By calling ourselves progressive, we mean we are Christians who . . . Form ourselves into communities dedicated to equipping one another for the work we feel called to do: striving for peace and justice among all people, protecting and restoring the integrity of all God’s creation, and bringing hope to those Jesus called the least of his sisters and brothers.
CA House Programs
CA House offers a wide variety of events and programs that further its ministry and the values of social justice and spiritual formation. They include programs for Christian worship, faith education, intentional living, service projects, community building, and personal growth. All programs are open to all students. Some of the regular programs we offer throughout the academic year:
Christian Fellowship, Mondays at 6:15 pm
Join us for Christian fellowship every Monday evening. Christian fellowship is an essential part of our community life together. Each Monday, all are welcome to gather for discussion on a passage from the Bible and share in a meal.
Multifaith Living Community
Opened in 2008, the Multifaith Living Community at CA House is a unique and inclusive residential environment for 42 students of all faiths. Dedicated to the practice of mutual understanding through sharing beliefs with each other, seeking justice, and welcoming all, students live in townhouse groups of 6-7, participating in service projects with house groups and in the events of the larger CA House community.
Most rooms are singles, though a few doubles are available. Applications for the following academic year begin in January. All leases are twelve months and begin September 1. Short term leases may be available from time to time.
Learn more about the MLC here.
Open Table, Wednesdays at 6:00 pm
Dinner – Wednesday night continues to be the centerpiece of our programmatic ministry. Each week, the main dining room fills with students who come, pray and then enjoy a student prepared vegetarian, kosher meal that utilizes fresh local organic produce grown and harvested by our own students through our partnership with the University student farm. All connected with the university are warmly welcomed.
Program – Education about others’ beliefs is most effectively done by understanding that faith traditions are lived experiences, incorporated into the daily practices, influenced by culture, connected often to family traditions. Providing set aside time to learn about each others’ practices is an important part of building relationships and growing spiritually. At CA House, a significant time for education is during our weekly programs after the Wednesday night dinner. As students present about their own faith, the ability to articulate faith and practice is strengthened. As students hear peers sharing about their faith and practice, many are motivated to develop the same ability for articulation and compelled to clarify different aspects of their beliefs. The weekly program is a rich time for deepening with compassion and joy.
The Multifaith Living Community (MLC) offers a program of small groups. These facilitated groups of 5-8 people meet throughout the week. Students select the group based on the availability of their schedules. Groups are open to all students who want to benefit from a small mentored community.
The purpose of small group is to explore the heights of the “big questions” of life while integrating new awareness into the lived experiences of students. It is an opportunity to grow in self-realization while developing the capacity to engage difference. It provides an environment of safety as existing paradigms and beliefs are critically examined and it activates spaces for new ideas to emerge. The small group offers opportunities for students to express themselves through their unique voices while learning how to participate in constructive dialogue.
Finally, the MLC’s small groups function as an environment of connection and support as students navigate the challenges of college life. They also become focused communities of accountability where students are not only heard, but learn how to truly show up for each other with full attention and care.
The group meets Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings for about half an hour. No experience is necessary and instruction in basic mindfulness practices will be offered to those exploring meditation for the first time. Please contact CA House for more information and meeting times.
Retreats are a wonderful way to gain perspective on life in Davis, find rest and grow in relationship with the CA House community. Each quarter, a retreat is offered to support community life and further the educational program at CA House. In fall 2013, our retreat is September 22-23. At this time, we’ll get to know one another, reflect on our own life journeys, cultures and faith, and set up small groups for the year. Each student will have the opportunity to engage with mentors and consider what service project to invest in for the year.
Supporting Congregations of CA House
Davis Community Church is “a progressive Christian faith community seeking to become beacons of God’s love in the world. DCC welcomes ALL into a life of faith, celebrating the wonderful diversity of God’s creation in each of us. We invite all and exclude none, journeying together as we proclaim and live out Christ’s abundant love in transformative ways. Come and join us.”
Davis United Methodist Church is “a community committed to compassionate Christianity. There is a spirit of excitement at Davis United Methodist Church for living the love of Jesus Christ. We are a growing congregation that is making a difference in the community and the world. We hope you will experience this as a place that is truly inclusive of all people of all backgrounds. We have chosen to be a Reconciling Congregation. We welcome people regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, or economic condition.”
Pioneer United Church of Christ: “Pioneer Congregational United Church of Christ is a Pioneer Church. It was the first church founded in Sacramento in 1849. Since the Gold Rush days, we have welcomed people from all walks of life. There is a great diversity of beliefs held by our members. We find that unity in Jesus Christ and our differences add to the richness and strength of our life together. We are an open and affirming church that proclaims the love of Jesus Christ, the compassion that his love serves, and the humanity his love seeks to embrace.”
As a progressive Christian campus ministry, we have found the Center for Progressive Christianity‘s 8 Points a helpful place to begin dialogue:
By calling ourselves progressive, we mean we are Christians who . . .
- Have found an approach to God through the life and teachings of Jesus.
- Recognize the faithfulness of other people who have other names for the way to God’s realm, and acknowledge that their ways are true for them, as our ways are true for us.
- Understand the sharing of bread and wine in Jesus’s name to be a representation of an ancient vision of God’s feast for all peoples.
- Invite all people to participate in our community and worship life without insisting that they become like us in order to be acceptable (including but not limited to): believers and agnostics, conventional Christians and questioning skeptics, women and men, those of all sexual orientations and gender identities, those of all races and cultures, those of all classes and abilities, those who hope for a better world and those who have lost hope.
- Know that the way we behave toward one another and toward other people is the fullest expression of what we believe.
- Find more grace in the search for understanding than we do in dogmatic certainty – more value in questioning than in absolutes.
- Form ourselves into communities dedicated to equipping one another for the work we feel called to do: striving for peace and justice among all people, protecting and restoring the integrity of all God’s creation, and bringing hope to those Jesus called the least of his sisters and brothers.
- Recognize that being followers of Jesus is costly, and entails selfless love, conscientious resistance to evil, and renunciation of privilege.
UKirk is a network of collegiate ministries providing profession support, empowerment and community for those engaged in campus ministry on behalf of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). UKirk is a central hub for this vital and challenging aspect of ministry, dedicated to nurturing connections and sharing resources with fellow professionals in the field. Our mission is one of caring, coaching, educating, and advocating to those ministering to college students across the country.
LGBT Resource Center: The purpose of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center (LGBTRC) is to provide an open, safe, inclusive space and community that is committed to challenging homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and heterosexism. The LGBT Resource Center promotes education about all genders and sexualities, as well as space for self-exploration of these identities. The LGBT Resource Center is a dynamic, responsive and collaborative organization that serves UC Davis and the surrounding region by providing a growing spectrum of programs, resources, outreach and advocacy. Inherent in this mission are the values of respect, pride and unity for ALL individuals.