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

After concluding the series on immigration, the theme of June forums is homelessness and affordable housing.  This is one of the three themes that Service & Justice Committee will emphasize this year.

June 2.  “The Root Causes of Immigration to the U.S.,” with Gala King and Ann Pratt.  Gala and Ann participated in an interfaith delegation to Honduras to learn why people are fleeing that country and attempting to enter the U.S. as asylum seekers.  They met with families of emigrants, staff of nonprofits working in Honduras, government officials, and others, and they conducted site visits to villages with high rates of out-migration.  They will report on what they learned there.  Gala is Social Justice Program Developer at Buena Vista UMC in Alameda.  Ann, a Racine Dominican sister, writes freelance articles on social justice issues in Fair Oaks, CA.

June 9.  “The Challenge of Housing the Homeless,” with Bill Pride.  Bill will discuss the lack of housing, lack of affordable housing, and eligibility barriers to housing that are driving up the costs of rental housing, raising poverty rates and exacerbating the plight of the homeless. He also will address potential solutions.  Bill is Executive Director of Davis Community Meals and Housing.

June 16.  Advocacy letter writing; no forum.

June 23.  “Homeless in Davis,” with Ryan Collins.  Ryan is in daily contact with homeless “residents” of Davis, visiting their camps, helping them with urgent problems, mitigating or resolving conflicts, and advocating on their behalf.  He will describe the daily challenges faced by the homeless in Davis and policies and solutions being considered by the City.  Ryan is the Homeless Outreach Services Coordinator for the City of Davis and the Davis Police Department.

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.


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.