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.
Weather & Emergency Updates on this week's service will be posted here:

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:





Speaker: TBA

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://us02web.zoom.us/j/81124530840?pwd=Z2M2RGU5ckFQZ1FPUVdMVFJpMVNSQT09

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

April 13, 2021

Drop-In Discussion:

Boycott? Divest? Sanctions?

6:30-7:30pm virtual!

Supporters of Palestinian Arabs have called for a boycott of Israel, similar to the boycott of South Africa in the apartheid era. Supporters of Israel say this is anti-Semitic and a threat to that nation's existence. Phil Ebersole will do his best to give an impartial account of the background of this issue, and lead a discussion.

April 18, 2021

Eckberg Racial Justice Memorial Film Series:  "What Happened, Miss Simone?"

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.


(2015, 1 hr. 41 min, Amazon Prime, Netflix): Classically trained pianist, dive-bar chanteuse, black power icon and legendary artist Nina Simone lived a life of brutal honesty and musical genius. There are jarring insights into the mother, the activist and the tortured soul at the root of Simone's career, but it's the legendary songstress who ultimately shines through.

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/1yg0ZsWeM

April 14, 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. 

April 22, 2021

Sharing on Earth Day

Happy Earth Day, April 22, 2021! 


Here we are, our second Earth Day with no in-person church.


So here’s a virtual booklet, to tide us over until we can be together to celebrate in the Sanctuary, write letters in the Clara Barton Lounge, and rally in Washington Square Park.


Find the booklet at

Earth Day slide show (raica.net).

April 14, 2021

Philosophy of Art Lecture on Claude Bragdon and First Universalist Church

2pm to 3:30pm

Cathy Sweet will be presenting a lecture on Claude Bragdon and First Universalist church!


Passcode: Madigan21

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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