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.
CORVID-19 UPDATE: All Drop-In Discussions are cancelled until further notice!
March 1: Interfaith Impact of NYS
Dick Gilbert, President, will review issues before the legislature in 2020, including solitary confinement, sexuality education, the environment, medical aid in dying, among others.
March 8: An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz’s book. spans more than 400 years, recognizing the injustices that Native Americans have endured under various administrations throughout history. (UUA 2019-2020 Common Read) Copies are in our church library, but you need not have read the book. Rev. Michelle Yates will lead our discussion.
* Daylight Savings-spring ahead!!
March 15: Faithful Boundaries
As we work on a church wide safety policy, we strive to find the balance of being a people of faith and fellowship, and creating a safe space for covenanted community. Join us to discuss and brainstorm issues that concern the whole community, and the Drop-In Discussion group. Rev. Lane and Rev. Michelle
March 22: College Behind Bars (Film by Lynn Novick & Ken Burns)
Some claim that lawbreakers do not deserve a free college education – at taxpayers expense. But at whose expense do we deny them? What does Rehabilitation actually mean in a prison system with a recidivism rate of over 50%? How is our history of incarceration affecting people of color, especially Black males, disproportionately? Artist, educator, and social documentary filmmaker, Ava Ciliberti , will show excerpts from this informative film, and facilitate a discussion about how this relates to one of our congregation’s primary missions: Black Lives Matter.
March 29: Not So Fast, Utopia Boy!
The Drop-in Discussions have included a number of presentations about solving the world’s biggest problems, like war, overpopulation and the climate crisis. But human beings are flawed. We will continue to struggle against the ills of the moment, but we cannot resolve them. Hank Stone and Eileen Fernandez will offer their different perspectives
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 a topic you’d like discussed or, better still, would be willing to lead a discussion, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have an outside speaker in mind that you think should be invited, obtain contact information and contact Beth Ares.