Sunday Forums

On most Sundays during the church year, we offer Sunday Forums before service in lower Gage Hall.  The Forum provides members and friends of the Unitarian Church in Charleston with thought-provoking talks and discussion sessions, mainly on topics of general interest but also on topics pertinent to the church.  They occur from 10:00-10:50 a.m.   Childcare is available in the Annex.  Please check the Forum schedule or see Sunday’s list of activities for further details.

By attending the Sunday morning programs members and friends of the church make the program worthwhile. It is especially helpful when attendees recommend speakers.  Simon Lewis runs the program and is always open to ideas and/or volunteers to help!  He can be reached at:

Schedule of Upcoming Forums:

 Sunday, September 18                  

“1817-2017:  How to Celebrate 200 Years of Liberal Religion in Charleston,” John Newell

In 2017 we will celebrate our bicentennial as the second independent church in Charleston.  Come learn about some of the activities we have planned for our celebration and how you can be involved.

 Sunday, September 25               

“It’s a Wonderful Life?  Understanding Jimmy Stewart through the Lens of War Trauma,”  Colleen Glenn, Assistant Professor of English and Film Studies at the College of Charleston

Ms. Glenn will cover Stewart’s prewar film career, military service, and return to Hollywood, demonstrating how Stewart’s unique star persona effectively captured the anxieties related to psychologically-troubled war veterans in such well-known movies as It’s a Wonderful Life, The Naked Spur, Rear Window,and Vertigo.

Sunday, October 2

“Building a Community of Readers,” Christine Messick, Reading Partners of Charleston

Ms. Messick will give a brief look at the literacy crisis, an organizational overview and a explanation about how to get involved.

 Sunday, October 9

“Fresh Start Vision,” Tim Terry

Tim is a convicted murderer who served decades in prison and who, upon his release, started a ministry called “Fresh Start Vision” that has won accolades from wardens and prisoners all over the state.

 Sunday, October 16

“Tune in and Turn Around,” Lee Westbrock

Lee will lead a discussion on how television helped to change American attitudes towards Japan in 1960.

 Sunday, October 23

“Colleges and Universities Are Not the Only Entities that Sell the Same Product to Different People for Different Prices,” Claire Law

Airlines, hotels and grocery stores sell the same items at different prices all the time.  What are the economic, social and current variable that affect what families will pay?  How do these affect access to higher education?  How can families gain better control over the current financial aid system?  Congregation member Claire Law is a Certified Educational Planner and Co-Author of: Find the Perfect College for You