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.

October 23.  Basic Income Guarantee.  When more and more workers can’t find jobs because of offshoring and automation, how can society function?  Hank Stone will lead a discussion of the Basic Income Guarantee, in which every citizen is paid enough money to live.

October 30.  Understanding Poverty.  Kate Fleury will review and discuss A Framework for Understanding Poverty by Ruby K. Payne.   It’s about the hidden rules of social class, and how teachers can help poor children by helping them understand these rules.

November 6.  Election 2016.  We’ll discuss the national election, who will win and who should win.  Phil Ebersole will lead the discussion.

November 13.  ROC/Acts.  The Rochester Alliance of Communities Transforming Society is an interfaith organization that identifies social justice issues and works for change in our community.  Jon Greenbaum, organizer for ROC/Acts, will do a presentation and lead a discussion on the organization’s work.

November 20.  Dying Well.  “Conversation Sabbath” is a national movement to explore how we can talk to our families and doctors about our wishes for a good death at life’s end.  Their motto is, “When it comes to End of Life Care, one conversation can make all the difference”.  Theo Munson, who has worked in hospice care for more than 23 years and teaches an OASIS course on end-of-life planning, will lead a discussion on dying well and a brainstorming session on how to talk with families and doctors.

November 27.  Open Forum Discussion.  No set topic.

December 4.  Escalating Inequality.  Most of us think that it is wrong that some people have too little.  But is this because some other people have too much?  Is having too much wrong, in and of itself?  Phil Ebersole will lead a discussion.  Escalating Inequality is a UU Congregational Study-Action Issue for 2014-2018.

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 David Damico concerning the summer schedule.

Topics are subject to change.  Watch this page or check the bulletin board in First Universalist’s Clara Barton Lounge for the latest information.