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.

March 26.  The Way of the Giraffe.   Marshall Rosenberg’s book, Nonviolent Communication, shows a clear method for getting along with others and having a happy life.  Using the discoveries in this book, Rosenberg earned a worldwide reputation as a skilled peacemaker.  Hank Stone will summarize the book and discuss the significance of speaking Giraffe, especially in Jackal times.

April 2.  Landslide.  In 1975, Stevie Nicks wrote the pop hit, Landslide. The song is currently enjoying a resurgence by the Dixie Chicks.  The lyrics contain a reflection of sort, “Oh, mirror in the sky, What is love? Can the child within my heart rise above?” Have you given thought to what she is singing about; do you have an answer?”  David Damico will facilitate.

April 9.  Fake News and Critical Thinking.  What news sources do you trust?  What are your criteria for judging the accuracy of news reports.  Phil Ebersole will lead a discussion.
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April 16.  Open Forum Discussion.  No set topic
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April 23.  Friendship.  What are the characteristics of a true friend?  How do you make friends?  How do you lose friends?  How important is friendship.  Phil Ebersole will lead a discussion.

April 30.  Weeds Can Be Our Friends.  Weeds are not the enemy.  They can be attractive to look at, they often provide ground cover, they contribute to enriching the soil, they can give clues as to the type of soil you have.  Many are edible and some are medicinal.  Kate Fleury will explore weeds in all their glory.

May 7.  The State of the State, According to Interfaith Impact.  Dick Gilbert, President of Interfaith Impact of NYS, will describe the work of IINYS in Albany and around the state. He will touch on such issues as reproductive freedom, eco-justice, church/state separation and fair taxation, among others. He welcomes involvement by members and friends of this congregation.

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.