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

OCTOBER 2019

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and our forums explore a variety of issues related to domestic violence and violence broadly defined that affect families.

Oct. 6 “Bullied,” a Teaching Tolerance film from the Southern Poverty Law Center.  It depicts the bullying experienced by Jamie Nabozny from elementary school through high school and his court fight seeking the right to be safe at school.  Despite his success and laws mandating school safety, bullying persists.  Just last month a middle school student in Moreno Valley, California died from injuries suffered while being bullied and beaten.

Oct. 13 “Domestic violence and what can I do about it?” with Deissi Muñoz, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Advocate, Yolo County District Attorney Victim Services, and Kenya Campos-Salazar, General Advocate, Yolo County District Attorney Victim Services.  Domestic Violence exists in various forms and doesn’t discriminate. It is alive and thriving in all societies and cultures. Come learn what domestic violence is defined as, what the cycle of violence encompasses, and what your role as a community member is.

Oct. 20 Advocacy card day in Fellowship Hall; no forum.

Oct. 27 “Disabilities and discrimination in public schools,” with Joyceanne Beachem, chair of the Cal-Nev Conference Task Force on Disabilities.  Large numbers of K-12 students have disabilities of one sort or another (there’s huge variation).  School districts are legally required to accommodate the special needs of students with disabilities but often they don’t, causing major stress and academic obstacles to the students.  Joyceanne will describe illustrative case studies and how the Disabilities Task Force has responded.

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.