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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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Upcoming Services


Sunday Service:
Healthcare Chaplaincy - The Soul Doctor

3/26/23 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.

What does it mean to be a UU minister outside the walls of a church? How can UU benefit from this ministry?

Speaker: Rev. Kelly Spahr, M.Div, BCC
Rev. Kelly Spahr (she/they) lives in Rochester, NY and is an affiliated community minister. She is a board certified chaplain and has worked in trauma, palliative and hospice chaplaincy for over a decade. She serves on the Crossroads of Caring Professional Advisory Board for their Clinical Pastoral Care program, and is a consultant with the Spiritual Care Association for board certification applications and exams.

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.

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


April 2, 2023

Dick Gilbert: Words, Wisdom, and Music!

Join us at 2pm in our sanctuary honoring this great UU Minister!


The concert will feature the words of Dick Gilbert, set to music, and performed by our own Voices of the Spirit and other UUROC musicians.


The concert is free, with a goodwill offering to benefit First Universalist. Light refreshments to follow. 


April 4, 2023

Drop-In Discussion:
So, What's the Plan
for Sabbatical?

6:30-7:30pm virtual!

Join Rev. Lane-Mairead as we talk about plans for their upcoming sabbatical. What will be covered, where folks might need to step in, and what a good goodbye looks like will all be explored. Come with questions and ideas


Spring 2023

Eastman at Washington Square - Spring 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!

March 30

aTonalHits presents: Unexpected Dances
Join us for various dances presented by Katha Zinn, violin, and Illya Filshtinskiy, piano.

April 6

fivebyfive presents: From Places Near and Far

From Indonesia to Norway and Iceland to South America, this collection of pieces draws inspiration from places near and far.

April 13

Piano Extravaganza I

Students from the studio of Professor Alan Chow will dazzle you with piano masterworks.

April 20

Piano Extravaganza II

A second installment of fabulous pianists from the piano studio of Alan Chow.

April 27

When I Have Sung My Songs To You

Cecile Saine, soprano, James Grab, baritone, and Alla Kuznetsov, piano, will fill your heart with duets and songs of love.

May 4

Great Romantics and Beyond
Beautiful chamber music with Eastman alumni violinist Yunjung Lee, Dong Yeol Hong, cello, and Irina Lupines, piano.

May 11

Ensemble Mágica
Eastman students Eric Bergeman, flute, Django Klumpp, guitar, and Sunshine Quan, harp, will perform music by Tōru Takemitsu, Maximo Pujol, and Nino Rota.

May 18

Honors Finale
Come hear terrific seniors from the Eastman Community Music School's High School Honors Diploma Program.

Image by NR Vellarine

March 31, 2023

Cozy Night Supper Returns!

A potluck and program favorite returns to First Universalist on the last Friday in March from 6-8pm.


In the first hour we eat. In the second hour we'll consider one of the primary values of Unitarian Universalism: LOVE!


Families are welcome! RSVP with what you intend to bring to Rev. Michelle at


April 9, 2023

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!


April 2, 2023

In-Person Drop-In Discussion: Student Debt

Some 43 million Americans owe a combined total of $1.75 trillion in student loan debt, triple the amount 16 years ago.  What is the impact of this burden?  What can be done about it?


Phil Ebersole will present some facts and lead a discussion in the Chalice Room at 9:15am. You're welcome to join us.

All are welcome. If you have a topic you'd like discussed or, better still, would be willing to facilitate a discussion, speak to Phil Ebersole.


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


April 9, 2023

Book Group: "Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens

The Book Group will meet on April 9 at noon in the Chalice Room to discuss "Where the Crawdads Sing". The author brings to light a coming-of-age tale set in the marshlands of North Carolina. There is much to examine and connect to in this novel!

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

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