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 Leadership Meetings…

Board of Directors: Wednesday, February 15, 7:00 pm
(meets 3rd Wednesdays)

Program Council: Wednesday, January 24, 7:15 pm
(meets 4th Wednesdays, every other month)

Upcoming Events…

WHY Coffee Shop Night – A Walden Hill Youth Group Fundraiser
Friday, January 26 / 5:30-8:00 pm / Commons
Come for delicious crafted drinks, awesome baked goods, and even better friends. This is a family-friendly event. We invite anyone to sign up for our Open Mic from 6-8 pm using this link: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/60B0E49A9AC2FA3FF2-coffee. Contact: Derik Robertson, youthprogram@uurochmn.org 

Chili Cook-Off & Dessert Bake-Off
Saturday, January 27 / 5:30-8 pm / Commons

Calling all cooks and bakers! Vegetarian and Meat Chili will be judged by a prestigious panel of judges (Marie Davidiak, Jason Hayes, and Phil  Wheeler). Everyone votes on The People’s Choice Award. The children will judge the best desserts! Non-contestants may bring a salad or side dish to share. Childcare will be available BY REQUEST ONLY, so please RSVP by Jan. 22nd if you will need it. To RSVP or ask any questions, please contact beth705thompson@yahoo.com or call Beth  289-3635. No alcohol, please.

Multi-Generational Snowshoeing Hike at Quarry Hill
Sunday, February 11 / 1:30-3 pm
Join us for a snowshoe hike around Quarry Hill, led by Angie Gupta! The walk will start at 1:30 p.m., so please come at least 15 minutes early to get your gear. Snowshoeas available to rent, $5 for adults and $3 for children. Please contact Beth Thompson with any questions, 289-3635 or beth705thompson@yahoo.com.

Armchair Travelers – The Arts, Environment & Cuisine of Cuba
Friday, February 16 / 7 pm /  Commons
Jen and Bruce Bjorgum visited Cuba with the “Boulder-Cuba Sister City Organization” (BOCUSCO) from Boulder, Colorado in 2015. BOCUSCO has maintained a Sister City relationship with the rural municipality of Yateras in the mountains north of Guantanamo for many years. The trip focused on the Arts, Environment, and Cuisine and was State Department-approved as an Educational/ People-to-People Activity. Bring a little snack to share; Fellowship will provide tea and cocoa.

UU Valentine Tea
Sunday, February 18 / 12-2 pm /Commons 

If you would like to contribute a savory or sweet treat for this favorite UU tradition, please contact Barb Foss at 292-6607 or bgfoss2@hotmail.com or Robin Taylor at 254-1963 or robinestaylor@gmail.com.  

Social Justice Presentation
Sunday, February 18 /  2:30 pm / Sanctuary
Our Social Justice Council and the Southeast Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers (SEMNAP) are co-sponsoring a presentation by Michael Himlie.  Michael works with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), in Palestine & Israel. CPT is an interfaith organization working in conflict and war zones around the world.  Through photos and stories, Michael will share his experiences in Palestine, what life under military occupation looks like, the beauties that prevail despite, and how we, as the silent majority, can help end the occupation

Pathway to Membership Class (see information under “Classes”)
Sunday, March 4 / 12:15-3:00 pm / Commons & Sanctuary

Armchair Travelers – Adventures in Arizona and Architecture
Friday, March 9 / 7 pm / Commons

Game Night
Friday, March 16 / 5-9 pm / Commons

Armchair Travelers – A Japanese Wedding…and More!
Friday, April 13 / 7 pm / Commons

Spring Rummage Sale
Saturday, April 21

Armchair Travelers – A Taste of Tahiti, New Zealand & Australia
Friday, May 11 / 7 pm / Commons

Sharing / Volunteering / Social Justice…

IHN Volunteer Training
Sunday, January  21/ 12:00 pm / Pax Christi Catholic Church, McCauley Hall (18th Ave & 41st NW)
No need to rsvp, just show up. Contact  Amy Crowley with any questions (507-421-3853 or crowleyda@gmail.com). 

Family Promise Hosting Week
January 21-28, 2018  / Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
We will need 2 evening hosts as well as 2 overnight hosts each night. Volunteers are also needed to drive the van both morning and late afternoon-it takes just an hour. Those jobs require that you be trained, but there are other tasks you can help with without being trained (e.g. prepare and deliver the evening meal for the families, help set up the rooms on Sunday afternoon, or help wash all the towels and sheets at the end of the week). To help, please contact Phyllis Beery.

