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 June 2019

June 30.   “Affordable Housing in Davis???” with Kelly Stachowicz.  Kelly will describe city policies regarding provision of affordable housing, achievements to date, and plans for the future.  Discussion will focus on obstacles and possible solutions.  Kelly is Assistant City Manager of the City of Davis and works closely on affordable housing issues.

Forums for July and August, 2019

“Climate Change and Love”
Reading series begins July 7th
This July and August the Contemporary Issues Forum will be dedicated to reading and discussing the book “Love in a Time of Climate Change.” The author, Sharon Delgado, is a retired United Methodist minister and social justice activist who has preached several times at DUMC. She notes that the people who will be most devastated by climate change (“them”) are not the ones responsible for causing climate change (“us”). Her book addresses two questions from a Methodist theological and moral perspective: why should
“we” care about the environment, and why should we care about “them”? At the July 7 Forum we will discuss chapters 1 and 2. Please contact Jim Cramer ( if you wish to purchase the book; if Jim orders 5 or more books he will receive a 20% discount.

Love In a Time of Climate Change by Sharon Delgado
July-August 2019
July 7         Chapters 1, 2
  • Overview of book & Wesleyan quadrilateral
  • Overview of climate change & climate justice
  • Optional = chapter 3, Wesleyan quadrilateral
July 14       Chapters 4, 6
  • Scripture on creation
  • Reason on creation: economic vs spiritual value
  • Optional = chapter 5, traditional teachings on creation
July 21       Advocacy letters, no forum
July 28       Chapter 7
  • Experience of creation
Aug. 4       Chapters 8, 9
  • Scripture on justice
  • Traditional teachings on justice
Aug. 11     Chapter 10
  • Reason on justice: climate denial, corporate capitalism
Aug. 18     Advocacy letters, no forum
Aug. 25      Chapter 11
  • Experience of justice

Sept. 1       No forum, holiday weekend

Sept. 8       Meet with Sharon Delgado, author of “Love in a Time of Climate Change”

  • Chapter 12, Conclusions


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 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.