Sundays @9:30: Open Issues

The Open Issues Forum at Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater is attended by numerous members of the UUC congregation and the public as well. No topic is out of bounds; often they are unsettled issues. We encourage agreeable disagreement, knowing that we learn more by considering different points of view. One of our goals is to learn more than we think we already know. We meet every Sunday from 9:30-10:25 a.m. in the Patio Room of our Social Hall, the building immediately east of our main building, the Octagon Art Center. Need directions? Have a question or idea for a forum? Click here.

11/29/20: This Sunday, Barb Shimer will lead a discussion on Thanksgiving and Indigenous People.

11/22/20: This Sunday we will watch a video about Stacy Abrams and follow it up by talking about what she has accomplished in Georgia with voter registration.

11/15/20: This Sunday at Open Issues, you are invited to come discuss our desires for America.  How do we want the United States to be seen in the world? What do we want to accomplish? What do we want to leave future generations? What are our priorities?


11/08/20: Looking Beyond the Elections - No matter who wins the elections, the work for justice continues. For the past nine years UUC has been an active member of an interfaith, multicultural group of congregations working to make Pinellas County and Florida a more just community.


11/01/20: This Sunday, we will use SEFT (Simplified Emotional Freedom Techniques; AKA 'tapping') to reduce our stress around the upcoming election. Bring your 'hot buttons' and prepare to release some stress.


Remember the time change! Fall back Saturday night.


10/25/20: In celebration of Halloween (day of the dead), this Sunday at open issues participants are invited to share their personal "ghost stories" (due to time constraints, speakers are limited to 3-5 minutes). 

10/18/20: This Sunday we will watch an excerpt from the Netflix show "Down to Earth with Zac Efron".  We will watch a segment from Episode 2 talking about the water purification system in the City of Paris, France.  Following the short (12 min) video; we will talk about safe, pure water as a human right.

10/11/20: This Sunday at open issues we will watch a short video: The problem with the U.S. bail system by Camilo Ramirez. Discussion following.

10/4/20: This Sunday at open issues we will discuss the six 2020 Proposed Florida Constitutional Amendments on our ballots for 11/3/2020 as well as the Pinellas County and City of Clearwater referendums.

9/27/20: The topic for open issues this Sunday is:  Behind the scenes of local elections.


9/20/20: This Sunday we will have an open discussion about voting our UU values.  Avrio (who unfortunately works on Sunday) has generously provided several thought provoking questions for discussion.  We will strive for this will to be a non-partisan discussion.


9/13/20: This Sunday Elizabeth Drayer will speak with us again. Her topic will be "How do we manufacture our first world toys without making a toxic mess."


9/6/20: This Sunday at open issues we will watch a short (under 10 minutes) TED Talk -by Jose Antonio Vargas titled "3 Questions to Ask Yourself About US Citizenship"; discussion following



Recent + Upcoming:

We've Gone Virtual!

Join us on Zoom at 9:30 am Sunday mornings. Some (but not all) sessions are recorded.

Meeting ID: 859 3688 9025

*You can join the call at 9:25; we will wrap up by 10:20 am.

**This is not the same link as the 10:30 service.

Drop Box

Follow this link (here!) for Drop Box access to shared information, slides, handouts, and resources from previous Open Issues events. Storage space is limited, so download anything you need as materials cycle through frequently.


Office Hours:
Tuesday - Friday
9:00 am - 12:00 pm


 Unitarian Universalists Of Clearwater
2470 Nursery Road
Clearwater, FL 33764

Phone: (727) 531-7704


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