Panel: “Turkey in Turmoil”

All are invited to attend a public panel discussion, “Turkey: A Country in Turmoil,” on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 1:00 pm in First Unitarian’s sanctuary.
The panelists are two experts on Turkey’s international affairs and foreign policy, Rasit Telbisoglu and Mahir Zeynalov.
Rasit Telbisoglu

Telbisoglu is director of international and academic affairs of the Rumi Forum. Founded in 1999, the Forum aims to stimulate thinking and exchange of opinions on supporting and fostering a culture of democracy, freedom of thought, human rights and peace and tranquility for all human beings.

Zeynalov is an Azerbaijani journalist who wrote for the Turkish English-language daily Today’s Zaman, which was closed by the Turkish government in March 2016. Zeynalov was deported from Turkey in 2014 following his Twitter posts critical of the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.


Mahir Zeynalov

Their presentations will be followed by a question & answer session. This event is sponsored by American Turkish Friendship Association of Delaware (ATFA-DE).

The Rumi Forum takes its name from the 13th-century Sufi scholar, philosopher and poet Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi. The honorary chairman of the Rumi Forum is Fethullah Gulen, founder of the global social movement known as the Hizmet (Service) Movement, more popularly known as the Gulen Movement.

Following the panel discussion, attendees will have an opportunity to learn how to make and then enjoy two traditional Turkish treats:  sweet Baklava and savory Lentil Balls. Members of ATFA-DE will be preparing the two treats in First U’s Parish Hall, while giving all those interested a hands-on learning experience.

Workshop: Speaking Justice in the Language of Our Faith


Rev. Kathleen McTigue, director of the UU College of Social Justice, will lead a workshop entitled “Speaking Justice in the Language of Our Faith.”

Sat., Oct. 15 – 1:00 to 4:30
Brunner Chapel
No advance registration needed

This workshop is designed to help us discern together our core aspirations for justice, and explore new ways to focus our energy and attention so we can have a greater impact. We’ll address how we can bring our justice commitments into deeper conversation with our spiritual lives—and what difference can it make. Through a keynote presentation, individual reflection, and small group conversation, we’ll investigate what it might mean to practice our faith more intentionally, and how we can speak the language of that faith when we engage in social justice.  

On Sunday, Rev. McTigue will preach on “The Language of Our Tribe.” Immediately following the service, she will host an informal information session for people who want to learn more about the UU College of Social Justice