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 "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 Buddhism as a philosophy rather than a religion because it holds forth neither a single or multiple god-like beings.
- Davis Shambhala Meditation Center
- Davis Dharmata Sangha
- Diamond Way Buddhist Group - a meditation center practicing the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism
- Bird Path Zen Community of Davis - meets weekly for sitting meditation
- Buddhist Meditation Group at the Unitarian Church - meets weekly for sitting meditation/discussion
- Buddhism in the Modern World - a UCD club that discusses Nichiren Buddhism (previously known as Students for Nichiren Buddhism)
- Tibet Nepal - a shop that sells Tibetan Buddhist artifacts and books
- Fresh Breeze Sangha - a meditation group practicing in the Plum Village Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh
- For a while there was the Wisdom Kadampa Buddhist Center
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.
Davis’ new and growing Anglican Church is part of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA).
- Christ the Redeemer Church - meets Sunday's 4:00 pm for Holy Eucharist; followed by refreshments & fellowship.
Assemblies of God
- Davis Christian Assembly - meets Saturday's 6:30pm, Sundays 10:10am, and Wednesday's 6:30pm @ 3030 Sycamore Lane. There are services available for all ages. Come worship with us.
- First Baptist Church
- Pole Line Road Baptist Church
- Gracepoint Davis Church - ministers to college/graduate/international students and young adults in Davis and surrounding communities.
There are no Eastern Rite Catholic churches in Davis, so those observing the Eastern traditions must go to Sacramento. Roman Catholics may receive communion here, as the Byzantine Catholic churches are in full communion with Rome. Generally services (called Divine Liturgy) are in English, yet their liturgical traditions are based in traditions of the Ancient near-east. The church liturgy is virtually indentical to corresponding Orthodox tradition, and while most are considered 'autonomous' self-governing churches, they recognize the Bishop of Rome (Pope of Rome) as the head of the Universal Church.
- Newman Center (Student Parish)
- St. James Catholic Church
- St. Philip the Apostle Byzantine Catholic Church (Ruthenian)
- St. George Melkite-Greek Catholic Church (Melkite) After the scripture readings are read in English, they are read in Arabic.
- St. Andrew the Apostle (Ukrainian) Liturgy is celebrated in Ukrainian
- Holy Wisdom Eastern Catholic Parish (Ukrainian)
- Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chaldean-Assyrian Catholic Church Liturgy is celebrated in Syriac and Arabic
- Infant Jesus Syro-Malabar Mission
- Our Lady of the Rosary Maronite Community Liturgy is celebrated in Arabic and English
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.
- First Church of Christ, Scientist 510 6th Street
- Christian Science Reading Room 231 G Street, Suite 5
- The Episcopal Church of St. Martin
- Lutheran Episcopal Christian Fellowship at The Belfry- a campus organization for UC Davis students, faculty and staff
- St. Luke's Episcopal Church
- Jehovah's Witnesses has a church in Davis but they also minister face to face.
- Crossings Alternative Worship - ancient/future worship associated with Davis Lutheran Church and featuring a wide variety of music from spirituals and bluegrass to Christian rock and traditional hymns.
- Davis Lutheran Church - a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in Davis and Crossings
- Lutheran Church of the Incarnation - a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in Davis
- Lutheran Episcopal Christian Fellowship at The Belfry- a campus organization for UC Davis students, faculty and staff
- Our Faith Lutheran Church
Nondenominational & Evangelical Christians
- Bread of Life - Center for Spiritual Formation
- Cal Aggie Christian Association - CA House
- Calvary Chapel Davis
- Campus Crusade for Christ UC Davis campus fellowship group
- Come & See Ministries - Christian outreach ministry
- Davis Chinese Christian Church
- Davis Christian Fellowship
- Davis Church of Christ (established in 1946) meets Sundays and Thursdays at 39960 Barry Road in North Davis
- Davis Korean Church and Mustard Seed Ministry
- Discovery Christian Church
- Epic Movement
Grace Valley Christian Center
- Grace Alive — On-campus Grace Valley group
- Renaissance Community Church a non-denominational church that exists to serve the community Davis and beyond. Kids classes available up to the age of 10.
- The Summit - University Covenant Church Youth Group
- TFH at UCD http://www.tfhucd.com - a campus church from The Father's House in Vacaville
- University Covenant Church
- Unity in Christ
- Word of Life Christian Center
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 OCF. Fellowship starts with prayer (in English), followed by a discussion led by a priest or a guest, and a meal. It regularly meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm.
- Davis Orthodox Christian Fellowship (Eastern Orthodox)
- St. Anna's (Greek Orthodox)
- Church of the Annunciation (Greek Orthodox)
- Saint Mary's (Coptic Orthodox)
- Holy Ascension Church (Russian Orthodox)
- Elevation of the Holy Cross (Orthodox Church in America)
- St. Mary's (Serbian Orthodox Church)
- Holy Trinity (Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church)
- St. Athanasius Church (Antiochian Orthodox)
- Holy Myrrhbearing Women Church (Orthodox Church in America)
- Holy Virgin Mary Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church (Antiochian Orthodox)
While there is a Coptic Orthodox Club that meets on campus, there are no Oriental Orthodox parishes in Davis.
- Holy Trinity Ethiopian Orthodox Church (Ethiopian Orthodox)
- St. James Armenian Apostolic Church (Armenian Orthodox)
- St. George Orthodox Church of India (Malanakra Orthodox)
- St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church (Coptic Orthodox)
- Davis Seventh-day Adventist Fellowship
- Adventist Christian Fellowship Seventh-day Adventist group on campus
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 Principia Discordia, which encourages schisms and cabals in the church.
