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Sunday, January 24th, 2021 at 11:45 a.m.

Conservatism? What's that?: Open Discussion


https://zoom.us/j/95531719685?pwd=TnN4clJaYWtJTE9Wejkwdys1dTNRdz09
If you can, please preview the following (the last from Rev. Carl's blog):

Coronavirus Update

  • Friendly Forum face-to-face sessions are suspended, and we are instead meeting via Zoom during the pandemic.
  • 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 (Sundays at 11:45am on Zoom)

Jan 24 2021 - Conservatism? What's that?: Open Discussion

Jan 31 2021 - TBD

Feb 7 2021 - NO FRIENDLY FORUM THIS WEEK - Please attend the Art Show Reception via Zoom (same link as for Friendly Forum)

Feb 14 2021 - February Split-Plate Recipient - Able and Willing: Presentation and discussion led but Mary Kruhm


Feb 21 2021 - TBD

Feb 28 2021 - TBD

Mar 7 2021 - Soap Box Sunday; Attendees are invited to bring a topic. We will randomly use those for discussion

Mar 14 2021 - March Split-Plate Recipient - Justice Jobs of MD, Inc. : Presentation and discussion led by Bob Clegg
Mar 21 2021 - Presentation and discussion led by Jen Raffensperger

Mar 28 2021 - TBD

Apr 4 2021 - Soap Box Sunday; Attendees are invited to bring a topic. We will randomly use those for discussion

Apr 11 2021 - April Split-Plate Recipient - Cambodia Reads: Presentation and discussion led by Carolyn Judd

Apr 18 2021 - TBD

Apr 25 2021 - TBD

May 2 2020 - Soap Box Sunday; Attendees are invited to bring a topic. We will randomly use those for discussion

May 9 2021 - May Split-Plate Recipient - Student Homelessness Initiative Partnership (SHIP): Presentation and discussion led by Betsy Bainbridge
May 16 2021 - TBD

May 23 2021 - UUA Common Read Discussion of Imani Perry’s "Breathe: A Letter to My Sons,” led by Rev. Carl and Intern Minister Jen.

May 30 2021 - TBD

Jun 6 2021 - Soap Box Sunday; Attendees are invited to bring a topic. We will randomly use those for discussion

Jun 13 2021 - June Split-Plate Recipient - I Believe in Me, Inc. : Presentation and discussion led by Lise Bromfield
Jun 20 2021 - TBD

Jun 27 2021 - TBD

Previous Sessions

Jan 17 2021 - So, How Is YOUR Democracy Doing?

Jan 10 2021 - January Split-Plate Recipient - UULM-MD: Presentation and discussion led by Steve Buckingham


Jan 3 2021 - Soap Box Sunday; Attendees are invited to bring a topic. We will randomly use those for discussion

Dec 27 2020 - Living under an Autocracy: Presentation and Discussion led by Sam Purvis

Dec 20 2020 - Resources for Immigrant Support and Empowerment - R.I.S.E.: Presentation and Discussion led by Mary Ford

Dec 13 2020 - Dec Split-Plate Recipient - Kenya Connection


Dec 6 2020 - Soap Box Sunday; Attendees are invited to bring a topic. We will randomly use those for discussion

Nov 29 2020 - UU The Vote at UUCF: The Year in Review - Presentation and Discussion led by Dick Roblin
Nov 22 2020 - Special Congregational Budget Meeting

Nov 15 2020 - Soap Box Sunday Special Edition: Elections Results - How Are You Feeling? Nov Split-Plate Recipient: Unitarian Universalist Service Committee - Presentation and Discussion by Carly Cronon and Bill Butler Oct 25 2020 - Five Wishes - End of Life Planning: presentation and discussion led by Becky Smock. Please preview the following before attending:
Oct 18th - Oct Split-Plate Recipient: UU-UN. Presentation and discussion led by Joanne Spivey.
https://zoom.us/j/95531719685?pwd=TnN4clJaYWtJTE9Wejkwdys1dTNRdz09

Oct 11 2020 - Decolonizing Wealth: Presentation and discussion led by Jen Raffensperger

Oct 4 2020 - Green Burial: presentation and discussion led by Carolyn and Michael Judd

Sep 27 2020 - RIGGED - Voter Suppression; video presentation followed by open discussion.

Sep 20 2020 - Frederick March for Justice: Presentation and Discussion led by Akiyyah Billups and Lisa Bromfield

Sep 13 2020 - What Motivated the Swing Voters?

Sep 6 2020 - Please attend the Visual Arts Committee Zoom meeting at 11:45

Aug 30 2020 - The Republican National Convention: What Did You See - What Do You Think?

Aug 23 2020 - The Democratic National Convention: What Did You See - What Do You Think?

Aug 16 2020 - Soap Box Sunday - we haven't done this is a while, so log in with a topic you'd like to discuss.

Aug 9 2020 - August Split-Plate Recipient: Empowering Community Leaders Network. Presentation and Discussion led by ECLN President, Phyllis York. Use the following link to join the session:

ECLN web site:

Aug 2 2020 - Supressed: The Fight to Vote. YouTube video presentation and open discussion..

July 26 2020 - COVID-19: How are you coping? Let's get together to discuss how we are dealing with the pandemic. Questions, challenges, and successful tips are all welcome. Use the following link:
July 19 2020 - Drawdown Project: Impactful Solutions to Global Warming. Presentation and discussion lead by Dr. Joanne Horn.

July 12 2020 - July Split-Plate Recipient: Black Lives Matter of UU - Presentation and Discussion led by Samuel Prince. Use Zoom link https://zoom.us/j/95531719685?pwd=TnN4clJaYWtJTE9Wejkwdys1dTNRdz09 July 5 2020 - Join Rev. Carl for a Congregational Conversation on "#DemilitarizeThePolice #DefundThePolice #AbolishThePolice: Background Behind the Hashtag & Where Do We Go from Here?" (in the same Zoom Room as the Sunday Service)

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

June 21 2020 - June Split-Plate Recipient: Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC); discussion Rev. Laura Randall, a member of UUSC’s Development team: http://www.uusc.org

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

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

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



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