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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: 
Taking the World by Calm: An Advent Meditation

12/10/23 at 10:30am

The expression “taking the world by storm” is an apt description of life in our time. Wars abound, politicians clash, families argue, souls are troubled. How about doing a little editing right now, and wonder what it would be like to “take the world by calm.”

Speaker: Rev. Dr. Richard S. Gilbert

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.

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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 102023

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!



Eastman at Washington Square - Fall 2023

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!

October 19
“Bells N’ Roses”

The French horn class of 2025 at the Eastman School of Music Aliceyn Covington, Morgan Chalmers, Lea Helsel, and Alina Liebschner will perform music for horn quartet.

October 26

A Double Bill : Mythology Through a New Lens!

Eastman Opera Theater is excited to feature a preview of a double bill of two 21st-century operas by important living composers. Dr. Okoye and Jake Heggie offer stories of abuse, redemption, empowerment, and desire.

November 2

Summer Music for Woodwind Quintet
Enjoy music by Samuel Barber performed by Eastman students Alexander Day, flute, Lauren Smith, oboe, Lauren Enos, clarinet, Weverton Santos, horn, and Adrian Whittmer, bassoon.

November 9

Early Brass: Eastman Sackbut Quartet
As a part of the Rochester Early Music Festival, we welcome students of Eastman Trombone Professors Larry Zalkind and Mark Kellogg.

November 16
Piano Extravaganza I

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

November 30
Piano Extravaganza II

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

December 7
Maple String Quartet

Come to hear Brahms, String Quartet No.2
performed by Eastman students Isabel Chen and Magali Pelletey, violins, John Crowley, viola, and Gabriel Hennebury, cello.


December 14
Holiday Jazz

Bob Sneider and Eastman students, Kayla
Sconiers and Ben Sneider will present a
program of seasonal jazz classics.


December 10 2023

Book Group:
"The Vanishing Half" by Brit Bennett

The Book Group will meet at noon in the Chalice Room. The book to be discussed is The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett.  From The New York Times-bestselling author of The Mothers, a stunning new novel about twin sisters, inseparable as children, who ultimately choose to live in two very different worlds, one black and one white.

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


January 7, 2023

In-Person Drop-In Discussion: Living in a Science Fictional World

We live in a world in which science fictional tropes - space colonization, artificial intelligence - are actual goals.  Can yesterday’s science fiction become tomorrow’s reality?  We'll meet at 9:15 a.m. in the Chalice Room to talk about these questions.  Everyone welcome.

These discussions are held at 9:15 am in the Chalice Room.  All are welcome.


December 12, 2023

Drop-In Discussion: 
What Is Hamas?

6:30-7:30pm virtual!

Hamas is a political movement whose goal is to unify the Holy Land under Arab rule according to Islamic law. How did it arise? How did it come to rule Gaza?  What are its goals? Phil Ebersole will present some information and lead a discussion.

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