Sunday Contemporary Issues Forum
Sunday, 9:45 am, Walker Room
Adult discussions on living a Christian life in the world today with speakers on community, social, mission and outreach. Recent topics have included a review of the United Methodist Social Principles and the theological basis of caring for God’s creation.
Jim Cramer, Susan Padgett, Jim Tischer and Sue Woods, Coordinators

March 5    “Love Your Neighbor as Yourself” (Part 2)
With Jim Cramer, DUMC
What does this injunction by Jesus mean for us today?  One answer, by Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, Theology and Social Ethics Professor at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, is implied by the title of her recent book:  “Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation.”  Dr. Moe-Lobeda is the keynote speaker at the March 11 Interfaith Climate Justice Conference in Davis.  We will preview her thinking with a 2012 video of a lecture by her and by examining excerpts from her book.  You will conclude that it is imperative to attend her March 11 talk.
March 12The Proposed West Davis Active Adult Community (WDAAC)
With David Taormino, Developer
A new housing project near Sutter Davis Hospital is in the early stages of planning and the developers are seeking community input.  At this point, the proposal includes 325 single-family homes and 150 affordable apartments, 80% of which will be reserved for seniors (age 55 and over).  To achieve the goal for low-income senior housing, the developers are working with our congregation member Bill Powell, President of Davis Senior Housing Communities, Inc.  Join us to learn more about this project.

March 19The Work of Grace in Action
With Stephen Smith, Executive Director
For more than a decade, Grace in Action has been serving the homeless and marginalized in Davis.  This Christian ministry began at Davis UMC, led by Cindy Burger, and our church continues to have a close relationship with the program.  Financial support of Grace in Action is a budget item for DUMC and we also provide space at the church for GIA’s Monday lunch.  Come meet Steve and learn more about the work of Grace in Action.

March 26:  Child Protection:  Past and Present
With John E.B. Myers, Professor of Law, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

John will share highlights from his books on the history of child protection. He will also describe his current work representing abused and neglected children.  John has written 14 books and more than 100 articles on child maltreatment. He has given more than 400 presentations on the topic across the country and around the globe. John and his wife, Kim Coontz-Myers, were married at DUMC and Kim is a church member.

Progressive Christianity 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


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.


Great Decisions
Meets in the spring each year to discuss contemporary issues based on a national model.  Check out the sponsoring organization here.

2017 Great Decisions Program

We are pleased to announce that plans are finalized for hosting the ninth season of the award winning Great Decisions 2017 program. We will be in partnership again with International House, Davis.

Topics for this season are:  The Future of Europe, Trade and Politics, Conflict in the South China Sea, U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum, Latin America’s Political Pendulum, and Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan

All topics and most speakers have been confirmed.

The invaluable study guides and instructional DVD’s have been received. Cost for the study guides will be $25 each.

The Great Decisions seminar group, under the mantle of the UMC Davis Small Group Ministries will meet in the Sanctuary from 7:00 – 9:00 pm on six (6) succeeding Tuesdays beginning on March 7, 2017 and ending on April 11, 2017.  One seminar will be hosted at I-House this year.

Please reach out to your friends, neighbors and colleagues who would enjoy and benefit from a rigorous dialogue on pressing international foreign policy issues noted above.  

Please see Jim Tischer,, Bob Medearis, or Ron Hoppes, for more information or to buy a study guide.

International House, Davis members may be contact Lou Ziskand, Executive Director to obtain a study guide. Lou’s email address is:

Jim Tischer, coordinator