Sunday Programs, November 2016

All services begin at 10:30 am.

November 6

“The Price We Pay For Being Informed”
Rev Peter House, Speaker
Service Leader: Jeannette Geckler
Musicians: Connie Camnitz & Steve Kress
Today is Quiche Sunday! See calendar of events for details.

November 13

“Recovering The Lost Religion Of Jesus”
Rev. Dave Pearsons, Speaker
Service Leader: Jamie Ferullo
Pianist: Jade Conlee

November 20

“Has the Past Let You Down?”
Lauren Becker, Speaker
Service Leader: Keith Owens
Pianist: Clare Garelek

November 27

“The Little Prince Et Al. (Including me) vs. the Rhythms of Nature”
Roger Keeney, Speaker
Service Leader: PJ Fraser
Pianist: Jeffrey Jaskokla


Nov 6Reverend Peter House is a 2000 graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School. He has served as ministerial intern, and summer minister at the First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto, summer minister at First Unitarian Church in Rochester, NY, and has served since 2007 as the summer minister at the First Universalist Church of Rochester. During the year, Peter is a special education teacher working with 6th grade students, and he serves as president of his local teacher’s union. Peter and his partner Michael Hannen live in Rochester with their dog Ollie, and their two cats Mary Beth, and Lauren.

Nov 13 – –Reverend Dave Persons was born in Westfield, NY, and he was raised on a farm in Sherman,NY. He graduated from Bob Jones University and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and he received a Doctorate of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary. He was Pastor at the Wayside Presbyterian Church in Hamburg, NY for 33 years and has been its Pastor Emeritus since June, 2011. He is married to his wife Naomi for over 48 years, and they have four children and eight grandchildren. He is a member of the Theosophical Society.

Nov 20 — Lauren Becker is a science and nature interpreter who has taught at museums, parks, andplanetariums around the country. As an advocate for science literacy and education, Lauren earned a Masters in Science & the Public from the University at Buffalo and worked as Director of Outreach and Marketing at Buffalo’s own Center for Inquiry. More recently, she created a new 75th anniversary exhibit for Kleinhans Music Hall and is designing displays to help other Buffalo organizations tell their meaningful stories.

Nov 27 — Roger Feeney is a longtime member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Amherst and a member of its group, Preaching for Parishioners. In 1997, feeling burned out after six years teaching English to international military students at Lackland Air Force Base, Roger got “the hell out of Texas” and “shuffled off to Buffalo to be as close to francophone Canada as possible but still find an American job.” He worked in the Buffalo area as a legal courier for ten years while nurturing his life-long passion for French language and culture through proximity to multicultural Toronto with easy access to print and broadcast media in French, and weekend access to Quebec for serious French book shopping. As court legal filings migrated from print to internet, Roger retired. He is now very active with Alliance Française de Buffalo, and he continues his lifelong commitment to Boy Scouting.



 Nov 6 “The Price We Pay For Being Informed” This Sunday, we will explore how too much media connectedness can damage our spirits, rob our souls, and deplete us of the vital energy we need to work for change.

11/13  “Recovering the Lost Religion of Jesus” Rev. Persons will seek to expand our understanding of the meaning of Universalism, building on the early beliefs and goals of the UU movement, and  based on his recent research and on his new book, “Finding My Way Home: My Search for a Universal Spirituality.”  He examines, in part, aspects of early Christianity which he believes were lost during the centuries when the Roman Catholic Church created creeds and doctrines which excluded so many.

11/20  Has the past year got you down  Is your “faith in humanity” running a bit low? Has your “isn’t this amazing!” sense of wonder been hijacked by “how can this be happening?” Don’t despair! Nothing cures the sedimentary blues like an uplifting geology talk. Really. Join me for a heartening expedition into incredible tales of geologic exploration and discovery – and the inspiring people who helped figure it all out. Sure to be a metamorphic experience!

11/27 “The Little Prince Et Al. (Including me) vs. the Rhythms of Nature.” “Both the Little Prince and his author, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, took on the rhythms of nature, and it seems I joined in, as well, after I, too, met The Little Prince for the first time.



Sunday Services Committee Meeting: Monday, November 14 at 9:30AM at the church. New members welcome.

Board of Trustees Meeting:  Monday, November 21 at 7:00 PM at the church. All are welcome to attend.

Christmas Music Sunday: Mark your calendars. Our service on December 4 will feature special music, led by Jeff Maris and featuring many church members and friends. Join us and get in the holiday spirit!


A message from board chair Keith Owens regarding RE: “Our Religious Education program is on hiatus for the time being as we reassess the level of interest, number of children attending, and seek volunteers to lead it. If you have an interest in leading an RE class, even on an occasional basis, please talk to a board member.”

The books and dates for our book club meetings during 2016-17 are as follows:

And After the Fire by Lauren Belfer Nov. 18

Spain in Our Hearts by Adam Hochschild  Jan. 20

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman March 17

The Art Forger B.A. Shapiro May 19



Election Day is Tuesday November 8th. Unitarian Universalists advocate the policies that exemplify our Seven Principles. UUA and UUSC are working to address many of the issues that will remain front and center during the election.

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” ~ Aesop Acts of kindness and Thanksgiving go hand in hand. Give a turkey to a homeless shelter. Volunteer to serve meals. Donate healthy, non-perishable food items to the Food Basket in our Sanctuary. Call or visit someone who lives alone, especially the elderly. Make this a Blessed Thanksgiving for all!

Social Justice for Women begins with our attitudes, words and actions. Our UU Principle, The inherent worth and dignity of every person, is at the core of our faith. ~ Rev. Dr. Rebecca Ann Parker “Locker room banter. . . Disgraceful comments. Enough is enough! This is not about politics, this is about basic human decency.” ~ First Lady Michelle Obama “We build too many walls and not enough bridges.” ~ Sir Isaac Newton Please review the UUSC Building Bridges and Rights Now booklets on the Social Justice table.


A message from Carly Cronon, UUSC Associate for Congregational Giving Programs. The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee has been protecting the lives and rights of refugees since Martha and Waitstill Sharp embarked on two missions to rescue Jews, dissidents, and other “enemies of the state” from Nazi Germany. (“The Sharps War”) At the time the Sharps went to Europe, a large portion of America, including the government, felt we could not handle extra people, even those whose lives depended on having another place to go. Today, more refugees than ever before face similar dangers to the people saved by the Sharps: persecution, isolation, deprivation, and violence. Five years of civil war has led nearly 5 million Syrians to flee the country, and millions more are displaced internally. In response to this humanitarian crisis of unprecedented scale, UUSC is partnering with local organizations along the migration route—from Serbia and Croatia to the United States—to provide humanitarian aid, legal services, family reunification assistance, training to help prevent exploitation in new countries, interpreter help, employment training, mental health and psychosocial support, and advocacy for changes in asylum policies. As with all its work, UUSC supports local grassroots organizations that know their communities and the greatest needs, and responds to crises like this one quickly, and for the long-term. Over 75 years later, there’s still a response of closed doors, xenophobia, and Islamophobia, and sometimes it feels like that response is the loudest. But there’s also been an outpouring of support, and UUSC is helping to put that support to work