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 year-round 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.

May 21.  Women’s Reproductive Health in 2017.  Stephanie Gerspacher, public affairs organizer at Planned Parenthood of Central & Western New York, will discuss policy concerning women’s reproductive health in 2017. She will touch on state and federal issues impacting reproductive rights and freedom.

May 28.  Open forum discussion.  No set topic.

June 4.  Racism, White Supremacy and the UUA.  Our denomination is engaged in a difficult discussion of racism within our own ranks in the wake of leadership decisions regarding hiring.  Our UUA President and two top aides have resigned and a caretaker team has been put in place.  What are the meanings of this controversy?  Dick Gilbert will lead a discussion.

June 11.  Health Care for All.   We’ll talk about the need and the possibility for universal health care in the U.S.  Phil Ebersole will lead a discussion, drawing on T.R. Reid’s The Healing of America.

June 18.  Trumpocalypse.  We’ll share our thoughts and vent our feelings about the drama unfolding in Washington.  Phil Ebersole will moderate..

Drop-in discussions will begin at 11:15 a.m. during our summer schedule, which is June 25 through August 27.

June 25.  On Tyranny.  Bill Elwell will do a presentation and lead a discussion based on Yale historian Timothy Snyder’s On Tyranny.

July 2.  Patriotism.  What loyalty do we owe our country?  What constitutes loyalty or disloyalty?  Is there a difference between nationalism and patriotism?  Can you have dual loyalties to two countries?  Can you be both a patriot and a citizen of the world?  Phil Ebersole will lead a discussion.

July 9.  Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment.  What is MOLST?  Well, if you couldn’t speak for yourself on the verge of death, what would you want (or not want) done?  Feeding tube?  Ventilator?  IV?  CPR?  A simple form enables you to state your choices in advance in case you are unable to speak at the time.  Kate Fleury will bring forms, show how to use them and lead a discussion.

July 16.  To be announced.

July 23.  Urban Agriculture.  Mitch Gruber, an advocate for urban agriculture, will make a presentation and lead a discussion.

July 30.  To be announced.

August 6.  To be announced.

August 13.  Weeds Are Our Friends, Part II.  By request, Kate Fleury brings in more “discoveries” from her back yard that are edible, or useful, from the “end-of-summer” season.

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 or check the bulletin board in First Universalist’s Clara Barton Lounge for the latest information.