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.  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.

Drop-in discussions will begin at 11:15 a.m. during our summer schedule, which ends September 3.

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

July 30.  American Nations.  Janus Mary Jones will discuss the ideas in American Nations: A History of the Eleven Regional Cultures of North America by Colin Woodard.

August 6.  Gender Inclusive Language. We are starting to hear and talk more about people for whom the gender binary of He or She does not fit. Some of our recently graduated youth will guide a discussion regarding gender language and how to have productive and inclusive conversations on this topic…

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.

August 20. Epicureanism. The Athenian philosopher Epicurus is the first philosopher to be an avowed atheist. He taught that it was possible to be happy without wealth, luxury, hope of heaven or faith in the Greek and Roman gods. Phil Ebersole will lead a discussion of his philosophy.

August 27. Janine Casillo will lead a discussion.  Topic to be announced.

September 3.  Open discussion or topic to be announced.

Discussions begin at 9:15 a.m. during the regular church year, which begins September 10.

September 10.  Americanah.  Chaudry will discuss ideas in the novel, Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, which is about the life of a young Nigerian woman in the post 9/11 USA.

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.