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November 21, 2021
Sunday Service: The Chasms Between Us
This has been a time of feeling disconnected from our communities, from ourselves, and maybe even from the Divine for some of us. How can we seek to repair the disconnection we are feeling? Let us make space to honor this disconnection and to explore it together in worship.

Speaker: Rev. Lane Campbell

Please only attend in-person if you have been fully vaccinated. We also ask that anyone attending in-person wear a mask and socially distance from others.

Via Zoom:

Via phone:
Dial 1-646-558-8656,
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Meeting ID: 131-764-422
Worship Service Video: 11/14/21
Engaged Spirituality and "Soul-Filled Fanaticism"
with Rev. Dr. Richard Gilbert

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Upcoming Events &
Additional Announcements
Tuesdays | Drop-In Discussion
Drop-In Discussions are virtual! We meet on Tuesday nights from 6:30-7:30pm. Look on the First Universalist homepage for details and a link, or click the Zoom meeting link on the discussion titles!

The word "abortion" does not appear in any translation of the Bible. Still, let’s look at the scriptures most often cited on both sides of the abortion debate to try to understand the biblical perspective. Rev. Michelle Yates, Minister of Life Span Development presents.

- Next Week: Worth and Dignity
The First Principle of Unitarian Universalist is affirmation of the inherent worth and dignity of every person. But what do we mean by "dignity"? "Worth"? "Inherent"? Phil Ebersole will lead a discussion.

Wednesdays | Midweek Meditation
Weekly Midweek Meditation sessions are back up each Wednesday at 11:30am! On second Wednesdays, we hold an extended Midweek Meditation, with an extra half hour of sharing and meditation following the traditional format. A time to connect for deep breathing, meditation, singing, and silence. Look on the First Universalist homepage for details and a link!

Thursday, Nov. 18 | Eastman at Washington Square
Upper Classmen Wind Quintets
Eastman at Washington Square Concerts take place on Thursdays at 12:15 to 12:45pm in our sanctuary. November 18 is "Upper Classmen Wind Quintets": Enjoy another round of students coached by Anne Harrow performing music written by Paul Taffanel and the Imani Winds’ Valerie Coleman. Admission is free! Please wear a mask and do not bring food or drink into the sanctuary with you.

Nov. 21 | Food Ingathering for Nester Food Cupboard
Food Ingathering for the Community Food Cupboard of Rochester on Nester Street during the service on November 21. Food items, toiletries, paper products, and cash are most welcome.

Nov. 25 | Union Thanksgiving Day Service
Where: Temple B'rith Kodesh
When: November 25 at 11am
Rev. Shari from First Unitarian will be preaching and the service will feature an interfaith reading of the Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving address.

Can you help the garden committee?
As you tidy up your garage or gardening corner, maybe you could help out the church gardens. Do you have any extra mulch, seasoned compost, soil, or potting soil? Any extra lumber for repairing or rebuilding our raised beds? Any large planters? And any plants that need thinning? We could use some asters, purple cone flowers, butterfly weed, or late blooming cranesbill geraniums, late blooming anemones, hardy chrysanthemums. Contact us at Thanks!

Small Group Ministry Openings: Opportunities for Connection
Small Group Ministry is designed to foster connection, caring, spiritual growth and development, and to strengthen the fabric of our church community by exploring various topics.

Participants commit to attending a series of about six sessions. Sometimes, individuals continue with the same group for longer periods of time. Each group is led by a trained facilitator and will meet either via Zoom or outside in someone's yard.

Two of our Small Group Ministry groups have openings for new members starting immediately!
  • Every other Monday at 1pm
  • Every other Thursday at 7pm

Interested in joining a group? Take a look at the description on our website ( under the “Connect” tab, and complete the survey regarding your interest and availability. Email questions to Rev. Michelle at

Multi-Platform Worship Feedback Form!
How was worship for you this past two Sundays? We would love to hear more about your experience! Please click here to access our feedback form!

Staff Bonus Collection Time!
The collection for this year's staff bonuses will be on Sunday, December 5. If you are unable to attend the service on 12/5 and want to contribute; we ask you to please do so by contributing online (choose “2021 Staff Bonus from the dropdown menu) or send a check to the church (write "Staff Bonus" in the memo line). All monies should be received by Friday, December 10.
Joys & Sorrows
Please send your Joys and Sorrows to be read at our Sunday Worship service to

Note: When you email a joy or sorrow to us, you are giving us permission to read it aloud at our Sunday service and possibly publish it in this weekly email. Thank you!

  • A sorrow that Phyllis Bentley has passed away. An address to send cards will be available soon.
To submit an item for 'This Week' at First Universalist
please e-mail it to: 
(no later than noon on Wednesday of the week prior to publication)

Rev. Lane Campbell,

Rev. Michelle Yates,
Minister of Life Span Faith Development
(585) 310-2484

Brock Tjosvold,
Director of Music

Emma Barry,
Office Manager
150 S. Clinton Avenue, Rochester, NY 14604
(585) 546-2826 |