Forums at UUCC

Forums that matter.

Coffee, Conversation & Community

Community forums have been a distinctive part of UUCC’s faith tradition for over 25 years. Presentations by Cleveland’s leading authorities and academics cover current, thought provoking subjects with extended question and answer discussions. Participants from both inside and outside the congregation attend the forums, exchange views, and create a stronger, more accountable, informed community.

The weekly forums support UUCC’s “free and responsible search for truth and meaning”, our 4th principle, and encourage personal reflection, social action and individual and collective growth for all who attend. The forums cover a wide variety of issues that affect us personally as well as the communities in which we live.

Held weekly on Sundays at 9:30 between September and April, the virtual forums break new ground in the continuing search for truth and the importance of serving others.

Racism, Health Care Inequities, and the Future

November 22, 2020

Presenter:  Dr. Gregory Hall, MD Director, CSU Partnerships for Urban Health; Assistant Professor, CWRU School of Medicine, and Former Chair, Ohio Commission of Minority Health.

Covid-19 and other diseases disproportionately affect African Americans in severity and numbers. Life expectancy in poverty stricken African American … read more.

The 2020 Presidential Election: What Happened?

November 15, 2020

Presenter:  Tom Sutton, Political Science Professor, Baldwin Wallace, and Director, Community Research Institute.

Ohio has 8 million registered voters. Turnout was 55% in 2018.  What was it in 2020? What role did Covid-19, economic uncertainty, grassroots activism, protests, gerrymandering, online negative messaging, and super-PACS play in this … read more.

Crisis in Journalism, Democracy, and the Facts

November 8, 2020

Presenter:  Brent Larkin, PD Columnist, and former PD Editor

Democracy is based on the will of informed citizens. Truth and facts are the basis of journalism.  Without public accountability, corruption can flourish in all levels of government. Given our political division, the decline of … read more.

A Contested Presidential Election? What’s at Stake?

November 1, 2020

Presenter: Jonathan Entin, David L. Brennan Professor Emeritus of Law and Adjunct Professor of Political Science, CWRU

The November election is happening against a backdrop of unprecedented social, political, and economic challenges. Misinformation has been spread about the rarity of election fraud. Early winners cannot … read more.

Frank Talk on the Protest Movement

October 25, 2020

Presenters:  Richard Perloff, CSU Professor of Communication, in conversation with Rachael Collyer, Organizer and Program Director, Ohio Student Association, and Melekte Melaku, ACLU Cleveland Organizing Strategist

How effective are protests in changing systemic racism? Organized dissent provides a powerful mechanism for marginalized voices to … read more.

Covid 19: Research, Projections and the Future

October 18, 2020

Presenter:  Dr. Amy Ray, MD, Director, Metro-Health System Infection Prevention, CWRU Associate Professor of Medicine; and Member, Infectious Disease Society of America

Covid-19 research, tests, and clinical trials for a vaccine have been locally and internationally prioritized. What’s the status of a Covid-19 vaccine? Can we … read more.

White Privilege, Daily Life and Racism

October 11, 2020

Coordinators: Racial Justice Leadership Team, UU Congregation of Cleveland 

In what ways does white skin color provide tremendous advantage in our culture and everyday lives?  Is this hierarchy of unearned white privilege overt, subconscious or both?  During this forum specific questions will be asked … read more.

Navigating Psychological Effects of Covid 19

October 4, 2020

Presenter: Karen Hurley, Psychologist and Assistant Professor, CWRU School of Medicine

Along with increased time at home with family, the pandemic is causing a marked rise in stress, depression, suicide, domestic abuse, loneliness and other psychological problems.  How can we personally and collectively alleviate the … read more.

The Future of Healthcare Funding: What’s Coming?

September 27, 2020

Presenter: J.B. Silvers, Professor of Health Finance, CWRU Weatherhead School of Management

What is the long term impact of Covid-19 on the stability and financial support of our health care system, including service to those in poverty? Medicare, Medicaid, hospitals and insurance companies are … read more.