These small groups are open both to members of the congregation and to those comfortable with Unitarian-Universalism. Presumably, no one comes to a religious community just to join a committee or participate in corporate worship. Click any one of these for details:
The Spirituality Group
Spirituality Group members meet in a chosen home at 6 pm once a month for three hours. The gathering begins with a potluck supper and moves to candle lighting and a 15-minute meditation before a free-wheeling discussion, often based on ideas from a book.
Spirituality Group members examine their own humanity in the context of a relationship to a higher power and to nature, acknowledging the “spirit” within.The goal is to reach for a greater depth of understanding.
Spirituality Group has some of the attributes of a support group and provides an environment of trust in which to explore one’s strengths and frailties. Everyone is most welcome. Please email Don Vipond or Nancy Dobbs.
Ongoing Chalice Circles meet regularly throughout the year.
Meetings follow a simple format and are guided, not led, by a facilitator. Topics come to each facilitator from the minister or others involved in preparing topics; each group decides for itself who will guide each meeting. Topics can also be created by the group itself. You are asked to make a six-month commitment to the Circle you join.
Once a year, each Chalice Circle is asked to contribute some “service” to the church, for example: helping with special events; planting bulbs; food bank help; preparing a Sunday Service; cleaning up after a church event … whatever service the church is willing to accept! If you would like more information about these small group opportunities, or if you wish to participate please email Helen Hvozdanski.
A group for all parents to join in a warm and supportive environment, Parents’ Circle is an opportunity for parents to share thoughts and concerns about parenting in a Unitarian Universalist context. Discussion is loosely centred on a topic, often related to the monthly theme.
The group has been ongoing for several years and is currently in the process of redefining itself. Meetings are on occasional Sundays during the service, at 10:30 am on Sundays.
Please email Faye Mogensen for more information or to find out the date of the upcoming Parent Circle.
The Depression & Anxiety Support Circle
A peer support group, membership and all information shared during Depression & Anxiety Support Circle meetings remain strictly confidential. Meetings are a mix of structured sharing and informal conversation, to provide a safe space, as well as foster a great deal of warmth and humour wherever it can be found, during our 90 minutes together. Members meet the first and third Saturdays of the month, from 10:30 am until 12 noon, in the church Library.
A burden shared is a burden lightened. Whether your struggle is situational or on-going, we extend a heart-felt welcome to anyone who would like to join us.
Tibetan Buddhist Meditation
Led by Tibetan Buddhist teacher Lama Tara, the Tibetan Buddhist Meditation group meets every Saturday, 12:45 to 2:15 pm in the Sunflower Room. Enter through the doors marked “Montessori School entrance”.
Texts provided. Normally divided into two parts: the first half hour is for silent meditation, the second half is reciting from a text provided, the compassionate meditation practice called Chenrezig.
The second Saturday of each month is designed for beginners. We welcome donations to the teacher. Chairs provided; floor sitters please bring your own cushions. Email Earle Anthony for more more information.
The Book Club
The Book Club, for those interested in stimulating reading and exchanging ideas, meets in members’ homes on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. For more information please email Nanw Cariad.
The Atheists, Humanists and Agnostics (AHA) group
AHA members meet after the service on Souper Sundays.
The Atheists, Humanists and Agnostic Group meetings follow this format: One participant, chosen at random, introduces a topic. The remaining participants may comment, elaborate and discuss. Brevity is appreciated, but not essential, and politeness and consideration are expected. The AHA meeting time and place is posted in the E-weekly. Interested? Add your name to the email notification list. Send an e-mail with AHA in the subject line.
Monthly Monday Pub Night
Pub Night is held the first Monday of each month at the Canoe Brew Pub, 450 Swift Street. Arrive between 7:30 and 8:30 and stay as long as you wish. It’s a relaxed evening of getting to know each other. There’s lots of parking and it’s close to buses. For more information email John Hopewell or Samantha Magnus.
Our UU Synchronicity Sisters’ Group meets from 11am to 1pm on the third Thursday of the month at someone’s home. The group is based on Carl Jung’s concept of “being present and in the moment.” It is an open group, has no membership and has no leader. Women of all ages are most welcome! For details phone Marya Nijland at 250-592-6484.