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 January, 2020
ProFuture Faith: The Prodigal Species Comes Home
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? We will explore this question using an 8-part video curriculum developed by Rev. Michael Dowd. The 8 sessions begin in January and continue intermittently through March. Each session features a 20-minute video followed by discussion. Optional readings are available. People familiar with this curriculum report that it is controversial, challenging, and totally engaging. The ProFuture Faith web page describes the series as follows.
Having “squandered our inheritance on profligate living,” we are a prodigal species. Industrial civilization and our insatiable appetites have us hurtling toward irreversible consequences – not in some distant future, but right now. The good news is it’s not too late. At the intersection of science, spirituality, and sustainability is a deep love of life and a passion for our posterity – a ProFuture Faith. Join eco-theologian, author, and TEDx speaker, Rev. Michael Dowd in a dynamic DVD and internet-based discussion course that bridges the gap between head and heart, science and faith. Participants will be guided on a journey that accepts what is inevitable, avoids what is futile, and be inspired to attend to what is urgent. Come home to reality. Embrace a ProFuture Faith!
Jan. 5 Session 1
Jan. 12 Session 2
Jan. 19 Advocacy Sunday, no forum
Jan. 26 Session 3
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.