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.

Feb. 18.  Homes for the Homeless.  Second Wind Cottages in Ithaca and H.O.M.E. in Orland, Maine, are two examples of building housing and communities FIRST for homeless people. Kate Fleury will tell us about these efforts and help us image what kind of similar things might work in Rochester

Feb. 25. Open Forum Discussion. We’ll meet and talk without a set topic. Phil Ebersole will facilitate.

March 4.  Pursuing Justice in the Empire State.  Dick Gilbert, President of Interfaith Impact of New York State (IINYS), will lead a discussion on the problems and possibilities for justice in our state. IINYS is a recognized member of the UUA State Advocacy Network. Among issues to be addressed are health care, voting reform, environmental stewardship, criminal justice reform and church / state separation—and how we get involved.

March 11. Deep State. What is a deep state? Does the USA have one. Phil Ebersole will present some information, express some opinions and lead a discussion.

March 18. Ageless Friendships. Join Janus Mary Jones as she describes her experiences, and leads a discussion, of the rewards of volunteering at her local nursing home as a one-on-one visitor. Janus Mary has experienced friendship and humor, and witnessed profound grief from residents, many of whom are living with dementia or have never had a visitor.

March 25.  Justice and Accountability. Community activists are striving to create a Police Accountability Board, which will be responsible to the community and not the Rochester Police Department, and sufficiently powerful to conduct meaningful investigations of police misconduct. Shirley Bond will present information and lead a discussion.

April 1. Open Forum Discussion. We’ll meet and talk without a set topic. Phil Ebersole will facilitate.

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.