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

November’s Contemporary Issues Forums: 

Nov. 4     “The Child Welfare System: Foster Care,” with Valerie Zeller, social worker practitioner with Yolo County Health and Human Services Agency.  Valerie will describe the various dimensions of the child welfare system in California with special focus on foster care.  She’ll give anecdotes from her experiences in the system and will discuss the tensions and problems that she encountered in the system.  Finally she’ll suggest solutions to those problems.

 

Nov. 11   “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights:  Some of Its History and Application in Today’s World,” with Verena Borton, President, Davis chapter of the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA).  The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted by the UN General Assembly 70 years ago, on December 10, 1948.  The document affirms that everyone everywhere is entitled to certain fundamental rights and freedoms.  Though it is not legally binding, the UDHR is highly regarded and influential, forming the foundation of many national constitutions, international laws and treaties, and human rights organizations.  Come learn about this important historical document and how it influences the world today.  Free copies of the UDHR will be available. 

 

Nov. 18   “Learning to Listen,” with Madeline Severtson, Seminary Intern at CA House.  How do we engage in conversation with people who do not share our views? Our culture emphasizes the need to get our points across and make good arguments, but productive conversation depends on listening to each other. This workshop will explore what it means to “listen to understand” and will include time to practice these skills. Madeline is currently a Master of Divinity student at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley.

 

November 25:  No Forum

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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 authorities 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 groups are offered, but other groups meet when the spirit moves them. Groups are advertised in the Thursday E-newsletter and monthly Crossection.