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Our Mission

To nurture the spirit and serve the community.

Join us Sundays at 10:30am
at our hybrid Worship Services! 

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What's Happening at First Universalist

Find out what's going on and join us for one of our upcoming events.
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Upcoming Services


Sunday Service: 
The Art of Bouncing Back: A Journey of Resilience and Faith
2/25/24 at 10:30am

As a child of two worlds( one black and one white), I would like to share my journey through poverty, pain, and inequality to find light in the darkness! 

Speaker: James Smith

This will be a hybrid service, with the in-person portion being held in the sanctuary of First Universalist, and the virtual portion being held over Zoom.

Masking in the First Universalist church building is now optional, please respect distancing requests by fellow attendees. A mask-required section of the sanctuary is designated for those preferring to stay masked.

Sunday Service Link:

If you are dialing in to listen to our service via phone,
here is the info you need to connect!
Meeting ID: 131 764 422
Dial: +1 646 558 8656

Other Events


February 27, 2024

Drop-In Discussion: 
Open Topic—Possible Future Topics?!

6:30-7:30pm virtual!  

John Lukes will lead an open-topic discussion, starting with a request for suggestions for possible future topics (and presenters), and then let’s see where we go from there!

Image by Tom Hermans

March 3, 2024

Used Book Sale!

The library / bookstore will hold a Super Sale during during coffee hour on Sunday, March 3.


You will be able to buy a bag of used books for only $1.00. What a deal!


You can get some great reading material and help the library free up space to display more donated books. The bookstore will have plenty of bags available. 


March 17, 2024

March Social Justice Plate Offering: 
Girls Rock! Rochester

Our March Offering will be donated to Girls Rock! Rochester.


Girls Rock! Rochester is a non-profit dedicated to using music as a vehicle
for personal growth and positive change for girls, women, and the LGBTQIA+ community. Believing that music is a powerful vehicle for personal growth and positive change, they offer programs year-round for girls and teens and young adults, as a way to teach constructive ways to fight sexism and foster healthy mindsets and social skills. They promote collaboration and community to foster diversity in all forms.

They also provide programs, summer camps, and musical events throughout the community all year, encouraging girls and young women to own their talents and share their voices.

These young people are part of our future generation of leaders and artists. Please give generously to support their journey.


Postponed - Date TBA

Welcoming Neurodivergent Children: Video and Discussion Part II

Noon-1:15pm in the Sanctuary

Please join us to view, consider and discuss the second part of "Welcoming Neurodivergent Children," a webinar from the UUA. You don't have to have attended Part I to participate. Rev. Michelle will facilitate.


February 29, 2024

Breakfast for All: 
sponsored by Homeless Outreach Team

The Homeless Outreach Team will provide breakfast from 10am to noon in the Clara

Barton Lounge. Clothing and counseling will be available.


All are welcome to attend the Eastman at Washington Square concert afterwards in the sanctuary.


March 102024

Monthly Food Ingathering

Our monthly food ingathering for the Community Food Cupboard! Low-sodium non-perishable food, toiletries, paper products, and cash are always needed!


March 29, 2024

Tenebrae Service: 
March 29, 7pm

Our three Unitarian Universalist congregations in the greater Rochester area will join together for a service of mourning, remembering, and holding silence on Friday, March 29 at 7pm. 


Tenebrae will be held at First Universalist Church, 150 S Clinton Ave, Rochester, NY 14607 and online.  Click this link to access online.  


This service honors the moment when Jesus of Nazareth died on the cross, honors the grief that the disciples felt, and gives us an opportunity to give voice to our own sense of loss.  Tenebrae will be a quiet and contemplative service.


March 3, 2024

In-Person Drop-In Discussion: What will the next 100 years bring?

In the last 100 years, the world has changed immeasurably. What do you think may happen in the *next* 100 years? What kind of changes do you foresee in the areas of cultural awareness, submission to climate change, genetics, technology, artificial intelligence (AI), communication, and more? Will we have Utopia or Dystopia?  Join David Damico as we discuss and share our thoughts and feelings.

We'll meet at 9:15am in the Chalice Room to talk about these questions.  Everyone welcome.

Image by 🇸🇮 Janko Ferlič

March 10 2024

Book Group:
"TBA" by TBA

The Book Group will meet Sunday, March 10 at noon in the Chalice Room to discuss TBA.  All are welcome.  You do not need to have read the book to participate

We  should be able to have a lively discussion about this novel so please consider joining us. We love piquing interest and we certainly appreciate seeing you there. Any questions? Contact



Eastman at Washington Square - Winter 2024

The Eastman Community Music School is proud to present free weekly concerts featuring artists from the Eastman School of Music and ECMS. Faculty and Student Performances from both schools offer an excellent opportunity to hear some of the best musicians that Rochester has to offer and all performances are absolutely free!


January 4
Solo Classical Guitar

Guitarist YunZhe Lin presents a variety of repertoire including Bach, Dowland, Rodrigo, and Brouwer.

January 11

Pianist Priscilla Yuen performs The Raven by Max Heinrich, narrated by Zachary Peterson, as well as other piano works.

January 18
Winter Double Bill - Strauss and Purcell

Eastman Opera Theatre presents a combination of two great works in the operatic canon. The stories from the Ariadne auf Naxos Prologue and Dido and Aeneas bring together stories of extravagance and abandonment from over 200 years apart. They show the timeless resilience of the human condition.

January 25
Voices of Women

Angela Rubin, viola and Cynthia Liu, piano perform music for viola and piano by two women composers: Rebecca Clarke and Amy Beach.

February 1

Cello and Bass Duo

RPO principal cellist, Ahrim Kim, and RPO principal bassist, Cory Palmer, perform works by Rossini, Barriere, and Dragonetti.

February 8
Luna Piano Trio

Join us for some beautiful chamber music performed by Eastman students Jaewon Jun, violin, Taylor Yoon, cello, and Karina Tseng, piano.

February 15
Lunchtime with Ludwig

Come and enjoy Beethoven's works for violin and piano performed by violinist Claire An and pianist Irina Lupines.

February 22
Piano Fireworks I

Featuring students from the piano studios of Professors Lomazov and Rackers.

February 29
Piano Fireworks II

Featuring students from the piano studios of Professors Lomazov and Rackers.

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