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The Friendly Forum

Sundays at 10:30am (or 9:15am during the summer) in Room 113.

The Friendly Forum is open to all, and topics are scheduled based on suggestions from participants. The topics may be spiritual or material, entertaining or serious, UUCF-related or not. We seek to create a safe, welcoming place to learn, freely express opinions, and to be informed of the opinions of others.

The coordinators for scheduling future Friendly Forums are David Purvis () and Samantha Purvis ().

Upcoming Sessions

December 16 - Join Rev. Carl in the Sanctuary for a Congregational Conversation:

December 23 - World Population Growth: Too Much of a Good Thing?
Suggested links to preview in advance (you are welcome to bring your own):

Previous Sessions

December 9, 2018 - Social Action Committee hosting a discussion on our December Split Plate Recipient: Kenya Connection

December 2, 2018 - Title IX: What's the Story?
Accusations and Trauma - what's fair?
Suggested links to preview in advance (you are welcome to bring your own):

November 25, 2018 - Soap Box Sunday (Bring Your Own Topic)
First topic - Students allowed to participate in demonstrations during school hours (gun violence/weapons legislation)
Notable Comments:

  • Pro: Large demonstrations are needed to be effective
  • Con: Disrupts education
  • Also a practical demonstration of 1st Amendment rights; but is this the only civics being taught?
  • Armband protest alternative (ala workers in Japan)
  • How to effect change:
    • State government may be more responsive (vs federal government)
    • Become involved with UULMD https://www.uulmmd.org
Second Topic - Some Frederick County voters not matched correctly to legal boundaries; effects voting.

November 18, 2018 - Mars: To Go or Not To Go (in Rm 113)
Should we make the effort to build a manned settlement on Mars?
Suggested links to preview in advance (you are welcome to bring your own):

Take Aways from the discussion:
  • Exploration is good for science.
  • Unmanned is preferable to manned.
  • There are so many other good things we should do instead.
  • As captivating as this may be, is seems unlikely to be sustainable.

November 11, 2018 - November Split-Plate Recipient: Good Shepherd Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers.
We are in the Sanctuary this week.
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Should this group be unable to attend, or should we have time, we would like to discuss the results of the 2018 elections, and their implications.
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Often 2nd Sundays are topics related to the following week's split-plate nominees.


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