Sundays from Mid-June through the first Sunday in September we hold the PUUF traditional discussion service.

  • We light the chalice,
  • Share our joys and concerns, Offer our donations to the Fellowship,
  • Spend the rest of the service discussing the topic of the day.

We meet downstairs in the “Green Room” rather than in the main auditorium.

Bring your coffee and refreshments if you choose to do so.

Our children will be with their group just up the hall.

DISCUSSION TOPICS:

  • June 18: Connections: How are we connected? Physically, to the world, to each other? Presented by Dave Ambrose
  • June 25:  Jesism: The philosophy which focuses on the teachings attributed to Jesus. Presented by Michael Rowe
  • July 2:  Atheism: What does it mean to you. How many kinds of atheism are there? Presented by Tod Lundy
  • July 9:  Politics and PUUF: What is the role of political discussion in a religious setting? Presented by Kit Ketcham & Frank Logan — See notes below.
  • July 16:  Broken Promises: Tribes were promised homes in exchange for flooded villages. This was never honored. Presented by Arline LaMear
  • July 23:  Title IX: Why is it so important to women and girls.  Presented by Karen Beck
  • July 30:  Assisted Suicide: Pros and Cons, personal feelings. Open
  • August 6:  Science and Spirituality? Are there conflicts between them. If so what are their scope?  Presented by Mahlon Heller
  • August 13:  Spirituality and PUUF: Unitarian Universalist Spirituality and its many manifestations.  Presented by Kit Ketcham &  Peggy Bondurant
  • August 20:  Utopias in America: Artist colonies and others of the past & present. And what is your idea of an utopia. Presented by Carole Elder
  • August 27:  My unique concept of God: We will explore each of our beliefs regarding God. Presented by Tod Lundy
  • September 3:  How does one “follow your bliss”: As. Joseph Campbell suggests.? Presented by Mahlon Heller

 



For the July 9 Politics and PUUF discussion, there is a 21 page document created by UUA to help people understand the rules for churches and politics.  A summary of the rules is on page 4, quoted below:

 
The IRS regulations on the activities of congregations can be summarized as follows: 

 
1. ISSUE ADVOCACY: Without limits on time, effort and expense, congregations and their representatives may engage in issue advocacy through activities such as educating and mobilizing congregants and the general public. Example: encouraging the public to show concern for global warming by reducing carbon emissions. Please note that issue advocacy is only acceptable if it does not involve political campaign intervention (see below).

 
2. LOBBYING: Within narrow limits on time, effort and expense, congregations and their representatives may engage in lobbying—defined by the IRS as advocating for or against specific pieces of legislation—as an “unsubstantial” portion of an organization’s activities.  The IRS has not provided a strict rule for what constitutes “unsubstantial,” and evaluates on a case-by-case basis. However, courts and the IRS have ruled in the past that lobbying activity constituting 5% or less of total activities is acceptable. “Total activities” includes the total amount of money, staff, and volunteer time that goes into running the organization.  While the 5% amount is not a strict rule, it can be used as a guidepost for an organization’s lobbying activities. Example: encouraging a city council, state legislature, and/or Congress to pass a particular law to reduce carbon emissions.

 
3. POLITICAL CAMPAIGN INTERVENTION: There is a total limit on partisan activity, which the IRS calls political campaign intervention. Congregations and their representatives can do nothing that advocates for or against candidates for public office or political parties. This includes fundraising on behalf of candidates and donating meeting space, among other things. Example: supporting a particular candidate or party because of their stance on carbon emissions. Election-related activities such as candidate questionnaires and forums may be acceptable if certain guidelines are followed; consult section C., “Political (Electoral) Activities” of this guide for details.

 
Please Note:
The restrictions on lobbying and political campaign intervention described here apply only to a congregation as a legal entity, or to a person or group speaking in the name of the congregation. A minister or congregation member may freely engage in these activities as an individual. However, if the person(s) are identified by or likely to be associated with the congregation, it may be helpful to clearly state that they are speaking as individuals.