Forum & Upcoming Topics
The Forum is an adult lecture and talk-back featuring a vast array of topics. Previous Forum topics include SPLOST issues, global climate change, our UU Transylvanian Heritage, happiness, creativity, and more.
Sunday morning Forums will be held on the second and third Sundays of each month from 9:30 to 10:20 a.m. in the Eskildsen Room.
To suggest a Forum topic or speaker, please contact one of the Forum Folks: David Jarrett (email@example.com), Karen Solheim (firstname.lastname@example.org), Kate Blane (email@example.com) , Gary Crider (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Forums – Fall 2019
October 13 - All in a Day's Work as Chief of Police - Cleveland Spruill
Join Athens-Clarke County Chief of Police--Cleveland Spruill--as he gives an update on his past few months in this role and shares his vision for the future.
October 20 - Redistricting in Georgia: A Short Course on Gerrymandering - Peggy Perkins (retired teacher, activist) of Winder and Bob Covi
Key discussion questions that will be addressed are the following:
- What is redistricting and how does it affect our elections?
- What is gerrymandering and why is it a problem?
- What can we do about gerrymandering? And where do we start?
Highlighted is The Democracy Act, state legislation proposing an independent redistricting commission, to be re-introduced in the Georgia 2020 session.
November 10 - UUFA Solar Panels and Climate Justice – Kate Blane & Dan Everett
Next year we expect to have solar panels installed on the UUFA roof, courtesy of a generous donation by a UUFA couple. Come explore the proposal, the installation, and the cost savings expected. Can we also illuminate our UU spiritual values through this project, combing our passion for the environment with our calling to serve social justice in our community?
November 17 - Born Intersex: We Are Human! - Mx. Anunnaki Ray Marquez
In this PG 13 presentation, Anunnaki Marquez--gender/intersex educator, writer, speaker, and UUFA member--shares about intersex 101 in general including the violation of human rights and their journey in achieving the first intersex birth certificate in Colorado in September 2018 in particular.
December 8 - Fork Over Knives: Fact or Fiction - Andree Kosak, co-owner of Trumps catering
After watching the documentary Forks Over Knives, Andree and husband Ron decided to experiment. Going "cold turkey" from the standard American diet to a plant based one, Andree candidly details the challenges- medically, culturally and gastronomically. Did their results match the claims of Forks Over Knives?
December 15 - Suicide and Its Prevention - Sally vander Straeten
This Forum will focus on what suicide is, what we each can contribute to its prevention and what community resources are available