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Sunday Forum

chapel Sunday Forum provides education and discussion time on a wide variety of topics that range from who we are as American Baptists, specific instruction on areas or topics in the Bible, and ministry or mission-focused topics of interest to our congregation. We also deal with social, religious and political issues that we must face in our daily lives.

Forum is held at 11:30 a.m. during the program year in the Chapel. Why don't you grab a snack and gather with us to continue your life-long learning journey.


February 14, 2016
Jewish/Palestinian Conflict by Larry Fine from the Jewish Federation of Rochester

February 21, 2016
Pastor's Sermon Discussion


Feruary 7, 2016
Body Building Fellowship We will have a souper meal and fellowship as our youth will treat us and the conclusiong of the Souper Bowl of Caring Food Drive to a Soup and Salad Meal. After meal topic TBD.

January 31, 2016
Understanding Judaism by Rabbi David Abrahams

January 24, 2016
Annual Meeting for the First Baptist Church of Rochester Immediately following worship in Hubbell Hall

January 17, 2016
The conflict with ISIS and its effect on the worldwide Muslim community led by Muhammad Shafiq, Executive Director of Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue, Nazareth College

January 10, 2016
A Loving Welcome Led by Marcia McCarthy, we will explore how each of us might extend a more loving welcome to visitors, outcasts, neighbors, and friends.

December 13, 2015
2016 Projections Diane Ashley and the Trustees will show the church's initial budget projections for 2016. Sharing Experiences

December 6, 2015
A Loving Welcome Led by Marcia McCarthy, we will explore how each of us might extend a more loving welcome to visitors, outcasts, neighbors, and friends.

November 29, 2015
Christmas: Facts, Myths, and Traditions Led by Pastor Cliff, we will look at various ways to engage and explore Advent and Christ's coming birth.

November 22, 2015
Baptist Principles Rev. Alan Newton, ABCRGR Executive Minister will lead a special forum on the principles of our Baptist faith.

November 15, 2015
Coffee Connection Joy Bergfalk of Project Empower will share the ongoing work of Coffee Connection in the employement of women recovering from addiction.

November 8, 2015
Trillium Health Trillum Health is a medical and insurance program which is focused on AIDS prevention, awareness, and treatment.

November 1, 2015
No Forum Body Building: A Sharing Fellowship will focus on Sharing Experiences

October 25, 2015
Becoming a Beloved Community A Biennial Mission Summit panel discussion with a few highlights from the five participants facilitated by Tasha Wilson, General Board Member.

October 18, 2015
What is PFLAG? Parents and Friend of Lesbian and Gays will speak about their organization and the support it offers.

October 11, 2015
Tranforming for the Journey An ABCUSA Biennial Mission Summit sermon viewing and discussion led by Rev. Ken McCarthy.

October 4, 2015
No Forum
Join us as we gather together for Body Building: A Sharing Fellowship. Each Communion (First) Sunday we will build up the body of Christ through intergenerational fellowship, sharing, stories, learning, and prayer. Our first theme was Celebrate Diversity.

September 27, 2015
Courageous Acts of Justice - Ending Racism: How to Change with Ivan Marable

September 20, 2015
What is United Mission? with ABCUSA General Board Member, Tasha Wilson

Summer hiatus

May 17, 2015
Share your feedback: Planning for next year's Sunday Forums, with Cheryl Frank

May 10, 2015
Mother's Day: No forum

May 3, 2015
Church Council will share and further discuss and test with the congregation their identification of potential FBCR's Core Values following numerous months and many hours of work.

April 26, 2015
21st Century Church Absolutes, with Pastor Cliff. An in-depth look at what Pastor Cliff shared with the congregation at the Annual Meeting.

April 19, 2015
Sermon Discussion and Creating Space for the Next Generation with David Hertweck, District Youth Director of New York Youth Ministries

April 12
C. S. Lewis: The Most Converted Man I Ever Knew, with Pastor Cliff

April 5, 2015
Easter: No Forum

March 29, 2015
Palm Sunday: No Forum

March 22, 2015
Sermon discussion and bible study with Sister Barbara Moore, Prof. of preaching and practical theology at CRCDS.

March 15
Who are the Mennonites, and how are they related to Baptists? with Arnie Pedersen

March 8, 2015
A discussion with ABCRGR Executive Minister Alan Newton about our Pastoral Search Committee process.

March 1, 2015
Conkey Cruisers: A nurse's amazing effort to bring physical fitness to her neighborhood, with Theresa Bowick, RN, Founder and Cruise Captain

February 22, 2015
Moms Out Front: A Grassroots Response to Climate Change with Susan Hughes Smith.

Feburary 15, 2015: Canceled due to weather
An intergenerational discussion: Civil Rights, the movie - Selma, and Current Race Relations.

February 8, 2015
No Forum so all can go to the movie Selma for a discussion next week.

February 1, 2015
Sermon Discussion: Meet with Pastor Cliff to discuss the sermon of the day.

January 25, 2015
Annual Meeting: Immediately following worship, we will adjorn to Hubbell Hall for refreshment and our annual meeting.

January 18, 2015
A Fireside Chat with the Council: Members of the Church Council will be present to talk with the congregation about topics of interest in the church.

January 11, 2015
Food Justice: Connecting communities to locally owned farms with quality food and living-wage jobs. Discussion led by Elizabeth Henderson from Peacework Organic Farm, Newark, NY.

December 21 though January 4
No Forum: We will take a short hiatus for the Holidays.

December 14, 2014
Trustees: Early projections for the 2015 budget.

December 7, 2014
Youth Group & Leaders: The youth will share their experiences at convention with the congregation.

November 23 & 30, 2014
Labyrinth: Take a pilgrimage in prayer and contemplation as a labyrinth is set up in the chapel for your reflection in Thanksgiving and Advent preparation.

November 16, 2014
No Forum: Gather as a congregation in Hubbell Hall for our Celebrate Generosity Luncheon.

November 9, 2014
Relay for Life: A life-changing fundraiser- A conversation will be led by Hillary Gozigian, from the American Cancer Society with Peter Boulay

November 2, 2014
Amy Dickason: A time of sharing on how to talk with your children or grandchildren about God and faith.

October 26, 2014
Sarah Oaks shares her experience from her mission trip to Guatemala.

October 19, 2014
Emma Preuss shares her experience as a member of the NY State American Baptist Youth Cabinet.

October 12, 2014
NO FORUM: Columbus Day Weekend

October 5, 2104
Kevin Bell shares his experience as an army chaplain in Iraq.

September 28, 2014
NO FORUM: Congregational Meeting
Forum begins new program year next week.

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Office Hours, 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Address:175 Allens Creek Road, 14618
Phone: 585 244-2468
FAX: 585 244-2469

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