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
November 5: DUMC Welcomes the Interfaith Community
With Pastor Brandon Austin
Today, Celebration of Abraham invites the community to worship with Davis UMC. Between services, Pastor Brandon will discuss the United Methodist tradition.
November 12: Book Discussion — The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
With Lellingby Boyce
“Rothstein has presented what I consider to be the most forceful argument ever published on how federal, state, and local governments gave rise to and reinforced neighborhood segregation.” ―William Julius Wilson, the highly acclaimed Harvard sociologist emeritus
In this groundbreaking history of the modern American metropolis, Richard Rothstein, a leading authority on housing policy, explodes the myth that America’s cities came to be racially divided through de facto segregation―that is, through individual prejudices, income differences, or the actions of private institutions like banks and real estate agencies. Rather, The Color of Law incontrovertibly makes clear that it was de jure segregation―the laws and policy decisions passed by local, state, and federal governments―that actually promoted the discriminatory patterns that continue to this day.
Referencing the 5th, 13th, and 14th amendments, Rothstein concludes, among other things, “…desegregation is not just a desirable policy; it is a constitutional as well as a moral obligation that we are required to fulfill.”
The presenter of this Forum, Lellingby Boyce, a regular Forum attendee and promoter of racial justice, hopes to expose enough of the highlights of this landmark work–through a group reading–to inspire other Forum-ites to grab the Walker Room’s copy of this brilliant research and read it in its entirety.
November 19: Walking the Camino de Santiago
With Dori Marshall and Dan Ray
The Camino de Santiago Compostela, or the Way of St. James, has been a Christian pilgrimage route since the Middle Ages. Dori and Dan have recently returned from Spain, where they traveled the Camino from Santo Domingo de la Calzada to Santiago. Come hear about their trip.
November 26: Thanksgiving Weekend. 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 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
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.