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 on Zoom (during the COVID-19 pandemic).

To join the Zoom meeting click on this link: You will be given the option to join via browser or install the Zoom app (free and easier). Either way takes you into the meeting. You’ll be able to see and hear everyone. They’ll be able to see and hear you if you have a camera on your computer. Most laptops will have a built-in camera, and you can select “use computer audio”. Most desktops do not have a camera unless you bought a separate one. With a desktop and no camera, we won’t be able to see or hear you, but you’ll be able to see and hear everyone else and the presentation. You can also join by iPad or iPhone. If you use the Zoom app directly, the meeting ID is 310 372 3898. If you don’t have a computer, you can join by phone only: (669) 900-6833, meeting ID is 310 372 3898. If you have questions/problems, call Rick Hefner, (310) 374-0533.


Adult Discussion Group - Beach Reporter’s Paul Silva: “Challenges Facing Community Newspapers”

Date & Time: Sunday, May 16, 2021 - 8:30am

Beach Reporter’s Paul Silva: “Challenges Facing Community Newspapers”
On May 16th Paul Silva will discuss the challenges facing community newspapers, such as the Beach Reporter (and the Easy Reader), in today’s media environment. These “free” weekly newspapers depend almost entirely upon advertising revenue for their survival. They are our primary source for the news (both good and bad) of Manhattan, Hermosa, and Redondo Beaches, and the surrounding communities. Only a small portion of our local news is covered by the Daily Breeze, and even less by the LA Times. For example, only these two weekly newspapers attend and report on our local city council meetings. Paul has been with the BR since its founding four decades ago, and will answer your questions, including about our local history.Paul is a graduate of Mira Costa High School and UCLA. He has remained a freelance writer for the Beach Reporter, keeping us smiling with his warm and personal articles.    All ages are welcome. We begin at 8:30 AM virtually at You will have the option of downloading a Zoom app or attending via your web browser (detailed instructions here).


Earlier presentations can be found here.

Social Action Board & Adult Discussion Group - Social Justice and Christian Faith

Date & Time: , May 2, 2021 - 8:30am

Rev. Jim Burklo, Senior Associate Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life at USC, will return to lead a conversation about Christian visions of social justice from the biblical era until today. In particular, we will focus on Catholic Social Teaching, emulated by Christians across the theological spectrum. Join us for a stimulating and innovative presentation regarding this important topic.
Jim as William Jennings Bryan: video

4-25-21 Adult Discussion - “Comparing Religions Thru the Common Mythologies They Share” - Rick Hefner

Date & Time: , April 25, 2021 - 8:30am

“Comparing Religions Thru the Common Mythologies They Share” will be Rick Hefner’s topic on Sunday, April 25th.  Many parallels exist between seemingly unique Christian beliefs, such as the Virgin Birth of Jesus, and the beliefs of other religions.  For example, biblical accounts of Jesus’ healing miracles resemble stories about miracles performed by Asclepius, the Greek god of healing and medicine.  Our presentation this Sunday will examine common myths shared across multiple religions and will then compare them to our Christian beliefs.  The works of Joseph Campbell will be highlighted.

Please join this virtual conversation at 8:30 AM on Zoom.  All ages are welcome.

3-14-21: Adult Discussion Group - Together We Can: Addressing the Needs of the Unhoused in the Pandemic and Beyond

Date & Time: , March 14, 2021 - 8:30am

Social Action Board and Adult Discussion Group
Together We Can: Addressing the Needs of the Unhoused in the Pandemic and Beyond
Our speaker will be Gary Painter, Ph.D., professor in the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy where he serves as chair of the Department of Public Policy, Director of the Center for Social Innovation and Director of the Homelessness Policy Research Institute. Professor Painter is an economist and has carried out extensive research on homelessness and housing in LA, as well as education and social innovations. He will be speaking on homelessness, including a description of the unhoused and its causes, related economic factors, policy solutions, roles that churches might play, and the central role that racial equity might play in reducing the problem.
Please join the virtual conversation at 8:30 AM this Sunday at