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The Friendly Forum

Sunday, June 7th 2020 at 11:45 a.m.

Please attend the Open Forum with Rev. Carl & UUCF Board following the Sunday service.

Coronavirus Update

  • Friendly Forum face-to-face sessions are suspended, and we will not be adding to the schedule of Upcoming Sessions.
  • We will be contacting those speakers whose face-to-face sessions are being lost to ask for web links, to be posted here, addressing their topics for everyone's 'virtual' consideration, or to consider using Zoom to conduct virtual sessions much like our current Sunday Service.
    • For those amenable to Zoom, we will press on with their existing scheduled date for their session, but the time will be later, after the Service(s).
    • For those who wish to postpone instead, we will first be working with them to get rescheduled when we know that face-to-face sessions will resume. From that point forward, we will look to new topics and speakers.


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

June 7 2020 - Please attend the Open Forum with Rev. Carl & UUCF Board following the Sunday service in the same Zoom room.

June 14 2020 - Please attend the Annual UUCF Business Meeting following the Sunday service in the same Zoom room.

June 21 2020 - June Split-Plate Recipient: Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC); discussion led by Bill Butler


June 28 2020 - May 31 2020 - What About Our Pollinators? Presentation and discussion led by Ann Payne

July 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 9:30

July 12 2020 - July Split-Plate Recipient: Rm 113 at 9:30

July 19 2020 - Rm 113 at 9:30: TBD

July 26 2020 - Rm 113 at 9:30: TBD

Aug 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 9:30

Aug 9 2020 - Aug Split-Plate Recipient: Rm 113 at 9:30

Aug 16 2020 - Rm 113 at 9:30: TBD

Aug 23 2020 - Rm 113 at 9:30: TBD

Aug 30 2020 - Rm 113 at 9:30: TBD

Sep 6 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 9:30

Sep 13 2020 - Sep Split-Plate Recipient: Rm 113 at 10:30

Sep 20 2020 - Join Rev. Carl for a monthly Congregational Conversation in the Sanctuary at 10:30

Sep 27 2020 - Meet the Social Action Committee in Rm 113 at 10:30.

Oct 4 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 9:30

Oct 11 2020 - Oct Split-Plate Recipient: Rm 113 at 10:30

Oct 18 2020 - Join Rev. Carl for a monthly Congregational Conversation in the Sanctuary at 10:30

Oct 25 2020 - Rm 113 at 10:30: TBD

Nov 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 9:30

Nov 8 2020 - Nov Split-Plate Recipient: Rm 113 at 10:30: TBD

Nov 15 2020 - Join Rev. Carl for a monthly Congregational Conversation in the Sanctuary at 10:30

Nov 22 2020 - Rm 113 at 10:30: TBD

Nov 29 2020 - Rm 113 at 10:30: TBD

Dec 6 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 9:30

Dec 13 2020 - Dec Split-Plate Recipient: Rm 113 at 10:30: TBD

Dec 20 2020 - Join Rev. Carl for a monthly Congregational Conversation in the Sanctuary at 10:30

Dec 27 2020 - Rm 113 at 10:30: TBD

Previous Sessions

May 31 2020 - UUCF Get Out The Vote (GOTV): join the conversation with fellow congregation members about UUCF efforts to GOTV. Discussion led by Betsy Bainbridge, Dick Roblin, and Steve Buckingham.

May 24 2020 - 'What Is Islam?' Presentation and Discussion led by Zakir Bengali

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 10 2020 - May Split-Plate Recipient: AARCH; discussion led by David Key, President

May 3 2020 - Choosing What Matters to You Most - Advanced Directives and other End of Life Issues Part 2. This presentation and discussion is led by Dr. Geoff Coleman.

Apr 26 2020 - Postponed due to technical difficulties.

Apr 19 2020 - Join Rev. Carl for a Congregation-wide "Conversations for Liberation" with Rev. Carl & Intern Minister Jen (same Zoom link as Sunday Service)

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 5 2020 - Soap Box Sunday; And Now For Something Completely Different. Delightful commencement speech from Maharishi University given by Jim Carrey. Watch on-line via Zoom (see link at the top of this page) at 11:45. Open Chat Box for your commentary.

March 29 2020 - Choosing What Matters to You Most - Advanced Directives and other End of Life Issues Part 1, on-line via Zoom (see link at the top of this page) at 11:45. This presentation and discussion is led by Geoff Coleman.

March 22 2020 - SHIP of Frederick County's THRIVE! Host Home Network via Zoom (see link at the top of this page); presentation and discussion led by Maureen Walker, Program Administrator for SHIP (Student Homelessness Initiative Partnership)

Maureen Walker, Program Administrator maureen@shipfrederick.com; (240) 626-0602

Ed Hinde, Executive Director ed@shipfrederick.com; (240) 415-8971

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 8 2020 - Mar Split-Plate Recipient: Able & Willing; discussion led by Jim Carpenter & Mary Bowman-Kruhm in Rm 113 at 10:30

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

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.

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 9 2020 - February Split-Plate Recipient: Justice Jobs of Maryland, Inc.; discussion led by Kellie Bradley in Rm 113 at 10:30 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

Jan 26 2020 - Reparations: What? Why? How?. Dismantling Racism Team presentation/discussion led by Barbara Schectman 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 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 5 2020 - Power and Light, a Renewable Energy Workshop; discussion lead by Kathleen Rall 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

Dec 22 2019 - Winter Pageant in the Sanctuary at 10:30

Dec 15 2019 - Join Rev. Carl for a monthly Congregational Conversation in Rm 113/115 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 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 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

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

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
Suggested links to preview:
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


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