Small Group Gatherings
Our Unitarian Universalist Church hosts a Men’s Group at the church. This is considered a UU Covenant Group. We meet one evening per week for an hour and a half to two hours: usually on a Thursday. Originally, the writings of Robert Bly and Joseph Campbell were foundational to such groups. Currently, our themes may include discussions ranging from relationships, health concerns, community service, and current events. Any man is welcome to join us and attendance is not mandatory. Discussions may continue on an ongoing basis, and all discussion is, of course, completely private and limited to group members only with an expectation of confidentiality. To attend, please contact Joe Knott at (386) 747-6589 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for meeting time, changes or other specifics. During the current pandemic, the church is available for small group meetings, however, the Men’s Group continues to meet via Zoom. To join the meeting please call Joe Knott for Zoom Meeting ID. Email will be necessary for this connection.
Poetry and Potluck Group
Our poetry group was started as a social event and poetry appreciation, rather than poetry discussion, group. We believe poetry is meant to be read aloud and shared, and this group allows us to just enjoy, not dissect, poetry! In normal times, which will come again, it is to be hoped, we meet at different members' homes on the second Sunday of each month, after church from 1-3 p.m.. We all bring a dish to share, eat, talk and relax together together, and then read aloud poems we've loved for a long time, wrote ourselves or discovered elsewhere, The group gives you much needed practice in non-critical listening! At present, we meet via Zoom on second Tuesdays.. To be added to the mailing list or to get a Zoom invitation, contact Karel Herrington at email@example.com or 510-860-9570.
UU Book Club
People who love to read and discuss what they read with other book lovers are invited to join our group. We meet (during non-pandemic times) at the Church social hall at 10:30 am. to 12:00 on the fourth Friday of each month. Selections to be read are chosen (by a vote) at the first meeting of the year, which will be on August 28th in 2020. We must meet virtually, via Zoom at this time. There the schedule will be made. Each person whose book is chosen will lead the discussion of that book. We read mostly fiction, but some biography, and some non-fiction. At this time, we have only women members, but men are welcome as well. It is a good way to get to know others on a deeper level, and to be challenged to read things you might not have chosen by yourself. Karen Wolf is the contact for more information and to get yourself added to the mailing list or Zoom invitation. Phone: 763-213-2403, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The First UU Church of WV has a discussion group that normally meets at 9:15 am on the second and fourth Sundays. (Zoom meetings during our altered times is meeting at 11:00 am on Tuesdays that follow the second and four Sundays of a month.) The meetings are open to all who wish to attend. To attend, please contact George Crofts at (919) 397-5143 or by email at email@example.com for Zoom Meeting Id.
Discussions during the group's existence have included topics in religion, philosophy, society, economics, and science—Earth Day and ecology are examples of the latter. A common approach is for an individual to propose a topic, share a link to a background article, and lead the discussion when that topic is discussed. Frequent attenders consider the meetings religious education even with the wide range of topics.
Meetings are unstructured given their size; typically five to ten participants. As expected with such arrangements, people's comments reflect their experiences and education. Thus diverse backgrounds expand learning by all. It is a blessing that agreements and disagreements occur in a friendly setting. Minds can expand when ideas are challenged civilly so that no one feels defensive.