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.

Jan. 21.  Life’s Long Haul.  Shirley Bond will review and lead a discussion of The Long Haul by Finn Murphy, a biography about life on the road of a long-haul truck driver. Much to his parent’s chagrin, the author dropped out of college and worked his way up in the trucking business until he eventually owned his own truck and business.  Do you ever wonder how your life would have turned out if you had made a different career choice or other life choice?   

Jan. 28.  Intelligence Overrated?  Here is a provocative thought:  Is individual intelligence overrated? Bill Elwell will help us explore the possibility that, from an evolutionary perspective, individual intelligence may have been less important than we think.

Feb. 4.  The Poorhouse. In early America, unemployed poor people were sent to an institution called the Poorhouse. Drawing on The Poorhouse: America’s Forgotten Institution, Shelley Adams will make a presentation and lead a discussion on questions such as: What were the Poorhouses of the past used for? Who stayed in them and for how long? How does the legacy of the Poorhouse live on in today’s institutions and attitudes?

Feb. 11. To be announced.

Feb. 18.  Homes for the Homeless. Second Wind Cottages in Ithaca and H.O.M.E. in Orland, Maine, are two examples of building housing and communities FIRST for homeless people. Kate Fleury will tell us about these efforts and help us image what kind of similar things might work in Rochester

Feb. 25. To be announced.

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.