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Drop-In Discussions

In-person 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 virtual drop-in discussions are held on 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

June 2024

Tuesday, June 4: Death and Dying 

Guest presenter Professor Daniel Chadwick returns to discuss these two weighty topics. He will briefly touch on each of six philosophical approaches to these topics: Metaphysics (the reality), Epistemology (what is known), Ethics, Philosophy of Religion questions, Logic, and Aesthetics. Using these as a lens to scrutinize how we think about death/dying may open up other ways for us to understand this field of investigation. 

Tuesday, June 11: Unabashed Joy 

Let’s take time to focus on the “unabashed” part of our monthly theme and to share experiences of joy. Rev. Lane-Mairead will lead us in an exploration of what joy really means to us. 

Tuesday, June 18: Failure in Ukraine 

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. 

Tuesday, June 25: Open Topic Nite 

In response to continued support, let’s have another Open Topic discussion. John Lukes leads. 

In-person Drop-In Discussions:

Sunday, January 7 at 9:15am in the Chalice Room *In-Person* - Living in a Science Fictional World

We live in a world in which science fictional tropes - space colonization, artificial intelligence - are actual goals. Can yesterday’s science fiction become tomorrow’s reality?


Sunday, February 4 at 9:15am in the Chalice Room *In-Person* - "What This Country Needs Is…"

Suppose you were running for President and were certain to be elected. What would your platform be? Ignore the present candidates. What do you think the country actually needs?

Sunday, March 3 at 9:15am in the Chalice Room *In-Person* - What will the next 100 years bring?

In the last 100 years, the world has changed immeasurably. What do you think may happen in the *next* 100 years? What kind of changes do you foresee in the areas of cultural awareness, submission to climate change, genetics, technology, artificial intelligence (AI), communication, and more? Will we have Utopia or Dystopia?  Join David Damico as we discuss and share our thoughts and feelings.

Sunday, April 7 at 9:15am in the Chalice Room *In-Person* - What Makes You Happy?

Leo Tolstoy said happy families are all alike and unhappy families are unhappy in their own way.  Is this true?  Are there different kinds of happiness?  We’ll share what makes each of us happy and see what we come up with. 

Sunday, May 5 at 9:15am in the Chalice Room *In-Person* - The Forever Wars

We in the United States have come to accept perpetual war as normal. Hundred of thousands of people have died in these wars, including thousands of Americans. What purpose does the U.S. war policy serve? Is it sustainable? Can it be stopped?

Sunday, June 2 at 9:15am in the Chalice Room *In-Person* - 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. 

Phil Ebersole is facilitator unless otherwise mentioned. Topics are subject to change. If you have a topic you would like discussed or, better still, would like to lead a discussion, speak to Phil Ebersole.

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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