Forums That Matter Fall Season

The Fall Forums season starts Sunday, September 18, 9-10. Programs will be held both in person at UUCC’s Fellowship Hall and on Zoom at


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.

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.

Police Accountability: Racism, Reforms and the Future

September 20, 2020

Moderator: Lewis Katz, Professor, CWRU School of Law
Panelists: Ronnie Dunn, CSU Associate Professor of Urban Affairs, and Kareem Henton, Cleveland Co-Founder, Black Lives Matter.

The U.S. has the highest prison population (2.3 million) in the world. Nationally, black men are almost 2 1/2 … read more.