Schedule of Drop-In Discussions

Drop-in discussions are held each Sunday at First Universalist Church of Rochester, 150 S. Clinton Ave., Rochester, NY.  We meet in the Chalice Room on the second floor of our church, at 9:15 a.m. except during the summer.  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.

Oct. 22. War in Korea?  Phil Ebersole will provide some background information on the Korean crisis and lead a discussion on the possibility of war with North Korea.

Oct. 29. Fantasyland.  Has the great American experiment gone off the trail or have been off the trail since the beginning?  It’s a subject Kurt Andersen explores in a new book, Fantasyland: how America went haywire. Bill Elwell will lead a discussion in which he touches lightly on the evidence and argument Andersen puts forth in this provocative interpretation of American history.

Nov. 5.  Constitutional Convention?  Aaron Gallant of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees will do a presentation on the referendum on whether to call a convention to propose revisions in the New York State Constitution.

Nov. 12. UU Ministers of Color Speak.  One of our UU Common Reads for 2017-2018 is Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity and Power in Ministry, edited by the Rev. Mitra Rahrema, an Iranian-American and lifelong UU. It consists of essays of UU ministers of color about the challenges of serving predominantly white congregations. The book is on sale in the church bookstore.  Phil Ebersole will quote from the book and lead a discussion.

Nov. 19. What Is Liberalism? Unitarian Universalists call ourselves religious liberals. But just what does the word “liberal” mean? Is religious liberalism the same as political liberalism? Phil Ebersole will lead a discussion.

Nov. 26. Open Forum Discussion. We’ll meet and talk without a set topic.

If you have a topic to suggest, or, better still, would be willing to present or facilitate discussion of a topic you are interested in, speak to Phil Ebersole.

Topics are subject to change.  Watch this page for the latest information.