Our dialog series provides a forum for intellectual pursuit and rational thought as integral to our spiritual journeys at UUCMC. Dialogs are planned on the first and third Sundays of the month at 9 am. Coffee, tea etc. will be served. Please feel free to bring a brown bag breakfast and something to share.

We welcome suggestions for speakers and topics. Please email uucmc@uucmc.org.

March 3, 2024 

Examination of Rock n’ Roll Lyrics: Bruce Springsteen and Roger Waters
Tim Geiselman

The poetry and beauty behind the lyrics in rock n’ roll music is often overlooked. We will spend this Dialog examining the works of two especially gifted writer/musicians and discuss how lyrics from their past works describe the events we find ourselves confronting today.

Tim and his wife, Roseane are long-time members of UUCMC. Tim enjoys sharing his thoughts about how music engages with contemporary thinking.

March 17, 2024 

At the Altar of the Appellate Gods: Arguing before the US Supreme Court
Lisa Sarnoff Gochman

In her book, At the Altar of the Appellate Gods, Lisa Sarnoff Gochman traces the arc of a violent, racially motivated crime by a white supremacist in rural Vineland, New Jersey all the way to the United States Supreme Court. There, she defended the constitutionality of New Jersey’s Hate Crime Statute before a very hot bench. She will describe the legal path of the case as well as the experience of fielding questions from Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. This Dialog will interest anyone who is curious about the inner workings of our court system, and what it is really like to bring a case before the highest court in the country.

After 26 years with the NJ Division of Criminal Justice Lisa retired from State service in 2012 and now serves Of Counsel to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office in Freehold, New Jersey.