Adult Discussion Group


Enlightening dialogue

Join us for a lively, in-depth, single-topic, 70-minute discussion, typically featuring a knowledgeable authority. Share your views during the Q&A period. 8:30 AM every Sunday in the Assembly Hall.

Next Sunday’s Discussion

Please check back soon for upcoming events.


Please check back soon for upcoming events.


Adult Discussion Group: Experience Working with WINGS

On August 20th, our speaker will be Morgan Livingston, granddaughter of Tony and Linda West and a recent graduate of University of Wisconsin.  She will share her experience working with WINGS, a Guatemala-based NGO that provides reproductive health services to the underserved population.  Morgan spent 6 weeks in Guatemala working with the mobile clinics of WINGS.  We begin at 8:30 AM in the Assembly Hall.  Everyone is invited.

Aug 13, 2017 ADG: "Getting To Know You" by a panel of mostly new members of MBCC

This panel discussion introduced us to MBCC members who we didn’t know well. The panel consisted of Lance Honea, Hilary Cherry, Bill Ryan, and the Lovekins (Tim, Laura, and daughter Emily).  Each talked about their backgrounds, their spiritual journeys, and why they chose MBCC.  There was significant Q&A afterward.

Adult Discussion Group: Getting to Know You

On Sunday, August 13, The topic: “Getting to Know You”.  A panel of newer and newest younger members including the Lovekin family, Lance Honea, Hillary Cherry, Bill Ryan, and Susan Norris, will introduce themselves, talking about their backgrounds and what led them to MBCC.  Some of these members have already been serving on various committees for a few years, and others have just recently joined our church family.  We invite all ages to attend to welcome these new faces, and we meet at 8:30 in the Assembly Hall.

Adult Discussion Group: Panel Discussion on Immigration

Rosie Sundeen will facilitate a panel discussion featuring individuals who have immigrated to the US.  They will speak about their reasons for and experiences in coming to America and their lives since arriving.  They include persons from Viet Nam (a representative of the Tran family sponsored by the church several years ago), Turkey (a recent immigrant associated with the Pacifica Institute) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Ms. Uzany Muteb, currently the accountant for All Peoples Community Center in LA). All are invited.  We meet in the Assembly Hall from 8:30am to 9:45am.

Adult Discussion Group: US Immigration 101

Rich Sundeen will lead a discussion on the history of immigration to the US: Who came, from where, when, why, their destinations, challenges they faced as newcomers, the role of religion, and how they have adapted.

July 23, 2017 ADG: "Helping the Street Children of Zimbabwe" by Jerry Johnson and Tatende Choto

Jerry Johnson (son of Pat and DeAnne Johnson) and Tatende Choto provide an annual update of their efforts to help the numerous orphaned street children of Zimbabwe.  This exceptionally high rate of orphans is caused by high parental death rates due to HIV / Aids and by parental abandonment due to an unbelievably high unemployment rate (90%).  Jerry and Tatende discuss the progress they have made since their last visit here and their plans for the coming year.

July 16, 2017 ADG: "The Path From Jewish Biblical Texts to Jewish Codes of Law" by Cantor Beth Garden

Cantor Beth Garden from CTJ provides a brief overview of the process of writing the various portions of the Hebrew Bible. Then she discusses how these biblical writings were analyzed and debated by scholars before being made part of Jewish law.

July 9, 2017 ADG: "Homelessness - Is It Ever Solvable ?" by Becky Tan

Becky Tan discusses County Measure H, the homeless initiative funded by a 1/4 % sales tax that went into effect on July 1st.  Will this initiative be the answer to the ever growing homeless problem in L. A. County ?  Becky explains who is involved, with what resources, and she attempts to say what goals are realistic.

June 25, 2017 ADG: "The Historic Ordination of William Johnson" by Frank Hanzel

Frank explains how the UCC became the first major denomination to knowingly ordain a gay person into the Christian ministry.  Frank discusses the hardships that Rev. Johnson encountered and was able to overcome thru his faith and his resolve.  As a result, the doors of ordained ministry were opened to hundreds who have followed in his footsteps.

Adult Discussion Group: Historic Ordination of William Johnson

As we celebrate the anniversary of the UCC, you are invited to hear Frank Hanzel present how the United Church of Christ became the first major denomination to knowingly ordain a gay person to the Christian ministry. Learn how the faith and resolve of Bill Johnson opened the doors of ordained ministry to hundreds who have followed in his footsteps. Fireside Room, 8:30 am

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