjoy. This four week series presents the history of Davis United Methodist Church; reviews some core beliefs and principles of the Christian faith and United Methodism; and discusses the membership commitment in the United Methodist Church.
Special Book Studies
Throughout the year these ad hoc small groups meet to deepen their understanding of their personal faith and the role of United Methodist Church in today’s world. During Lent and Advent multiple group are offered, but other groups meet when the spirit moves them. Groups are advertised in the Thursday Emails and Month Crossections.