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To nurture the spirit and serve the community.

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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: Stories of the Black Madonna
12/4/22 at 10:30am

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.

"God is a woman and she is Black." - Alessandra Belloni
In Southern Italy, there are many Black Madonnas- depictions of Mary and Jesus as dark Black people. These figures are connected and related to Earth Goddesses of creation and the old traditions. This service connects Mary's journey during Advent with the fertile dark.

Speaker: Rev. Lane-Mairead Campbell

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

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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


December 4, 2022

In-Person Drop-In Discussion: 
Racial Justice and Economic Justice

9:15am in-person in the Chalice Room!

What is the connection between racial justice and economic justice?  Can you have one without the other?  Does one take priority over the other?

This will be the topic for our in-person drop-in discussion group when we meet at 9:15 am Sunday, Dec. 4, in the Chalice Room. Phil Ebersole will facilitate.

Everyone is welcome.  If you have a topic you’d like discussed, speak to Phil Ebersole.  In-person discussions will be held the first Sunday of each month.

Everyone is welcome! Drop-in discussions have resumed in the Chalice Room and will continue to be held there on the first Sunday of each month.


December 11, 2022

Book Group: "Under a White Sky" by Elizabeth Kolbert

Our book group selection for December 11th is Under a White Sky by Elizabeth Kolbert. This book is written in a style that is easily understandable and urges us to get very serious about climate change and its effects on our planet. Much has been written. The time to act is beyond seriously here.

Also please forward book group suggestions or bring them with you.


Please join us at noon in the Chalice Room for a lively discussion and bring book suggestions for future meetings.

Image by Rebecca Matthews

December 4, 2022

Finance Committee: Holiday Bake Sale Bash!

We are looking for volunteers to donate holiday treats—cookies, sweet breads, candy—to sell on December 11, 18. Contact Paula Marchese or Katherine Flynn at finance@uuroc.org by December 7 if you can help. *Never fear online attendees—stick around for coffee hour on Dec. 11 or 18 and we will show you what’s available. Delivery provided with a smile! Delivery tips welcome.


December 11, 2022

Monthly Food Ingathering

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


December 6, 2022

Drop-In Discussion: 
Haudenosaunee Land Acknowledgement...Another Look

6:30-7:30pm virtual!

Is it a consciousness raiser and a first step, or does our well-meaning acknowledgement erase indigenous people and sanitize history? Trish Corcoran, of the Bear Clan in Tonawanda Onondowaga presents.


Fall 2022

Eastman at Washington Square - Fall 2022

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!

Please wear a mask and do not bring food or drink into the sanctuary with you.

October 13

Composer David Temperley
David Temperley presents another one of his tuneful, classically influenced compositions: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1, performed with Eastman DMA violinist Angela Kim.

October 20

Sensuous Piano Classics
Pianist Doug Hanson performs a program
that will traverse music by the Polish
composer Frédéric Chopin, French composer Claude Debussy, and finally the Russian composer Nikolai Kapustin.

October 27

Mbira dzeMugomo Guru
This world music ensemble will share music from the Shona spiritual tradition from Zimbabwe to entertain and delight
Washington Square listeners!

November 3
Jazz at Noon

Longtime musical associates, colleagues, and friends Bob Sneider (ECMS & JCM faculty) and Jeff Campbell (Chair of Jazz Studies) perform jazz duets. Dr. Crystal Sellers-Battle (voice) will be joining them for a couple of tunes.

November 10

Rochester Early Music Festival I
A wonderful period-instrument concert,
presented in conjunction with the Rochester Early Music Festival.

November 17

Rochester Early Music Festival II
A second installment of period-instrument
music, presented in conjunction with the
Rochester Early Music Festival.

November 24
No Concert.
Happy Thanksgiving!

December 1

Piano Extravaganza I

Featured pianist Miao Gao,from the studio
of Professor Alexander Kobrin, will perform pieces by Scriabin and Beethoven.

December 8

Piano Extravaganza II

A second installment featuring students from the piano studio of Professor Alexander Kobrin. Sol Park and Xu Guo will be performing music by Bach, Mozart and Schubert.

December 15

Hope-Jones Organ Showcase
Rejoice with the sound of the First Universalist Church’s organ as organist Keith Reas show- cases this important and beautiful instrument.

Concerts Resume January 12th, 2023. See you in the New Year!