Our Electronic Outlook
May 31, 2013


First Universalist Church


First Universalist Church of Rochester, NY


150 South Clinton Avenue
(corner of Court St.)
Rochester, NY 14604



585.546.2826 office


minister's study
Rev. Martha Munson
Director of Music: 

 Bryan Holten

Contract Minister for Religious Education: 

 Lori Staubitz


Office Administrator: 






This Week's Service:
In Praise of Wishy Washy Agnostics 

What is the place of honest doubt and tentativeness among us?  Rev. Martha L. Munson.

This Week's Drop-In Discussion: Prayer. The current issue of the "UU World" has two articles on prayer, that which UUs practice and then another on prayers of atheists. In this discussion, we'll explore both articles and your opinion or practice of prayer. Does it move mountains or matter at all? Click on <http://www.uuworld.org/life/articles/283999.shtml> and <http://www.uuworld.org/spirit/articles/284018.shtml> to read the articles.  David Damico will facilitate a discussion.
meeting Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting will be held Sunday, June 9, in the Clara Barton Lounge immediately following the service. Childcare will be available.

Annual Reports will be available in the Clara Barton Lounge on Sunday, June 2. Please bring one home to read, and bring it back when you come to the meeting. 

This Week at First Universalist




June 1


Adult RE, Adult Lounge, 9 am


Young People's AA Meeting, Clara Barton Lounge and Adult Lounge, 7 pm/Set-up, 8 pm/Meeting




June 2



Drop-In Discussion, Adult Lounge, 9:15


Sunday Service, Clara Barton Lounge, 10:30 am


Coffee Hour, Clara Barton Lounge, 11:45 am


Book Group, Adult Lounge, noon




June 3



Board Meeting, Adult Lounge, 7 pm



June 5



Announcement Deadline, noon





June 6



e-Outlook Deadline, noon






NEXT SERVICE: Sunday, June 9: Thus Do We Covenant. In anticipation of the Annual Meeting to follow, this service will focus on the meaning and nature of being a covenantal (vs. a creedal) people, the meaning of membership, leadership, and professional ministry.  Rev. Martha L. Munson


NEXT DROP-IN DISCUSSION: Sunday, June 9: Stupidity Theory. Two management scholars argued in their paper, "The Stupidity Theory of Organizations," that the functioning of large hierarchical organizations requires a suppression of critical intelligence.  Phil Ebersole will discuss basic concepts, including functional stupidity, stupidity management, stupidity self-management and the "how could I have been so stupid" syndrome.


RELIGIOUS EDUCATION:Kids ages four and older join us every week in the sanctuary for the first portion of our worship service. Children's Worship begins after the Message for All Ages.  Nursery care for babies and younger children is provided throughout the service on the second floor.  We also have seating in our second floor foyer, where parents can hold their little ones and listen to the service via speaker.


THE ANNUAL MEETING will be held Sunday, June 9, in the Clara Barton Lounge immediately following the service.


ANNUAL REPORTS are available in the Clara Barton Lounge.


BOOK GROUP: TODAY, in the adult lounge, at noon. The book is The Rebellious Life of Rosa Parks, by Jeanne Theoharis. There is a lot more to Rosa Parks' story than her famous act of taking a seat. And there are many copies in the library. Come join us. Contact Shirley Bond at bondshirl@yahoo.com.


FOOD INGATHERING is next Sunday. Donations of non-perishable food items, toiletries, and paper goods will be collected to benefit The Food Cupboard on Nester Street.


THE LIBRARY AND BOOKSTORE will be closed for the summer, so now is the time to select some good reading for July and August.


SANCTUARY RENOVATIONS: You may be wondering why the service is being held in the church lounge. We are in the midst of renovating our Sanctuary & look forward to resuming Sunday services there by the end of June.

CALLING ALL MUSICIANS!!! Our summer service schedule will start on Sunday, June 30.  We have many talented musicians who play hymns and/or provide special music during the summer.  Are you one of them?  Even if you have just one piece you've always wanted to try to perform, we'll make a time and place for you to do it, whatever your voice or instrument.  Please contact the summer music coordinator,  Ann Rhody at annrhody@yahoo.com  for a schedule or more information


GENERAL ASSEMBLY (GA): The Unitarian Universalist Association's General Assembly will be held in Louisville, KY June 19-23, 2013. The theme is "From Promise to Commitment." Topics include: environmental justice, the next steps in immigration justice, anti-racism, anti-oppression multiculturalism, organizing for justice, multigenerational work, growing Unitarian Universalism, leadership education, spiritual growth and theology. 


DISCUSSION on Galloway and Stephens v. Town of Greece, N.Y. whichchallenges the town's practice of opening public meetings with Christian prayers by Christian clergy. Wed, June 5, 6 pm at DUPC, 121 N Fitzhugh. The event is free and open to the public.


ROCHESTER LIBERATION THEOLOGY STUDY GROUP will be meeting on the second Monday of every month at Christ Church (Episcopal),141 East Avenue, in the Guild Room. This event is non-denominational and open to all. Contact Ted Lechman (585) 490-1132


UU YOUTH WORK CAMP: July 7-13, Appalachian Folklife Center in Pipestem, WV http://www.ohiomeadville.org/omdevents/590-youthcamp2013    


EASTMAN AT WASHINGTON SQUARE LUNCHTIME CONCERT SERIES Thursdays at 12:15 in the Clara Barton Lounge. The concerts are free and open to the public.


THE BOOKSTORE AND LIBRARY in the Clara Barton Lounge will be open during coffee hour for borrowing, browsing, and buying.


A CARING COMMITTEE REMINDER: When a family member enters the hospital, needs emergency meals, needs transportation to church, or wants home visits; please contact Ruth Fitzgerald rfitzgerald001@rochester.rr.com 225-0555,or Eileen Fernandez, eileenff2@yahoo.com or 225-2301.

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. ~Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
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