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.

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


8/30/20: We will have a group discussion sourced from a video by Leslie Davenport on ideas for staying sane during this pandemic. Video resource (we will NOT watch this during open issues):

8/23/20: This Sunday we will continue our discussion of the UUC Bylaws. Last time we got through Article 7. This Sunday we will review Articles 8 - 14.  You can access the bylaws on the member page of (if you are unable to access the bylaws, email me at and I will send them to you).


8/16/20:  This Sunday,  Susan Glickman (AKA Clean Energy Girl), the Florida Director of Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, will speak to us about climate change and clean energy solutions. She will also address equity issues related to climate change.

8/9/20:  This Sunday, we will review and discuss the League of Women Voters "100 Action Items prior to the election". 

8/2/20: This Sunday at Open Issues we will be discussing UUC's By-Laws. We will be welcoming Sandy Hoover, Barbara Brandt and Nancy Warner as we gain a deeper understanding for how our organization works. 

7/26/20: This Sunday at Open Issues Karen Owen from the North Pinellas League of Women Voters will talk with us about "Access to Voting in Florida". Catch all the latest on the upcoming election in the midst of this pandemic.


7/19/20: We will hear from Amy Weintraub, the Reproductive Rights Program Director at Progress Florida. She will talk about the recent SCOTUS decision on the Louisiana case, as well as Florida's new parental consent law that went into effect on July 1. Discussion open to all participants after Amy shares the updates with us!

7/12/20: Verna Myers-Ted talk How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them. Link for test:

7/5/20:  Eliseo Santana will talk with us about the work LULAC Pinellas and Puerto Rico Connect are doing with food distribution in Pinellas County - reducing the stress on families during this pandemic.

6/14/20: This Sunday at Open Issues, Doris Heitzmann, the Florida Friendly Landscaping™ Program Manager from the UF/IFAS Pinellas County Extension will be talking with us about planting the right plant in the right place. She will include a segment for our condo dwellers on house/patio plants. Click here to watch

6/7/2020: Joyful Life Coach, M. Eric Donlan conducted joyful living workshops in China from 2011-2019. He will talk to the Open Issues group about how the Chinese responded to his teaching/coaching. Eric is the author of 'The Art of Living in Joy' (available on Amazon). 

5/31/2020: Ted Talk by Harvard Law Professor Larry Lessig: "Equal We Are Not" - discussion to follow.

5/24/2020: TED talk by Dr. Paula Stone Williams about her experience as a woman, who once was a man.

5/17/2020: Donna Polhamus facilitates a discussion about the pandemic in other countries, and how our UUC connections are doing.

5/10/2020: TED Talk by Robin Steinberg.


5/3/2020: Lisa Moran: How we are strengthening our immune systems during a pandemic.

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


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Clearwater, FL 33764

Phone: (727) 531-7704


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