Sunday Morning FORUM

FORUM, the Sunday morning lecture series held at First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh, features presentations on topical issues given by distinguished individuals from our congregation and from local universities, organizations, businesses and government.

FORUM begins each September on the Sunday following the Ingathering Brunch and ends on the second Sunday of May. To be notified weekly about each Sunday’s topic and speaker, sign up for the email distribution list by sending your request to, and we will add your name to list.

FORUM takes place in the Schweitzer Room on Sundays at 9:00am. Our format is as follows:

Previous Presentations
DVD’s of the presentations are in the library and can be signed out for viewing. Recordings of FORUM are not available online, but may be in the future. The cost and capability of video sharing sites are currently under review.

Recommending a Presenter
If you would like to recommend a speaker, please email Kim Francis at The goal of FORUM is to present a wide variety of topics and provide a setting for the exchange of ideas, opinions and perspectives. To achieve this aim, we endeavor to select interesting, engaging speakers who are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about their subject.

FORUM Committee
Coordinator: Kimberly Francis
Treasurer and Cinematographer: Ralph Gurley
Joan Harvey, Richard Haverlack, Michel Lotze, Ali Masalehdan, Audrey Geer Masalehdan, George Merrick, Suzanne Powell, Farial Rawji-Farkas, Billie Joy Reinhart, and James Reitz.


Date  Speaker/Facilitator  Topic/Title 
September 16  Toren Finkel, MD, PhD  Can We Cure Aging? 
September 23  Sean Guillory, PhD  Putin's Foreign Policy in Historical Perspective 
September 30  Barry Farkas, MD  Psychedelics, Consciousness and Dying  
October 7  Paula Harris and Mike Healey  How Does the First Amendment Protect Your Right to Protest? 
October 14  Waverly Duck, PhD  The High Cost of Unconscious Racism in Everyday Life 
October 21  Brian Junker, PhD  Revising the Core Curriculum in Dietrich College at Carnegie Mellon University 
October 28  Anthony Pinn, PhD  Thinking About Race…For Real (presentation at 1:00) 
November 4  Sam Hens-Greco, JD  Election Predictions 
November 11  Andy Norman, PhD  Discussion Group: Election Results and Implications 
November 18  David Blair  Net Zero Houses  
November 25  No FORUM   
December 2  Anna Doering, MA  The Murals of Maxo Vanka (rescheduled from 9/30) 
December 9  Richard Haverlack, MS  Hospice and You 
December 16  Ali Masalehdan, PhD  Ashura in Tehran 
December 23  No FORUM   
December 30  No FORUM 


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