Adult Discussion Group
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
NEXT SUNDAY’S PRESENTATION
RECORDINGS OF PAST DISCUSSIONS
Adult Discussion Group "Keeping Homeless Families Together ("Family Promise")" by Nick Rasmussen
The niche role that the Family Promise organization plays in helping homeless families in the South Bay is explained by its executive director, Nick Rasmussen. Nick talks about the criteria for selecting the families to be helped and the role that churches play in providing this help. FP stresses keeping these children in their original schools (which FP provides transportation to). FP nurtures job searching efforts of these parents, and maintains an atmosphere of dignity, respect, and hope for all members of these families.
Adult Discussion Group: "Russian Interference in Our 2016 Election" by Alden Munson
Based upon his 40 plus years experience in the defense and intelligence community and his participation in policy making in Washington D.C., Alden provides an unclassified discussion about Russia’s efforts to damage the presidential campaign effort of Hillary Clinton. He explains Russia’s historical perspective and its strategy toward the western powers, including current attempts to influence their election outcomes. He discusses the impact of social media upon recent elections, and the need for guidelines to protect the voting public, similar to those that have existed for decades for newspapers. He shows that the tactics of persuasion used by Russians were very similar to those used in product advertising by American corporations.
Adult Discussion Group - Non-Violence in Speech and Action
Nov 19: Non-Violence in Speech and Action: Ephesians 4; 25-32, Philippians 2: 5-8. How can we speak and act faithfully and humbly in the rough-and-tumble world of political rhetoric and action today?
Link to the study: http://tcpc.blogs.com/musings/2017/09/resistance-bible-study.html
ADG: "Muslim Women Caught Up In Middle East Turmoil"
CSULB’s Dr. Sophia Pandya discusses the impact upon women of the political chaos in Yemen, Bahrain, and Turkey since the 2011 “Arab Spring”. Women are particularly vulnerable during political conflict, especially in patriarchal societies such as these. They are witnessing violence, sexual abuse, displacement, poverty, unemployment, disruption of education, and mental illness. Regardless, many Muslim women are engaged in public activism, transforming, at least for now, family and social dynamics in highly patriarchal countries.
Adult Discussion Group - Muslim Women Caught Up in Middle East Turmoil
On November 5th our topic will be “Muslim Women Caught Up In Middle East Turmoil” presented by CSULB’s Dr. Sophia Pandya. Her focus will be the impact upon women of the political chaos in Yemen, Bahrain, and Turkey since the 2011 “Arab Spring”. Women are particularly vulnerable during political conflict, especially in patriarchal societies. They are witnessing violence, sexual abuse, displacement, poverty, unemployment, disruption of education, and mental illness. Nonetheless, many Muslim women are engaged in public activism, transforming, at least for now, family and social dynamics in highly patriarchal countries. We begin at 8:30 AM in the Assembly Hall. All ages are welcome.
ADG: "Choosing the Best Health Plan for You" by Vince Kelly
The Medicare open enrollment period began today, and Vince Kelly, a health insurance consultant, returned to give his annual assessment and advice about the Medicare choices being offered to us. He discussed the Original Medicare Plan, the Medicare Advantage Plan, drug coverage, and supplemental insurance. There was substantial Q & A.
ADG: "Rev. Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Maintaining Jesus' Values in Hitler's Germany" (part 2 of 2) by Dr. Lisa Dahill
ADG: "Moderator Perspectives - A Year in Progress" by Rick Hefner
Which of MBCC’s 5 core values is most important to you ?
Which of 9 listed attributes should MBCC focus upon ?
Which of 4 paths should we pursue for our adult faith formation efforts ?
ADG: "India, Revisited" by Rick Hefner
Rick, who returned in August from his 4th trip to India, discussed and gave examples of how India has changed since his first trip 20 years ago. He explained how many of their beliefs and customs differ from ours. He then discussed how this experience has caused him to reassess his personal beliefs and priorities. He challenged each of us to re-think our personal priorities.
ADG: "The Solar Eclipse" by Ray Russell, Ph.D.
Ray Russell, along with other professional astronomers, visited Idaho to observe the August 21st total eclipse. Using photos and diagrams, Ray tells us about this recent experience, and explains the basics of eclipses. He also explains how only during eclipses can certain features of the sun be observed, thus providing unique opportunities for scientist to learn more about our sun.