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The Friendly Forum

Sundays at 10:30am (or 9:30am during the summer) most often in Room 113; see specific Upcoming Session below for exact time and location.

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

Nov 24 2019 - Thanksgiving or Thanks- taking? - Dismantling Racism Team presentation/discussion in Rm 113 at 10:30

Dec 1 2019 - Soap Box Sunday; Attendees are invited to bring a topic on a 3x5 card. We will randomly use those for discussion in Rm 113 at 10:30

Dec 8 2019 - Dec Split-Plate Recipient: Kenya Connection (Lilian Ochieng/Oltorotua Enturoto School) presentation and discussion led by Bob & Jane Ladner, Mary Bowman-Kruhm, Mary Fletcher, Sandy Smith-Gill in Rm 113 at 10:30

Dec 15 2019 - Join Rev. Carl for a monthly Congregational Conversation in the Sanctuary at 10:30. Our current focus is "This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color" (Fourth Edition), edited by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa (SUNY Press, 1981/2015), which has often been referred to as "the 'bible' of women of color feminism." This week: "And When You Leave, Take Your Pictures With You: Racism in the Women’s Movement"

Dec 22 2019 - Reparations: What? Why? How? - Dismantling Racism Team presentation/discussion in Rm 113 at 10:30

Dec 29 2019 - Waging the Food Fight; presentation and discussion led by Samantha Purvis in Rm 113 at 10:30

Jan 5 2020 - Power and Light, a Renewable Energy Workshop; discussion lead by Kathleen Rall in Rm 113 at 10:30

Jan 12 2020 - Jan Split-Plate Recipient UULM-MD; presentation and discussion led by Steve Buckingham and Julie Ann Schaefer in Rm 113 at 10:30

Jan 19 2020 - Join Rev. Carl for a monthly Congregational Conversation in the Sanctuary at 10:30. Our current focus is "This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color" (Fourth Edition), edited by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa (SUNY Press, 1981/2015), which has often been referred to as "the 'bible' of women of color feminism." This week: "Between the Lines: On Culture, Class, and Homophobia"

Jan 26 2020 - Dismantling Racism Team presentation/discussion in Rm 113 at 10:30; details TBD

Feb 2 2020 - Soap Box Sunday; Attendees are invited to bring a topic on a 3x5 card. We will randomly use those for discussion in Rm 113 at 10:30

Feb 9 2020 - Feb Split-Plate Recipient: Able & Willing; discussion led by Jim Carpenter & Mary Bowman-Kruhm in Rm 113 at 10:30 Feb 16 2020 - Join Rev. Carl for a monthly Congregational Conversation in the Sanctuary at 10:30. Our current focus is "This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color" (Fourth Edition), edited by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa (SUNY Press, 1981/2015), which has often been referred to as "the 'bible' of women of color feminism." This week: "Speaking in Tongues: The Third World Woman Writer"

Feb 23 2020 - Engaging Apocalypse: The Political Is Spiritual in Rm 113 at 10:30. This presentation and discussion is led by our intern minister, Jen Raffensperger.

March 1 2020 - Soap Box Sunday; Attendees are invited to bring a topic on a 3x5 card. We will randomly use those for discussion in Rm 113 at 10:30

March 8 2020 - March Split-Plate Recipient: Justice Jobs of Maryland, Inc.; discussion led by Bob Clegg in Rm 113 at 10:30 March 15 2020 - Join Rev. Carl for a monthly Congregational Conversation in the Sanctuary at 10:30. Our current focus is "This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color" (Fourth Edition), edited by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa (SUNY Press, 1981/2015), which has often been referred to as "the 'bible' of women of color feminism." This week: "El Mundo Zurdo: The Vision"

March 22 2020 - SHIP of Frederick County's THRIVE! Host Home Network in Rm 113 at 10:30; presentation and discussion led by Maureen Walker, Program Administrator for SHIP (Student Homelessness Initiative Partnership)
March 29 2020 - Choosing What Matters to You Most - Advanced Directives and other End of Life Issues Part 1 in Rm 113 at 10:30. This presentation and discussion is led by Geoff Coleman.

Apr 5 2020 - Soap Box Sunday; Attendees are invited to bring a topic on a 3x5 card. We will randomly use those for discussion in Rm 113 at 10:30

Apr 12 2020 - April Split-Plate Recipient: Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership; discussion led by Pat Einhorn, COIPP Bd Member in Rm 113 at 10:30 Apr 19 2020 - Join Rev. Carl for a monthly Congregational Conversation in the Sanctuary at 10:30. Our current focus is "This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color" (Fourth Edition), edited by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa (SUNY Press, 1981/2015), which has often been referred to as "the 'bible' of women of color feminism." This week: Pages 246 thru 266 of the book's Appendix

Apr 26 2020 - Choosing What Matters to You Most - Advanced Directives and other End of Life Issues Part 2 in Rm 113 at 10:30. This presentation and discussion is led by Geoff Coleman.

