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.

January 15.  Poor White People in America. The struggles of poor, landless rural and backwoods white people is the topic of  White Trash: the 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg.  Drawing on this book, Janus Mary Jones will lead a discussion on the past, present and future of this often-disparaged and manipulated group.

January 22.  What Is Spirituality?  One of the seven affirmations of Unitarian Universalism is to promote “spiritual growth” in our congregations.  What is spiritual growth? spiritual experience? spiritual practice?  Can you be spiritual but not religious?  religious but not spiritual?  Phil Ebersole, who is not especially spiritual, will lead a discussion.

January 29.  Bless Our Roots (2),  With the help of a questionnaire  distributed by David Malone at our Dec. 18 discussion, we’ll explore and share our diverse backgrounds.  Phil Ebersole will facilitate.

February 5.  What Is Humility?   Humility is a Christian virtue, and pride is at the top of the list of the Christian seven deadly sins.  But what exactly is humility?  What are signs of true and false humility?   Can you be too humble?  Is self-esteem different from pride?  Is there a conflict between self-esteem and humility?  Can you have too much self-esteem?  Phil Ebersole, who is not especially humble, will lead the discussion.

February 12.  Shop Before You Drop.  We’ll get an overview of issues worth considering in planning end of life decisions.  Marcy Klein, Board President of Funeral Consumers Alliance of Greater Rochester and board member Elizabeth Osta will facilitate discussion on burial options, cremation info, green burial alternative as well as tips for buyers in what to look for in planning and more. Your next of kin will be so grateful for your thoughtful planning!  Plan to attend.  Before you drop!

February 19.  The Future.  Que sera,sera.  A popular song of the 60’s and sound track for an ad on television in English means: Whatever will be, will be; the future’s not ours to see.  Well, we can’t help thinking about the future.  Are you pessimistic or optimistic, and is either position tenable?  Bill Elwell will lead a discussion about our fears and hopes about what lies ahead.

February 26.  Judicial Philosophy.   The U.S. Constitution is the supreme law of the land, but it doesn’t interpret himself.  Legal scholars have varied philosophies of interpretation – originalism, textualism, legal pragmatism and judicial restraint, to name a few.  Phil Ebersole, who is not especially learned in the law, will make a presentation and lead a discussion.

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.