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.

September 25.  Cakes for the Queen of Heaven.  Kate Fleury will give an introduction and preview of “Cakes for the Queen of Heaven,” a six-week course on pre-Christian women-honoring goddess religions, to be presented next year at both Rochester UU churches by Kate Fleury and Carolyn Lobkowicz.

October 2.  UU Terminology.   Unitarian Universalists use terms in our services scubas “holy,” “transcendence” and “consecration” which are similar to those used in other churches, but with different meanings.  Robert Remley will lead a discussion of how UUs define certain religious terms.  Please feel free to bring up terms you think need to be discussed.

October 9.  Corruption of Our Democracy.   Phil Ebersole will lead a discussion on corporate influence on American politics, which is a UU Study-Action issue for 2016-2010.

October 16.  The Third Reconstruction.  Phil Ebersole will review and lead a discussion of The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics and the Rise of a New Justice Movement by the Rev.William J. Barber II.   This is the UUA’s recommended Common Read for 2016-2017.

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 will and who should win.  Phil Ebersole will lead the discussion.

November 13.  ROC/Acts.  We’ll learn about the interfaith Rochester Alliance of Communities Transforming Society and issues they try to address.

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.