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.


Drop-In Discussions are back with a virtual spin!

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

May 2022

May 3: Open Topic

Our periodically occurring opportunity to open our hearts and minds to listen to and discuss one another’s concerns, experiences and opinions. Do join us!

May 10: Rochester Area Interfaith Climate Action

RAICA seeks to create a meaningful response to Climate Change, acknowledging our common conviction to care for the Earth and its people. Working together, we seek to share resources and leverage our strengths. www.raica.net Sarah Singal will guide us in accessing this resource.

May 17: Heroes of the Minister Franklin D. Florence Civil Rights Heritage Park

Join presenter Elizabeth Osta as she reviews a few heroes of the MFDFCR Heritage Park. Learn about the unknown women and men who have shaped Rochester for the good. Get a sneak preview of some bricks that will be displayed in the Brick Legacy walkway. Share some of your favorite heroes as well.  

May 24: The Biology of Gender:  The Way We Think About Biological Sex is Wrong

There are SEVEN areas of biological sex! And most medical forms, sports and bathrooms still only have two options. This is complicated, but finally coming to the surface in many areas of our society. Join us to view a TED talk on biology of sex and intersex by Emily Quinn, and consider the many ways reality does not fit into a supremist binary Rev. Michelle Yates presents.

May 31: Climate Emergency!

For the last 30 years, scientists have known and loudly proclaimed the need for urgent action to dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions. The Paris Agreement of 2015 was a “legally binding international treaty” to get the job done. It failed. Now the impossible has become necessary. Hank Stone presents.

June 2022

June 7: A New Path to Inclusion

the journey undertaken in western New York to make outdoor recreation accessible to everyone in one of this country's favorite parks. The Autism Nature Trail (The ANT) at Letchworth State Park opened on October 1, 2021. The project demonstrates that when we provide opportunities for a group of underserved individuals, everybody wins. Loren Penman, Co-chair ANT, presents. 

June 14: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is the autobiography of Harriet Jacobs. Jacobs lived in Rochester for a while after escaping from slavery. Besides the awe-inspiring sacrifices she makes to escape from slavery and protect her children, Jacob's account has a lot to say about the sexual abuse of enslaved women, and the intersections of gender, race, and class. Bridget Watts presents.

June 21: General Assembly 2022

Our denomination's annual business meeting runs June 22-26 this year.  What will be voted on, discussed and presented - and what does that mean to us at First Universalist in Rochester?  Give your input to delegates so they can represent YOUR wishes. Karen LoBracco presents.

June 28“Death Cafe” movement — why is it so hard to talk about death?

Drinking tea, eating cake and discussing death, aiming to increase awareness of death to help people make the most of their (finite) lives.  Cormac McCarthy wrote, “Death is the major issue in the world.  For you, for me, for all of us.  It just is.  To not be able to talk about it is very odd.”  While we won’t be eating together, virtually, we can still relax as we talk about this taboo topic.  (Check out the Death Cafe website) 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.