- American Brontosaurus Cabal of Davis Eristopia (ABCDE)
- The Campus Crusade for Chaos and Confusion is a subversive activist group, a wiki users are hereby warned to stay away from them.
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:
- Barefoot Yoga Studio offers a "Power Flow" class series following the Ashtanga "eight limbed" yogic model based upon the ancient Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. The ultimate goal of such exercises is to attain a deep-seated awareness of universal consciousness and achieve spiritual liberation. Each Power Flow class ends with a guided meditation while in the "corpse pose" savasana.
- Kaya Yoga teaches Anusara yoga, a Hatha school which features a Shiva-Shakti Tantric philosophy. Each class meeting is preceded by a meditative chant dedicated to Lord Shiva.
- Yoga Davis follows a system called TriYoga; it offers a wide variety of yoga styles from the Hatha school, and its official website claims the teachings to be "kundalini-inspired." Kundalini is believed to be a sacred energy source coiled up at the base of the spine until awakened through various yogic or meditational techniques. Kundalini yoga adherents often claim that their discipline provides a particularly accelerated pathway to divine union and/or supreme bliss.
- Center for Spiritual Living, Davis
- Interfaith Campus Council
- Interfaith Rotating Winter Shelter
- Multifaith Student Group
- Yolo Interfaith Immigration Network - YIIN"
- CA House and the Multifaith Living Community
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.
- Chabad of Davis Orthodox Judaism
- Congregation Bet Haverim Reform Judaism
- Hillel House Student group which celebrates religious, cultural and social Judaic identities.
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:
- Cauldron of the Valley holds seasonal rituals semi-regularly and teaches classes in the Reclaiming Tradition.
- Casadh an Gealach located in Davis proper, this coven contains licensed clergy and offers teaching and other services.
- Ordo Aggie is a UC Davis club for occultists and pagans on campus to meet, make friends, share ideas, and plan activities with like-minded individuals.
Some Local Resources:
- The experimental college sometimes offers "introduction to witchcraft" classes.
- Yolo pagans is a Yahoo Group for area pagans, which often announces local events.
- WitchVox, an online pagan magazine and networking site with extensive listings of individuals and groups all around the world. It is also the easiest way to find local pagan clergy and ministers. There are currently 5 in Davis proper some of whom are hospital and prison chaplains, offer legal handfastings and weddings, memorial and funeral rites, and pastoral counseling.
- Aquarius was a store that sold many items and supplies for Pagan/Wiccan practice.
- The Co-op is a store that offers many herbs, salts, Tarot cards, candles and incenses.
- Borders offers a wide selections of pagan books and Tarot cards
- Sweet Briar Books carries out of print pagan and Tarot books
- Logos Books carries often out of print and hard to find Occult books.
- Church of Scientology of Sacramento - The closest Church of Scientology is in Sacramento on 15th Street, near the Memorial Auditorium.
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.
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 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.
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.
- Monotheist Submitters
Agnostic & Atheist
Agnosticism is the belief that there is no proof that God exists or that God does not exist.
- Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) states that a higher power must be sought out as a step in the process of recovery. Not to be confused with the A∴A∴, which might possibly be encountered at Ordo Aggie.
- Nontheist Church of St. Christopher Discordian
- Bike Church
- Davis Psychic
- Community of Silo's Message
- Redeemed Christian Church of God, North America
- Spiritist Group of Davis
- Tai Chi Club at UC Davis - Members practice internal martial art forms such as tai chi chuan and qigong; these forms are based on a complex synthesis of East Asian religions and philosophies such as Taoism and Confucianism. Practice involves manipulation of the mystical energy force (chi) and achieving a state of balance in the yin and yang centers of the body.
- Moonies, aka members of the Reverend Sun Myung Moon's Family Federation for World Peace (previously the Unification Church)
- First Baptist Church Russell Boulevard
- Grace Valley Christian Center Road 98 east of Russell Boulevard
- Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis, as well as the Buddhist meditation group that meets there - Patwin Road
- Lutheran Church of the Incarnation Russell/Arthur
- The Jehovah's Witnesses Russell Boulevard past Road 98.
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
- That would probably be covered by Student Organizations.
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
- Bike Church and a couple other entries, definitely strike me as a silly, but it doesn't really seem necessary to define religion for the sake of this page. What would be the purpose of eliminating Scientologists? Including them is the "Christian" thing to do and excluding groups really serves little apparent purpose.
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. ~~
2006-07-23 16:15:16 While Mormons may have practices that most christians deem odd or funny, I believe them to be quasi-christian and not really applicable to another section. What do you all think? —CarlosOverstreet
2006-07-23 16:49:24 I think they should be put in the Christian section. The mormon religion fits perfectly into the definition of christianity. —GeorgeLewis
2006-07-23 17:34:14 LDS is generally lumped under "Christian" in the "big three" Judaic split. I see no reason to defy the common categorization. —JabberWokky
2006-07-25 23:45:44 Under the current description Christian on this page, LDS are not excluded as Christians. Add something as basic as the Trinity to the description, and they would not fit where they are.... Oh and just for Mr. Wokky: Irish Orthodox :) —AntoniaTsobanoudis
2008-01-25 20:20:27 Mormons have a "trinity" but that "trinity" is not the Trinity of The Scriptures. The "trinity" within Mormonism is the doctrine that proposes there are a Father, Son and Holy Ghost who exist as three separate persons, three separate gods, and three separate natures, yet united in one purpose. Unlike historic Christianity, which teaches that there is The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit, Who is of one substance, and He is God. In other words The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit are one God by nature. —JackkiCox
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