Adult Discussion Group

A Deeper Understanding

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.


ADULT DISCUSSION GROUP - -“ Manhattan Beach Chronicles” - Jan Dennis

Date & Time:Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 8:30am

Manhattan Beach Chronicles” will be discussed on November 17th by historian, Jan Dennis, author of eight books about Manhattan Beach.  Jan will explain how this sleepy, sparsely-settled beach town of 1940 was discovered in the post-war years by returning G.I.’s and their young families, and then experienced rapid development in the boom years of the 1950’s.  Jan is expecting a lively Q&A. Please bring your questions. We begin at 8:30 AM in the Assembly Hall. All ages are invited.  

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10 Nov 19: "UCC's Trendsetting Historic Firsts" by Rev. Baugh

Rev. Baugh gives us an overview of the history of the four Christian denominations that merged in 1957 to form the United Church of Christ. This overview includes is the earliest of these four denominations, the Congregational Church, which was formed upon the arrival of the Pilgrims at Plymouth in 1620. Examples are given of these denominations being strong advocates for human rights, including the rights of marginalized people, and strongly supporting an individual person’s freedom of conscience.

3 Nov 19: "Threatened Native Languages" by Pam Munro

The languages of many indigenous people in North and South America are endangered because their youth are failing to learn their unique language as rapidly as their older members are dying off. Pam Munro, an MBCC member and a retired linguistics professor at UCLA, has studied the indigenous languages of North and South America for nearly 50 years. She will discuss the ethnic people for whom these languages are very important culturally and then explain why we should all care about the endangerment and loss of these languages.

27 Oct 19: “Yemen’s Cruel Civil War” by Sophia Pandya

Yemen’s civil war is essentially a proxy war between supporters of the previous Hadi government (with help from the neighboring Saudis) and the Houthi rebels (backed by Iran). The Saudis have used drones for indiscriminate bombing, killing many non-combatants, while the Iranians have trained and supplied the Houthi rebels. Death and starvation have been rampant. All this is explained by CSU/LB professor Sophia Pandya, who has travelled in much of Yemen and recently interviewed Yemini refugees fleeing into Greece.

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