Community Forum

First Unitarian Community Forums examine our place in our many communities: family, neighborhood, region and the world. We address issues that are personal as well as global, secular as well as spiritual. We invite all members of the greater Cleveland community to attend and participate. Childcare is provided for all Forums. Susan Alcorn and Wayne Jennings, Co-Chairs Discussions That Matter All Are Welcome! Sundays: 9:30 am-10:45 am

Community Forum Invite

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Community forums inform, connect people with each other, and develop interest and action on issues relevant to our region and beyond. Held on Sunday mornings with coffee at 9:30, speakers and panelists give 30 minute presentations followed by audience discussion until 10:40. Approximately 60 people attend, including church members and many from the larger community. Speakers and panelists discuss a wide variety of secular subjects listed under Faith Development. All are welcome.   Read more...


Want to take action and make a difference?

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Here is the First Unitarian Greater Cleveland Congregations' Core Committee hard at work. We connect our congregation to the 40+ GCC congregations who work to make real change in the areas of education, health care and criminal justice. If you are passionate in solving problems in these areas, see one of us and we can help you get involved. We are Nancy King Smith, Pam Gibbon, Daniel Budd, Laurie Albright, Vern Sackman, Mark Weber, Carol Gibson and Linda Homans.  Read more...


Abandoned Homes and the New Urbanism

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Jim Rokakis, Director of Thriving Communities Institute, and a nationally recognized leader in land banks and neighborhood revitalization, is surrounded by members of the audience of 70.  The Sunday, March 2 forum covered the demolition of abandoned homes and the new urbanism with young professionals. Questions on declining property values led to the conclusion that revitalization of Cleveland’s central core is absolutely critical to real estate stabilization and the health of the NE Ohio region.  Read more...


February 12: Breakfast Discussions at 9:30

Sunday, February 12, 2012
February 12: Breakfast Discussions at 9:30 am. All Are Invited!

Navigating State Government: What’s Next?

Sunday, February 05, 2012
What are the effects of the current state policies and budget cuts for local governments, schools, and health care programs? What policies and legislation can bring us closer to compromise? Armond Budish, Minority Leader, Ohio House of Representatives and Representative, 8th District.

The Hydro-fracking Controversy

Sunday, January 29, 2012
Should a moratorium be enacted? Five million acres of rural Eastern Ohio are at stake for hydro-fracking gas and oil reserves. What’s the economic impact? Does Ohio have sufficient environmental regulations? Moderator: David Zeng, Chair, Department of Civil Engineering, CWRU. Panelists: Vanessa Pesec, President, Network for Oil and Gas Accountability; Senator Michael Skindell, (Lakewood); and Iryna Lendel, Assistant Director, Center for Economic Development, CSU College of Urban Affairs.

The Occupy Movement: A Quiet Rebellion?

Sunday, January 22, 2012
What effect is the Occupy Cleveland movement having? Income inequality, jobs, foreclosures, and the growing influence of corporations are issues. Moderator: Greg Coleridge, Director, NEO Friends Service Committee. Panelists: Derek Dissell and Rebecka Hawkins, Occupy Cleveland participants.

Beyond Martin Luther King: The Challenge of Change

Sunday, January 15, 2012

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What Everyone Should Know About Community Safety & Emergency Response

Sunday, March 06, 2011
Mark Christie, Officer, Cuyahoga County Emergency Management Agency and Kevin Jacob, Shaker Heights Fire Chief  Read more...

Snapshots of Middle Eastern Countries in Crisis

Sunday, February 27, 2011
Nozar Alaolmolki, Chair, Political Sciense Department, Hiram College.    Read more...