Religious and Spiritual Organizations

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  1. Buddhist
  2. Christian
    1. Anglican
    2. Assemblies of God
    3. Baptist
    4. Catholic
      1. Roman Catholic
      2. Byzantine Catholic
      3. Chaldean Catholic
      4. Syro-Malabar Catholic
      5. Maronite Catholic
    5. The Church of Christ, Scientist
    6. Episcopal
    7. Jehovah's Witnesses
    8. Lutheran
    9. Methodist
    10. Mormon
    11. Nondenominational & Evangelical Christians
    12. Eastern Orthodox
    13. Oriental Orthodox
    14. Presbyterian (USA)
    15. Quaker
    16. Reformed
    17. Seventh-Day Adventist
  3. Discordian
  4. Hinduism
  5. Interfaith
  6. Islamic
  7. Jewish
  8. Pagan
  9. Scientologist
  10. Sikh
  11. Universalist
    1. Baha'i Faith
    2. New Thought
      1. Unity
      2. Religious Science
    3. Unitarian Universalist
  12. Yoga
  13. Other
  14. By Location
    1. West Davis

god_virgin.jpgThe Virgin of Guadalupe is considered by Roman Catholics to be Mary, mother of Christ in the form of an Aztec woman.

Religious and Spiritual Organizations in Davis hold discussions, worship services and other activities. Following each section is a very brief and general statement to help visitors understand the basis of belief for each grouping. Please visit each individual page for a more specific description of each organization's views and practices.

Also please keep in mind that Davis is a small but diverse community; though we may have no Sikh temples or places of congregation for Rastafari, we do enjoy the diversity offered by people who follow these and other beliefs. We would encourage you to use the information on this page to borrow facilities in which you might meet to share fellowship with others who hold your beliefs — the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis actively embraces and encourages other religions and would probably be a good starting point.

See also: Student Organizations, under Spiritual, for student organizations that may meet on campus and are approved by SPAC. You may also be interested in Recovering From Spiritual Abuse. If you're looking for a religious organization in your neighborhood, skip down to the "[WWW]By Location" section.


Buddhism is based on the teachings of the Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, and is typically divided into two main branches: Theravada Buddhism and Mahayana Buddhism. The goal of Buddhist practice is to end the cycle of rebirth through realization of true reality and thereby achieve nirvana. Some describe [wikipedia]Buddhism as a philosophy rather than a religion because it holds forth neither a single or multiple god-like beings.


Christianity is based on a belief in one God and Jesus of Nazareth as Christ, the son of God, or at least that he is to be followed.


Assemblies of God


god_baptist.jpgPole Line Road Baptist Church, picture credit: Bill Clark


The Church of Christ, Scientist

Christian Scientists believe in one, infinite God who is All and all-good. They believe that God is not distant and unknowable, but that God is all-encompassing and always present, and that each individual is loved by God, cared for by Him, and made in God’s image — spiritual, not material. Christian Scientists believe in the Bible and in Christ Jesus as the Son of God, or promised Messiah. And they believe that Jesus’ teachings and healing work expressed scientific Christianity, or the application of the laws of God—laws which are still practical and provable today, by anyone, anywhere. Christian Scientists consider the Commandments, as well as Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, to be central to their lives and practice of Christianity.


Jehovah's Witnesses




Nondenominational & Evangelical Christians

god_korean.jpgDavis Korean Church, located on L Street

Eastern Orthodox

[WWW]Orthodox Christianity is one of most practiced forms of Christianity in the world. Although there are many different ethnic Orthodox in America, all practice the same religion and Traditions handed down from the Apostles nearly unabridged and unchanged. There are no Orthodox Christian Churches in Davis, so the nearest churches for those observing the Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Traditions are in Sacramento and surrounding areas. However, there is an Eastern Orthodox student community which meets at The Belfry (a center for campus ministry) in Davis. It is called the Orthodox Christian Fellowship or [WWW]OCF. Fellowship starts with prayer (in English), followed by a discussion led by a priest or a guest, and a meal.

Oriental Orthodox

While there is a Coptic Orthodox Club that meets on campus, there are no Oriental Orthodox parishes in Davis.

Presbyterian (USA)


god_friends.jpgDavis Friends Meeting House


Seventh-Day Adventist


Discordianism is a syncretic religion that combines respect for the Greek goddess Eris with some of the more absurd aspects of Zen Buddhism, a lightweight and less mystical version of Crowleyan Thelema, and a heaping helping of Postmodernism. The end result is a more Eastern-style philosophical religion. The primary belief is that order and chaos are different aspects of the same thing, and that solely depends on the perspective of the human nervous system. Their dietary restriction prohibits eating of hot dog buns, and their sacrament involves eating a hot dog on Friday. The holy book is the [WWW]Principia Discordia, which encourages schisms and cabals in the church.



