Adult Discussion Group

In-depth

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.

NEXT SUNDAY’S PRESENTATION

Please check back soon for upcoming events.

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

Rev. Jim Burklo concludes his 2-part series on biblical teachings dealing with resisting anti-democratic forces in our society.  He discusses having a commitment to telling the truth (rather than “fake news”).  He continues to urge us to support our traditional institutions that promote and protect our democratic values. He highlights several of the key points of the new book, upon which this presentation (and his new class at USC) is based, “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the 20th Century” by Timothy Snyder.

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

Dr. Dahill has asked that, rather than posting this recording on the MBCC website where the general public has access to it, we should provide it only to MBCC members who request it.  To request this recording, please send an e-mail to Jim Duffy at jduffy547@verizon.net.  Jim will respond quickly.
Summary of presentation:  Following up on her May 7th presentation about Bonhoeffer’s early years, today Dr Dahill discusses Bonhoeffer’s return to Germany, followed one year later by Hitler’s becoming the leader of Germany and the start of the Nazi genocide campaign.  Bonhoeffer publicly opposed Hitler on religious grounds and attempted to gain support from other Christian leaders.  He was  implicated in an attempted assassination of Hitler and was killed several weeks before the end of WW2.

ADG: "Moderator Perspectives - A Year in Progress" by Rick Hefner

Half way thru his term as MBCC moderator, Rick discusses recent initiatives of the church.  Then he asks ADG members in what direction they would like to see our church move.  Specifically, he conducts a poll of the ADG audience, asking three fundamental questions:
  • 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 ?
The results of this poll are discussed.

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.

Come hang out with us

ON SUNDAYS

10 AM