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The Friendly Forum

Sunday, August 9th, 2020 at 11:45 a.m.

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:

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)

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 16 2020 - TBD

Aug 23 2020 - TBD

Aug 30 2020 - 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

Sep 20 2020 - Join Rev. Carl for a monthly Congregational Conversation

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

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

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


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