Weekly Connections Newsletter
Happening Sunday, January 16, 2022
Join us this Sunday! Invite a friend, family member or neighbor, too. Spiritual grounding in community is so vital, especially in these challenging times.
We are here for you. Always.
Children's Worship at 9:30 AM online

Worship Service at 10:00 AM online
"On the Mountaintop"
Reflections on Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Rev. Shari Halliday-Quan, preaching

Connection and Conversation at 11:00 AM
We’ll host general breakout rooms plus a Black, Indigenous, and People of Color gathering. It’s our coffee hour, just held virtually. Join us!

Parenting as a Spiritual Practice at 4:00 PM
We focus this month on using body-based awareness practices.
Join via this zoom link.

Transcendentalism: Then and Now at 7:00 PM
The seond in a 4 part online series on Transcendentalism, led by Rev. John Buehrens. You don't have to have attended the first one to join.
More details below!
No internet? Just call 646-876-9923, meeting ID 585-271-9070.
Our New Worship Theme
“As frozen earth holds the determined seed, this sacred space holds our
weariness, our worry, our laughter and our celebration.” ~Laura Wallace

Rich with resources to help us delve into this topic, we invite you to read through this theme's Soul Matters packet.
Upcoming Featured Events
Transcendentalism: Then and Now - Continues This Sunday!
Join us for the second of a 4-part adult religious education class: Transcendentalism: Then and Now, led by Rev. John Buehrens. Hosted virtually at our church and co-sponsored by several UU congregations across New York State. Sundays: January 16, 23, and 30, 2022, 7:00 - 8:30 PM. If you missed the first session, you can still attend these classes!

Race, Racism & Relationship
Thursday, January 20 at 6:00 PM
Our monthly anti-racism programming resumes with a presentation on Implicit Bias led by Revs. Shari and AJ. Implicit thoughts are those we may be unaware of or mistaken about their nature. We have a bias when, rather than being neutral, we have a preference for (or aversion to) a person or group of people. Join us online as we delve into this important work.

Join via Zoom
Who's in Charge Here?
Thursday, January 27 at 7:00 PM
Want a better understanding of how Policy Governance influences decisions made at First Unitarian? Maybe you're new to the church and have never heard of Policy Governance? Or maybe you're thinking of someday taking on a leadership role at our church, or already have? The Board of Trustees invites you to this online forum. A short overview will be followed by time for questions and answers. Join us via Zoom.
Religious Education News
Children's Worship Online this Sunday at 9:30 AM; RE groups meet online (See your RE newsletter for details). Junior Youth Jubilee lessons will include Acceptance and Encouragement to Grow (6/7th), and Impact Over Time (8th). Thank you to our team leaders that make this programming possible! This Sunday online at 4:00 PM, we’ll also host Parenting as a Spiritual Practice.
Mark your calendars! The Youth Group Service is Sunday, March 6 on Moving Through Mud! This week, youth have their big brainstorming! 
Coming of Age group will be baking some food at their online sessions! This week Bring Your Mystery (creation), and Credo Questions. Workshop Adventure kids will learn about the ways different UU’s have placed their stamp on history. Chalice Children (PreK) will be preparing cards at home for pastoral needs in the church. All ages/families are invited to "Make Holy Space" and decorate the gardens with biodegradable bird feeders on Saturday and Sunday - supplies available in the East Lawn brick alcove.
Questions? Contact Sheila at sheilas@rochesterunitarian.org.
Pastoral Care
We're Here For You
Caring for each other in times of joy, sorrow and transition is a priority at our church. In these uncertain and anxious times, we want you to know that First Unitarian is here for you. If you need support in any way, we hope you'll reach out. Whatever the need or concern, reach our Pastoral Care Team at 585-270-0851 or click on the link below.
Other News and Calls to Action
Elder Tree - Saturday, January 15 at 10:00 AM
This week we will share our plans for moving forward followed by sharing things that have "Rekindled our Joy" as Saturday is the last day of that theme. All are welcome under the Elder Tree. Join via Zoom.
Environmental Justice Ministry Green Tip
Here’s an easy and effective way to help the environment! Some less-known search engines have committed to donating a significant portion, or even all of their profits (from hosting ads) to environmental or social justice jcauses! Learn more here. Remember to always Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose and Recyle.

Seminary for a Day - Saturday, January 29
Members and friends are cordially invited to join the online workshop: Seminary for a Day on Saturday, January 29, at First Unitarian Portland. Led by Rev. Abhi Janamanchi, who serves as the Senior Minister of the Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethesda, MD. This year’s spiritual theme is entitled, Doing the Inner Work of Racial Justice. Learn more & register here.

Screening of "Breaking Boundaries" - Saturday, January 29 at 1:00 PM
Our Environmental Justice Ministry invites all to the screening of the film
"Breaking Boundaries." The 4 main areas of action recommended in the film are carbon emissions, zero waste, plant-based eating and reforestation. After viewing, there will be breakout rooms on each topic. Learn more here.

Help Strike Out Homelessness! - Sunday, February 6. 2022
One of our community partners, Family Promise of Greater Rochester (formerly RAIHN), is holding a bowling fundraiser in February! Learn more here.