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Davis Mosaics : Shaping a Christianity for the 21st Century

Davis Mosaics : Shaping a Christianity for the 21st Century

by Dr. Chris Neufeld-Erdman, Senior Pastor, Davis Community Church

Rev. Dr. Chris Neufeld-Erdman and Rev. Dr. Stephen Moon of Davis Mosaics at Davis Community Church

A short meditation on the need for spiritual communities like Davis Mosaics and how these kinds of innovative adventures express God’s unfolding dream for Christianity and for the wellbeing of the world.

There are signs all around us that the church of the future will be a hybrid space, a true “commons,” for people of all walks of life—a threshold community that brings together the spiritual and the material, the religious and the non-religious in ways that complement each other rather than compete with each other. The church, as a center for spiritual formation, human transformation, and compassionate engagement, sustains fruitful ways of life, makes us all more open, more generous, more courageous, and makes the world more beautiful, sustainable, resilient, and capable of honoring the sacredness that’s all around us.

We are living in unprecedented times.  With rising oceans and increasing human tensions, our planet and all we hold dear is in peril.  Though there have been crises throughout human history, we now inhabit a time in which the very future of our species and the planet, itself, is in question. Throughout the world, the realities of greed, oppression, hatred and violence have distorted and deformed the natural world and brought untold suffering to the human community. Such pain might lead to despair, but we have reasons for hope.  Human beings may have hastened the peril, but we also have the power to heal and shape a just and more peace-filled future.

Amidst the systemic injustices and brokenness a new way of being is rising, a way that embodies Christ’s way transformation, healing, and reconciliation for the 21st century.  The world’s religious and spiritual traditions, despite past failings, nevertheless embody the emerging dream of God’s and offer humanity see for a sustainable future.  The sacred texts, rituals, symbols, practices, and transformative powers of religious communities have the capacity to awaken the human heart, stir spiritual and intellectual awakening, and kindle a communal imagination that can contribute to the wellbeing of the world. 

This is a threshold time, and it’s high time Christians, energetically and innovatively, claim our divine calling—rising to the challenge, rejecting despair and fatalism—and truly seek the well-being of the planet.

Toward this end, Davis Mosaics, and Pastor Stephen Moon, build bridges, innovate lavishly, meet practical needs, and work cooperatively on behalf of God’s dream for the world’s wellbeing.  Its habits of radical hospitality, conscious and intentional pluralism, and the sacramentalism of its way of life—low-bar religiosity and high-bar community—all centered around table fellowship and fostering the common good are a witness to the pathway exemplified by the early Christians who moved souls from belonging into behavioral shifts and lastly toward beliefs. 

In an age of disaffiliation and non-affiliation with religious institutions, Davis Mosaics, is charting the pathway into the future of Christianity—deeply embodied and incarnational, post-doctrinal, inclusive, artistic and aesthetic, and sacramental in the truest sense of the world—the gathered people as a sign of God’s dream (or intention) for the world.  

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The Rev. Dr. Chris Neufeld-Erdman
Davis Community Church

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Partnership with San Francisco Theological Seminary

Partnership with San Francisco Theological Seminary

Kathy and I want to share with everyone the results of our visit to San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS) on Thursday, April 4, 2019.  We met with Jim McDonald, President, and Jana Childers, Dean.

We explained the history of Mosaics, its successes and challenges. We then focused on the future of Davis Mosaics, the work we are doing to cut expenses, to seek sponsors, grants, and the uncertainty of funding from Sacramento Presbytery. 

Jim McDonald could sit still no longer and proclaimed “You need to be part of us (SFTS) and the Center for Innovation!” He then explained how with the consolidation of SFTS with the University of the Redlands they are preparing for a large capital campaign for the future. He wants Davis Mosaics to be a part of that campaign. The campaign will launch this coming fall or winter.

Kathy and I were asked to come back to SFTS soon to meet again with Jim McDonald, and with Floyd Thompkins the VP of Innovation, and Walter Collins the VP of Advancement.  We are to prepare a 5-year plan and budget to grow and expand the ministry as a part of the future of SFTS/University of the Redlands.

Kathy and I are so excited to vision forward again. We thank Rev. Dr. Chris Neufeld-Erdman of Davis Community Church for encouraging us to go to SFTS and for all his ongoing support for Davis Mosaics. Our hope is to get bridge funding from the presbytery and/or other Presbyterian churches to help us move to this new future with SFTS.

Thanks be to God that is leading us!

Pastor Stephen

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Mosaics Spring Schedule

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Mosaics Spring Hike: Tennessee Valley Trail

• When: Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

• Where: Tennessee Valley Trailhead at 591 Tennessee Valley Rd, Mill Valley, CA 94941

Mosaics will gather at DCC Staff Parking lot by 8:30 am for carpooling and will leave at 8:45 am. All other hikers can meet at Tennessee Valley Trailhead parking area at 10:45 am. Total driving time is 1hr 31min (or 77.2mi) from DCC to the Trailhead Parking area where the hiking will start at 11 am.

• What to bring: your own lunch and water, first aid kit, and jacket

• Leader: David Matson (Cell: 707-271-9180)

• To make RSVP or for more information, please visit our FB group event page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/2217246508325434/

Thank you! <3 #mosaics

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Tennessee Valley Trail is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sausalito, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Tennessee Valley is an amazing offshoot of the Marin Headlands, with hiking trails to suit the whole family. The Tennessee Valley Trail is mostly level; it begins at the parking area and travels 1.7 miles to Tennessee Beach. For the more adventurous hiker, there are a number of other trails leading into the hills above Tennessee Valley.

In the spring, the vegetation of the valley is lush and green and/or blooming. The valley will come alive with lupine, checker-bloom, blue-eyed grass, California buttercup, and California poppy. In summer, the grasses turn golden, and by late summer you can find fennel, lizardtail, sagebrush, sticky monkey flower, and blackberry bushes. In winter and early spring, rains turn the golden grasses back into green fields.

With hiking and cycling trails and a plethora of wildlife, you would never know that the bustling metropolis of San Francisco is 20 minutes away. Bring the family, have a picnic on the beach, discover the wilds of Tennessee Valley, and remember to take only pictures and leave only foot prints.


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Peruvian Culture Night

Mosaics Peruvian Cooking & Culture Night

• When: Saturday, March 2nd from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

• Where: 2nd Floor of Phoenix Hall at Davis Community Church

• Henry’s mother, Mrs. Carpio and Romy will teach how to make delicious Peruvian dishes and desserts.

Please RSVP at: https://www.facebook.com/events/290932418254787/ as this special cooking class is limited to the first 10 persons.

For more information, please contact Dr. Stephen Moon at 916-217-5470 ♥ #mosaics

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Mosaics Lunar New Year’s Day Festival

2019 Mosaics Lunar New Year’s Day Festival ♥

This is a joint event for both Fellowship of Mosaics (Sacramento) and Davis Mosaics!

This year, Mosaics will celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year’s Day (3 days earlier) on Saturday, February 2, 2019!

Highlights:

• Chinese Dumpling Making: Meats & Vegetables
• Korean Rice Cake Soup with Dumplings, Roasted Ducks and Vegetables
• Korean Mung Bean Pancakes
• Japanese Teriyaki Chicken
• Dinner at 6:30 pm
• Singing Contest & Raffle Prizes

Please bring side dishes and desserts to share.

For more information, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/442641796273714/ or contact Dr. Stephen Moon at 916-217-5470. ♥ #mosaics

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Happy New Year

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