Join us this Sunday
10:00 a.m. Service:  Welcome to Baghdad . Since the election of Donald Trump, we've all been on edge as we experience unprecedented political uncertainty and instability. Is this an opportunity for spiritual growth? We will explore how this past election may bring about more good and compassion than we might expect. Peter House, summer minister.

11:15 a.m. Drop-in Discussion:  Charity vs. Justice . Community activist Mary Lupien will talk to us about charity versus justice. Check out her TED talk on the topic at < >.
Upcoming Events
Remembering Jacque Cady - September 2

We are sad to share news of the passing of Jacque Cady on August 16. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 2 at 10:30 a.m. at First Universalist.
Ingathering & Water Communion - Sunday, September 10 @ 10:30 a.m.
We’ll be starting off the new church year with water communion with a twist. This year we’re not asking you to bring water from anywhere, but instead to spend these last days of summer paying attention to water, in all the ways it comes into your life. Whether it’s rain drops, the St. Lawrence River, or water from your kitchen faucet, watch it. Listen to it. Pay attention to what you smell, feel, taste. Then come and share with us one thing that you are especially grateful for. This service will be intergenerational, so kids, you need to pay attention to water too!
A couple of ways you can help out this fall:
Caring Committee
One of the reasons our church flourishes is because we truly care for each other. The Caring Committee always offers the opportunity for members and friends to go one step further. Our service is intentional caring. If you are interested in this unique opportunity to serve our community, find out more. Contact Becky Elwe ll   or Paula Marchese for more information.

Our Sunday refreshments team is always looking for people to join their group in providing yeoman service on Sunday mornings. If you can provide the food (which is always reimbursed) and do the setup and cleanup for even one Sunday, it would be most appreciated. Instructions and guidance are provided. Contact Bill Elwell at if this sounds like something you would like to do!
Additional Announcements
PUBLIC FORUMS: Metro Justice will present two public forums at First Universalist: 
  • Public Forum of Rochester Mayoral Candidates, Tuesday, August 29 at 7 PM in the Sanctuary.
  • Public Forum of Board of Education Candidates for Rochester City School District, Thursday, August 31 (originally scheduled for August 22) at 7 PM in the Clara Barton Lounge.

MAYORAL FORUM: Hear mayoral candidates talk about the climate on August 30th at 6:30 pm in the Gleason Auditorium (the new building) of the Central Library (115 South Ave). Sponsored by League of Women Voters and Rochester People's Climate Coalition.

ADVOCACY TEAMS WORKSHOP: Rochester Friends Meeting extends an invitation to neighboring congregations to join in a session to learn effective techniques in legislative advocacy on Thursday, September 14th at the Mennonite Fellowship. To learn more or to register, visit

PLEASE JOIN US FOR RAIHN WEEK: During RAIHN* Week, September 24-October 1 , we will turn our church into a home for temporarily homeless families. We will convert our classrooms into bedrooms, cook meals, stay overnight, wash bedding, and provide other help. To join our volunteer team, sign up in the lounge after church on Sunday, or contact Chris DeGolyer, if you have questions. If you'd like to learn more before volunteering, we have opportunities to "shadow" experienced volunteers. * Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network: keeping families together. Getting families home for good.

NANCY LINDBERGH: Our former Religious Education Director, Nancy Lindbergh (now Nancy Faery), recently received her certification as a Hospice Palliative Care Chaplain. She is now one of only eleven in the country.

BOOKS NEEDED: Members of the congregation have been amazed at how our Little Free Library has served our Washington Square Community. We have watched the homeless take books to read on park benches, and professional workers add their just-read books to the stash. Located in front of the church on Clinton Avenue, The Little Free Library is in need of some more books. There are only a few there now. Please feel free to add yours! Thank you!
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Peter House, Summer Minister

Rev. Michelle Yates, Director of Life Span Faith Development

Stacey Yang, Director of Music

Melissa Davies, Office Administrator
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