Summer Coffeehouse Series

Our summer coffeehouse series is underway. A coffeehouse is an informal discussion led by one of our members. Each week we discuss a different topic as viewed through the lens of Unitarian Universalism. Please note that should an event occur that calls for our attention, we may change the pre-selected topic to a discussion of the week’s event.

June 25 - Beauty 

Beauty, blossoms and bliss, the start of religion can be awe for what is beautiful.

July 2 - Reverence

The awe that we feel when life seems so sacred, it makes our hearts yearn.

July 9 - Hunger

Although food is ample, we have not learned to share.

July 16 - Answers

We do not have all of the answers, we also do not have all of the Questions.

July 23 - Open

An open mind and open heart, sometimes called liberal religion.

July 30 - Being

Can we see ourselves in new and larger ways?

August 6 - Useful

How to be a useful UU, fostering democracy, fostering justice, building peace.

August 13 - Friendship

This special service features music by Ken Sizemore around the theme of friendship.

August 20 - Difference

UU’s are famous for their differences, newcomers are not expected to change.

August 27 - Friendly

The way we converse without judgment and stay in relationship.

September 3 - Equal

UU women have had a role equal to men … or have they?

September 10 - X-Ray

X-rays look within yet cannot see the human spirit.

June  25 - Coffeehouse

Since many UUs will be attending the Sunday service at General Assembly, UUFM will host a coffeehouse service with a topic to be announced. 

June 18 - Generation Z: A New Frontier

Music Director Elizabeth Weaver will talk about about the newest generation of 0-17 year olds and the particular advantages and challenges that separate them from their predecessors. This is potluck Sunday and we will enjoy Hot Dog Sunday, generously provided by Rose Scott. A Visioning & Strategic Planning session will be follow the pot luck.

June 11 - Confronting Existing and Emerging Environmental Justice Threats

Activist Ramsey Sprague with the Mobile Environmental Justice Action Coalition joins us again to discuss environmental justice. 

June 4 - International Flower Communion

Kitty Emery will lead us in this 95th anniversary of the Flower Communion or Ceremony. Originally created in 1923 by Unitarian minister Norbert Capek of Prague, Czechoslovakia, the Flower Ceremony was introduced to the United States by Rev. Maya Capek, Norbert's widow. Please bring a flower to share.

This is also Souper Sunday and the last opportunity to contribute to the fund to send UUFM teens to the UUA General Assembly later in June.

May 21 - Right of Repair

Dan Schlangen will lead this discussion of the Right to Repair, an issue gaining interest across the country.

Annual Congregational Meeting
After the service, lunch will be provided and members are urged to stay for the Annual Meeting.. 

May 14 - Vegetarianism

Our guest speaker will be Tracey Glover who will discuss vegetarianism and health with us. 

May 7 - Celebrating Our World

You are invited to celebrate with us.
Celebrate with joy in the beauty and diversity of our planet.
Celebrate with hope for a healthy future for our home planet.
Celebrate by making a commitment to work to make our Earth a safe place for many generations to come. A special Sunday service presented by the UUFM Choir and the Religious Education classes for children and youth.

April 30 - White Supremacy Teach In

Join us for this teach in that more than 400 churches will hold on either April 30th or May 7th. We will discuss the concept of white supremacy and recent events within UUA. From the Black Lives of UU (BLUU)
On Sunday, April 30 or Sunday, May 7, join a large, growing group of Unitarian Universalists who will shift our regularly scheduled Sunday morning worship to participate in a teach-in on racism and white supremacy. On these two Sundays, you and your UU community will be participating with thousands of UUs around the country in this large-scale historic action. [...]

April 23 - Male and Female ShoesDoes It Really Matter? 

A Talk About Transgender Bathrooms Through the Eyes of GG
Betty Gartman leads this program on the current controversy over transgender bathrooms. 

April 16 - Resurrection and RenewalTaking the Long View

We are so happy to announce that Rev. Carlton Elliott Smith, Congregational Life Staff, UUA Southern Region, joins us for this special Easter service.  Rev. Smith will also hold a workshop on Saturday, April 15.

March 26 - Justice Sunday

Justice Sunday is an annual program organized by the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) that connects participants with people on the front lines of today's human rights movement. It offers meaningful advocacy actions for people of all ages.

This year's theme is Supporting Communities Under Siege. We hope all UUFM members will decide to sign the Declaration of Conscience

March 19 - Food Stories: Cabbage Rolls

Food for thought: each generation transmits their values and their foods to the next ...or do they?  

Join us for the first in a series of programs centered around a specific food and the story behind it. After the talk, we will eat the food as part of the monthly pot luck. 

Spring Equinox Egg Hunt
Our annual egg hunt will happen after the service, all are welcome.

Potluck Sunday
We will feature cabbage rolls as well as other items you bring to share at our monthly potluck. 

March 12 - When You Come to the End of Your Rope—Tie a Knot in It and Hang On: A History of UU Wayside Pulpits

More than forty years ago, a despondent Korean War veteran stood on the Brooklyn Bridge ready to jump. His suicidal mood was brought up short when he remembered a message he had seen posted outside his neighborhood church. It read: “When you come to the end of your rope—tie a knot in it and hang on.”

