Forum Committee Seeks Volunteers/Ideas

The committee of Forums That Matter (recently known as Community Forums) wants additional volunteers! We also welcome ideas for future forums and speakers.

For more than 25 years, the UUCC Forums That Matter have provided the public with stimulating secular presentations/discussions by thought leaders. … read more.

Small Businesses: Chronicling the Effects of Covid-19

March 14, 2021

Amazon’s profit last quarter: 5.2 billion; Walmart’s recent profits: 1 billion/month. While these earnings show huge gains,pandemic has particularly hit small business. Many have closed. How can small businesses survive? 

Speakers: Bob Rosenbaum, Advertising and Market Development, Heights Observer, in conversation with Melissa Hirsch, Owner, Unbar … read more.

Politics and Polling: What Went Wrong?

March 7, 2021

Biden’s margin of victory was half what had been predicted in 2020.  Less than 6% of survey respondents answer phones due to robocalls.  Internet polling samples based on income, race, age, or education, pose formidable challenges. Much of democracy depends on being able … read more.

Living with Covid19: What’s Next Medically?

February 21, 2021

One out of every 17 people in the US has had Covid19. Approximately 80% of the population must be immune before normal lifestyles can return.  When might this happen? Are current vaccines effective against mutated Covid19 strains?  Distrust is growing, especially in African-American … read more.

Anti-Semitism: Beliefs and Facts

February 14, 2021

Hatred of Jews, Muslims and any other group is wrong. How can we combat anti-Semitic stereotypes and messages that are clearly inaccurate? Is reasoned criticism of the Israeli government’s policy to occupy the West Bank anti-Semitic? Let’s discuss.

Speaker: Mark Weber, Retired KSU Dean, … read more.

Community Safety Challenges, Oversight and Reforms

February 7, 2021

Nine out of 10 calls for police are for nonviolent encounters.  Nationally, there’s talk about defunding the police and reallocating funds to social service agencies.  How can communities defuse low-level misdemeanors, keep more people out of jail, and improve racial relations? What’s happening … read more.

Immigration, Refugees, DACA and the Future

January 31, 2021

Normally, 3,000 immigrants come to Cleveland annually.  In 2019 there were 12,000 pending immigration cases in Cleveland’s Immigration Court.  What will 2021 bring with deportation issues?  The US has 13 million undocumented immigrants, including over 700,000 DACA children. What might 2021 bring with … read more.