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.

Nov. 26. Open Forum Discussion. We’ll meet and talk without a set topic.

Dec. 3. Giving to Beggars. Is it right or wrong to give money to panhandlers? We’ll share our thoughts. Phil Ebersole will facilitate..

Dec. 10. A Brand New Approach to Community? Here’s a revolutionary idea.  After a local tragedy crime tragedy struck,  Rochester native Peter Loevenheim decided that it was time to get to know his neighbors.  His startling decision was to counter living “in a comfortable enclave… among strangers” by a practice that will amaze you! His seminal book is called In the Neighborhood: The Search for Community on an American Street.  John Belli will facilitate discussion.

Dec. 17. Christmas Past. Santa Claus, Christmas gifts, Christmas trees and many other familiar customs weren’t always a part of Christmas celebrations in the USA and the UK. How did our present-day Christmas originate? What parts of it are meaningful? Phil Ebersole will lead a discussion, drawing on The Battle for Christmas by Stephen Nissenbaum.

Dec. 24.  No drop-in discussion.
Dec. 31.  No drop-in discussion

Jan. 7.  Social Activism.  Do you have to be a social activist to be a good Unitarian Universalist?  That question is asked in an article in the Winter issue of UU World. We’ll look for answers 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.