A religious community concerns itself not only with spiritual development; but 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.

Join us for Walden Hill Wednesdays (learn more)

Upcoming Leadership Meetings

Board of Directors – (meets 3rd Wednesdays)

Upcoming Events

Armchair Travelers: Exploring India and Nepal with a Dozen UU Friends
Friday, March 8| 7 pm |Commons
Join 12 members of this congregation to hear about their two-week trip in March to two national parks and inida’s Golden Triangle (Delhi, Agra, And Jaipur). Elephants and tigers and peacocks, oh my! Come for the food; stay for the stories!
Future Traveler Events

Moving Forward Together – Celebrating our time, treasures, and talents
Saturday, March 16|5:30-8pm|Commons
Join us for a celebration of our time, treasures, and talents. Heavy appetizers will be shared at 5:30 followed by a variety show and desserts. Feel free to bring a sweet treat to share during the variety show if you want to show off a talent for baking (or stopping by the store). RSVP in the Commons, email office@uurochmn.org , or just show up. Turn in your pledge form at the celebration, or anytime before March 16, to be eligible for prize drawings.

Walden Hill Youth Board Game Night
Saturday, March 23|6-8 pm|Commons
The Walden Hill Youth invite you to join us for a family board game night held at the church. Enjoy an old favorite or try a new game. The youth will provide drinks and eats for your enjoyment. This is a fundraiser for the Boston pilgrimage. Suggested donation is $10 per person or $35 per family. We hope to see you there to get your game on!

Sharing | Volunteering | Social Action

Hawthorne Helps Blue Barrel Collection
Contribute to the blue barrel in the Commons, (Accepting only new and unused items…thank you!!)

Volunteer Opportunity – AARP Low Income Tax Assistance
One of our social justice outreach programs is to help lower income taxpayers fill out tax returns so that they can meet their obligations and maximize any refunds. We need volunteers who can help clients fill out tax returns and other volunteers who can help schedule appointments and welcome taxpayers to their appointments. Classes will be provided, November-January, in addition to mentoring where needed. Your “working” schedule is very flexible. Please call or email Ella VanLaningham for information (egvanlaningham@gmail.com).

Seasonal Reminders

Spring 2019 Pathway to Membership
Sunday, March 17|12:30-3pm|Commons
Welcome to First Unitarian Universalist of Rochester: A Class for Newcomers

Join us as we explore how wonderful being a member of the First UU Church of Rochester can be!  If you have been visiting and 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.

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. With at least one-week advance request, childcare will be provided.

Affinity Groups

Sundays

Class: “The Bible as a 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

Tuesdays

Clara Barton Guild
February 5|11 am|Hearth Room

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

UU Book Club
3rd Tuesdays | 6 pm | various locations
Tuesday, February 19 | 6 pm | Commons
-December’s book is, “Just Mercy”, by Bryan Stevenson. Potluck & reading list planning meeting. Contact:  Barbara Wijdicks

Study Group: Chosen Faith
4th Tuesdays | 7 pm | Hearth Room
The Chosen Faith Study Group invites you to come and discuss Rethinking Religion: Finding a Place for Religion in a Modern, Tolerant, Progressive, Peaceful and Science-affirming World, by Barbara O’Brien.  The Study Group reads and discusses Unitarian and Universalist leaders’ views of the past and present, as well as other significant liberal theologies. All are invited for a lively discussion.  For more information please contact Anne Black-Sinak (charyut@gmail.com)

Wednesdays

Interest Group: Buddhism
1st Wednesdays | 7:15 pm | Clara Barton Room

Questions? Contact Frank Druktainis

Elders Discussion Group:  Aging: The Journey
3rd Wednesdays | 12 pm | Hearth Room
Bring a sack lunch, a beverage, and engage in conversation with others who, like you, have embarked on a new adventure. Sign up is not required. Contact: Pat Calvert or Darrel Waters

Thursdays

Caring Crafters
3rd Thursdays | 1 pm | Hearth Room
The Caring Crafters use their talents to bring comfort or joy to members of our congregation.  We knit, crochet, quilt, and weave items for the minister to give to people facing challenges, crisis, or grief; make tied fleece blankets to give to our Coming of Age graduates and knitted or crocheted baby blankets for infants and young children being welcomed into our congregation; and make cards to send to those who are grieving or celebrating.  The work brings us together; the fellowship keeps us together. Meets 3rd Thursday each month.  Contact: Sarah Rothwell 

Discussion Group: Examining the Myths of Life 
3rd Thursdays | 7 pm  | Chapel
Discussion topics from the book, What if THIS is Heaven?, by Anita Moorjani. Contact: Roxanne Schlasner

Saturdays

UU Horton Bridge
Generally 3rdSaturdays | 1-5 PM | Joyce Lewis’ home