Recent study and discussion groups include two from the Northwest Earth Institute as suggested by the UUA Statement of Conscience for Ethical Eating.Hungry for Change: Food, Ethics and Sustainability. This six session program met over a period of several weeks and started out with a study of tomatoes grown locally. We became supporters of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) which advocates fair pay and fair treatment in the fields. Each year we join other UU congregations in the CIW actions.
Menu For the Future resulted in local visits to our local community organic farm, advocating for labeling of GMO products, and one member started a patio bucket farm.
Congregational Dialogues are held twice a month before the regular Sunday service. Topics have included Economic Inequality, What can we learn from the activities of other UU congregations, Are you buying green bananas, the Single Life, the Bucket List, Creative Living. Participation is open. Attendees are welcome to suggest topics.
Unitarian Universalist History in six sessions included films and discussions covering:
Liberal religious thought prior to the Reformation; the Birth of Unitarianism in Europe; American Unitarianism; Universalism from Germany and England; Evolution in 19th and 20th Centuries; and Merger through today. This program was so well received, it may be offered every year.
In addition to Sunday, Religious Exploration and Education continue through the week.
Frequently, the Social Justice Committee joins the OCCUPY group for an educational meeting with a film followed by discussion, ie., Bill Moyers’s DVDs and Oliver Stone’s Untold History series. Recently these two groups along with the Peace Education and Action Center, sponsored a production by the Fogartyville Players of Project Unspeakable about the four assassinations in 1968. We also support the Walk to Tallahassee by Rhana in the fall of 2014 to gain attention for legislative action in the Move to Amend the US Constitution.
Once a month Share-A-Dish dinners (2nd Friday, 6pm) are followed by a program – sometimes fun and sometimes serious – about a topic of general interest. The panels, forums or discussion topics have included Immigration, Voting Rights, Sustainable Agriculture, Water Pollution. There is always fun involved, for example, “finish-the-sentence” story games. All are welcome to bring a dish to share and ideas and questions for discussion.