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.

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.

March 5.  Small Group Ministry.  Our small group ministry provides members-to-be, new members and those seeking deeper relationships with a safe space to express thoughts about faith or lack thereof and about relationships.  Robert Remley and Connie Valk will share their understanding and experience of Small Group Ministry’s purpose and benefits, the basic needs it meets, and how this social joining can benefit us and our church.

March 12.  Nonviolent Feminism.  What does it mean to be a nonviolent feminist? Can people be against abortion and call themselves “feminist”? Board members of Feminists for Nonviolent Choices will share why they oppose lethal violence across the spectrum, including abortion, and why they think it’s necessary to address social forces normalizing such violence.

March 19.  Ultimate Composting: the Humanure Handbook.  “Night soil” has contributed to improving human nutrition for years and in various cultures.  Kate Fleury will discuss how composting human manure can be done safely and easily, drawing on the books The Humanure Handbook and Start With the Soil.

March 26.  The Way of the Giraffe.   Marshall Rosenberg’s book, Nonviolent Communication, shows a clear method for getting along with others and having a happy life.  Using the discoveries in this book, Rosenberg earned a worldwide reputation as a skilled peacemaker.  Hank Stone will summarize the book and discuss the significance of speaking Giraffe, especially in Jackal times.

April 2.  Landslide.  In 1975, Stevie Nicks wrote the pop hit, Landslide. The song is currently enjoying a resurgence by the Dixie Chicks.  The lyrics contain a reflection of sort, “Oh, mirror in the sky, What is love? Can the child within my heart rise above?” Have you given thought to what she is singing about; do you have an answer?”  David Damico will facilitate.

April 9.  To be announced.

April 16.  Open Forum Discussion.  No set topic.

April 23.  To be announced.

April 30.  Weeds Can Be Our Friends.  Weeds are not the enemy.  They can be attractive to look at, they often provide ground cover, they contribute to enriching the soil, they can give clues as to the type of soil you have.  Many are edible and some are medicinal.  Kate Fleury will explore weeds in all their glory.

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.