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. For the 2017-18 program year, two kinds of Forums will be held:

  • Sunday Forums--on the second and third Sundays of  each month from roughly 10:00 - 10:50 am in the Fellowship Hall
  • CommUUnity Forums--occasional  Sundays in the afternoon (time tbd)

To suggest a Forum topic or speaker, please contact a Forum Committee member for 2017-18:  David Jarrett,  Karen Solheim, Kate Blane, Gary Crider, Frank Boardman, or UUFA Administrator Shaye Gambrell (706-546-7914).

~Forums for 2017-18 will be held on the second and third Sundays

from September 10, 2017, through April 22, 2018.~

November 12

Exotic Invasive Plants:  Control Measures

Gary Crider

Non-native invasive plants disrupt ecological functions and threaten the viability and diversity of our native plants and wildlife. Homeowners and other citizens can play a critical role in helping prevent the introduction and spread of these plant species. With effective tools, techniques, and good management strategies, groups and individuals can have a real impact on the problem of invasive plants.  Gary Crider will outline how you can reduce non-natives on your property and in your community.

 

November 19

The Sixth Extinction

Kate Blane

We are currently in the Sixth Extinction, which is partly or largely driven psychologically by the need to see ourselves as separate from and superior to the rest of nature. Our fellow animals and the Earth are under increasing threat from human activities, Anthropogenic climate change, habitat destruction and an unfolding mass extinction which beg the key question Why are we incapable of changing our behavior? This is based on the "I am Not an Animal!" Symposium.

  • Conversations that Matter

    We are living in turbulent and confusing times. More than ever we need to respectfully listen to each other while learning and appreciating new ideas other than our own. This is especially true in our UUFA spiritual community. Recent feedback to surveys has indicated that some individuals are reluctant to voice their opinions. Others decline to speak up when their views are perceived to be at odds with majority views

    On October 29, 12:20 p.m. a new opportunity for deliberative dialogue is offered in the form of Conversations that Matter. These conversations will occur on the 5th Sunday of the month at the Fellowship following the Sunday service.

    The purpose of Conversations that Matter is to create a safe and effective process for UUFA members to explore differing perspectives on “hot topics” within the fellowship. Although conflict is challenging for many, we believe that we can create a deliberative approach for civil discourse. Learning to do that more effectively within our group will enable skills for civil discourse in the world. The expectation is not that everyone will agree, but that each participant has a voice and is better informed about different views or possible actions and attendant consequences. We intend to work towards a grass roots vehicle where ideas come from a variety of sources.

    The focus of our inaugural Conversations that Matter is the following: What do we mean when we say that we use democratic processes here at UUFA? This is focus is prompted by the 5th UU Principle: The right of conscience and the use of democratic processes within our congregation and in society at large. We are starting with this topic as it seems fundamental to effective deliberative discussion and decision making about UUFA issues. If we can have frank dialogue about what we believe should happen, we will build important groundwork for tackling divisive issues that face our fellowship.

    The discussion will be facilitated to ensure a deliberative dialogue approach that will help us move beyond a debate (where winning is the purpose) and discussion (where no particular outcome is expected). Deliberative dialogue moves to understanding a problem and reaching a decision that is best for everyone. “Deliberation happens when a group of people work on a problem as if solving it is up to them and no one else, and when they recognize that they and others will be living with the consequences, both good and bad, of the choices they make” (http://connect.ala.org).

    Please join in Conversations that Matter, October 29, 12:20 p.m. in the Couch Room (or a larger room depending on attendance).

  • Forum Folks Needed

    Do you have good ideas? Do you know people?

    If so, you are invited to become a member of the 2017-18 Forum Committee to help plan, promote, and introduce next year’s Forums.

    Need more information?  See any member of the current Forum Committee:  Kate Blane, Frank Boardman, Gary Crider, David Jarrett, or Karen Solheim.

    Ready to join?  Contact Karen Solheim (justice@uuathensga.org or 706.202.7515).