Drop-In Discussions

Drop-in discussions are held each Sunday morning in the Chalice Room on the second floor of our church, starting at 9:15 am. during the regular church year. Over the summer months, we begin at 11:30 am. 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 DropInDiscussion@uuroc.org.

COVID-19 UPDATE:

Drop-In Discussions are back with a virtual spin! We are meeting on Tuesday night, from 6:30-7:30pm. Contact DropInDiscussion@uuroc.org for the Zoom link!

September 2020

September 1: When a Picture Paints Too Many Words

A discussion of Peter House’s August 30th sermon “. . . I recently discovered an unflattering, twenty-year-old photo of myself, and it ruined my mood. How much of our time is spent fretting over what has already been? We will look closely at how our minds work against our happiness if we let them.” Facilitated by Beth Ares

September 8: Open Topic

Now that we have "survived" summer, what is on your mind as we approach fall? Do you want to discuss the prior Sunday's sermon? Do you want to discuss something other than the upcoming election? Or do you need to get those election worries off you chest? Or is there something entirely different that we have neglected to address? Join us and let's see where our time together takes us!

September 15: Growing Up in Rochester as a Bi-racial Youth - A Personal Narrative

Systemic racism in its many guises. Current President of Nativity Preparatory Academy and Former Director of Development and Community Engagement for the YMCA, engaging storyteller James C. Smith will lead our discussion.

September 22: What Is populism?

Phil Ebersole will present and lead a discussion of The People, No by Thomas Frank.  No homework is required for for drop-in discussions, but you can get an advance look at the presentation by clicking on https://philebersole.wordpress.com/2020/07/21/populists-plutocrats-and-the-democracy-scare/.

September 29: The Black Tax: The Cost of Being Black in America  

Author Shawn Rochester shows how the Black tax (which is the financial cost of conscious and unconscious anti-black discrimination), creates a massive financial burden on Black American households that dramatically reduces their ability to leave a substantial legacy for future generations. Theo Munson, presents.

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: DropInDiscussion@uuroc.org

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 dropindiscussion@uuroc.org.

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