Small Groups

Circle of Chairs“When someone deeply listens to you, it is like holding out a dented cup you have had since childhood and watching it fill up with cold fresh water.”
-John Fox

Book Groups Games LGBTQ (Interweave) Covenant Groups
Knit & Crochet Taekwondo Writing Meditation
Groups for Parents Men’s Group Young Adults Wednesday Forum

Participating in a small group is a wonderful way to get that small church feeling and still enjoy the benefits of being part of a large church community. Some groups are structured for adults, several are intergenerational, all are welcoming. Some require advance registration, some invite drop-in attendance. Childcare is provided for those groups meeting at UUC, if reserved through the church office at least 10 days in advance.

New and experimental small groups are welcome. They need not run all year long. See the bottom of this page for tips on starting a new group. You may also wish to check into classes and workshops for adults and teens, or investigate our social justice ministries.

Below are brief descriptions and contact information for UUC’s active small groups. Scroll down to browse them all, or click on any of the quick links above to jump directly to the group. You can also visit our Connections Table in the foyer near the Sanctuary every Sunday to talk with someone about your interests and how you can meet others and make connections at UUC. Or, you can fill out our “Get Connected” card on line and we’ll contact you. Need help deciding where you might fit in, or just want to talk with someone about UUC? Contact Janine Larsen, Director of Ministries.

Caring Shawls GroupCaring Shawls Oct 2015

Our Caring Shawls group meets on the second Sunday of each month from 1:30–3 p.m., in the King room. It’s a congenial group with engaging conversations as our needles and hooks fly, making shawls to be given by the Care Team to someone in our community in need of comfort. We welcome knitters and crocheters of all ages, and have some church-provided yarn for those needing supplies. We also welcome shawls from those preferring to do their needlework on their own.

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Humanist Family Game Club

The Humanist Family Game Club gatherings were started as a way to foster intergenerational community for those who identify as Humanists. Drop in late, take kids home early, it’s all good. Feel free to bring healthy snacks to share and healthy games to play (whatever that means to you).

Humanism is a rational philosophy informed by science, inspired by art, motivated by compassion. Humanism draws its goals of life from human need and experience rather than from theological super-naturalism or ideological abstractions, and asserts that humanity must take responsibility for its own destiny. Read more about humanism on the American Humanist Association web site. You may also be interested in the UU Humanist Association.

Contact Jonathan Tweet for more information, or just drop in! Meetings will start up again in the fall.   Back to top

Intergenerational Taekwondo Practice Group

A weekly practice session for Taekwondo practitioners of all ages. Wear comfortable, loose clothing or your uniform, if you have one. Come prepared to move, learn, and have fun! Contact the church office for more information, or just drop in. Advance registration is not required. Meets each Tuesday from 7:00 – 8:15 PM at UUC, from August 15 through the end of May.   Back to top

Interweave

Rainbow hand with thumbs up.Interweave is the official name used in the UU family for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/ questioning and allies) groups as a common means of identification. UUC’s Interweave group meets every other month (Oct, Dec, Feb, April, June), on first Fridays, usually here at UUC for a potluck, a summer picnic or whatever else we might dream up. Drop in and join us!

If you would like more information about Interweave or to get on our email list, contact Rick Johnson.   Back to top

Men’s Group

This group is open to all who identify as male, ages fifteen through one hundred and fifteen! We meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays, year round. Each meeting begins with a brief check-in from each member, followed by discussion of a topic that is in most cases announced in advance. Members rotate facilitating the meeting and bringing a topic for discussion. Topics are far-ranging but tend toward emotional/personal issues that men face. While attendance is open, we prefer regular attendance as schedules permit.

Contact Jeff Parke for more information.    Back to top

Wednesday Forum

Wednesday Forum is a participatory, nonsectarian discussion group, a place to safely and openly express our voice on the issues, using our own self-sense of respect and honor as a guideline. We meet every Wednesday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. You are welcome to bring your lunch.

Contact Nan Bentley for more information.   Back to top

People Writing TogetherWriting Group

Are you a journal writer, poet, aspiring novelist, or blogger? Or do you just have an interest in writing? The UUC Writing Group meets on Saturday afternoons, starting promptly at 1 p.m., in Alcott. We have the room reserved until 4 p.m., but you can leave earlier. For more information, please contact Hans Andersson.

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Young Adult Group

Click here to go to the UUC Young Adult Group web page

Book Groups

Quantum mindQuantum Physics and Spirituality Book Discussion Group

Have you ever wondered how quantum physics might relate to spirituality? The idea that everything is energy, that the observer influences whether that energy is seen as a wave or a particle, that quantum physics seeks the source of all things and that nonduality is possible, influences our understanding of spirituality. Join us on the second Wednesday of each month to examine these ideas and more. Contact: Alicia Gardner.

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Science Book Discussion Group

The Science Book Discussion Group is part of the Unitarian liberal intellectual tradition that includes a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. We meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month and welcome new members and friends to join us. It is not necessary to have particular familiarity with the book under discussion–listeners are welcome as well. This group is currently on hiatus until a new facilitator is identified. Contact Janine Larsen, Director of Ministries, if you are interested in this role.

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Women’s Book Group

Create community through books! Come to a first meeting of other UUC women interested in reading and discussing books, attending an occasional literary event in Seattle, and growing friendships. Please bring a snack to share. Meets second Sundays of each month, 4–6 p.m. in the Knatvold room. Contact:  Carol Flannigan or Jane Spalding.

