Wednesday Discussions by Zoom

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WEDNESDAY DISCUSSIONS BY ZOOM
5:00 - 6:00 PM, Always by Zoom

     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 online Zoom room opens around 4:45 pm to meet and greet each other.

All are welcome to join us. Please see Discussion Guidelines below the Topic Schedule.

To get the Zoom meeting link, please send an email to info@firstuu.org by Thursday morning, and if you would like to receive weekly reminder emails with the topics for this group, please let us know.


UPCOMING TOPICS, FACILITATORS,

COVENANT, DISCUSSION GUIDELINES,

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST PRINCIPLES and SOURCES

Wednesday, January 25: What are your thoughts about “Love” being one of the new proposed UU Values, Principles and Covenants of the UUA bylaws?

“Section C-2.2. Values and Covenant Love is the enduring force that holds us together.

As Unitarian Universalists in religious community, we covenant, congregation-to-congregation and through our association, to support and assist each other in engaging our ministries. We draw from our heritages of freedom and reason, hope and courage, building on the foundation of love. Love inspires and powers the passion with which we embody our values. Inseparable from one another, these shared values are: Justice, Generosity, Evolution, Pluralism, Equity and Interdependence.” Three sections after this one talk about Inspirations, Inclusion, and Freedom of Belief. For more info on each value, go to: https://www.uua.org/files/2022-10/article2_draft_language_102022.pdf
Facilitator, Pam P.


Wednesday, February 1:
How can we successfully prepare for our death and memorial service?
Facilitator: Jim Gordon

Wednesday, February 8: What is “truth“ really and how do you know what’s true? See 5-min. TED Talk by Sheila Marie Orfano: https://www.ted.com/talks/sheila_marie_orfano_how_do_you_know_what_s_true
Facilitator: Pam Perry

Wednesday, February 15: *
Wellness: Hype or helpful? 
Facilitator: Moritza Day

*5:45-6:00 pm: Short Meeting to schedule topics & facilitators for March.

Wednesday, February 22 Our founders did not want political parties to form. What, if anything, can we do about our two-party system?
Facilitator: James Wooten


COVENANT, DISCUSSION GUIDELINES, UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST PRINCIPLES and SOURCES

COVENANT

We, the Participants, Facilitators, Presenters and Zoom Hosts, welcome everyone, as together we create a safe, supportive and compassionate community where we practice the values reflected in the Unitarian Universalist Principles* and by following group guidelines.

DISCUSSION GUIDELINES

 We covenant and aspire:

1. Listening with kind,  curious and supportive attention;

2. Refraining from interruptions, raising our hand and waiting until we have been called on by the Facilitator or Presenter, sharing our comments and questions with the whole group (rather than having a side conversation);

3. Limiting our comments to two or three minutes;

4. Accepting and addressing our differing perspectives and biases with kindness and compassion in our learning community;

5. Speaking from our personal experience and beliefs, rather than generalizing or stereotyping people or groups of people;

6. Respecting confidentiality;

7. Accepting that some concepts and issues might make us feel uncomfortable.


On Zoom:
Reducing distracting behaviors and noises by:

-Muting our mics before and after our turn;

-Turning off our video screen when we are walking around, moving around a lot, eating, talking with someone, or not available to give good attention; and

-Using the Chat function for sharing requested resource information, but not for sending questions or personal messages to everyone in the group.