Join us next Sunday
January 18, 2020
10:30am Sunday Service | Defying Borders
Borders are boundaries that seek to divide geographically and socially. Let us explore where borders can be damaging to us all. Let us explore how borders function in our country right now.

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: Political Cartoons and Racism
Elaine Miller is an accomplished and popular presenter on this topic, with this discussion centering on racism as it is seen through political cartoons. Be prepared to have fresh look at an old problem. Hosted by First Universalist Initiative for Racial Equality (FIRE). 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!

Grief Support Group - 8 Weeks Beginning Jan. 14
A semi-structured support group for congregation members who are experiencing grief, following the loss of beloved family members. The group will be limited to 12 members who are asked to commit to attending all sessions. Facilitated by Theo Munson, Rev. Lane Campbell & Rev. Michelle Yates virtually via Zoom. The group will meet for 8 weeks on Thursday mornings from 10am to 11:30am beginning January 14. To sign up, please email Rev. Michelle at

Jan. 17, 2021 | The Jim and Eunice Eckberg Racial Justice Memorial Film Series| “The Hate You Give”
Discussion, led by Melissa Parrish, will be held from 2- 3:30pm. Please preview the film: it can be found on Hulu, HBO, YouTube, & Amazon Prime. Note: This entire series features films that address racial justice through history, music and spiritual avenues. Look on the First Universalist homepage for details and a link!

Third in the series of four dialogues that provide a forum to
learn, grow, and act toward antiracism. This discussion, "Rochester’s History of Systemic Racism", will take place (virtually) from 7-8:30pm. From the fiery destruction of Frederick Douglass’ home to the uprising in July 1964 to the perpetuation of residential segregation, we will explore the systemic racism in Rochester’s history. What have we really learned? What is being done? What is OUR vision for our community? Look on the First Universalist homepage for details and a link!

Jan. 31, 2021 | Auction Amnesty
Auction Amnesty donations are starting to roll in! In a typical year, we’d be getting ready for our Annual Service Auction by planning to host dinners, donate services, or bid on Auction items. Since we can’t get together in person this year, we’re asking for financial contributions in lieu of all that work! Then we’ll celebrate with lots of fun and prizes at our Auction Amnesty event on January 31, via Zoom. If you’d like to donate to this effort, please send a check payable to First Universalist Church, and write “Auction Amnesty” in the memo line; or donate online at, and leave a note letting us know the donation is for Auction Amnesty. And whether or not you can donate, please join in the celebration on January 31, after the church service. It’s all about fellowship and fun!

Staff bonuses: Thank you for your generosity!
We were humbled to see that our invitation to thank our staff brought in more funds this year than ever before! Each of our employees received a generous bonus as a thanks from the congregation. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I thank you for your help in letting our staff know how much we appreciate them.
-Eric VanDusen, President - Board of Trustees
Joys & Sorrows
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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: This past week Emma, our office manager/admin, celebrated her two-year anniversary of working here at First Universalist. Emma, we are so grateful you have been with us these past two years!

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 |