The man decided to hang on to life because of hope offered by a bulletin board. Roadside messages like the one he remembered once dotted church grounds in 500 cities on four continents. How this tradition began can be traced to two differing tales, one starting in Massachusetts and the other in England.

February 26 - Joe Cain Day Coffeehouse Discussion

Rose Scott and Betty Gartman will lead this Joe Cain Day coffeehouse discussion.

February 19 -  Aging in an Islamic Culture

UUFM welcomes Alice Carter, who, at age 88, has just completed two years of service with the Peace Corps in Morocco. Join us to hear more of her adventure and stay after the service for chili!

Michael Ivy Memorial Chili Cookoff & Potluck
Michael was an active member of UUFM serving in many roles including Board of Trustees President.  He was also an accomplished chef and restaurateur who loved to feed people. This year's Chili Cook Off is a pot luck affair. Bring a chili or something else to share. There will be a tasting table to vote for your favorite chili. Vote with your tickets; 5 for $5. All proceeds support UUFM ministries for children and their families.

February 12 - Darwin Day

Longtime Humanist Ross Henry will give a talk on this celebration of the International Darwin Day, an opportunity to celebrate the famous scientist who discovered natural selection as the mechanism for evolution. 

"The truth will out, as they say, and as Copernicus struggled to free the truth behind a heliocentric system, so too did Charles Darwin muster an immense intellectual bravery, a perpetual curiosity, and a ravenous hunger for truth in an attempt to understand the origins of modern life."  

NOTE: Our religious education classes for children and teens will learn more about Darwin and about modern scientists' struggle to promote truth.

February 5 - What Is the Language of Change?

Dixie Pomerat will lead this coffeehouse discussion. How we find our way when discussing the issues of the day as a community of religious seekers and supporters of multiple paths? Rev. Barber challenges us to learn to use moral language: a language that distinguishes right from wrong instead of left from right.  We need a deeper, moral language to name this crisis. We’ve got to learn to speak in tongues if we’re going to challenge lies. This is no time for a polite conversation about “alternative facts.” We need moral clarity.

Souper Sunday

Join us for the first Sunday of each month for a lunch of homemade soup and salad.  Good food, good company and your $5 suggested donation supports programs at UUFM for children and their families. Kids eat free.

January 29 - The Value of Sex Education

Local Planned Parenthood Field Organizer, Alie Broadway, will speak on Planned Parenthood and an upcoming sex education workshop.

As the local Field Organizer for Planned Parenthood Southeast, Alie Broadway implements Planned Parenthood’s grassroots organizing campaign in Mobile. She is responsible for mobilizing individuals in support of reproductive freedom and full access to reproductive health services. 

Alie graduated Summa Cum Laude from The University of Southern Mississippi, where she studied Biological Sciences with an emphasis in Microbiology and minors in French and Chemistry. Immediately after graduation, Alie moved to Guinea, West Africa to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer. In addition to teaching Chemistry at a local primary school, Alie worked closely with women and young girls. It was through this work that Alie found her niche at the intersection of women’s health and public policy. 

After Peace Corps, Alie returned to her hometown of Hattiesburg, MS and worked as a Public Policy Intern at the local Planned Parenthood before accepting a permanent position with the organization in Mobile. She is proud to stand with Planned Parenthood and the women, men, and young people it represents.  

January 22 - A Moral Agenda: Rev. Barber & Fusion Politics

From the UUA website:
The 2017 UUA General Assembly (GA) will affirm solidarity with movements for racial, economic, and environmental justice. When we gather, June 21 through 25, we will invite the people, culture, geography, and history of New Orleans to be our teachers. [...] A place to begin is this year’s Common Read, The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear, by The Reverend Dr. William J Barber II with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove. A video from his website, Repairers of the Breach, is below:

 

January 15 - Fear: A Coffeehouse Discussion

Monica Pierre leads this coffeehouse discussion on the topic of fear:

  1. Fear is one of our most powerful emotions. We often try to avoid it or else at least control it when it overtakes us.  Yet often we seek it out. We go to scary movies or haunted houses or even “amusement” parks, just to be frightened. Many sky dive or hang glide or bungee jump  to experience fear. Do you?
  2. What did you fear as a child, as an adolescent and how about now in 2015?
  3. Are you ashamed to be afraid or to show fear?  Is so, why?
  4. Do you consider yourself more or less fearful than average?
  5. Are there special things that cause you fear?
  6. Do you consider all your fears to be rational or can you admit to some that are not rational?
  7. What did your family, loved ones or other people in your life,  teach you about fear? Or what to fear? Or how to react to being afraid?
  8. Can you help others to overcome their fears? How? Should you?
  9. Is fear ever a good thing?  What is the difference between “good fear” and “bad” fears?

January 8 - Perspiration, Inspiration & the Glue of Community

A new year affords us a time to reflect about what makes us a community (inspiration), what kind of community we want to be, what role we each have in building this community (perspiration), and how we will forge the bonds to make this a stronger community (the glue). Presentation by Betty Gartman.

Souper Sunday - After the service, you are invited to join us for a lunch of soup, salad, bread, and dessert. Your $5 donation benefits UUFM programs for children, teens, and their families.

January 1 - What To Do With a Fresh Start?

Cindy Schneider will lead this New Year's Day coffeehouse discussion.