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 virtual!

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

Zoom Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87535284436?pwd=ckI4NGdUVXVLVGJKYXdMMEx0RHFZdz09

Meeting ID: 875 3528 4436
Passcode: 665971

September 2022

September 6: Open Topic

Gather, greet, and converse. We will dive into an as-yet-to-be-identified but meaningful conversation. 

September 13: “We Acknowledge With Respect . . ..” 

Each Sunday we note that our church stands on the ancestral land of the Seneca Nation. Let’s give some thought to how we can address contemporary Native Issues as non-natives. Resource: Native Hope, Chamberlain, SD. Beth Ares presents.

September 20: UU General Assembly June 2022

Our delegates report back: elections, issues and outcomes and what it all means for our congregation. Karen LoBracco, Jean Ott, and Verdis Robinson present.

September 27Election 2022

The mid-term elections are coming up; Who do you think will win? Who do you think should win? And what about 2024? Phil Ebersole will lead a discussion. People of all political viewpoints are welcome to participate!

October 2022

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

This initial Sunday morning discussion will be about where we want to go, what topics we want to discuss and what ground rules we want to adopt.

Tuesday, October 4: Open Topic

Gather, greet, converse. We will dive into an as-yet-to-be-identified but meaningful conversation.

Tuesday, October 11: Homelessness on the Rise in Rochester

Social Worker, Andy Carey will give us an update on our locally unhoused community. He will also talk about plans REACH has, and how we can help, as a group and/or individually. This presentation brought to you by First Universalist’s Homeless Heartbeats Social Justice Circle.

Tuesday, October 18Service For All?

During the Vietnam war some men waited to be drafted, some pre-emptively enlisted, a few left the country. Will there ever be another draft? Should military service ever be mandatory? Should everyone have the responsibility of service to our country? How about mandatory Military or National Service Options for men and women alike when they reach 18? John Lukes presents.

Tuesday, October 25Is your mailbox littered with donation requests?

How have you decided which ones to respond to?  Our personal budgets speak loudly about our own priorities and values.  It might be fun to share which causes “called us” to part with some hard-earned dollars, why, and which ones we feel good about. (In addition to our pledge to First Universalist, of course!). No proselytizing, no apologies, just sharing. 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

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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.