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

April 2:  “Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed”:  An Interfaith Study
With Margot Clark
This Lenten season, some congregations in Davis have been participating in an interfaith study of Philip Hallie’s book, “Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed:  The Story of the Village of Le Chambon and How Goodness Happened There.”  The book describes how the people of Le Chambon, a small village in southern France, organized during World War II to save thousands of Jews from Nazi capture.  Come learn more about the book.  If there is interest, we can plan a longer study.

April 9:  Yolo Interfaith Immigration Network (YIIN) (Special Offering on Easter)
With Kary Shender, YIIN Board Member
YIIN is a small non-profit organization which was formed in 2008 to work with and to advocate for immigrants in Yolo County.  Ongoing YIIN programs include weekly visits with youth in Woodland’s Juvenile Hall which houses undocumented young people from across the country while they await immigration proceedings.  YIIN also sponsors youth recreation programs and adult English-language classes at the Madison Migrant Center.   Come learn more about the work and advocacy actions of YIIN.  Tickets to their April 26 fundraising dinner will also be available for purchase.

April 16:  Easter, no forum

April 23:  Agricultural Issues Facing Yolo County — Challenges and Opportunities

With Betsy Marchand
Come learn about the agricultural issues facing Yolo County with congregation member Betsy Marchand.  Betsy has had much experience working in the area of agriculture and the environment.  She was the first woman elected to the Yolo County Board of Supervisors and served six terms, five as Chair, before retiring in 1997.  She is serving her third term as a member of the Agricultural Issues Board for the University of California and was a founding board member of the Yolo Basin Foundation.  Join us for this special Earth Day presentation.
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April 30:  Some Lessons from Donald Trump’s Election
With Judy Hull
The campaign and election of Donald Trump has brought attention to parts of our population which have been left behind in the changing global economy.  Trump’s victory was a surprise to many Americans who think of themselves as compassionate, well-informed citizens.  What motivated people to vote for Trump and what lessons we can learn from this election?  Judy Hull moved to Davis in 2015.  She was a licensed local pastor relating to the church and society and adult education commissions in her previous United Methodist church in Sonoma County.  Come meet Judy and join the discussion.

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