UUCF has formed a variety of small groups. Some focus on spiritual enrichment, others on religious exploration and still others on connecting with each other through common interests.
Anyone age 16+ is welcome, unless otherwise stated. See the What’s happening page for the latest offerings and schedules.
Soul Matters Groups
Contact Rev. Christin C. Green for more information.
These small groups (6-8 participants) meet online monthly (September-June) for 1.5 to 2 hours and engage the monthly Soul Matters worship themes. Group members listen to each other, listen to our lives and listen to our deepest selves – leading us to greater loving and living, deeper transformation, spiritual connection and sometimes spiritual healing.
Women’s Ritual Council
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Women’s Ritual Council is an eclectic gathering of women with diverse beliefs who share the commonality of reverence for the divine feminine and a love of sharing their respective knowledge and beliefs with others. The group hosts regular full moon circles and earth-based rituals for the eight sabbats of the pagan Wheel of the Year, as well as gatherings ranging from single-day retreats to workshops and courses that have included the Cakes for the Queen of Heaven curriculum. Many of the rituals and public events are open to all genders. Newcomers are always welcome. Check What’s happening for upcoming activities.
Young Adults – Meets for brunch after services and for online gatherings
Contact Courtney Firth or Rev. Christin C. Green.
Young adults (roughly ages 18-35) are invited to join Youth and Emerging Adult Ministry Coordinator Courtney Firth and Assistant Minister Rev. Christin C. Green for lunch once a month on UUCF! Carpool to an area restaurant, enjoy fellowship and get to know each other. Come as you are! The group also meets online once a month for connection. See the What’s happening page for details.
Souls at the Center – Support and connection for those in their 30s and 40s
Contact Libbie Ayers or Rev. Christin C. Green.
Group meets periodically in person. See the What’s happening page for details.
Women’s Personal Growth Group – Meets the third Tuesday of each month, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., via Zoom
Contact Joanna Walker.
Individuals meet to discuss issues that concern them in their lives. Those who come respect the confidentiality of the information shared. The group provides support and encouragement to participants as they deal with their concerns. All are welcome.
Men’s Fellowship Group – Meets the first and third Wednesdays of each month, 7:30-9 p.m., Library and via Zoom
Contact Rick Hirschoff.
This group offers a space for members to meet regularly, spend time together, develop relationships and confidentially discuss issues they may be facing. Open to new members.
Music, arts & writing groups
Memoirs Writing Group – Meets the first and third Fridays of each month, 1:30 p.m., via Zoom.
Contact Kristin Moyer.
The Memoirs Writing Group meets to encourage one another while sharing writing tips and the stories of their lives.
Poetry Club – Meets the second Sunday of each month, 4 p.m., via Zoom.
Contact Barb Dutchak.
Ever been mesmerized by a poem? Moved? Mystified but intrigued? If poetry “floats your boat,” join other poetry-prone UUCFers and friends to “ply the starry seas” at this monthly club. Together, participants give each other the gifts of verse and conversation as they explore poetry that delights, enlightens and transforms them.
Visual Arts Connection – Meets the third Wednesday of each month, 7:30-8:30 p.m., on Zoom.
Contact Rebecca Lieser for the meeting link.
Explore ways to engage the creative spirit. Bring ideas and photos of any art or art projects, or just share the time together! If you are interested in the visual arts, whether you consider yourself a visual artist or not, you are welcome.
Ideas Forum – Meets the second Thursday of each month, 7-9 p.m., via Zoom. Drop-in discussion group; no registration required.
Contact Rama Kotra.
The primary purpose of the Ideas Forum is for participants to nurture the exchange and consideration of ideas, which can encompass the entirety of the experiences of UUCF members and friends. An ancillary purpose is to foster the strengthening of community. The Ideas Forum has the potential to exemplify the 4th Principle of Unitarian Universalism – a free and responsible search for truth and meaning – and may also kindle greater acceptance of one another and encourage spiritual growth – core components of the 3rd Principle.
The Small Things in Life group – Meets the first Tuesday of each month, 1-3 p.m., via Zoom, unless noted.
Contact Ann King for the meeting link.
The group has migrated from exploring the small things in life to much larger ideas that have captured the group’s attention, including “consciousness.” The group has decided to explore the idea of a larger consciousness in the universe through articles, essays and personal experiences and reflection. The group is open to all.
Monday night and Wednesday morning book groups meet once a month and are open to all. See times, locations and reading lists here.
Fall Camping Retreat
Contact Meredith Carr or Director of Religious Exploration Diana Tycer for more information.
Each year over Labor Day Weekend, UUCFers of all ages – families and individuals – gather at a designated group site for camping, hiking, games, campfires and fellowship. Click here to sign up to receive ongoing information on the upcoming retreat.
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The UUCF Women’s Ritual Council sponsors periodic women’s retreats, usually during the fall and spring equinox. Check the What’s happening page for the latest information on retreats and other Women’s Ritual Council events.
SUUSI (Southeast Unitarian Universalist Summer Institute)
SUUSI provides a 1-week experience every July evoking the best within us, in concert with Unitarian Universalist principles. Held on a college campus in North Carolina, SUUSI offers UUs of all ages the opportunity to share an intergenerational environment of love, personal freedom, ethics and joy in an intentional, non-judgmental community.