Crackerbarrel

Promoting ‘the free and responsible search for truth and meaning,’ Crackerbarrel is UCE’s long-running Sunday morning discussion forum. Topics are suggested and discussions are facilitated by members of the group. Meets Sunday mornings. Contact: Scot Campbell, Gordon Mallett.

Sunday, May 14 – “Rules”
Have you ever thought about how changing the rules of a game can change how you play? We will look at this phenomenon from several perspectives, from silly to serious, and end up with a discussion of how changing some of the rules of our democracy might change how our politicians behave. Discussion Leader: Robb Geiger

Sunday, May 21 – Understanding Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD)
How do we find a balance between what we hear and think about the current politics in the United States and our beliefs in our UU principals? Amy Grabowski will explain NPD from several different angles. Hopefully you’ll come away with a different perspective! Discussion Leader: Amy Grabowski

Sunday, May 28 – Input for the search committee for the Director of Religious Education
Rachelle L. Brooks would like to gather the feedback of crackerbarrel attendees to learn about their priorities for the hire. We will engage in a discussion about adult religious education and other ways in which the new DRE might serve adult members. What we learn in the discussion will then be used to gather and compile the feedback prior to reviewing any applications for the position. Discussion Leader: Rachelle L. Brooks

Sunday, June 4 – The Joys and Crazy-Making Problems of Public Education in America
Building on participants’ own memories of school experiences, I will outline some of the strengths and challenges for American public education. For many years I’ve promoted and written about writing instruction, restorative justice, and now civic engagement in schools. I’ll share a bit about the good and the ugly that I’ve seen – though with no silver-bullet answers to the problems. Discussion Leader: Steve Zemelman