Join us this Sunday
10:30 a.m. Service:  Universalisms.  Today we take a swing through history, looking at the many and varied understandings of Universalism that have existed-- and still exist-- under the umbrella of our faith.  Rev. Celie Katovitch.

9:15 a.m. Drop-in Discussion:  The Way of the Giraffe. Marshall Rosenberg’s book, Nonviolent Communication, shows a clear method for getting along with others and having a happy life. Using the discoveries in this book, Rosenberg earned a worldwide reputation as a skilled peacemaker. Hank Stone will summarize the book and discuss the significance of speaking Giraffe, especially in Jackal times.
Upcoming Events
Easter Flower Orders

Easter is April 16!  It is time to order plants to beautify our Sanctuary. Look for friendly volunteers in the Clara Barton Lounge, who will happily take your order on March 26th. The cost is $8.00 per plant. You may choose to take your plant home or donate it to a member of our home congregation. 

RAIHN Week & 2nd Level Training

March 26 ­­‒ April 2 will be our next RAIHN Week, when we give temporarily homeless families good food to eat and a safe place to stay at First Universalist.

If you have already trained and would like to learn more about the issues our RAIHN families face, please attend the 2nd level training on Thursday, March 23rd from 6:30-8:00 PM, at Third Presbyterian Church, 4 Meigs St, Rochester.  *Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network: keeping families together. Getting families home for good.

Come Build the Land, My People, We Seek

The 2017 Stewardship Campaign is here! If you have not received your stewardship materials in the mail, you can pick up a packet at the church or contact the church office. Pledge Sunday, April 9, will mark the end of the drive and we are asking all members and friends to return their pledge cards (or pledge online at by that date. Thank you!

Additional Announcements

FROM AGE-ING TO SAGE-ING: The final class in this series takes place on Thursday, March 23, 6 - 8 p.m. at the Irondequoit Library (1290 Titus Ave). 

BOOK GROUP: Our selection for the month of March is Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. This is a memoir by an activist lawyer who learned first hand the injustices of our criminal system. His book encourages us to take a long, hard, deep, look at our judicial system as it exists today. Please join us at 12 noon on March 26th in the upstairs chalice room. Join us even if you have not had a chance to read the book, as our conversation will encourage you to do so. Contact Sarah Singal ( or Shirley Bond ( with questions.

ST LAWRENCE SPRING GATHERING: Saturday, April 1st. This year the event will be held at May Memorial UU Society in Syracuse. If you would like to participate, please register online at

ECOJUUSTICE GROUP will meet on April 9th at noon in the Chalice Room.  All are welcome to attend.

PASSOVER SEDER: Clara Barton Lounge, Friday, April 14th at 6:00 PM. A pot luck dinner will be part of the event so capacity will be limited.  Please be sure to sign-up if you plan on attending. If you would like to help or have questions, please call Lew Ward-Baker at 244-6968 or email him at

20/20 -- SEEING CLEARLY WITH MINDFULNESS & MEDITATION: Learn how Mindfulness and Meditation can improve your inner vision, reduce stress, increase calmness, and equip you with skills for coping with the challenges of everyday life in these turbulent times. Learn, practice, and master the wisdom of the sages without a PhD in Neuroscience and Buddhism, right in the comfort of our little Downtown Gem. Don’t miss out! Sign up now on the bulletin board in the Clara Barton Lounge. Email Joy Leccese at if you have questions. Dates: 4/15; 5/20; and 6/17 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Coffee, conversation, meditation: partners on the path. Free. Donations to First Universalist Church happily accepted but not required.

WEEKLY PEACE VIGIL:  Now ongoing since the invasion of Iraq over a decade ago, UU's are welcomed to the weekly, Sundays, Noon to 1 PM, PEACE VIGIL at Goodman St and East Ave. Questions?  Contact First Universalist church member Hal Bauer ( 

Greener U  ~   from the EcoJuustice Group
Who knew!  The production and the transportation of paper bags, as well as plastic bags, requires the use of additional energy, water, chemicals. Of course, we lose too many trees in making paper bags. And grocery store plastic bags, clear produce bags, and even frozen-food bags cannot be recycled. Do NOT put them in your recycle bin. Rather, collect them (clean) all together, then return them to the grocery store and place them in bins labeled for this purpose. OR use them to line your wastebaskets, or for dog-poop pickups, etc., which you then throw away. When shopping, please use cloth tote bags, or other ecologically sustainable grocery bags, and unless you plan to reuse cotton bags, opt for durable recycled plastic options. Read more in this interesting article:

*Respect for the Interdependent Web of All Existence of Which We Are a Part*
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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