Community Food Response
Monday, January 29  & Wednesday, January 31/ Shifts 1:30-4:00 pm and 4:35-6:40 pm / Bethel Lutheran Church
Help sort or distribute food recycled from hospitals, restaurants, and bakeries for families in need. Contact Ella VanLaningham.  Sign-up and a fuller description are available at:
CFR Volunteers

Hawthorne Helps Project

Winter Blue Barrel Collection: 

Cough drop needs have been met.  Still in need of lotion, and NEW Adult winter caps, mittens or gloves
KNITTERS – Time, talent & yarn donations are welcomed (winter caps, mittens, gloves, scarves & neck warmers)
Barrel is located in the Commons at the base of the stairs

 Mini-Store – Second Semester store dates will be 2nd and 4th Wednesdays; shifts from 9:30-12:30 pm & 2:30-5:30 pm. Contact Sandy MacLaughlin for more information or sign up here: Hawthorne Helps



UU Horton Bridge Generally 3rd Saturdays
Saturday, January 20 / 1-5 pm / Joyce Lewis’ home

The NEW TIME for Horton Bridge worked out okay for most people in December.  By popular demand, we will try playing on Saturday afternoons this winter, rather than in the cold, dark evenings.  Hope it works out well.  Third Saturday in January (20th) and third Saturday in February (17th).

Clara Barton Guild 
Will not meet – Organizing for the April 21st Spring Rummage Sale

UU Book Club 3rd Tuesdays at 6 pm
Tuesday, February 20 / potluck at 6 pm / Joyce Rood’s home
Book: Sisters in Law, by Linda R. Hirshman
Hosted by Joyce Rood; Reviewed by Rhonda Lorenz

Great Books Club
1st & 3rd Tuesdays / 9:30 am / Chapel
UUs and the community at large are welcome. For information about upcoming readings, contact Sandy Ramage.


Classes, Study Groups, Interest Groups…

NEW: Aging: The Journey – Elders Discussion Group
Wednesday, February 21 / 12 noon / Hearth Room
Are you at least 70? A little younger? A little older? Are you beginning to think about or are you concerned about aging? What challenges do you face? What concerns do you have? Join us in a monthly Elders Discussion Group, at which we’ll discuss topics that concern us. Contact: Pat Calvert

NEW: Myths of Life Discussion Group
3rd Thursday evenings / 7pm / Chapel
Begins March 15 – runs for 10 Thursdays. Contact: Roxanne Schlasner

Winter 2018 Pathway to Membership
Welcome to First Unitarian Universalist of Rochester: A Class for Newcomers
Sunday, March 4 / 12:15 pm Lunch in Commons / 12:45 -3:00 pm Class in Sanctuary
Join us as we explore how wonderful being a member of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Rochester can be! If you have been visiting First Unitarian Universalist Church and would like to explore more about Unitarian Universalism and our congregation, we invite you to join us for this enlightening time of discussion. You will meet others who are exploring our church as their spiritual home and together we will have an opportunity to share our religious journey. We will explore the principles, mission, and vision of this church, as well as historical and contemporary Unitarian Universalism. We will view a video on the rich history of or our church in Rochester, MN, become acquainted with the programs and ministries of the congregation, explore the deeper meanings and expectations of membership and shared ministry, and find out if our spiritual home is the right fit to be yours.

With at least one-week advance request, childcare will be provided. To attend, please sign up on the clipboard on the Guest Table or contact Melissa Eggler, Coordinator of Congregational Life, at 282-5209 or congregationlife@uurochmn.org

Racial Justice Task Group (RJTG) Book Group
2nd Sundays / 2 pm / Clara Barton Room
First group read will be White Trash, by Nancy Isenberg.  Other books relating to race and economic justice topics will be used in the future.  Contact: Paulette DeMers

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

Next meeting: Sunday, January 21 / Topic: We will continue our study of St. Paul and his pivotal role in the creation of Christianity.  The readings for the 21st are 1 Corinthians and 2 Corinthians.  Lecture and discussion facilitated by Frank Druktainis & Jim Olson. All are welcome!

Study Group: Principle 4
4th Sundays / 7 pm / Hearth Room
Next meeting: Sunday, January 28 / Topic: Resentment

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
1st Mondays / 7:00 PM / Clara Barton Room

Questions? Contact Frank Druktainis