The Forum is an adult lecture and talk-back 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.

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 (daviduufa@gmail.com),  Karen Solheim (uufa.karensolheim@gmail.com), Kate Blane (raya_mead@yahoo.com) , Gary Crider (gcrider@charter.net).

 

Forums – Winter/Spring 2020

January 12 -
January 19 - Reflections from Tijuana - Imani Scott-Blackwell

A discussion with a local activist about their experience supporting families in the migrant caravan earlier this year. You can expect an overview of major takeaways, pertinent policies, and personal anecdotes from the experience.

February 9 - Dealing with Mental Health Issues in a War Zone - Issa Bagayogo

This Forum is based on a project that speaker Issa Bagayogo, M.D., did in collaboration with the Carter Center. He will discuss similarities and differences in access/issues relating to Mental Health in Liberia and the USA. Issa Bagayogo, M.D., founder of Olive Space Psychiatry in Athens, is a psychiatrist, neuroscientist, and global mental health specialist, having trained at the renowned Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Rutgers University.

February 16 - The Mountain:  A Place of Community - Megan Van Der Linde, Program Director

Learn about the history of The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center, who we are today and hear about the exciting programs for all ages.

March 8 - Segregation in Athens--Community Members Speak

Join members of the Athens community in viewing If We So Choose, "a documentary short film introducing audiences to the people in Athens, Georgia who not only lived through Jim Crow separatism but fought against it and won. Through the lens of a little known protest demonstration at the lingo-laden fast food restaurant, The Varsity, new light is shed on the tall order for equality that was placed by unsung, young, African American heroes." After viewing this 10-minute film, members of the Athens community will share their thoughts and engage in Q&A.

March 15 - Looking at Positive Aging - Kathy Mason & Don Randall

It is a given - we all continue to age! Kathy Mason has training and experience in the field of aging. Don Randall, UUFA community minister, is also a family and marriage therapist. Together they want to share both knowledge and challenges as we all march through the aging scene together. They have a handout and an Aging Risk Self Assessment exercise. The goal is positive aging.

April 12 - 

TBD

April 19 - UUFA Town Hall on 2020-2021 Budget

Presentation, Q&A, and discussion concerning the proposed UUFA operating budget for FY2020-21

May 10 - Local News, Local Politics and YouTube: How I Became a Journalist - Chris Dowd

Chris Dowd will talk about his journey, starting as an activist with Athens for Everyone and then as a journalist covering local news and politics. Can local journalism survive in the 21st century? What will it look like and how will it be funded?