Contemporary Issues Forum
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.)
The Great War, Western Culture, and Cosmic Meaning (Part 2)
Chuck O’Connor, teacher, author, and retired lawyer
World War I was the turning point in modern Western civilization: it shattered Enlightenment confidence in human reason, exposed the nineteenth-century myth of inevitable progress, challenged traditional belief in a divinely ordered universe, and fostered an emerging cosmic pessimism and purposeless materialist reality. Mr. O’Connor will help us consider how Western culture – theology, philosophy, literature, art, and music – responded to the Great War and to this emerging godless reality. The Great War’s cultural impact continues today in the ongoing controversy between science and religion. (Part 1 held on Oct. 13).
October 27 and November 3
We’re working on the Bazaar! Come volunteer with us, and of course, come shop on Saturday, November 2! More info here.
Understanding the Immigration Debate
George Clack, Lawyer, Professor, Blogger
George Clack will explain the complexities of the immigration debate, drawing on experience gained in a career at the US Department of State, the US Information Agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, where he worked as an editor of magazines, books, and Internet content. He is an immigration activist with Indivisible in Howard County, MD. After retiring, Clack and a colleague began writing an online journal – 317AM.net. He now compiles a weekly email newsletter, “Immigration News”; and is a board member of a literary magazine, the “Little Patuxent Review.” Clack also teaches courses on literature, blogging and social media at Howard Community College and Johns Hopkins University (continuing education).
Insights into Restrictions on the Media
Hamit Bilici, Editor-in-Chief of Zaman News Media
Hamit (Abdulhamit) Bilici will speak about erosion of media and other freedoms in Turkey after the ascendance of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Bilici was Editor-in Chief of Zaman (“Time” or “Age”) and Today’s Zaman, Turkey’s largest English-language news outlet. Following a coup attempt in 2016, the administration shut down the news headquarters in Istanbul. The editor and hundreds of journalists were arrested for being critical of the government. Bilici is now in exile in the US, after enduring a sham trial. By some reports, Turkey accounts for a third of all journalists imprisoned worldwide.
Riding the Freedom Train: America Confronts Slavery
Candace Ridington, RRUUC member