RRUUC’s contemporary issues forum, Coffee Controversy & Conversation (CC&C) has been informing our members and guests for the past 35 years with over 30 programs per season. The weekly programs often focus on social justice issues, but also include an eclectic range of topics including foreign relations, U.S. security, state and federal government policy, art, history, nature and more. The weekly CC&C programs are held mid-Sep. through May at 10:25 – 11:10 am (between worship services.) This season is looking to be very diverse with many topical issues..

October 15 – “Solution or Problem? Inter-religious Action in Humanitarian Crises” by Katherine Marshall

Images from Hurricane Harvey showed selfless caring by believers, churches, and mosques, marred by harsh and divisive behavior in religion’s name. But at the September 10-12 Sant’Egidio Interfaith meeting in Germany, raw conflicts and crises across the world challenge leaders from all faiths and traditions to come together, drawing on the foundations of what is most noble and practical in each and all traditions. Can we draw hope from their collective passion and will?

October 22 – “Teaching Children Peace” by Linda Ryden

Linda Ryden, a RRUUC choir member and teacher of peace studies in a DC public school, will share her innovative curriculum Peace of Mind at the Oct 22 CC&C.  Her books help children (and adults) calm their big emotions, build healthy relationships, and become peacemakers.  Both her curriculum series and her two Peace of Mind Storybooks are available in the RRUUC bookstore.  Her work has been featured in the Washington Post. Childcare available.

October 29 & November 5 CC&C will take a break while the room is in use for the Bazaar