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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:
Both Firm and Flexible

1/29/23 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.

Beginning the seasonal theme of Boundaries, let's explore when boundaries must be held firm and when they can move and sway. What situations call us to rigidity? And where can we embrace more fluidity in our lives?

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


January 29, 2023

Eastman Organists’ Community Concert

The first Community Concert of 2023 will take place Sunday, January 29th at 4:00pm at First Universalist Church of Rochester.


The concert features
the church’s very historically significant 1908 pipe organ built by pioneering English organ-builder, Robert Hope-Jones. This instrument is one of the only of its type in the world that remains essentially in its original condition, utilizing some quite advanced mechanical and electrical systems, many of which were pioneered by Hope-Jones, and became standard parts of organ building in generations since.


Tonally, the instrument is conceived in a wholly orchestral style, meaning its many and varied sounds often mimic the sounds of orchestral instruments.

Notably, Hope-Jones is credited with inventing the Wurlitzer theater-organ, which came to massive popularity in the 1920s silent film era, so this instrument is a rare look into Hope-Jones’ sound-world prior to the conception of the full theater-organ style.

Held monthly at various churches around Rochester, upcoming concerts will be posted on the Eastman School of Music ‘Organ Events’ webpage. Please refer to the link below for up-to-date info on location, times, and performers.

For more information on the Community Concert Series, please visit


February 12, 2023

Book Group: "Gravel Heart" by Abdulrazak Gurnah

The Book Group will meet on February 12 at noon in the Chalice Room to discuss "Gravel Heart" by Abdulrazak Gurnah.


It is a book not to be missed. The author won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2021 for this fascinating read. The main character knows his father did not want him so when his beloved Uncle Amir invited him to study in London, he accepted. After a very lonely childhood and teen years in a strange city the loneliness just kept getting worse for this chap. The author shows us that there is nothing romantic about the immigrant experience.

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 31, 2023

Drop-In Discussion: Magical Thinking

6:30-7:30pm virtual!

What is it? When is it beneficial and when is it harmful? John Lukes presents.


February 122023

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!


February 5, 2023

In-Person Drop-In Discussion: Democracy and Ignorance

In our democracy, should the ignorant and uninformed have an equal voice with the educated and well-informed?Facilitated by Phil Ebersole.

This will be the topic of our next in-church drop-in discussion, which are held at 9:15am in the Chalice Room on the first Sunday of the month.


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.


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!

January 12

Musique Francaise
Celebrate the start of a new year, and a new season of Eastman@Washington
Square, with clarinetist Andrew Brown and pianist Irina Lupines.

January 19

Minus 2
Join Eastman students Aliceyn Covington on french horn, Cole Henslee on tuba,
and Kathryn Carley on euphonium, in appreciating the low-end of the musical

January 26

Four Centuries of Songs Across the World
Monica Ramich, soprano and Kenneth Kam, guitarist and lutenist, will be sharing
music by Bach, Dowland, Hahn, Villa-Lobos, Seiber and the Beatles.

February 2

Classical Guitar
Guitarist Alex Nazaretski, from the studio of Nicholas Goluses, will perform the
music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Mario Castelnuvo -Tedesco, and Dionisio

February 9

Something Old, Something New
Bassoonist Blaire Koerner and pianist Zack Peterson will be returning to
Eastman@Washington Square. Don’t miss this much anticipated reprise!

February 16

Piano Extravaganza I
Come hear the students from the studio of Professor Douglas Humpherys perform
fabulous works for solo piano.

February 23

Piano Extravaganza II
A second installment of masterpieces for piano performed by students from the
studio of Professor Douglas Humpherys.

March 2

Inspiring Violin
Come hear a virtuoso recital featuring violinists from the studio of Eastman
professor Renée Jolles.

March 9

Enjoy the ECMS Krustenjerna Scholarship Flute Choir, performing under the
direction of Sophia Gibbs Kim, as they help us usher in the spring with beautiful

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