Breakfast Forum at UUCLV meets most Sundays before service to keep our congregation up-to-date with educational topics and social activism in line with our Principles. The Zoom meetings begin at 8:30am with a meet & greet. The presentations begin at 9:00am and end at 10:00am to allow preparation for the worship service.

If you would like to stay informed about Forum topics and presenters or if you would like to volunteer to give a presentation, please email Steve Wiggins.

Attending Virtually

To ensure the safety of forum presenters and attendees, the Zoom link and passcode will only be shared in UUCLV eNews at this time. Please check the most recent issue for the information.

This Month’s Breakfast Forums

March 5

Artistic Genius versus Autocracy
Presented by Jan Phillips

Renowned Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich had an extremely tough time continuing to produce during the reign of Josef Stalin. We’ll explore why and how he had to walk very gingerly to avoid the land mines, as well as to learn about his music.


March 12

HERstory Through Quilting: African American Quilting
Presented by Nancy Weston

Women Quilters are HERstorians. Spanning Black History Month (February) and Women’s History Month (March), this presentation introduces us to exhibits from the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY: “Tribute to the Civil Rights Movement: Quilted Swing Coats;” “Say Your Piece – Black Women: Mothers, Martyrs and Misunderstood;” as well as the Gee’s Bend Quilting Collective in Alabama, Bisa Butler, and The Social Justice Sewing Academy.


March 19

We belong together: how proximity reconnects us
Presented by Sylvia Poareo

Sylvia Poareo is a Curandera/Consejera (healer counselor) whose work is rooted in guiding and supporting each individual in their own liberation within collective healing. Informed by the Chicana experience and growing up as an orphan, her approach is informed by her journeys with Inner Bonding™, Curanderismo healing arts (Mexican traditional medicine), nature connection, social work, activism and somatic processes. Sylvia has a deep understanding of generational trauma, mental illness, navigating the system (family incarceration, foster care), and how systemic and racial injustice creates environments of inequity in our communities. Join us for Sylvia’s personal journey about the intersection of foster care and immigrant displacement experiences. Sponsored by the Social Action Committee.


March 26

Wrongful Convictions and the Murder That Made New York Safe
Presented by Bill Hughes

Investigative journalist and professor will share his experiences investigating those who have been wrongfully convicted of crimes.