Wednesday Discussions by Zoom

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WEDNESDAY DISCUSSIONS BY ZOOM
5:00 - 6:00 PM

All are welcome to join us by Zoom for facilitated, fun, educational discussions on a variety of topics. We honor our covenant and group guidelines (see below) to create a safe community for sharing our differing perspectives and learning from each other. The Zoom room opens around 4:45 pm to meet and greet each other.


To get the Zoom meeting link, please send an email to info@firstuu.org


June 1
No Discussion Group, but you are welcome to attend a planning meeting for group facilitators, which will happen instead. See below.

NOTE to ALL DISCUSSION FACILITATORS: 
Wednesday, June 1 from 5:00 to 6:15 pm

Group Facilitators Planning Meeting for Summer and Fall.

The agenda will include brainstorming topics, presentations and programs for July through December. 
Facilitator: Carol B., Director of Religious Community, assisted by Pam P.

June 8

How are the US economic and political systems similar and different from the UK and Russia? (See Fiona Hill's book, There's Nothing for You Here) 

Facilitator: Moritza D.

June 15

How do you make decisions, from your personal experience, and from the points of view of neuroscience, philosophy and psychology? 

Facilitator: Pam P.

June 22

How do student loans affect the country, and how do you think this issue should be resolved? 

Facilitator: Norma A., assisted by Pam P.


June 29 

How can we get better health care at a lower cost?  

Facilitator: Jim G.

We follow the group covenant and guidelines listed below:



DISCUSSION COVENANT & GUIDELINES

COVENANT:
We,
the Participants, Facilitators, Presenters and Zoom Hosts, welcome everyone, as together we create a safe, supportive and mindful community where we practice UU Principles (see below) and values by following group guidelines.

GROUP GUIDELINES: 
We,
the Participants, Facilitators, Presenters and Zoom Hosts, covenant and aspire:  

1.  To participate respectfully by raising our hand, waiting to be called on by the facilitator, and sharing for only one to two minutes. 

2.  To listen with curiosity and compassion, appreciating differing perspectives, and addressing our biases with kindness in a learning community; 

3.  To share from personal experience and beliefs, refraining from stereotyping groups of people, and to respect everyone’s personal privacy;

4.  To accept with compassion our differing levels of awareness of our biases; 

5.  To refrain from side conversations and interruptions, waiting until our turn to share our comments and questions with the whole group;

6.  To accept that some concepts and issues might make us feel uncomfortable; 

7.  On Zoom: (a) To reduce distractions by muting our mics before and after our turn, and (b) To refrain from using the Chat function to send messages unless invited to do so by the facilitator.

 

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST PRINCIPLES
There are seven principles which Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote:

1.  The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
2.  Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
3.  Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
4.  A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
5.  The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
6.  The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
7.  Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.