Our Mission

To nurture the spirit and serve the community.

Join us Sundays at 10:30am
at our virtual Worship Service!
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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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The Church Has Left The Building!

We have moved our worship services entirely online! We have been using Zoom for our weekly worship services and midweek meditation meetings!

Please check below for links and more info on this switch of our services!

Happening This Sunday

Sunday Service: When Neighbors Are Dying

October 18, 2020

Injustices in the world often lead to the deaths of those who are marginalized at catastrophic rates. It can feel difficult to open the heart to so much loss. And yet, our humanity depends on it.

Speaker: Rev. Lane Campbell

Please send your Joys and Sorrows to be read at our Sunday Worship service to JoysandSorrows@uuroc.org.

Note: When you email a joy or sorrow to us, you are giving us permission to read it aloud at our Sunday service and possibly publish it in this weekly email. Thank you!

Sunday Service Link: https://zoom.us/j/131764422

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

Coffee Hour Link: https://zoom.us/j/758380337

If you are dialing in to listen to coffee hour via phone, here is the info you need to connect!

Meeting ID: 758 380 337

Dial: +1 646 558 8656

Due to COVID-19 we will be holding our worship services online for the foreseeable future . We will hold on-line services each Sunday at 10:30am (our regular worship time). 

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Other Events

RiBS Dialogues with Verdis Robinson - Dialogue #1: “What My History Teacher Never Taught Me”

October 16, 2020

Drawing from Mr. Robinson’s teaching African American history and decolonizing American history, we will explore hard truths by lifting up marginalized voices and experiences. We will learn what was intentionally left out of the historical narrative, why, and what to do about it.

This series of dialogues creates a brave space to learn, grow, and act toward antiracism – all in the context of our UU principles -- especially concerning the inherent worth and dignity of every person.  Participants will engage in real talk about race in relationship to (1) American History, (2) the Unitarian Universalist faith, (3) local Rochester history, and (4) an inspiring meditation to lift up racial justice.  All sessions will be virtual from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Path to Membership Session

October 17, 2020

If you are interested in becoming a member of First Universalist Church or a frequent visitor who isn’t yet sure of joining, but want to find out more about our church and its many facets, join our virtual Path to Membership two-hour session on October 17 at 9:30 AM. 


You must RSVP to Rev. Lane  minister@uuroc.org so you can be sent the Zoom link to participate. As some information will be screen-shared, it is best to participate via computer rather than by phone.


After the session, if you decide to join, an appointment will be made to have you sign the Membership Book in a way that is safe during these times.

Eckberg Racial Justice Memorial Film Series: "A Tale of Two Schools"

October 18, 2020

To Register: Email FIRE@uuroc.org with your selection of films! This discussion series is held on select Sundays from 2-3:30pm. 

"A Tale of Two Schools" (2017, 61 min, YouTube): An intimate and compelling documentary about children at risk and the parents and teachers who care about them. Narrated by Morgan Freeman, it features a dedicated superintendent, a novice teacher, and a first grader overwhelmed by the challenge of learning to read—all captured during a tumultuous year in two struggling schools.

About the Film Series
This series features films that address racial justice through history, music and spiritual avenues. This event is a facilitated discussion of ways to further the message of racial equity in our city and world. Films are to be viewed on your own prior to discussion. It is requested that you view the film BEFORE the discussion to assure a quality experience.

This film series is named in memory of two beloved First Universalist Church members who shared an enduring quest for racial justice throughout their years together. Eunice was tireless in her giving as a Rochester City School District teacher and her work at Rochester Psychiatric Hospital. Jim inspired through his gentle and insistent quest for racial equity. We are honored to remember them.

Drop-In Discussion: Ways to Get Your Voice Heard: Where Am I Going From Here?

October 20, 2020

6:30-7:30pm virtual!

Senior housing and home care options are numerous, confusing and often expensive.  What is available for me? What is affordable and where do I start? And what questions should I ask before making a move? Christine Peck, Director Social Work Care Coordination, Lifespan presents.

Midweek Meditation!

October 21, 2020

First Universalist Church will be hosting Midweek Meditation services on Wednesdays

from 11:30am-Noon.


Just a brief time to connect for deep breathing, meditation, singing, and silence.


Here's a link if you'd like to join us: https://zoom.us/j/165337938

Meeting ID: 165 337 938

Dial: +1 646 558 8656

Eastman at Washington Square

October 22, 2020

Eastman at Washington Square concerts are back, streaming live and virtual on Thursdays at 12:15pm!


Today's Concert: Cello students of Steven Doane & Rosemary Elliott


Find the livestream here! https://www.youtube.com/c/eastmancommunitymusicschool/live

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