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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

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Find out what's going on and join us for one of our upcoming events.
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Upcoming Services


Sunday Service: 
Community Calls Us Towards Joy

Flower Communion!
6/16/24 at 10:30am

First Universalist's annual Flower Communion service- please bring one flower for every member of your household for this important ritual celebration of community.  The common vase represents the community that is holding all of us-not just as individuals, but also a collective.  Joy is one thread in the fabric we are weaving together, holding our common vase to nourish our roots.

Speaker: Rev. Lane-Mairead Campbell

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.

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


June 2, 2024

In-Person Drop-In Discussion: Open Forum
& Planning Meeting

We’ll discuss topics for coming meetings, whether or not to continue the in-church meetings through the summer and anything else that is on our minds. 

We'll meet at 9:15am in the Chalice Room to talk about these questions.  Everyone welcome.


July 142024

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!


May 19, 2024

Book Group: Your Children are Very Greatly in Danger: School Segregation in Rochester, New York by Justin Murphy

The Book Group will meet at noon in the Chalice Room to discuss “Your Children are Very Greatly in Danger: School Segregation in Rochester, New York” by Justin Murphy. You do not need to have read the book to participate. Questions? Contact


June 16, 2024

June Social Justice Plate Offering: The Worker Justice Center of New York

Our June Social Justice Plate Offering is designated for The Worker Justice Center of New York

The Worker Justice Center of New York was created in 2011 through the
merger of Farmworker Legal Service of NY (est. 1981) and the Workers’
Rights Law Center (est. 2003).  FLSNY also created nationally recognized
projects aimed at reducing domestic violence and human trafficking in the
agricultural community. Since then, they have represented migrant and
seasonal workers in civil matters throughout New York State. Please
consider a generous donation to their valuable work. For more info,
go to


Please contribute as generously as you can to support this important work.


Fall 2024

Eastman at Washington Square - Fall 2024

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 7
Duos andDualities

Come and hear cellist Benjamin Doane andpianist Chio Wen Cheng performing music by Robert Schumann and Arvo Part.

March 14
"A Mezzo's Favorite Things!"

Enjoy a selection of vocal gems by Bizet, Schubert, Schumann, Debussy, Berlin, and Porter performed by Jessica Ann Best.

March 21
Five Guys

Eastman brass quintet, Trevor King, JR Jean Jacques, trumpets, Miles Woods, horn, Darren Brady, trombone, and Andrew Sieradzki, tuba, perform music by Cheetham, Kamen, Snedecor, and Bernstein.

March 28
Eastman Opera Theatre: Dialogues des Carmélites

Enjoy a preview of this quasi-historical opera by Francis Poulenc that is set in Paris at the close of the 18th century. As signs of the French Revolution begin to unsettle the country, a fearful young noblewoman seeks sanctuary in a convent, where, in the midst of unspeakable tragedy, her faith in God will be tested.

April 4

Violin Showcase

Featuring students from the studio of Professor Renee Jolles.

April 11
Flute and Guitar

Dana Crutser, flute, and Fredrik Jernberg, guitar, perform Canyon Echoes by Katherine Hoover.

April 18
Piano Extravaganza I

Featuring students from the piano studio of Professor Ran Dank.

April 25
Piano Extravaganza II

Featuring students from the piano studio of Professor Ran Dank.

May 2
"A Time To Remember"

Spend an afternoon with a preview of Eastman's Holocaust Remembrance Concert. Works by Jewish composers who died in or survived the atrocities of WWII will be performed by Eastman faculty and students in a concert to mark Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) on Sunday, May 5 at 7:30pm in Kilbourn Hall.

May 9
Collegium Viol Consorts

The Eastman Collegium Consort of Viols performs music from the Golden Age of the Viol. Join us for music by Byrd, Morley, Weelkes, Ward, Gibbons, and Tye.

May 16
Piano Gems

Join pianist Lorenzo Medel with selections from Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition". Through his artistic vision and creativity, he brings these paintings to life through music.

May 23
ECMS Honors Finale

Enjoy the final concert of the season, featuring the amazing young high school graduates from the Honors Program at the Eastman Community Music School.


June 18, 2024

Drop-In Discussion: 

Failure in Ukraine 

6:30-7:30pm virtual!  

In February, 2022, we were told that our government would not only foil Russian aggression by arming Ukraine, but bring Russia to its knees by means of economic sanctions. Phil Ebersole will do a presentation and lead a discussion on how that is working out. 


Postponed - Date TBA

Welcoming Neurodivergent Children: Video and Discussion Part II

Noon-1:15pm in the Sanctuary

Please join us to view, consider and discuss the second part of "Welcoming Neurodivergent Children," a webinar from the UUA. You don't have to have attended Part I to participate. Rev. Michelle will facilitate.

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