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Drop-In Discussions

Drop-in discussions are held on the first Sunday morning of each month in the Chalice Room on the second floor of our church, starting at 9:15 am. during the regular church year (off during the summer months), and Tuesday evenings via Zoom. Sometimes our discussions are based on certain books or articles, but you don’t have to read anything or do any advance preparation to participate. Just drop-in. People of all viewpoints are welcome to make presentations or join in the discussions.

Do you have a topic for us? Please contact

Drop-In Discussions are virtual!

We meet on Tuesday nights from 6:30-7:30pm.

We are also having in-person discussions on the first Sunday of each month in the Chalice Room at First Universalist. 

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 875 3528 4436
Passcode: 665971

October 2023

Tuesday, October 3Rochester Housing Authority

An overview of RHA’s purpose and functions, how the agency responds to needs, and how they fit into current priorities recently promoted by the Mayor’s office. Perhaps we will touch on the intersection of racism, poverty and housing, as our church’s social justice focus is “Housing for All.” Melissa Berrien, Family Self Sufficiency Supervisor presents.

Tuesday, October 10: What do we have in common with Trump?

Based off the Biblical injunction “Do not judge, for with the judgment you make, you will be judged,” let’s explore how we have said/done things similar to what we critique about Trump. What may we learn when we consider the ‘logs’ in our own eye, after decrying the ‘splinters’ in another's? John Lukes presents.

Tuesday, October 17: What Is Private Equity?

“These Are the Plunderers” by Gretchen Morgenson is about how so-called “private equity” firms buy companies, then lay off employees and cut costs, services, and benefits in order to expand profits. Phil Ebersole will review the book and lead a discussion.

Tuesday, October 24: What Floats Your Boat?

From Noah’s Ark to cruise ships, what is this compulsion we have to travel by water? We will discuss ways and reasons people have historically had for traveling via boat and share some of our own boating experiences. Beth Ares will facilitate

Tuesday, October 31: Open Topic!

An opportunity to share thoughts!

Next in-person Drop-In Discussion:

Sunday, October 1 at 9:15am in the Chalice Room *In-Person* - The Future Is Now

We’ll meet in the Chalice Room at 9:15 a.m. to share thoughts on the biggest, most unexpected and most beneficial changes that have occurred in our lifetimes. Phil Ebersole will facilitate. All are welcome.

Have you read or written a book or article, attended or presented a workshop or talk, or have a topic that you would like to share with us? Is there a topic you would like to learn more about? Please contact Drop-In Discussion Committee:


If you have an outside speaker in mind that you think should be invited, have a topic you’d like discussed or, better still, would be willing to lead a discussion, please contact

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