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
Contemporary Issues Forum for March, 2020
ProFuture Faith: The Prodigal Species Comes Home
In March we continue our study of the ProFuture Faith lecture and video series. The basic beliefs and scriptures of the Christian faith emerged at a time of limited scientific knowledge about life, our planet, and the universe. How should our beliefs and understandings of scripture respond to the past 500 years of advances in scientific knowledge? In particular how do we square faith with modern understandings of evolution and ecology? We will explore these questions using an 8-part video curriculum developed by Rev. Michael Dowd. The 8 sessions began in January and continue intermittently through March. Each session features a 20-minute video followed by discussion. Optional readings are available.
March 1 Session 5, “Thus Sayeth Reality…What is Futile, What is Urgent”
March 8 Session 6 “Why We Struggle: Un-Trivializing Mythic Wisdom”
March 15 Advocacy Sunday, no forum
March 22 Session 7 “Impermanence and Death as Sacred: Embracing Limits”
March 29 Session 8 “Staying Sane, Sober, and Inspired in Contracting Times”
Sunday Bible Study
Sunday, 9:45 am, various rooms
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.