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

Adult Night Out & Kids Pancake & Pajama Party Fundraiser | Commons
Saturday, December 15 | 5-8 pm
Drop your child(ren) off and enjoy a date night, a night of relaxing, or a night of holiday shopping!
We welcome any child six months to twelve years old for crafts, games, movies, and a pancake supper.
Suggested donation price: $15 per child

Winter Solstice Celebration
Friday, December 21| 5:30 pm
A community potluck, service, and sacred fire.

Christmas Eve Services
Monday, December 24| 4 & 6 PM
Joyful and festive services with traditional and contemporary lessons and carols, ending in song and candlelight.
To make room for families with young children, visitors, and avoid unsafe crowding, we encourage those who are able to consider attending the 6:00 service.  Thank you!

Between Services (5-6 pm)
Join us for a holiday reception – Bring a plate of your favorite holiday cookies or savory finger foods in this time for fellowship and community.

Armchair Travelers ~ Wales: Sue & Phil dig up their root
Friday, January 11 | Fellowship & Snacks at 7 pm / Program at 7:15 pm | Commons
Join the Wheelers as they travel around Southern Wales by train and bus looking for places their ancestors might have been. Eich cyfle i flasu rhai danteithion Cymreig. (Your chance to taste some Welsh delicacies.) Join us for tea, treats, and a chance to chat about adventures in travel and self-discovery. Bring a snack to share if you wish. Hosted by Phil and Sue Wheeler.
Future Traveler Events

Walden Hill Youth Coffee Shop
Friday, January 18 | 6-8pm| Commons
Join the W.H.Y. for a fundraiser to support their Boston Pilgrimage. There will be coffee, tea, hot chocolate, steamers, baked goods, and other yummies both sweet and savory! Come hungry!

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

Winter 2019 Pathway to Membership
Sunday, January 6 | 12:15 pm Lunch | 12:45 -3:00 pm Class
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
Next meeting to be announced.   The Fall Luncheon will be Tuesday, November 13, 11:30 am at Charter House.

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, December 18 | 6 pm | Commons
-December’s book is, “News of the World”, by P. Jokes. Potluck & reading list planning meeting. Contact:  Barbara Wijdicks

Caring Crafters
3rd Tuesdays | 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 Tuesday each month.  Contact: Sarah Rothwell 

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

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 3rd Saturdays | 1-5 PM | Joyce Lewis’ home