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.
January 5: Waste - What happens to it after we're done with it?
Will recycling, refusing, reusing, composting, re-gifting, treating, burning, burying help us solve global warming? Join Kate Fleury of the Ecojustice group, for a lively exchange of ideas.
January 12: Racism’s Local Face
A wide-ranging discussion of local and timely topics -- i.e. police accountability, Rochester City School District budget cuts, recent passage of county-wide “annoyance laws”, the school-to-prison pipeline, food deserts, global warming’s effects on city populations, etc. How can we help address racial inequities—as individuals and as a progressive church? We’ll brainstorm about policies, procedures, and possibilities. Led by Elizabeth Osta, Theo Munson and the FIRE Project Team (First Universalist Initiative for Racial Equity).
January 19: The Great UU Merger
Who, What, When and Why? How would have voted had you been there at the time? Our long-time Church Historian, Karen Dau, will provide the answers and lead a discussion.
January 26: "Oh, For Goodness Sake!"
Often said in frustration the phrase encapsulates the age-old problem of why humankind can't behave in an ethical manner. But we will examine why we UU's repeatedly violate our stated values and beliefs. For example we claim love is the doctrine of this church, but is it? Bill Elwell presents.
February 2: Open Topic
What’s on your mind this morning? We always end up with a fascinating, informative, thought provoking discussion even without a prepared topic. Join us and see for yourself!
February 9: Cultural Appropriation
Cultural Appropriation is a hot topic among racial and cultural lines. In this discussion we’ll explore its meaning, why it's a controversy, and discover how to avoid it. We’ll include musical appropriation of such artists as Madonna, Gwen Stefani and Miley Cyrus. Join FIRE co-chairs Theo Munson and Elizabeth Osta as we explore together ways to address this fiery topic.
February 16: The Political Binary
Phil Ebersole will argue that we have to look beyond the political binary of Team Red vs. Team Blue if we are to free ourselves from perpetual war, a dysfunctional economy and failure to prepare for climate change.
February 23: Whopper vs. Plant Based
Is your choice “Impossible?" Why would you? Perpetuating the meat industry can be devastating to our environment. Find out how and why, and what you can do about it. Presenter: Lois Baum, former president of local 501c3 Animal Rights Advocates of Upstate NY, member of UU Rochester Animal Ministry and our church UU Eco-Justice Committee.
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.