A religious community concerns itself not only with spiritual development; it also invites all people into a circle of connection, caring, fun, and friendship. We value and support each other through opportunities to both give and receive care and we develop treasured connections by gathering together for celebration and fun.


Upcoming Events…

Sanctuary & Immigrant Rights Forum
Sunday, May 21, 12:15 pm (following the Second Service)

There will be a panel of experts addressing the following questions:
   * Why should we support the sanctuary effort?
   * What is wrong with current immigration law and its enforcement?
   * How does this affect our undocumented neighbors?
   * What are the legal & financial risks and liabilities?
The panelists will include an attorney, representatives of the local Hispanic/Latino community, and representatives of faith institutions involved in sanctuary. Please plan to attend.

RMCC’s Rana Mikati Returns to First UU on May 21
Wisdom from the world’s religions inspire us in our ethical and spiritual life. Ramadan begins at sundown on Friday, May 26. Come to our library between services on Sunday, May 21 to learn about Ramadan and enjoy special treats. Rana Mikati from the Rochester Muslim Community Circle (RMCC) will be in the library to answer your questions about Ramadan.  For more information on this event, or to volunteer with the Library, please contact Alan Goldberg or Kay Udey.

Pizza Dinner & Planning Meeting for Summer Fellowship Activities
Monday, May 22 – 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the home of Lyn Smith, 1414 19th Ave. SW

Please join a bunch of fun-loving folks for pizza and brainstorming to plan some summer fun activities for the whole congregation. Bring your ideas, enthusiasm, and calendars! Please RSVP to Lyn or Robin Taylor.

New Here? Let’s Chat!
Sunday, May 28th, 11:15-11:45 am, Hearth Room
If you are new to Unitarian Universalism, we invite you to attend our Sunday Visitor Chat! This is a brief, casual orientation to Unitarian Universalism and the First UU Church of Rochester. Childcare is available in the Nursery, or you are welcome to bring your children with you. No signup is needed! Grab some coffee, then meet Melissa Eggler, Coordinator of Congregational Life, in the Hearth Room at the top of the stairs to the Commons

Flower Communion Sunday, June 4
We will hold our Flower Communion Ceremony, where we recognize special times such as graduations, retirements, or special milestones. If you would like to include someone in this Embracing Meditation, please send name and accomplishments to Melissa Eggler, Coordinator of Congregational Life, congregationlife@uurochmn.org.  Must be received by 9:00 am Wednesday, May 31st.  

After C.O.A., Then What?
Wise! Starting on Sunday, June 4th, Derik Robertson will facilitate a youth ministry for high school students. The first meeting will determine the direction the group will take. It may involve discussions about faith, a time to hang out, visits to a coffee shop, and a time to teach the younger children in the fall. We are looking for a co-facilitator for this group. Contact Joyce Rood, dre@uurochmn.org if interested.

Outdoor Property Workdays
Saturdays – 9 am to noon: June 17, July 22, August 19, September 16, October 21, and November 11

Please add these dates to your calendar for working on the church gardens and grounds. Be aware the dates may change depending on the weather. Contact  Bill Thompson for more information.


Sharing / Volunteering…

Hawthorne Helps Project:

  • Mini-Store will open on Tuesdays June 13 & 27, July 11 & 25, and August 8 (9:30 am-12:30 pm and 2:30-6:00 pm). Teens 15 years and older are encouraged to volunteer. Contact Sandy MacLaughlin to help out at the store.
  • Blue Barrel Collection (located at bottom of stairs to Commons)…

Collecting for May:   $5 Dollar Tree Gift Card for band-aids, lotion or shaving cream OR share your favorite brand of band-aids, lotion, shaving cream
Summer 2017 Collection:  Body wash, lotion, sunscreen

Saturday Noon Meals
Next dates:  June 24, August 26, October 28

Shifts at 9-11:30 am & 11-1:30 pm at Christ United Methodist Church (400-5th Ave. SW).
Contact: Roxanne Schlasner.



UU Book Club
June 20 – 6:00 pm / Commons
Ella Van Laningham will review The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah. Diane Closson will host.

Clara Barton Guild
Off for the Summer – see you in the Fall!
Generally Meets 2nd Tuesdays/ 11:30 am / Hearth Room

Great Books Club
1st & 3rd Tuesdays / 9:30 am / Conference Room

UUs and the community at large are welcome. For information about upcoming readings, contact Sandy Ramage.

UU Horton Bridge
Generally 3rd Saturdays / 7:00 pm / Joyce Lewis’ home


Classes, Study Groups, Interest Groups…

Owning your Religious Past
3-5 pm Sundays –  May 21, May 28, June 4 (plus 1 additional date in June)

Facilitated by Derik Robertson
Activities and discussions will help UU’s grow in their faith, moving from a space of discomfort and awkwardness to a space of affirmation and wholeness. The program’s exercises invite you to revisit religious spaces and people from childhood in a way that promotes greater self-understanding and personal peace. Curriculum and Journal provided at no cost. Register on Clipboard in Commons. Childcare available upon request.

Class: “The Bible as an Historical Document”
2nd Sundays / 7 pm / Hearth Room

Lecture and discussion facilitated by Frank Druktainis & Jim Olson. All are welcome!

Study Group: Principle 4
4th Sundays / 7 pm / Hearth Room

The Principle 4 Study Group is centered around a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. Contact: Anne Black-Sinak

Study Group: Chosen Faith
4th Tuesdays / 7 pm / Hearth Room

Contact: Anne Black-Sinak

Interest Group: Humanism
3rd Mondays / 7:00 pm / Hearth Room

Contact: Pat Calvert

Interest Group: Buddhism
4th Wednesdays / 7:15 PM / Clara Barton Room

Questions? Contact Frank Druktainis