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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 contact person for scheduling future Friendly Forums is Phyllis Liddell ().

Upcoming Sessions

Often 2nd Sundays are topics related to the following week's split-plate nominees.

  • Sunday, January 28 at 10:30 a.m. "Current Events: Mother Gaia Quivering with Rage, Millions Are Dying and Desperate, WE Are Cozy and Self-Satisfied, Justice Is a Restless Power . . . Send Out the Watchers!" (Room 125)
  • Sunday, February 11 at 10:30 a.m. The Frederick Center (the next Sunday's split-plate recipient), coordinated by Di Creedon

After Memorial Day Weekend 2018, we will shift to 9:15 a.m. Summer Friendly Forums.

Recent Sessions

  • Sunday, August 27 at 9:15 a.m. "Reciprocating Joy: How Careers in Education & Writing Mutually Enriched My Life,” facilitated by Mary Bowman-Kruhm
  • Sunday, September 3 at 9:15 a.m. (Labor Day)
  • Sunday, September 10 at 10:30 a.m. Split-Plate Presentation by the Boys' & Girls' Club of Frederick County
  • Sunday, September 24 at 10:30 a.m. Meet Beacon Press author Nancy Abrams (sanctuary) - an atheist married to a famous scientist (cosmologist Joel Primack) published the book A God That Could Be Real: Spirituality, Science, and the Future of Our Planet in 2015: "She dismantles several common assumptions about God (omniscient, omnipotent) as incompatible with science--but finds something worthy of the name ‘God’ (not universal, but planetary) in the new science of emergence. Join us for a discussion of how we humans might be inspired to protect our warming planet and create a sustainable civilization.” Rev. Carl was asked to review the book. Part 2 of Abrams' presentation will be held at 12:40 p.m. in Room 113/115, following the Late Service. For part 2, please bring potluck food to share if you are able.
  • Sunday, October 1 at 10:30 a.m. "Genetics & Genealogy" with Karen Reilly, who will share her personal journey into her ancestry through genealogy, travels and DNA testing.
  • Sunday, October 8 at 10:30 a.m. "Interfaith Action to Disarm Our Planet" with UU-UNO representatives Monica Greene and Charles Haney.
  • Sunday, October 15 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Sunday, October 29 at 10:30 a.m. Current Events
  • Sunday, November 5 at 10:30 a.m. The Arc of Frederick County with Becky Smock, Community Coordinator, ARC Frederick County
  • Sunday, November 12 at 10:30 a.m. The Community Clinic of Washington County, November's Split-plate Recipient
  • Sunday, November 19 at 10:30 a.m. Sacred Dreamwork with Rebecca Hill NOTE: This Sunday, Friendly Forum will move to Room 125 for the remainder of the liturgical year (up to Memorial Day Weekend 2018).
  • Sunday, December 17 at 10:30 a.m. "Yemen: An Ancient Crossroad is Dying" facilitated by Matt.
  • Sunday, December 3 at 10:30 a.m. "Why the Cataláns Never Wanted to be Part of Spain." Facilitated by Doug Foard.

(The short link to this page is frederickuu.org/FriendlyForum.)