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Drop-In Discussions

Drop-in discussions are held on the first Sunday morning of each month in the Chalice Room on the second floor of our church, starting at 9:15 am. during the regular church year, and Tuesday evenings as well via Zoom. 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


Drop-In Discussions are virtual!

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

We are also having in-person discussions on the first Sunday of each month in the Chalice Room at First Universalist. 

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 875 3528 4436
Passcode: 665971

March 2023

Sunday, March 5 at 9:15am in the Chalice Room *In-Person* - Reparations: How might they work? 

Many people of goodwill favor reparations as compensation for the lingering effects of slavery and Jim Crow; but just how would they work? Presented by Phil Ebersole.

Tuesday, March 7: Meditation Your Way 

Let's talk about trying or wanting to try meditation, “failing” at it, loving it, not being interested, etc. I'll share a short guided meditation plus a bit about my own practices. Rev. Peggy Meeker presents. 

Tuesday, March 14Eternal Life

Do you believe in an afterlife? Would you really want to live forever? Phil Ebersole will lead a discussion. 

Tuesday, March 21: Neurodivergence: Drawing the Circle Wider 

In January, Rev. Michelle Yates spoke about neurodivergence and how to open our hearts, minds, and church to those who are on the spectrum. “What does it look like to be radically inclusive of neurodivergence in people of all ages? How might we prepare to nurture and serve them too?” Let's revisit her key points, and share our thoughts, hopes, and insights. Rev. Michelle Yates facilitates. 

Tuesday, March 28: Open Topic

Could be anything, but it’s always something! Come with an open mind, heart and spirit.  

April 2023

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

Some 43 million Americans owe a combined total of $1.75 trillion in student loan debt, triple the amount 16 years ago. What is the impact of this burden? What can be done about it? Phil Ebersole will present some facts and lead a discussion.

Tuesday, April 4: So, What's the Plan for Sabbatical?

Join Rev. Lane-Mairead as we talk about plans for their upcoming sabbatical. What will be covered, where folks might need to step in, and what a good goodbye looks like will all be explored. Come with questions and ideas

Tuesday, April 11Reparations: How might they work?

Many people of good will favor reparations to African-Americans as compensation for the lingering effects of slavery and Jim Crow. But just how would they work? Phil Ebersole will lead the discussion 

Tuesday, April 18: Open Topic!

Could be anything, but it’s always something! Come with an open mind, heart and spirit.

Tuesday, April 25: Planned Obsolescence

We have all grown up with yearly car models intended to feel obsolete, and be replaced. Refrigerators used to last 30 years, but now are designed to fail after 8 years. Planned obsolescence fit the idea of an ever-growing economy. Now we need goods that last, so our society can endure. Hank Stone 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:


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

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