SOCIAL JUSTICE CALENDAR
DAVIS, CA MAY, 2013
“When you give food to the poor, they call you a saint. When you ask why the poor have no food, they call you a communist.”
Dom Helder Camara, Archbishop of Olinda and Recife, Brazil
Friday, May 3 (7:30 pm, I-House) – International Film Series. Patrick Room) – St. James SVdeP Conference meeting.
(Open to all; no charge, but donations welcome) Saturday, May 18 – Neighborhood Court Training Session.
[Refreshments at 7:30; program begins promptly at 8:00]. The 1-day training for volunteer panelists for Davis’s new
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2009, France, Japan, Switzerland, Neighborhood Court is set for Saturday, May 18. If you have
directed by Jan Kounen, 120 min.) The early scenes of the film depict been considering applying to be a panelist, I encourage you
the historic Paris debut, 100 years ago this month, of Stravinsky’s to begin the application process now. Applications are at
“The Rite of Spring” with Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes that caused an http://yoloda.org/Files/NeighborhoodCourtVolunteerApplicat
uproar among the public. One appreciative audience member was
Coco Chanel who was introduced to Igor Stravinsky by Sergei
ion.pdf. The April 26 Enterprise included an article about
Diaghilev . They met again after the Great War when the Stravinsky this initiative: http://www.davisenterprise.com/local-
family (Igor, wife Katarina, and their four children), penniless after news/crime-fire-courts/neighborhood-court-brings-
the Russian Revolution, was in exile. Chanel offered them her house. restorative-justice-concept-to-davis/. [Information: Diane
Inevitably the two individuals who did so much to define the 20th Clark, (530) 756-4272, firstname.lastname@example.org]
century in cultural terms got involved in a poorly disguised love Saturday, May 18/Sunday, May 19 (At all Masses, St.
affair (“Love between the irresistible and the immovable,” as one James Catholic Paris) –Society of St. Vincent de Paul Semi-
critic described it). After some time Katarina left with the children, Annual Food Offertory. Donors are asked to bring non-
but eventually her husband recognized how essential her perishable groceries to be given to STEAC or to be used in
knowledgeable input was to his music and Chanel accepted
Katarina’s statement that the family needed Igor more than she did.
the SVdeP food closet. Donors are encouraged to donate a
One fascinating segment of the film shows how Chanel Number 5 are complete dinner for four (a “Dinner-in-a-Bag”) which
was developed. may be given to a family approaching the parish for
Sunday, May 5 (11:15 am, Newman Center) – The regular assistance or taken on home visits to needy families. SVdeP
monthly meeting of the Newman Social Justice Group. requests that, when possible, these dinners be donated in
Sunday, May 5 (At Worship Services, Davis Community recyclable cloth grocery bags.
Church) – Monthly “Just Feed One” food collection of non- Sunday, May 19 (9:45-10:50 am, Davis United Methodist
perishable food items for donation to STEAC. Church Walker Room; no charge) – Contemporary Issues
Sunday, May 5 (After all worship services, United Methodist Forum: May 19: Building a Bridge of Love to Angola with
Church) “Feed My Sheep,” the monthly offering of food for Phil Bandy, Interim Director of the California-Nevada United
STEAC and Grace in Action. Methodist Volunteers in Mission Program The California-
Sunday, May 5 (9:45-10:50 am, Davis United Methodist Nevada Annual Conference has launched a special mission
Church, Walker Room; no charge) – Contemporary Issues project, "Building a Bridge of Love to Angola: Doing What
Forum: Update on Compassion Corner (3rd and C in Davis) Matters to God," to help empower our brothers and sisters in
with David H. Breaux What does the word "compassion" Angola and aid in the reconstruction of the medical clinic in
mean to you? As part of his spiritual journey, David has Born Jesus. The clinic, abandoned during the civil war when
stood on the corner of 3rd and C since 2009 asking those who most people fled to the city, is the focal point for the medical
pass to share their understanding of the word "compassion." and health care ministry of the Methodist Church in Angola.
He has collected over 7,000 entries, has published a book, Come learn more about this special mission project, which
"Compassion: Davis, CA," and now is working on a will be a focus of the June Annual Conference Session.
permanent monument to compassion which will be built on Sunday, May 26 (9:45-10:50 am, Davis United Methodist
the corner. David will share his story and will update us on Church) – Peace with Justice Sunday. Peace with Justice
his work to raise awareness of the concept of compassion. Sunday is one of the six church-wide special Sundays of the
Sunday, May 12 (9:45-10:50 am, Davis United Methodist United Methodist Church. Peace with Justice Sunday gifts
Church, Walker Room; no charge) – Contemporary Issues change lives in places where the joy of knowing Christ is
Forum: The Role of Art in Worship with Dori Marshall, mixed with the tragedy of violence. [Information: The UMC
Artist and Chair of the Worship Ministry For centuries, art newsletter: www.davisumc.org/Newsletter/MAY2013.pdf]
has been used to connect worshipers with their religious Sunday, May 26 (9:45-10:50 am, Davis United Methodist
faith. Dori Marshall is a Presbyterian Commissioned Lay Church Walker Room; no charge) – “ Stephen Ministry --
Pastor and has been the visual artist for the Worship Ministry Providing Compassionate Care” with Jerry Beaman and
for the past two years. Dori's artwork can be seen in our Judith McKibben, Stephen Ministry Leader. Stephen
sanctuary and elsewhere. She will talk about the relationship Ministry is a nationwide, multidenominational program
between religion, worship, and artistic expression. helping congregations develop a team of trained laypeople to
Monday, May 13 (7:00 pm, St. James, St. Ignatius Room) – provide compassionate, confidential Christian care to those
St. James Gospel Justice Committee meeting. experiencing difficulties. If you or someone you know is
Wednesday, May 15 (5:30 Davis Unitarian Church, 27074 experiencing grief, divorce, loneliness, job loss, illness, or
Patwin Rd. Davis) – Monthly meeting of the Yolo Interfaith other life problems, a Stephen Minister may be able to help.
Immigration Network. New members are always welcome. Jerry, Judith, and other Stephen Ministers will present an
[Information: Alison Pease at email@example.com] overview of the ministry and discuss how it works at Davis
Thursday, May 16 (7:00 pm, St. James Catholic Parish, St.
A project of the St. James Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and the St. James Gospel Justice Committee