Join us this Sunday
10:30 a.m. Service:  Talking the walk:  Why do we do what we do to repair the world?  How often have we been challenged to “walk the talk,” to live out our faith?  But how often have we been challenged to “talk the walk,”  to understand and articulate the spiritual and moral dimensions of why we do what we do?  Guest Speaker Rev. Richard Gilbert.

9:15 a.m. Drop-in Discussion:  The State of the State, According to Interfaith Impact.  Dick Gilbert, President of Interfaith Impact of NYS, will describe the work of IINYS in Albany and around the state. He will touch on such issues as reproductive freedom, eco-justice, church/state separation and fair taxation, among others. He welcomes involvement by members and friends of this congregation.
Upcoming Events
A car is no substitute for a home.

Help Put the Brakes on Family Homelessness – RAIHN Car City 2017: a fundraiser as well as a way to shed light on homelessness in Rochester.  Families, youth groups and other teams are invited sleep in their cars at Asbury Methodist Church on Saturday night, May 6th.  There will be dinner provided by Tasteful Connections as well as evening activities, including Car-aoke, a sundae bar and Bedtime Yoga. In addition, a panel of RAIHN graduates will speak about their experiences. Photography by Michele Ashley, a celebrated documentary photographer, will also be displayed.

If you don’t want to sleep in your car but want to support RAIHN Car City, join Team VirtUUal.  Here’s how:

 - Go directly to the Team VirtUUal /Marti Eggers page by clicking on THIS LINK.

- then click on the Donate Now button.

The rest is up to you.  A donation of $30 or more will admit you to the evening activities as well as the overnight (if you so choose!).  Your donation in any amount will be gratefully received and will directly help families get home for good.

Clean Sweep - May 6, 2017

Every spring the City of Rochester treats volunteers who pick up parks and public places with food, a Tshirt and a baseball game. This year it is on Saturday, May 6th. Begin at Frontier Field (free parking) with coffee and donuts, join a group, take free transportation to the site, come back at the end of the morning for lunch, stay for the Red Wings game which starts at 1:35. Tools are provided. It’s a great event for families! Or you can just show up at Washington Square Park about 9:15; the Washington Square Park Neighborhood Association cleans up there. A rough head count of those wanting tickets would be helpful. Contact Sarah at

Spring Clean-up Day

The 2017 Spring Clean-up Day has been scheduled for Saturday, May 13th, starting around 9:00 AM.  If you have ever wanted to volunteer for the church or to just get to know the building as well as other members a little better, this is a perfect opportunity! There will be all kinds of cleaning, fixing, painting, etc. jobs to be completed – something for all skill levels.  Bring along your favorite tools or cleaning products.  Breakfast snacks and a light lunch will be provided.  Socializing and fun will also be part of the agenda.  For more information, please contact Tom Ruganis at 746-7796 (cell) or 442-2968 (home) or email to  

FIAC Update

“The time is right to do what is right.” Martin Luther King Jr.

On May 21st the congregation will vote to accept or not accept the Faith In Action Council recommendation that we work with the social issue racism as our project for Social Justice the next two years.

The FIAC team (Joy Leccese, Heather Jones, Becky Elwell)  encourages you to step up - determine and participate in the activities that help us to better impact individual, institutional and systemic racism.  By understanding our history, we can better understand the present.

When the social justice issue is accepted by the congregation a project team will be assembled to plan the effort.  As stated by Martin Luther King Jr., “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” We plan on our beloved community to help begin building the staircase.

Additional Announcements

UU COMMON READ BOOK DISCUSSION: Continues May 4th & May 18th from 6-8pm in the Chalice Room. The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement, by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove. Facilitated by Rev. Michelle Yates, Phil Ebersole, and Suzie Gutierrez. Please contact Rev. Michelle at with questions and interest.

UUnAMOR GAME DAY previously scheduled for Saturday, May 6th has been postponed until the fall.  Please stay tuned for future announcements regarding a new date for this event.  

EXTENDED OFFICE HOURS:  In addition to my regular community office hours at Java's Cafe on Gibbs Street, Thursdays from 1–2, I will be offering extended community office hours on Wednesday, May 17th, 10-noon at New Roots Coffeehouse in Greece. It is okay to come with something in particular that is on your mind, or just to talk without any specific agenda. Please know that I am available to meet one-on-one as well.

MORE MINDFULNESS, LESS MONKEY MIND – TOOLS YOU CAN USE: “Back by popular demand” – More exploration of Mindfulness and Meditation, and why Buddhist psychology is taking westerners by storm. Why it’s not about religion or faith, it’s about how we think. We’ll explore some of the world’s leading thinkers and luminaries who can guide us through troubling mindsets, to a place of inner peace: it’s not your grandmother’s chicken soup, but it’s close! Saturday, May 20th, 9:30–noon.  Sign up on the bulletin board in the Clara Barton Lounge, or email Joy Leccese at 

FLOWER COMMUNION: This year, our beloved UU ritual of Flower Communion will take place on Sunday, June 4th. The same Sunday, there will also be an opportunity for a Child Dedication. Dedication is a beautiful UU ritual of blessing that welcomes children into the life of the congregation. If you would like your child to participate, please let Rev. Celie know ( by May 21st.

UUA GENERAL ASSEMBLY: The UUA General Assembly will be held in New Orleans this year from June 21st ‒ 25th. Details are on the UUA website at Everyone who has gone raves about what a wonderful experience it is. If you are interested in attending, please speak with Shirley Bond and she will answer your questions or point you in the right direction.

To submit an item for "This Week at First Universalist", e-mail no later than Thursday at noon.  

Rev. Celie Katovitch, Minister

Rev. Michelle Yates, Director of Life Span Faith Development

Stacey Yang, Director of Music

Melissa Davies, Office Administrator
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