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Sunday Dec 5th @ 11:45 a.m., Soap Box Sunday; Attendees are invited to bring a topic. We will randomly use those for discussion in Rm 113 and via Zoom at:

https://zoom.us/j/95531719685?pwd=TnN4clJaYWtJTE9Wejkwdys1dTNRdz09


  • 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 and in Rm 113)

Dec 5 2021 - Soap Box Sunday; Attendees are invited to bring a topic. We will randomly use those for discussion

Dec 12 2021 - Dec Split-Plate Recipient

Dec 19 2021 - Widening the Welcome: Presentation and discussion led by the Welcoming Ministry

Dec 26 2021 - TDB

Jan 2 2022 - Soap Box Sunday; Attendees are invited to bring a topic. We will randomly use those for discussion

Jan 9 2022 - Jan Split-Plate Recipient

Jan 16 2022 - NO FRIENDLY FORUM THIS WEEK - Please attend the Art Show Reception via Zoom (same link as for Friendly Forum)

Jan 23 2022 - DRT TDB

Jan 30 2022 - Maryland Lynching Memorial Project; Presentation and Discussion led by the Dismantling Racism Team

Feb 6 2022 - Soap Box Sunday; Attendees are invited to bring a topic. We will randomly use those for discussion

Feb 13 2022 - Feb Split-Plate Recipient

Feb 20 2022 - TDB

Feb 27 2022 - DRT TDB

Mar 6 2022 - NO FRIENDLY FORUM THIS WEEK - Please attend the Art Show Reception via Zoom (same link as for Friendly Forum)

Mar 13 2022 - Mar Split-Plate Recipient

Mar 20 2022 - TDB

Mar 27 2022 - DRT TDB

Apr 3 2022 - Soap Box Sunday; Attendees are invited to bring a topic. We will randomly use those for discussion

Apr 10 2022 - Apr Split-Plate Recipient

Apr 17 2022 - TDB

Apr 24 2022 - DRT TDB

May 1 2022 - NO FRIENDLY FORUM THIS WEEK - Please attend the Art Show Reception via Zoom (same link as for Friendly Forum)

May 8 - May Split-Plate Recipient

May 15 2022 - TDB

May 22 2022 - DRT TDB

May 29 2022 - TDB

June 5 2022 - Soap Box Sunday; Attendees are invited to bring a topic. We will randomly use those for discussion

June 12 2022 - June Split-Plate Recipient

June 19 2022 - TDB

June 26 2022 - DRT TDB

July 3 2022 - TDB

July 10 2022 - July Split-Plate Recipient

July 17 2022 - TDB

July 22 2022 - DRT TDB

July 29 2022 - TDB

Aug 7 2022 - Soap Box Sunday; Attendees are invited to bring a topic. We will randomly use those for discussion

Aug 14 2022 - Aug Split-Plate Recipient

Aug 21 2022 - TDB

Aug 28 2022 - DRT TDB

Sep 4 2022 - NO FRIENDLY FORUM THIS WEEK - Please attend the Art Show Reception via Zoom (same link as for Friendly Forum)

Sep 11 2022 - Sep Split-Plate Recipient

Sep 18 2022 - TDB

Sep 25 2022 - DRT TDB

Oct 3 2022 - Soap Box Sunday; Attendees are invited to bring a topic. We will randomly use those for discussion

Oct 10 2022 - Oct Split-Plate Recipient

Oct 17 2022 - TDB

Oct 24 2022 - DRT TDB

Oct 31 2022 - TDB

Nov 6 2022 - NO FRIENDLY FORUM THIS WEEK - Please attend the Art Show Reception via Zoom (same link as for Friendly Forum)

Nov 13 2022 - Nov Split-Plate Recipient

Nov 20 2022 - TDB

Nov 27 2022 - DRT TDB

Dec 4 2022 - Soap Box Sunday; Attendees are invited to bring a topic. We will randomly use those for discussion

Dec 11 2022 - Dec Split-Plate Recipient

Dec 18 2022 - TDB

Dec 25 2022 - DRT TDB

Previous Sessions

Nov 28 2021 - Examining Unconscious Bias. Presentation and discussion lead by our Intern Minister, Kathryn Adams

Nov 21 2021 - PURPLE, a new short documentary from political mediation organization Resetting the Table (RTT) and Emmy Award-winning Transient Pictures. Presentation and discussion in Rm 113 and via Zoom

Nov 14 2021 - Nov Split-Plate Recipient: Black Lives UU (BLUU). Presentation and Discussion led by Carol Antoniewicz

Nov 7 2021 - NO FRIENDLY FORUM THIS WEEK - Please attend the Art Show Reception

Oct 31 2021 - Halloween and Racism

Oct 24 2021 - A Right to Misinform? - Section 230 and Social Media: Section 230 and Social Media

Oct 17 2021 - Maryland Campaign for Environmental Human Rights: Presentation and discussion led by Nina Cardin.