In the formal sense, it is generally agreed that no Hindu temples exist in Davis. However, there are places in Davis where yoga, one of the six major philosophical schools of Hinduism, is practiced within at least somewhat of a Hindu spiritual context. Yoga means to unite or yoke the individual consciousness with cosmic consciousness. It is traditionally concerned with spiritual, mental and physical aspects. However, yoga instruction in the United States often underplays the Hindu spiritual elements in order to attract a more diverse following. Many Western students are primarily interested in the practical health and mental benefits of yoga while ignoring the spiritual, a position which is almost unthinkable in its country of origin.

Please list yoga organizations that prominently feature Hindu (as opposed to Buddhist, Jain or secular) characteristics:



Islam is a monotheistic religion that believes in the total submission to God of one's self and that Muhammad is the chief and last prophet sent by God.


Judaism is a monotheistic religion that has its roots in Israel and is mostly practiced by Jews. Jews believe Abraham to be the patriarch of their religion and uphold the moral principles of the Hebrew Scriptures and the prophets.


There are various types of pagans, wiccans, and witches in Davis and the surrounding areas. Pagans aren't Satanists, they believe the divine is present in all creation and tend to be polytheistic (worshiping multiple deities), including both masculine and feminine aspects. Pagans generally don't proselytize, although occasionally they may hold events that are open to the public.

Pagans typically worship singularly as solitary practitioners or as groups in Covens. As Davis is a college town the covens in the area tend to fluctuate. Covens generally require an interviewing and sometimes even apprentice-ship before interested parties are allowed to join. Other covens are considered to be open or teaching covens and they welcome interested parties to join and learn.

Some Local Covens:

Some Local Resources:

- they are currently offering 2 classes [WWW]Wicca, Witchcraft, and Magick and [WWW]Gods and Goddesses on Wednesday nights starting Oct 3rd in 1128 Hart Hall 7pm- 8pm, 8pm- 9:30pm


Scientology is a religion created by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, based on the principles of a practice called [wikipedia]Dianetics.



[wikipedia]Universalism is a tradition that has grown out of many of the world's religions. It rejects dogmatic approaches and seeks universal philosophies of religion. Some remnant of the originating religion tends to be carried through to modern practitioners, but adherents to universalist beliefs tend to be diverse in background and accept a wide range of beliefs within their members.

Baha'i Faith

Bahá'ís believe in a single God, and embrace prophets of other major religions, such as Jesus, Buddha, and Krishna. Bahá'ís believe that Bahá’u’lláh is our current prophet and his teachings are the basis of the Bahá’í Faith, whose primary aim is the unity of mankind.

New Thought

[wikipedia]New Thought is a late 19th century universalist movement. Common to most New Thought spiritual groups are a belief in metaphysical powers such as healing and positive thought.


Unity honors the many spiritual paths, teaches universal spiritual principles taught and demonstrated by Jesus, Buddha, and other enlightened master teachers of other faiths.

Religious Science

Unitarian Universalist

[WWW]Unitarian Universalism is a non-creedal religion with members from a variety of religious and non-religious traditions.


Yoga (from Sanskrit योग “yoking, union”) is a spiritual-mental-physical philosophy and practice.


([WWW]one source) ([WWW]listing of student organizations)

By Location

West Davis


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2005-12-24 01:36:44   I think this page should be split into On-Campus organizations and those off campus like churches. Or a seperate page created altogether for on campus organizations. —CarlosOverstreet

2006-02-12 14:23:45   Should we re-evaluate our definition of religion? For starters, the bike church is not really a "church" in the religious sense, and scientology is hotly contested right now. Many claim that its a cult, including the producers of South Park. —PaulAmnuaypayoat

2006-03-10 12:44:58   The Mormon link on the top needs to be moved out from under the Christian link. This is more than hair-splitting, as they have beliefs essential contradictory with Christianity's, can it be made its own category? —DannyHouk As someone who comes from a Mormon family, I can say definitively that they are NOT Christians, although they may call themselves that. The Mormons have their own scripture which they take much more seriously than the new or old testament. ~~

2006-07-26 00:01:31   Who are the discordians and how do they differ from the AGSA? —CarlosOverstreet

2006-10-05 15:33:38   How is it that "Lutheran Episcopal Christian Fellowship" is listed as non-denominational when their name clearly indicates a denomination? Most churches welcome people of any denomination, but that doesn't make them non-denominational. Perhaps somebody who's affiliated with this group can explain. —AlphaDog

2006-10-13 09:34:00   A better question is how on earth can Lutherans who don't recognize the episcopate can join in FULL communion with the Episcopal Church. Nevertheless I agree with Alpha Dog, the group is geared toward two denominations however they welcome any one. Including non-christians... —CarlosOverstreet

2008-12-02 13:27:29   Where was that picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe taken? It looks familiar.... —JoePomidor

2009-07-03 21:12:36   Davis Christian Assembly no longer meets at 6:30pm on Saturdays. However they still meet at 10:10am on Sundays and have a midweek dinner and electives (split bible studies based on age groups) on Wednesdays. However, from time to time there are breaks in wednesday service. Contact DCA for more info. I don't work or volunteer there, but I go there on Sundays. —BryceH

2010-08-13 03:15:32   "Christian Scientists" has to be the most misleading title ever... —TheShah

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