Join us next Sunday
May 16, 2021
What are some of the practices that have been touchpoints for you in your life? How do you access beauty? Awe? Wonder? A celebration of creating, making, meditating, and finding sources of our spiritual sustenance.

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: We’ve Been on F.I.R.E!
A conversation about “things done and undone” by the First Universalist’s Initiative for Racial Equity over its 2-year span of activities. A review of the Civil Rights Heritage Site plans will be offered and our experiences of F.I.R.E. programs will be invited. We will ponder the state of our own hearts for racial justice work, and also review the denomination’s proposed adoption of an 8th Principle: “to affirm and promote journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppression in ourselves and our institutions.” We seek your feedback and suggestions to this welcome table. Presented by Theo Munson and Elizabeth Osta. 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 title of this description!

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

May 16 | Board Discussion About Reopening Plan 
Please join members of the Board of Trustees after the worship service during Coffee Hour on Sunday, May 16 for a conversation about our church re-opening plan. The Board will be sharing video resources, a written plan, some next steps, and wants to hear your feedback and reactions!

Calling all gardeners!
Last year’s season our plants were pretty much on their own, but this new season brings safe outdoor socializing while making our church especially attractive and celebrating our interdependence in the web of life! Please contact Sarah at if you are interested in being involved.

Social Justice Plate Offerings Suggestion Time!
FIAC is requesting suggestions of non-profit organizations for Social Justice Plate offerings for the 2021-2022 church year year. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, May 13. Please email suggestions to
Please include in your email:
  • Name of Organization
  • Website of Organization
To qualify the organization must:
  • Have 501 (3)c status.
  • Show evidence of a positive relationship to the community.
  • Comply with our principles.
FIAC will make a list of 15-16 organizations available for the congregation to choose 10 of them. The announcement of the 10 chosen will be made at our Congregational Meeting on June 6, 2021.

From the Caring Committee
COVID-19 Vaccines are here. Many of us have already scheduled or received our COVID-19 vaccine; however, getting an appointment can be frustrating. If you are having trouble with the system, these numbers may be helpful: Lifespan: 585-232-3280; Office of the Aging: 585-325-2800—their offices can provide assistance. The good news is that more vaccines are becoming available and more vaccination venues are opening including Wegmans, CVS, Walgreens, and Rite Aid.

From the Nominating Committee
The Nominating Committee would like to remind everyone that we have several leadership positions opening up for next church year. If you are interested in serving on the Board of Trustees, Nominating Committee, Faith In Action Council, Committee on Ministry, or if you’d like like to recommend someone, please email us at Also, anyone interested in attending the UUA General Assembly in June, send us a note. More information about GA is available on the UUA website. Members will be voting at the Annual Meeting on these leadership positions, and we welcome your suggestions! More info is in the April Outlook. For more info about leadership opportunities and the rewards of volunteering at First Universalist, please view the Nominating Committee video on Rev. Lane's Reflections, April 22, 2021.
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)

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!

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 |