Oct 10 2021 - Oct Split-Plate Recipient UU@UN

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

Sep 26 2021 - How About Some Good News!? Participants invited to share good news items from anywhere in the press/media

Sep 19 2021 - How You Can Help Support Afghan Refugees: Presentation and discussion lead by Marilou Barratt

Sep 12 2021 - Sep Split-Plate Recipient - Blessings in a Backpack: Presentation and discussion led by Angela Abrishami

Sep 5 2021 - NO FRIENDLY FORUM THIS WEEK - Please attend the Art Show Reception in Rm 113

Aug 22 2021 - NO FRIENDLY FORUM THIS WEEK.

Aug 15 2021 - Sexism - Then and Now: Discussion led by Sam Purvis.

Aug 8 2021 - Aug Split-Plate Recipient: Empowering Community Leaders Network - Presentation and discussion lead by James Kelly and Phyllis York

Aug 1 2021 - Soap Box Sunday; Attendees are invited to bring a topic. We will randomly use those for discussion

July 25 2021 - TBD

July 18 2021 - NO FRIENDLY FORUM THIS WEEK - Please attend the Art Show Reception via Zoom (same link as for Friendly Forum) or LIVE in Room 125

July 11 2021 - July Split-Plate Recipient: AARCH and Remembering David Key. Presentation and discussion led by the UUCF Dismantling Racism Team.

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

Jun 27 2021 - America Talks Follow-up - Let's share our experiences with this

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


Jun 13 2021 - NO FRIENDLY FORUM. Instead, attend the UUCF Annual Business Meeting

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

May 30 2021 - Bridging the Abyss: Our political environment is a dumpster fire, but what can we do? Discussion and presentation led by Sam Purvis.

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 16 2021 - Generation Change - Leadership Evolving: Every generation's youth are, as a group, uniquely different. What do we see in the generation rising now to face the challenges to today's world?

May 9 2021 - May Split-Plate Recipient - Student Homelessness Initiative Partnership (SHIP): Presentation and discussion led by Betsy Bainbridge
May 2 2021 - NO FRIENDLY FORUM THIS WEEK - Please attend the Art Show Reception via Zoom (same link as for Friendly Forum)

Apr 25 2021 - First 100 Days: How's It Going, Joe?

Apr 18 2021 - NO FRIENDLY FORUM THIS WEEK - Please attend the Art Show Reception via Zoom (same link as for Friendly Forum)

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

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

Mar 28 2021 - The Filibuster: 'Nuff Said? - Presentation and discussion led by Sam Purvis

Mar 21 2021 - “Revolutionary Love: A Women’s History Month Conversation.” Presentation and discussion led by Jen Raffensperger

Mar 14 2021 - March Split-Plate Recipient - Justice Jobs of MD, Inc. : Presentation and discussion led by Bob Clegg
Mar 7 2021 - Soap Box Sunday - Attendees are invited to bring a topic. We will randomly use those for discussion.

Feb 28 2021 - Lethal Autonomous Weapons: Is the Terminator Here? Presentation and discussion moderated by Dave Purvis.

Feb 21 2021 - COVID-19 Vaccinations: Tips and Tricks --- Open Discussion - Share your experiences getting (or trying to get) vaccinated

Feb 14 2021 - February Split-Plate Recipient - Able and Willing: Presentation and discussion led by Mary Kruhm
Feb 7 2021 - NO FRIENDLY FORUM THIS WEEK - Please attend the Art Show Reception via Zoom (same link as for Friendly Forum)

Jan 31 2021 - Media Savvy: Critical Consumption of News; Open Discussion
Jan 24 2021 - Conservatism? What's that?: Open Discussion
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.






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