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 nights from 6:30-7:30pm.

January 2020

January 5: Prisoner for Truth

Phil Ebersole will do a presentation and lead a discussion about Julian Assange, who has been pursued, imprisoned and tormented for the crime of telling unwelcome truths. 

January 12: Political Cartoons and Racism

Elaine Miller is an accomplished and popular presenter on this topic, with this discussion centering on racism as it is seen through political cartoons. Be prepared to have fresh look at an old problem. Hosted by First Universalist Initiative for Racial Equality (FIRE)

January 19: Conversation Circle About Using the Church Zoom Account and the New Communications Policy

Join Rev. Lane and members of the Communications Committee to discuss the new church communications policy, especially the newest piece encouraging committees to meet over the First Universalist Zoom account. Come share your opinions on the blessings and drawbacks of this policy and listen to a variety of opinions on the issue. We will be discussing this policy as a larger group and in break out rooms as well. All voices welcome.

January 26: The Social Dilemma

This documentary movie on Netflix lays bare one of the mechanisms behind the great political divide that is artificially tearing our country apart, and much more. This helps explain why regular people we know seem to have gone nuts. Hank Stone will lead discussion. Hank Stone, presenter.

February 2020

February 2: How do we respond with love to those who seemingly are hell bent on destroying democracy?

People who ostensibly who took an oath to protect, preserve, etc.? Family members, those who act to support such anti-democratic action?  People who are opposed to helping the poor, the homeless, the victims of violence?  Those who openly call for violence, to take up guns against me and other liberals? Bill Elwell presents.

February 9: Structural Racism Revisited

Elizabeth Osta from the First Universalist Initiative for Racial Equality team  will share recent findings about structural racism and ways we can help dismantle it. 

February 16: What does the Bible say about homosexuality?

Let's review some of the Bible texts often referred to with this question, considering scriptural and historical context. How are these texts used in arguments either condemning or supporting our LGBTQ siblings? Rev. Michelle Yates

February 23: Keeping Our Promise

Jean Ott, presenter with guest, Ellen Hickory Smith, Executive Director of KOP.  Jean will discuss her volunteer work with KOP.  Ellen will give a quick overview of the organization.  KOP is a nonprofit organization which provides comprehensive resettlement assistance to our wartime allies, known as SIVs. They were former local interpreters and support personnel of the U.S. government in conflict zones. Because of their employment in support of the United States, their lives are in danger.

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.

We acknowledge with respect the Seneca Nation, Keepers of the Western Door and part of the Haudenosaunee People, on whose ancestral land First Universalist Church now stands.

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