Upcoming Worship Services

Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 9:30am & 11:15am
“So That We Will, Together, Shine”
Rev. Joel Miller, preaching
Suzy Farrell, worship associate
Our plate collection will help support
March Worship Theme: Paradox by Rev. Tina Simson

I have two favorite quotes. The first is by Albert Einstein: “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as if nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is a miracle.”

The second quote, I see often on social media but I can’t find who originated it. It simply says: “Relax, nothing is under control!”

Both of these oddly bring me comfort. And I think that may be because, or perhaps why, I am a Unitarian Universalist. Our faith calls us to explore the uncertainties of life and live into its contradictions.  Read more here.
Gratitudes, Joys and Sorrows

If you have a concern about a member of our congregation, please don't hesitate to contact Rev. Tina at 585-271-9070 x104.
Happening this Week
Last sessions for Our Road Ahead : If you have not yet had an opportunity to participate in one of these important conversations about our hopes and wishes for the future at our church, perhaps one of these final sessions will fit into your schedule: 

  • Thursday, March 1: 1:00-3:30pm or 6:30-9:00pm 
  • Friday, March 2: 2:00-4:30pm 
  • Saturday, March 3: 1:00-3:30pm 
  • Sunday, March 4: 10:30am-1:00pm or 1:00-3:30pm

Click here to register , or if timing is an issue, please just come to a session. The Board hopes to hear all your voices!

Cafe Veritas presents Mustard's Retreat with Special Guest Libby Glover this Saturday, March 3 at 7:30pm . Da Vines is opening. Doors open at 7:00pm. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door with cash or credit card.

Thinking about Membership? Join us for UU201 after worship this Sunday, March 4 . UU201 offers the information you need to discern whether you are ready to make the commitment of membership and what joining involves. We will meet in Room 209. No sign-up needed. Kids are welcome! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact Shannan Foos at membership@rochesterunitarian.org .

Used Book Sale this Sunday : We’ve had spring-like weather this week, but real Rochesterians know winter isn’t gone yet. Take a few minutes to look over the books at the Used Book Table in the Susan B. Anthony Lounge on the first and third Sundays of the month. You might find a few good novels to enjoy by the fireside when the weather turns again.

First Wednesdays Book Club meets Wednesday, March 7 at 11:15am, to discuss The Known World by Edward P. Jones, a novel about black slave owners in pre-Civil War Virginia. This meeting was postponed from February 7 due to snow. Feel free to join the discussion. For more information, contact Joyce Henzel at joycehenzel@gmail.com .

The next meeting of Aging Gratefully is Thursday, March 8, at 1:00pm.  The topic for discussion is "How Do We Say Goodbye to People and Places We Love?" Aging Gratefully is a discussion group open to anyone aged 60 and over that meets monthly, on the second Thursday of the month, to discuss a topic chosen by the group. Please note that the regular meeting time has changed and is now 1:00-2:30pm. For more information, contact Garry Mount at gmount@frontiernet.net .

Meet many of the artists from the Arena Art Group at the Opening Reception for the next Williams Gallery Art Exhibit on Friday, March 9, 6:00–8:00pm . These artists are enriching the Williams Gallery walls in their exhibit “Expanding Dimensions” with their own individual styles and expertise in their chosen mediums. The mission of the Arena Art Group, founded in 1951, is to further the understanding and appreciation of abstract art in all its varied forms. Just take a peek, and the diversity and quality of the artwork will draw you in. This exhibit runs through April 9, 2018.  

The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande is this year's selection for the Rochester community's annual "Rochester Reads" book discussion. The Literature and Visual Arts (LAVA) Book Group will discuss this book on Friday, March 9 at 7:00pm , in the Susan B. Anthony Lounge. In this memoir, the author tells about spending much of her childhood in poverty in Mexico with her negligent grandmother after her parents slipped across the border to the U.S. Later, she crossed the border herself and became a successful writer. This special meeting is open to anyone in the Rochester community, so come and join us! For more information, go to the LAVA Book Group webpage.

Our Events Calendar is online!
Edict of Tora Information from Rev. Joel Miller: If you’ve used the elevator at church, you may have noticed the many pictures and plaques on the walls around the elevator doors. One picture, hung on a wall that directly faces the elevator doors, is a print from an old painting that features the founder of Transylvanian Unitarianism, Francis Dávid (1510–1579). Francis David is pictured arguing for religious tolerance at the 1568 Diet of Torda. It’s an important event for us as Unitarians: As a result of this gathering, the laws of a nation were changed allowing people, for the first time in history, legally to practice Unitarianism. (There had been Unitarians before this, but since it had been a crime punishable by death, few were open about it). It’s the 450 th anniversary of this legal proclamation, known as the “Edict of Torda.” You can read more about it on the UU World website.
Calls to Action

First Unitarian Auction: Planning for the fundraising auction is under way! Can you help? Contact Jlange1015@gmail.com.

The UU/Schools Partnership is collecting items for School #15 : Click on the link to learn more, or contact Cassie Carbone at cassiecarbone@gmail.com .

Rummage Sale needs you! Contact Sandy Hollands at 585-703-2979 or sandy.hollands@gmail.com if interested.

Remember the Brighton Food Cupboard when if you see a 2-for-1 food or toiletry sale!
Other News & Reminders

News from the Nominating Committee: Our Nominating Committee continues working diligently to assemble the slate of nine members who will search for our next senior minister. Please save the date, Sunday, April 15 , to attend the congregational meeting at which we will vote on the Search Committee slate.

Interfaith Impact of NYS , in conjunction with our Social Justice Council, is sponsoring a legislative briefing on Sunday, March 11, at 2:00pm entitled “A Better Prescription for Health Care in New York State.”  

Currents discussion group will meet on Wednesday, March 14 from 12:15-1:45pm .

UU’s Reading Non-Fiction will next meet on Wednesday, March 14, 7:00-8:30pm .

Don' miss the Upcoming Organ Concert on Sunday, March 25, at 3:00pm!
Emergency Pastoral Care for members: 585-271-9070 x104.