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!

Upcoming Services

Sunday Service: 

It's Bound To Happen...


The Rev. Dr. Natalie Fenimore proclaims that Unitarian Universalists are a people of orthopraxis "right behavior" rather than orthodoxy "right belief." While we certainly claim a great variety of beliefs, is it true that we all DO the same things? And would we even want that?! Join our guest preacher from our crosstown sibling congregation as we explore how what we do together shapes our spiritual journeys, where it keeps us stuck, and how we might find our way toward freedom.

Speaker: Rev. Shari Halliday-Quan

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

Dial in via phone: Meeting ID: 131 764 422 - Dial: +1 646 558 8656

Don't forget to join us for coffee hour after the worship service!

We will be holding coffee hour ten minutes after the service, in the same Zoom meeting! 

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). 

Other Events

January 20, 2021

Midweek Meditation

First Universalist Church will be hosting Midweek Meditation services with Rev. Lane Campbell and Rev. Michelle Yates on Wednesdays from 11:30am-noon.


On second Wednesdays, an extra half hour of sharing and meditation will follow the traditional format. A time to connect for deep breathing, meditation, singing, and silence. 

January 31, 2021

Auction Amnesty!

It’s January- and Auction Amnesty is upon us!  What would you normally be doing to prepare for our annual Service Auction?  Planning an event?  Making some food? Well, we’ll save you work this year. Please consider making a financial contribution to Auction Amnesty instead!  


Auction Amnesty donations are now being accepted!  Please send a check payable to First Universalist Church, and write “Auction Amnesty” in the memo line; or donate online at uuroc.org, and leave a note letting us know the donation is for Auction Amnesty.  We ask for your donation by January 25, so that we can announce the total on January 31, when we’ll gather via Zoom to celebrate and have some fun!

Facebook Event: https://fb.me/e/55JAjRS1t

January 22, 2021

RiBS Dialogues with Verdis Robinson

#3: Rochester’s History of Systemic Racism

Note: A separate email with the link for this event will not be sent out. Use the link below to attend.

From the fiery destruction of Frederick Douglass’ home to the uprising in July 1964 to the perpetuation of residential segregation, will explore the systemic racism in Rochester’s history. What have we really learned? What is being done? What is OUR vision for our community?

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.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/381063016620660

February 21, 2021

Eckberg Racial Justice Memorial Film Series:  "12 Years a Slave​"

This discussion series is held on select Sundays from 2-3:30pm. 


Note: A separate email with the link for this event will not be sent out. Use the link below to attend.


(2013, 134 min, Netflix, Amazon Prime): Please Note – change in film choice –

This film “drives straight into the heart of the cruelties of oppression” (the NYTimes) and was Academy Award Best Picture Winner.

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.

Facebook Event: https://fb.me/e/9tJELPm5V

January 19, 2021

Drop-In Discussion:  Conversation Circle About Using the Church Zoom Account and the New Communications Policy

6:30-7:30pm virtual!

Join Rev. Lane and members of the Communications Committee to discuss the new church communications policy, especially the newest piece encouraging committees to meet over the First Universalist Zoom account. Come share your opinions on the blessings and drawbacks of this policy and listen to a variety of opinions on the issue. We will be discussing this policy as a larger group and in break out rooms as well. All voices welcome.

January, 2021

Eastman at Washington Square

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


This Week's Concert: 


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

We acknowledge with respect the Seneca Nation, Keepers of the Western Door and part of the Haudenosaunee People, on whose ancestral land First Universalist Church now stands.


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