The Forum is a public discussion group in the round. All are welcome.

The topics are chosen about a month in advance by the attendees and are listed on this page.

A moderator will first provide background information. Group members provide additional perspectives, opinions, extensions, tangents, counter positions, and related experiences in turn. Audio enhancement provided.

This Forum has been running for over a half century.

Date: Every Sunday
Time: 9-10:15 am
Location: Fireside Room
Facilitator: Bob Greene or Susan Owicki
Contact: Bob Greene (Bob_g@uucpa.org) or Susan Owicki (susan_o@uucpa.org)

Group URL: Realm Forum Group (login required)

Upcoming Events in Forum

  • 05/26/2019Forum – Selection of Forum Discussion Topics for July,

    Discussion Leaders: All

  • 06/02/2019Forum – What to do about Immigration,

    Discussion Leader: Dick Duda

  • 06/09/2019Forum – The Great Pivot – Creating Meaningful Work to Build a Meaningful Future,

    Discussion Leader: Fred Zeise

  • 06/16/2019Forum – Cost of Housing in the Bay Area,

    Discussion Leader: Jerry Strom

  • 06/23/2019Forum – America’s Political Future,

    Discussion Leader: John Cone

  • 06/30/2019Forum – Selection of Forum Discussion Topics for August,

    Discussion Leaders: All

  • 07/07/2019Forum,

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  • 07/14/2019Forum,

    Discussion Topic TBD

  • 07/21/2019Forum,

    Discussion Topic TBD

  • 07/28/2019Forum,

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  • Forum Archive

  • 05/19/2019 – Forum – Born on Third Base – Tackling Inequality,

    Book Review: A one percenter makes the case for tackling inequality, bringing wealth home, and committing to the common good. By Chuck Collins. 
    Discussion Leader: Valerie Yakich.

  • 05/12/2019 – Forum – Reducing Incarceration,

    Discussion Leader: John Cone

  • 05/05/2019 – Forum- Medical Systems – Pros and Cons,

    Book Review: By a former director of NIH, who gives his views on the benefits and problems of the American Medical System compared with systems in similar countries.
    Discussion Leader: Warren Schmidt.

  • 04/28/2019 – Forum – Selection of Forum Discussion Topics for June,

    Discussion Leaders: All

  • 04/21/2019 – Forum – The Fundamentals of Making Good Decisions,

    Decision Quality is enhanced by carrying out six studies prior to making a decision. Helpful Frame, Clear Values, Useful Information, Creative Alternatives, Sound Reasoning, and Commitment to Action.  Lessons from the Decision Education Foundation.
    Discussion Leader: Ron Davis

  • 04/14/2019 – Forum – The Influence of Technology in Our Lives,

    We’ll discuss the types of technologies we use; the associated benefits and costs; and ways to moderate the influence of technology.
    Discussion Leader: Sarah Doxiadis

  • 04/07/2019 – Forum – When the Grid Breaks,

    Discussion Leader: Fred and Ann Zeise

  • 03/31/2019 – Forum – Selection of Discussion Topics for May,

    Discussion Leaders: All

  • 03/24/2019 – Forum – The New Cold War,

    Discussion Leader: Cecil Bridges

  • 03/17/2019 – Forum – The Power of Beauty,

    According to Plato, goodness, truth and beauty form a unified whole, inseparable and indivisible.  UUs recognize the power of goodness (compassion, social justice) and truth (science), but tend to view beauty as a form of entertainment — enjoyable but subjective and not of central concern to our religion.  But Nietzsche said “Without music, life would be a mistake,” and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn went so far as to say that “Beauty will save the world.” Do we underestimate the power of beauty?
    Discussion Leader: Dick Duda

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