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Groups for Parents

Parents of children, middle schoolers and teens can connect with one another through year-long affinity groups. There is no charge for these groups. UUC members and friends who have children enrolled in RE programs are welcome.

Coming of Age (COA) Parent Group

This group is for parents and/or guardians of current Coming of Age (COA) students. We will meet four times throughout the school year with an additional Workshop offered for both parents and mentors on writing their own faith statements. The Coming of Age Parent Group is a small group ministry to support parents through this important transitional year in the lives of their youth, (and thus themselves!) Parents are invited to attend even if they cannot attend all four.

Share our parenting experiences and support one another through this exciting and sometimes challenging Coming of Age year! We will discuss some of the topics that the youth will be discussing in Coming of Age as well as reflecting on what it means to parent a Coming of Age student.

Contact Justin Almeida, Education Program Coordinator, for more information.

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OWL (Our Whole Lives) Parent Group

This group is for parents and/or guardians of current 8th grade OWL students. Parents are invited to attend even if they cannot attend all three. We will meet three times throughout the school year with four goals in mind:

  • Get to know other parents with kids the same ages
  • Share parenting experiences and support one another
  • Discuss some of the lessons that the 8th graders will be experiencing in OWL and explore how to be more effective in talking with your kids about sexuality.

For more information contact Justin Almeida.

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Parent Covenant Group

Parents/guardians of young children (from birth through grade 6) can bring the kids along to a special Parent Covenant Group, which offers a family-friendly version of our traditional Covenant Groups. This group meets just once a month from October through May, on the third Sunday from 3:00-6:00 pm at UUC. The first two hours are for the adults to engage one another in covenanted discussion on the theme of the month, while children are with childcare providers down the hall. During the last hour, adults and children gather together to share a meal or snacks before heading home. Facilitation of adult discussion may be rotated among participants. We do ask parents to register their families, but new participants are encouraged to come any time. Running late? Come anyway. Can’t make it at the last minute? It happens. You’re still welcome next time.

Register on-line or through the Connections Table in the foyer near the Sanctuary any Sunday. Questions? Contact Janine Larsen, Director of Ministries.

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Small Group MinistriesUU Humanists

Small Group Ministries offer companionship and mutual support on the path to spiritual growth. UUC offers three types of Small Group Ministries at present: Covenant & Reflection Groups, Spiritual Practice Groups, and Spiritual Discernment through our UU Wellspring program.

Covenant & Reflection Groups

These groups are guided by a coordinating team known as “Covenant Central.” Participation is by advance registration, which will open in the fall. Participants are asked to make a commitment to attend for the duration of the group. Many of the groups welcome new participants throughout the year as openings occur. Contact Janine Larsen, Director of Ministries, for more information.

In our traditional Covenant Groups, you’ll join a group of eight to ten members plus two trained facilitators who meet twice per month for two hours, from mid-October through early June. Some groups meet during the day, others at night or on the weekend. Some groups meet at the church, others in private homes. Covenant groups offer the gift of deep listening and sharing, speaking to the center around a structured topic. Reflections are free of cross-talk, refraining from offering advice or trying to “fix” a problem. Groups also bond and grow through undertaking two service projects together during their year together – one for the church and one for a community organization. Groups are structured to welcome new participants throughout the year as openings occur.

Heart to Heart Groups are similar to Covenant Groups, but some reading and preparation is expected prior to each meeting. Each participant needs a Heart to Heart book to guide reflection and sharing (available from the UUC Bookstore or as an eBook at Google Play and the Amazon Kindle Store; a few books are available to borrow from the UUC Office.)  Groups of 6-8 meet twice a month for two hours, at UUC or in private homes. New groups can start whenever there are at least 6 people ready to begin, and can set their own schedule and name their own facilitators. Each group usually meets for 14 sessions over 7-8 months.

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Spiritual Practice Groups

MEDITATION

    • The Wednesday Night Meditation Group welcomes people of all ages and levels of skill who are interested in strengthening their practice in a group setting. Meetings are every Wednesday from 7 :30-8:30 in the UUC Sanctuary.  Drop in attendance. Contact: Mark Lee or visit the Meditation Group website

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  • Friday morning Zen Meditation & Study is held from 10 a.m. – Noon in Knatvold. This includes brief opening and closing chanting services, silent sitting, walking meditation, tea and teaching. During the summer, the group is sharing and discussing poetry and short essays. Drop-in attendance is welcome. The group is affiliated with Boundless Way Zen – West and is led by Janine Larsen, UUC Director of Ministries.

OTHER

Please contact Janine Larsen, Director of Ministries, if you are interested in a Christian prayer/ Bible Study or other spiritual practice with a group.

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Spiritual Discernment

Please see our UU Wellspring page for more information.

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How do I start a new group at UUC?

To start a new group or project, members should do the following.

  • Contact the church office to determine which program area of the church your activity would fall under, so that you can be in touch with the appropriate staff person to talk about your idea.
  • After talking with the program staff liaison, does it still make sense to start something new, rather than partnering with an existing group or project? If it does, then take a look at our Application for UUC Project or Group which comes with a discernment guide to help you think through what you want to do, and how you want to engage the congregation. These are available from the office.
  • Recruit at least five members from the UUC community who will commit to be involved.
  • Think through what you hope to accomplish; how it supports the mission and goals of the church; what your next specific action steps will be; and what kind of support you might want from the church congregation. With these considerations in mind, fill out the Application for UUC Project or Group and submit it to the relevant staff liaison.

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