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

March Forums

March 4: Disability and Performance

With Jessica Suzanne Stokes M.F.A, PhD Student in Performance Studies at UC Davis
 
As a disabled poet and performer, Jessica dissects the limited methods of interpretation for the disabled body in order to complicate the interaction of symbol, body, and performance. Jessica will discuss the significance of performance to disabled people, particularly in terms of expression and political action. The presentation will touch on performances such as the Capitol Crawl in 1990 and Jessica’s recent “WALK ZONE” performance on the UC Davis campus.

March 11: Reconciling California’s Delta: water for fish and people, with Peter Moyle, Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology and associate director of the Center for Watershed Sciences, UC Davis.

Scarce water resources create conflicts between people and fishes and as human demand for water grows, less water is available for the environment. In this talk I explore this conflict in our local Delta, using the concept of reconciliation ecology as the basis for resolving it. My interest is in finding ways to keep the native fishes, and the functional ecosystems they require, from disappearing. This is important because salmon, smelt, and other declining fishes are major drivers of decisions on where to focus aquatic restoration efforts and of when and where to export water.

March 18: Can A Divided America Heal? A TED talk with Jonathan Haidt.

Come view this 20-minute TED talk, followed by a discussion led by Sue Woods. Jonathan Haidt is a social psychologist and Professor of Ethical Leadership at NY University’s Stern School of Business. In this video interview, Haidt looks at why there are such sharp political divisions in America and how we might move forward.

March 25: No Forum

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.