May 3 2020 - Soap Box Sunday; Attendees are invited to bring a topic on a 3x5 card. We will randomly use those for discussion in Rm 113 at 10:30

May 10 2020 - May Split-Plate Recipient: AARCH; discussion led by David Key, President in Rm 113 at 10:30

May 17 2020 - Join Rev. Carl for a monthly Congregational Conversation in the Sanctuary at 10:30. This week: "An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States" by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (Beacon Press, 2015) OR "An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People," adapted by Jean Mendoza and Debbie Reese (Beacon Press, 2019) May 24 2020 - TBD in Rm 113 at 10:30

Previous Sessions

Nov 17 2019 - Join Rev. Carl for a monthly Congregational Conversation in the Sanctuary at 10:30. Our current focus is "This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color" (Fourth Edition), edited by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa (SUNY Press, 1981/2015), which has often been referred to as "the 'bible' of women of color feminism." This week: "Entering the Lives of Others: Theory in the Flesh"

Nov 10 2019 - Nov Split-Plate Recipient: Cambodia Reads; discussion led by Carolyn Judd in Rm 113 at 10:30

Nov 3 2019 - Soap Box Sunday; Attendees are invited to bring a topic on a 3x5 card. We will randomly use those for discussion in Rm 113 at 10:30

Oct 27 2019 - Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (topic referral from the Green Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Fellowship); Skype Presentation and Discussion led by Renia Pruchnicki in Rm 113 at 10:30

Oct 20 2019 - Join Rev. Carl for a monthly Congregational Conversation in the Sanctuary at 10:30. Our current focus is "This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color" (Fourth Edition), edited by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa (SUNY Press, 1981/2015), which has often been referred to as "the 'bible' of women of color feminism." This week: "Children Passing in the Streets: The Roots of Our Radicalism"

Oct 13 2019 - Oct Split-Plate Recipient: UU-UNO; discussion led by Monica Greene and Bruce Knotts in Rm 113 at 10:30 Oct 6 2019 - Soap Box Sunday; Attendees are invited to bring a topic on a 3x5 card. We will randomly use those for discussion in Rm 113 at 10:30

Sep 29 2019 - UUCF and Gun Violence: presentation and discussion led by Dick Roblin and Betsy Bainbridge in Rm 113 at 10:30

Sep 22 2019 - The Art of Storytelling. This presentation and discussion led by Juliet Hutchings in Rm 113 at 10:30

Sep 15 2019 - “Shutter Dogs & Boot Scrapers: Frederick’s Old Houses". Discussion led by Mary Bowman Kruhm and Bernie Callan in Rm 113 at 10:30

Sep 8 2019 - Sep Split-Plate Recipient: I Believe in Me, Inc.; discussion lead by Lisa Bromfield, Aje Hill, and Chloe Nichols in Rm 113 at 10:30 Sep 1 2019 - Soap Box Sunday; Attendees are invited to bring a topic on a 3x5 card. We will randomly use those for discussion in Rm 113 at 09:30

Aug 25 2019 - "Votes for Women Tour" in Rm 113 at 09:30; presentation and discussion led by Brenda Davis from neighboring UUCL (Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Loudoun) Aug 18 2019 - Aug Split-Plate Recipient: Empowering Community Leaders Network; discussion led by Phyllis York and James Kelly in Rm 113 at 09:30 Aug 11 2019 - "Centro Hispano" in Rm 113 at 09:30; presentation and discussion led by Dan Blum () and Ray Garza () Aug 4 2019 - Soap Box Sunday; Attendees are invited to bring a topic on a 3x5 card. We will randomly use those for discussion in Rm 113 at 09:30

July 28 2019 - ICE Detention - discussion lead by Capitol Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition representatives in Rm 113 at 09:30
July 14 2019 - July Split Plate Recipient: Black Lives Matter - discussion led by our Dismantling Racism Team in Rm 113 at 09:30 July 7 2019 - Death With Dignity - presentation and discussion in Rm 113 at 09:30
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June 30 2019 - Mt Olivet Cemetery - historical presentation and discussion led by Chris Haugh in Rm 113 at 09:30

June 23 2019 - Writing for Children: Terms, Tips, & Tears in Rm 113 at 9:30; Presentation and discussion lead by Mary Bowman Kruhm

June 16 2019 - Camino de Santiago: This presentation and discussion will be led by Joe Ginorio at 11:30 in Rm 113

June 9 2019 - June Split Plate Recipient; Kitsune, Inc. in Rm 113 at 9:30 June 2 2019 - Centering Black Voices Part 5 Rm 113 at 9:30: Working for Racial Justice: Deconstructing White Privilege - video and discussion hosted by UUCF Dismantling Racism Team

May 26 2019 - The Art of Storytelling. This presentation and discussion was suggested by Juliet Hutchings in Rm 113.

May 19 2019 - Congregational Conversation; join Rev. Carl in the Sanctuary

May 12 2019 - May Split Plate Recipient: AARCH in the Sanctuary May 5 2019 - Centering Black Voices Part 4: This discussion will be led by Carol Antoniewicz in Rm 124

April 28 2019 - Be a Welcome Ambassador: Discussion led by our Intern Minister Megan Mathieson in the Sanctuary

April 21 2019 - Congregational Conversation; join Rev. Carl in the Sanctuary - Justice on Earth: People of Faith Working at the Intersections of Race, Class, and the Environment April 14 2019 - April Split Plate Recipient: Centro Hispano de Frederick in Rm 113 April 7 2019 - Centering Black Voices Part 3-BLUU (Black Lives of UU): This discussion will be led by Carol Antoniewicz

March 31 2019 - Reparations: Real Change or Just Dollars: Discussion, in the Sanctuary at 10:40, led by Sam Purvis on compensatory payments to American descendants of African slaves. Suggested links to preview:
March 24 2019 - Soap Box Sunday; Attendees are invited to bring a topic on a 3x5 card. We will randomly use those for discussion in Rm 113

March 17 2019 - Congregational Conversation; join Rev. Carl in the Sanctuary for discussion on a speech by Dr. Martin Luther King - "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence".

March 10 2019 - March Split Plate Recipient; Discussion with Justice Jobs of Maryland, led by Bob Clegg, in the Sanctuary.

March 3 2019 - Centering Indigenous Voices: Taking On the Doctrine of Discovery. This presentation and discussion will be led by Carol Antoniewicz in Rm 124





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


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