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
August’s Forums: The Social Principles
The Social Principles, approved at UMC General Conferences, “are an expression of the common ground we share, reflecting our priorities and helping us learn about and advocate for vulnerable peoples and a vulnerable planet. The Social Principles express The United Methodist Church’s official positions on societal issues, casting a vision for a just and equitable world.” They are statements of values and principles, but they beg the question, What is the Church doing in practice to implement them? In 2017 the General Board of Church & Society produced a series of videos based on the six sections of Social Principles, to show examples of programs implemented by the church to put the principles into practice. We showed the first two videos in previous Forums. In August we will show the remaining four videos.
Aug. 5 “The United Methodist Church in Action: Living Our Social Principles.” DVD #3, Together In Community. The video, produced by the General Board of Church & Society in 2017, features programs in the U.S. and abroad designed to strengthen communities through education and collective action.
Aug. 12. “The United Methodist Church in Action: Living Our Social Principles.” DVD #4, The Economic Community. The video, produced by the General Board of Church & Society in 2017, features programs in the U.S. and abroad designed to reduce poverty and increase people’s dignity, self-sufficiency, and quality of life.
Aug. 19. “The United Methodist Church in Action: Living Our Social Principles.” DVD #5, Politics and Power. The video, produced by the General Board of Church & Society in 2017, features faith-based programs in the U.S. and abroad designed to promote justice and equality for all.
Aug. 26. “The United Methodist Church in Action: Living Our Social Principles.” DVD #6, Review of Selected Stories. The video, produced by the General Board of Church & Society in 2017, repeats stories from the prior 5 videos that show communities in the U.S. and abroad working collectively for a just, secure, and sustainable society.
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.