The Forum is an adult lecture and talk-back program featuring a vast array of topics. Previous Forum topics include SPLOST issues, redistricting in Georgia, global climate change, UUFA solar panels, suicide and its prevention, our UU Transylvanian Heritage, happiness, creativity, and more. To suggest a Forum topic or speaker, please click here or contact one of the Forum Folks: David Jarrett, Karen Solheim, Kate Blane, or Gary Crider.
January 17: Meet the New DA--Deborah Gonzalez
As the first Latina to be elected a district attorney in the state, the first woman to serve as a district attorney in the circuit, and the first Puerto Rican woman in the country to be elected a district attorney, Deborah Gonzalez will share the duties of the District Attorney, the history of this position and her winning lawsuit. and her vision for what she would like to accomplish in this position.
January 31: There's a New Sheriff in Town--John Q. Williams
Join recently elected Sheriff John Q. Williams as he shares his thoughts about the duties of the sheriff, the history of this position, and his vision for what he would like to change and accomplish as sheriff.
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January 10: The Up and Down of Confederate Monuments
Join UGA doctoral student Irami Osei-Frimpong as he discusses the removal of Confederate statues occurring around the U.S. including the recent removal of the Athens Confederate monument and the Lost Cause philosophy behind the placement of these statues in the first place.
Let’s take break from the traditional Forum format during this season of darkness to light. Join Kay Giese and Penny Oldfather for a poetry-sharing time centered around the winter solstice theme. Please bring a poem or two to read aloud to each other as time allows.
This seven-minute film narrated by the congresswoman and illustrated by Molly Crabapple is set a couple of decades from now. It is a flat-out rejection of the idea that a dystopian future is a forgone conclusion. There are ways to turn things around! Join Iva King as we watch this and talk about what might happen if we reimaged the future, in the the realms of racial justice, health, education and the environment.
In the 1980s and 90s, when the word welcoming became a code word for accepting lesbian, gay, and bisexual people, the Unitarian Universalist Association launched a Welcoming Congregation Program to help learn how to undo homophobia—and later, transphobia (prejudice against transgender people). Join Welcoming Congregation Renewal Team member Morgan Henry as she answers questions and invites discussion about the expanded alphabet of the Welcoming Congregation Program--LGBTQIA+/TGQNB--and shares where UUFA is in the renewal process. You are invited to help shape the discussion by clicking here to submit your questions ahead of time.
Shannon Caldwell and Nancy Sagar will talk about how everyone can use their votes, voices, and choices to fight climate change and how doing so translates to benefits in global health and racial justice. Nancy and Shannon were trained by Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project and are active in the Atlanta chapter; Nancy leads a sustainable investing firm.
So...what has happened and is happening with the 2020 Presidential Election? Join UGA Professor Charles Bullock as he shares his thoughts.
October 18 Forum with Paul Gurian discussing the presidential election
October 11 Forum with Jed Kaylor of the Athens Area Humane Society
September 20 Forum with ACC Board of Elections Chair Jess Evans?
August 30 Forum with Dr. Neal Priest discussing what to eat and what not to eat to live long and prosper.
August 16 Forum with Rev. Lisa Schwartz
August 9 Forum with Mayor Kelly Gitz