Forum Discussion Group

January 2023 Forum Schedule

All sessions are at 9 a.m. Sunday in the Lower Level-Forum Room/Library

  • Feb. 5: Great Decisions program, focusing on chapter 5, “Myanmar’s Never-Ending Crisis.” Discussion will be led by David Leuthold, who helped lead a program providing a million books for libraries in Myanmar.
  • Feb. 12: UUCC Honduras Service Trips. Allie Gassmann and Yadira Flores will be talking about the five UUCC service trips to a rural area of Honduras and other projects that UUCC has sponsored. Allie has been a member of UUCC since 2000 and has coordinated all five of the service trips. Yadira Flores is from Honduras and currently seeking asylum in the U.S. She took part in one service trip.
  • Feb. 19: Caya Tanski will present “Honduras Today and How We Can Help.” Before moving to Columbia, Caya was a professor of Economics and Latin American Development in New Mexico. She is now a practicing naturopath and chiropractic physician. Caya has been active with service and solidarity delegations to Honduras over the last 10 years.
  • Feb. 26: Nick Foster will discuss “The Opportunity Campus and a Report on His City Council Activities.” Nick is the Fourth Ward city councilman and the former director of the Voluntary Action Center, which is coordinating the planning for the Opportunity Campus. The Opportunity Campus will provide safe temporary shelter, transitional housing, affordable housing, meals, basic daily needs and wrap-around services to lift people out of homelessness.

The Forum Discussion Group is an adult issues-and-answers discussion program that meets year-round from 9 to 10 a.m. each Sunday. Forum meets in the Forum Room/Library at the southeast corner of the lower level of our church.

The lower level is wheelchair-accessible from the lower-level parking lot entrance.

In Fall 2018 Forum observed its 37th year of existence, having become an important part of local UU experience shortly after our church transitioned from a lay-led fellowship to a community with a full-time minister in October 1980. Forum did not meet starting in March 2020 because of the Covid pandemic but resumed meeting on Sept. 11, 2022.

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Bill Clark was the long-time programmer for Forum

Among Forum leaders in its nearly four decades of existence have been George and Lois Parker, Arthur McArthur, Bob Breitenbach, Dan Spies, Charlie Atkins, and Carla and Wayne Anderson. For the past nine years, Columbia Daily Tribune columnist Bill Clark has been responsible for 10 months annually, while Carla and Wayne Anderson are program directors for April and September. March is devoted to women’s issues and personalities.

Forum looks into community, state, national and international issues, including issues in society, the arts, history, the sciences, and the environment, and occasionally issues within the church. Guests have included musical performers, educational and political leaders, political candidates, representatives of other religions, and leaders in the arts, music, theater, and city and county government.

A typical program format consists of remarks by a guest speaker followed by a question-and-answer period.

Forum is not intended to be a spiritual experience, though spiritual matters such as the soul of dogs occasionally appear on the schedule. The entire community is invited to attend Forum. Church membership or an enrollment is not a requirement – all that is needed is an interest in contemporary issues. A dollar in the coffee can on occasion is appreciated, however. Just show up – you’ll be an immediate Forum member.

Child care is available during the Forum sessions from September through May; however, it is seldom needed because most Forum attendees are older adults. Forum leaders hope to remedy this situation by attracting younger adults, whom the group cordially invites to stretch their horizons and expand their UU experiences. In addition to the listing at the top of this page, scheduled Forum topics are included on the Home Page and on the church calendar.

George Frissell presented on “Religion and Regalia” at Forum on May 8, 2016.
Andrew Twaddle took the photos in the slideshow above.