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Theme Circles (formerly called Sharing Circles) / Click Here to Sign Up

church-service-opp-logo[Monthly - various times offered] Monthly gatherings of 6-8 adults meeting in a facilitated conversation. Guided by a simple format and a packet of readings, poetry, and reflective questions, each circle is led by a trained facilitator in a practice of listening and sharing. Circles engage the largest questions of life—hope simplicity, covenant, mortality, spirit, salvation, prayer, and more—in a Unitarian Universalist key.
Contact: Rev. Sara Goodman (revsara@wbuuc.org)

3rd Sundays 12:30-2:30
3rd Mondays 10:00-12:00
3rd Tuesdays 1:00-3:00
3rd Wednesdays 6:15-8:15
3rd Wednesdays 6:15-8:15 for parents (childcare available)

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UU Wellspring

church-service-opp-logoSpiritual Deepening for the UU Soul

“What will you do with this one wild and precious life?” asks the poet Mary Oliver. UU Wellspring™ is a 10-month program of distinctly Unitarian Universalist spiritual development designed to help participants answer that provocative question. Th e program celebrates the depth and breadth of our rich religious tradition, and asks us to strive to understand our beliefs and align them with our actions, inspiring us to articulate what they call us to do in the world.

UU Wellspring incorporates five elements designed to balance a knowledge of UU history and theology with personal spiritual practice and engagement with the world:

  • A commitment to daily spiritual practice
  • Participation in a small-group community twice a month
  • Individual work with a spiritual director
  • Readings and resources for knowledge and reflection
  • Reflection and commitment to live out our values in the work

Our Wellspring Spiritual Deepening program is on hold for now, although we do anticipate starting it up again soon. If you are interested in facilitating it contact Rev. Sara Goodman at revsara@wbuuc.org.

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New Member Classes / Click Here to Sign Up

church-service-opp-logo[2nd Sundays – 12:30-2:30pm] A two-session class, Session I explores our church’s history and mission and Unitarian Universalism, and Session II focuses on the meaning of membership and getting engaged in the church, with a book signing ritual. After participating in Session I, you can take Session II at any time. A light lunch and childcare are provided! * The May class is held on the first Sunday of the month. Contact: Jack Gaede (jgaede@wbuuc.org)

Membership Class Dates 2018-2019

  • October 14 / Membership I
  • November 11 / Membership II
  • December 9 / Membership I
  • January 13 / Membership II
  • February 10 / Membership I
  • March 10 / Membership II
  • April 14 / Membership I
  • *May 5 / Membership II
  • June 2 / Membership Recognition Ceremony at Annual Meeting

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Living with Grief / Click Here to Sign Up

church-service-opp-logo [Sundays – October 28 – December 9, 1:00 – 2:30pm] The most universal human experience we share is the death of a loved one. We will explore the often bewildering process of grief with readings, poetry, and sharing the personal experience of loss. Our hope is that ‘a grief shared will be a grief diminished.’ Even if you’ve been part of this group in the past, we welcome you to come again, as your journey of healing continues. Facilitators: Jo Ford, MSE and Sheryl Niebuhr, PhD.
Contact: Sara Goodman (revsara@wbuuc.org)

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Men’s Group / Click Here to Sign Up

church-service-opp-logo [1st & 3rd Tuesdays at 12:30pm | 2nd & 4th Tuesdays at 7:00pm] A group to make connections, deepen friendships and build community, through sharing, learning and support.
Contact: Steve Kahn (stevekahn@comcast.net)

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Parents Group / Click Here to Sign Up

church-service-opp-logo [2nd Wednesdays – 5:30pm Dinner, 6:15-7:15pm Circle] A circle of parents of young children to explore spirituality and parenting.
Contact: Amy Peterson Derrick (dre@wbuuc.org)

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Third Thursdays for 60+ / Click Here to Sign Up

church-service-opp-logo [3rd Thursdays – 11:00am – 1:00pm] A group for those 60+, including lunch, discussion and occasional speakers.
Contact: Sara Goodman (revsara@wbuuc.org)

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Second Monday Discussion Group / Click Here to Sign Up

church-service-opp-logo [2nd Mondays - 12:00-2:00pm] An open book group reading various books throughout the year. Readings regularly provided.
Contact: Anita Braunstein (anitabraunstein@gmail.com)

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Shamanic Drumming / Click Here to Sign Up

church-service-opp-logo [3rd Tuesdays - 7:00pm] A group participating in the ancient practice of shamanic drumming for meditation and spiritual exploration.
Contact: Nancy Hauer (nancy@rookhouse.org)

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Sunday Sitting Meditation / Click Here to Sign Up

church-service-opp-logo [Every Sunday – 10:15am] A small meditation group, open to everyone, between services in the Quiet Room in the back of the Sanctuary.
Contact: Julie Vinar (julie.vinar@gmail.com)

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Women’s Book Group / Click Here to Sign Up

church-service-opp-logo [2nd Mondays - 7:00-9:00pm] A group reading a variety of books written by women, chosen by the group, focusing on books which are affordable or at a library. Download 2018-19 Book List
Contact: Dana Jackson (danaleej3@gmail.com)

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Women in Transition / Click Here to Sign Up

church-service-opp-logo [1st Thursdays - 1:30pm] The women in transition group is an outgrowth of the women in retirement transition group. It is peer led. The intention of the group is to share resources and interests in this significant life transition. Women of any age are welcome!
Contact: Sue Mielke (shmielke@comcast.net), Ann Galloway-Egge (agallowaye@hotmail.com)

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WomenSpirit Circle / Click Here to Sign Up

church-service-opp-logo [2nd Tuesdays - 7:00-9:00pm] A group supporting women in exploring their spiritual origins, experiences and beliefs in community. Meetings open to all women of WBUUC.
Contact: Carol Marsyla (carol.marsyla@gmail.com, 651- 253-4200)

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Unitarian Universalist Voices / Click Here to Sign Up

church-service-opp-logo [4th Wednesdays at 7:30-9:00pm] An open group to discuss various voices from our Unitarian Universalist heritage, with readings regularly provided.
Contact: Victor Urbanowicz (vurbanowicz@yahoo.com)

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Young Adult “After Hours” / Click Here to Sign Up

church-service-opp-logo [4th Wednesdays – 8:00-9:30pm offsite] A monthly circle of young adults for check-in and conversation around the monthly theme. We meet at a local pub. Find “WBUUC After Hours” on Facebook.
Contact: Sara Goodman (revsara@wbuuc.org)

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