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 per 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 on a
mutually pre-chosen topic.
Spirituality Group members examine their own humanity in the context of our
place within the great mystery, our relationship to each other and to
nature, all the while acknowledging the “spirit” within. The goal is a
gentle journey together towards deeper understanding.
Spirituality Group members develop trust, share deep personal stories and
keep such things confidential. Everyone is most welcome.
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.
Soul Matters group for Parents
Our Soul Matters Group for parents and guardians is a circle of parents but not a parent circle! The discussions will be based on the monthly theme the church is exploring and offers a space for you to bring your whole self, spend time with other adults and to reflect and recharge… A mini-retreat of sorts. A space for quiet reflection, deep listening and enjoying community connections. Meetings are at 10:45 am on Sundays, approximately once a month. To find out more see: https://victoriaunitarian.ca/children-youth/curriculum/parent-circles/
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.
For more information, or to put your name on our email list, please email John Tiffany (Tiff) (or 778-432-0881).
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 from 12:45 to 2:15 pm in the Farmhouse Common Room. Enter through the front door of the church office and you will find the Common Room to your left.
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
Meets first Sunday of the month at noon. Time and place also posted in the E-weekly.
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. For more information please email Cecil Bannister.
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.