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October 2017

Sunday Forum: Wisconsin Deserves Fair Maps

October 8 @ 10:10 am - 10:55 am
First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, 1342 N. Astor Street
Milwaukee, WI
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October 8 Wisconsin Deserves Fair Maps Paul Geenen, Organizing for Action (OFA) Chapter Lead, WI   Paul will describe how manipulative politicians draw maps behind closed doors for their own partisan gains. Learn about the need for fair and impartial maps and how to fight partisan gerrymandering by promoting independent redistricting. OFA is a grassroots group that works on the local, state and federal level on issues such as immigration reform, gun violence prevention, and health care. To learn more about…

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Sunday Forum: Mental Illness and Its Effect on the Family

October 15 @ 10:10 am - 10:55 am
First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, 1342 N. Astor Street
Milwaukee, WI
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October 15 “Mental Illness and Its Effect on the Family” Deborah Staples, Actress; Roger Rapoport, Co-writer and Producer   Mental illness strikes almost every family but is rarely openly discussed. Deborah Staples, a well-known Milwaukee actress, stars in the forthcoming film drama Coming Up For Air based on a script co-written with Roger Rapoport. Deborah and Roger will share the personal foundation for their involvement in this film. They hope Coming Up For Air will help all of us better…

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Sunday Forum: The Guest House of Milwaukee

October 22 @ 10:10 am - 10:55 am
First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, 1342 N. Astor Street
Milwaukee, WI
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October 22 “The Guest House of Milwaukee” Amy Rowell, Events and Outreach Manager   “At Guest House, we believe that our work plays a critical role in not only reducing the incidence of homelessness but also solving other challenges that restrict individuals from reaching their full potential. We do this work because of the overwhelming and indiscriminate impact that poverty, trauma, tragedy, social constraints, drug and alcohol addiction, and mental illness has on our community.”—Amy Rowell To learn about the Guest House of Milwaukee click…

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Sunday Forum: Bridging the Rural-Urban Divide

October 29 @ 10:10 am - 10:55 am
First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, 1342 N. Astor Street
Milwaukee, WI
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Community Building

October 29 “Bridging the Rural-Urban Divide” Mike McCabe, Director, Blue Jean Nation The divide between the rural and urban areas in Wisconsin has never been wider. The rural vote in this state gave the White House to Donald Trump. We weren’t always so divided. What has changed? What will it take for people to realize that both geographical areas have shared common interests? Sundays 10:10 — 10:55 a.m. Max Otto Hall

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November 2017

Sunday Forum: The Encyclopedia of Milwaukee

November 5 @ 10:10 am - 10:55 am
Max Otto Hall, 1342 N. Astor St.
Milwaukee, WI
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First Unitarian Church of Milwaukee

Presenter: Amanda Seligman, Professor of History and Urban Studies, UW-Milwaukee. Amanda Seligman will discuss her current project-in-progress, The Encyclopedia of Milwaukee (EMKE), a print and digital history project. The EMKE aspires to be a starting point for historical research on the Milwaukee area, with some 740 entries covering the city and the broader region. The entries are written by local experts and UWM graduate student research assistants. First Church member Jim Marten is a Senior Editor. Want a sneak peek?…

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Sunday Forum: Milwaukee’s African American Community – Forty Years of Negative Indices

November 12 @ 10:10 am - 10:55 am
Max Otto Hall, 1342 N. Astor St.
Milwaukee, WI
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First Unitarian Church of Milwaukee

Presenter: Fred Royal, Jr., President, Milwaukee NAACP. The Milwaukee National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has been working with a coalition of local organizations to improve police-community relations and to mitigate the root problems of crime hotspots. Fred Royal, Jr., is the president of the Milwaukee NAACP and has also served on many civic boards including the MATA Board of Directors, the Social Development Commission, and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Sunday Forum is a Sunday…

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Sunday Forum: Office of Sustainability, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

November 19 @ 10:10 am - 10:55 am
Max Otto Hall, 1342 N. Astor St.
Milwaukee, WI
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First Unitarian Church of Milwaukee

Presenter: Kate M. Nelson, Chief Sustainability Officer. “Campus as a Living Laboratory” What do lab fires, turkeys and Bublr stations have to do with UWM's conservation projects? UWM's sustainability programs build operational changes through connections to curriculum, research, and student life. Saving campus energy and resources is never boring at UWM. Sunday Forum is a Sunday morning lecture series at First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee that showcases provocative, sometimes controversial, speakers discussing topical issues of the day: the arts, politics,…

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Sunday Forum: No Forum this Week

November 26 @ 10:10 am - 10:55 am
Max Otto Hall, 1342 N. Astor St.
Milwaukee, WI
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First Unitarian Church of Milwaukee

No Forum this Sunday. Also, no Fair Trade Bazaar this year. See you next week for the next Forum program! Sunday Forum is a Sunday morning lecture series at First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee that showcases provocative, sometimes controversial, speakers discussing topical issues of the day: the arts, politics, the environment, health issues, education and more. Click here for a full list of coming Forum programs. The Forum — in Max Otto Hall on our second floor — begins at…

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December 2017

Sunday Forum: Connecting Faith, Environmental Justice, and Sustainability

December 3 @ 10:10 am - 10:55 am
Max Otto Hall, 1342 N. Astor St.
Milwaukee, WI
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First Unitarian Church of Milwaukee

Presenter: Dr. Huda Alkaff, Founder and Director, Wisconsin Green Muslims. Wisconsin Green Muslims intends to educate the general public about Islamic environmental teachings and to form coalitions with others working toward a just, healthy, peaceful and sustainable future. Dr. Alkaff is an environmentalist with degrees in conservation ecology, sustainable development and environmental education. Dr. Alkaff received the 2015 White House Champions of Change for Faith Climate Justice Leaders recognition, the 2016 Sierra Club Great Waters Group Environmental Hero of the Year…

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Sunday Forum: Climate Change and the Private Sector Response

December 10 @ 10:10 am - 10:55 am
Max Otto Hall, 1342 N. Astor St.
Milwaukee, WI
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First Unitarian Church of Milwaukee

Presenter: Matthew Rochte, Executive Director, Milwaukee Sustainability Roundtable. Sustainability is no longer a buzzword in the business community; it has become a new norm. For some it is a strategic opportunity; for others it is simply another process. The U.S. political change in 2017 toward isolationism and doubt of scientific evidence has resulted in President Trump stating a position that the U.S. will withdraw from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement in 2020. Where does the private sector stand? How are…

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