Upcoming Worship Services

Saturday, February 10 at 7:00pm
Soul Assembly, an inspiring monthly music & arts event, featuring our in-house band, "Orange Sky," is pleased and honored to welcome special guests Darren and Heather Stevenson, founders of award-winning PUSH Physical Theatre, for our February exploration on the theme of Soul.

Sunday, February 11 at 9:30am & 11:15am
“Love and Transgression”
Rev. Joel Miller, preaching
Sue Steepy, worship associate
Our plate collection will help support our church .

Gratitudes, Joys and Sorrows

The Nominating Committee would like to thank all those who recommended names for the Search Committee selection process. We had a 44% response rate! In the coming weeks we will be working on next steps of the process to assemble a Search Committee for our next senior minister, and will update the congregation as we are able. Thanks, again, for contributing to this important process.

If you have a concern about a member of our congregation, please don't hesitate to contact Rev. Tina at 585-271-9070 x104.
Minister's Column by Rev. Joel Miller

In 189 years, our church has had a significant ministry for racial justice. It has been an outward focused ministry in the past. But as we come to better understand that racism is embedded in our psyches, it’s clear that we also have profound spiritual work to do within ourselves. If you would like to read more about this spiritual work, Rev. Dr. Mark Morrison-Reed wrote about our struggles as Unitarian Universalists with our racism in this UU World article

I’ve learned from members of our church who are people of color that it takes more than just reading for us to grow spiritually toward racial justice within our own selves. We need to be physically present for it. It’s as much an emotional experience as it is an intellectual one.

There is an exciting conference at the end of this month at the UU Church in Buffalo that I invite you to attend : To read more, click here .
Happening this Week
As we, the members of First Unitarian Church of Rochester, move forward in our transition and begin searching for a new minister, we each have a vital role to play in helping to chart our course as we embark on Our Road Ahead – together. We look forward to charting our course for the road ahead - with YOU! Click here to learn more .

The next meeting of Aging Gratefully , is Thursday, February 8, 1:00-2:30pm, and will discuss “What is our community and what do we do to improve it?” Please note that the meeting time has changed and is now 1:00-2:30pm. For questions, contact Garry Mount .

All are welcome to Literature and Visual Arts (LAVA) group’s discussion of The Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown this Friday, February 9, at 7:00pm. For more information, contact Bill Fugate .

If you would like to do something about racism in the Rochester community, drop in to the next Black Lives Matter/Racial Justice Task Force meeting to learn about projects you can participate in. We next meet on Sunday, February 11, at 12:30pm. View the agenda here. For more information, contact Len Stein.

Our Church Bookstore will be open this Sunday, February 11, 10:00am-1:00pm .

Discover the Fun of our Soulful Community. Join Intergenerational Game Day at our church this Sunday, February 11, at 12:30pm . For questions, email Fritz Lange .

Currents discussion group next meets on Wednesday, February 14, 12:15-1:45pm to expand on last month's topic and discuss “Gender Role Expectations in Our Society: How They Affect our Perceptions of Sexual Harassment and Assault.” For questions, contact Gary Pudup .

Food Cupboard Suggestions: Despite requests to keep donations in standard sizes last week, a gift of six rolls of paper towels was much appreciated. Other paper goods like toilet paper and tissues are welcome, as well as the usual canned and boxed foods.   For questions or more information, contact Alison Wilder

Our Events Calendar is online!

Calls to Action and Other News

When UUs Reading Non-Fiction next meets on Wednesday, February 14, 7:00-8:30pm, discussion will be on This Fight is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America's Middle Class , by Elizabeth Warren. Contact Audrey Perry with questions.

Next Sunday, February 18, after both services , Jenna Bernardi will offer brief Tarot readings in exchange for a donation to the Grace Fund. Sign up that day at her table in the Williams Gallery for your appointment.

The First Unitarian Grants Panel is accepting applications for grants through Friday, March 23 . Information, applications and sponsor forms are available here .  
Our Events Calendar is online!

Emergency Pastoral Care for members: 585-271-9070 x104.