Join us next Sunday
January 31, 2021
10:30am Sunday Service | Covenanting in the Midst of Conflict
Unitarian Universalists are a people of covenant, meaning honoring the promises kept among us about how we are to be together. adrienne maree brown recently released a book, "We Will Not Cancel Us," addressing cancel culture or the action of dismissing people in the face of acts of harm. What does our covenant call us to in moments of conflict?

Speaker: Rev. Lane Campbell

Due to COVID-19 we will be holding our worship services online
for the foreseeable future. We will hold on-line services
each Sunday at 10:30am (our regular worship time).
Upcoming Events &
Additional Announcements
Tuesdays | Drop-In Discussion: The Social Dilemma
This documentary movie on Netflix lays bare one of the mechanisms behind the great political divide that is artificially tearing our country apart, and much more. This helps explain why regular people we know seem to have gone nuts. Hank Stone will lead discussion. Drop-In Discussions are virtual now! 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 title of this description!

Wednesdays | Midweek Meditation
First Universalist Church will be hosting Midweek Meditation services with Rev. Lane and Rev. Michelle on Wednesdays from 11:30am-noon. On second Wednesdays, an extra half hour of meditation and sharing will follow the traditional format. An extended time to connect for deep breathing, meditation, singing, and silence. Look on the First Universalist homepage for details and a link, or click the Zoom meeting link on the title of this description!

Jan. 31 | Auction Amnesty
It’s Almost Here—Auction Amnesty Celebration, January 31!
What do you have to do to get ready for Auction Amnesty Fun? Well, not much! (That’s kind of the point.) Be sure you have a prize-winning number that came with your invitation (email if you don’t). Stay tuned after next week’s service, where we’ll have a little Auction fun in place of coffee hour. There will be Auction trivia (strangest Auction item ever?), memories (what are the most treasured food items from past auctions?), music, and drawings for prizes. And if you’d like to make a donation to help replace the income the church is missing by not doing an Actual Service Auction, please send that today! We’d like to have a total ready to report next Sunday! You can send a check to the church, or go online to donate, be sure to let us know it’s for Auction Amnesty!

Feb. 21 | The Jim and Eunice Eckberg Racial Justice Memorial Film Series| “Twelve Years a Slave”
Please Note – change in film choice – This film “drives straight into the heart of the cruelties of oppression” (the NYTimes) and was Academy Award Best Picture Winner. Discussion, led by Melissa Parrish, will be held from 2-3:30pm. Please preview the film: It can be found on Netflix and Amazon Prime. Look on the First Universalist homepage for more details and the Zoom link!

Third in the series of four dialogues that provide a forum to
learn, grow, and act toward antiracism. This discussion, "Enduring the Long Night: A Meditation", will take place (virtually) from 7-8:30pm. Mr. Robinson will share an interpretation of Psalm 30:5 “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” What does it take for the joy to come? We will create a collective meditation on enduring the long night of racism to get to that glorious morning together. Note: A separate email with the link for this event will not be sent out. Look on the First Universalist homepage for more details and the Zoom link!
Joys & Sorrows
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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 give us permission to read it aloud at Sunday service and possibly publish it in this weekly email.
Thank you!

  • A Joy from Eileen and Jose Fernandez: We are going to be great-grandparents! Our son, Dan, is going to be a grandfather. Baby is nicknamed Gio and we can’t wait to welcome her into the world and into our family.

  • A Joy from Gary Levine and Bridget Watts: Gary Levine and Bridget Watts welcomed a great nephew Hudson Dally, born on 1/12/2021.

  • A sorrow from Carol Vyverberg: Marty Vyverberg died this past week after being hospitalized for COPD and then contracting Covid. He will be sorely missed in this community. Memorial plans will be delayed until we can be together in person.

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 |