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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 [7 Sundays – 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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Facing Race Reflection-Discussion Group— Who are your ancestors? Are you sure? / Click Here to Sign Up

[First Sundays at 12:30pm | Wheatley Room] We promote racial justice in a variety of ways, including small groups, workshops, education, public witness, and personal reflection. We build our Beloved Community by reflecting on and engaging issues of privilege, oppression, and collective liberation. This year, on the first Sunday of each month, we’ll discuss one article together, inquiring “what does this ask of me, and of our community?” Light refreshments provided.

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Immigration Discussion: Tell Me How It Ends / Click Here to Sign Up

The Call to Sanctuary Work Reflection-Discussion Group
[Sundays: Jan. 27, Feb. 24, Mar. 24, Apr. 21 | 12:30pm] We are a Sanctuary Church. How does our work fit into a larger context of immigration justice in the United States? What systems operate to create a need for sanctuary? What questions do we ask ourselves about the work? How will we continue to “cross that line” over and over again? Beginning in October, we will explore the reality of immigration in the United States, using WBUUC’s Sanctuary Church Statement of Purpose and Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions, by Valeria Luiselli, an account of her work with child asylum-seekers and her own immigration story. Feel free to bring your own lunch; light refreshments will be provided. Please sign up to join the discussion at the table in the Social Hall, where you can also find copies of the WBUUC Statement of Purpose and information on how to acquire a copy of Tell Me How It Ends.
Contact: Hope Safford (hoper333@msn.com

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Living in the Age of Climate Change / Click Here to Sign Up

Potluck Lunch and Conversation with Sara Goodman
[Saturday, February 9 | 12-3pm­ | Social Hall] Join us for a potluck lunch and share your experiences and emotions about living in an age of disruptive climate change. How do we come together to cope with the realities of life in this age? How can we transform grief, anxiety, and paralysis into productive hopeful action? If you are interested but cannot attend, please let us know.
Contact: Sara Goodman (revsara@wbuuc.org

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What Makes a Minister? / Click Here to Sign Up

Panel Conversation with Jack Gaede, Sara Goodman, and Victoria Safford
[Thursday, March 14 | 7-9pm] Candidates for UU ministry jump through many fiery hoops on the path toward Ministerial Fellowship and ordination, including seminary training toward a Master’s of Divinity degree; clinical pastoral training in a hospital, nursing home, prison, or other chaplaincy setting; and a year-long internship. The process culminates in an interview with the UUA’s Ministerial Fellowship Committee, at which questions about theology, UU history, personal character, ethics, arts and culture, and more may be asked. Join Jack, Sara, and Victoria as we attempt to answer some of these questions together in a panel format—and feel free to bring us questions of your own!

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“This Is No Time for a Casual Faith” / Click Here to Sign Up

Unitarian Universalism Here and Now, with Victoria Safford
[Thursday, April 11 | 7-9pm] Join Victoria for a conversation about Unitarian Universalism in the present moment, and what may lie ahead. We will look at two recent articles critiquing contemporary liberal religion, and add our own voices, experience, questions, and responses to the mix. Can we defend a UU faith? The articles are Andrew Sullivan’s “America’s New Religions (New York Magazine, 12/18); and Ross Douthat’s “The Return of Paganism” (New York Times, 12/12/18). All are welcome to participate, whether you do any advance reading or not!
http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2018/12/andrew-sullivan-americas-new-religions.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/12/opinion/christianity-paganism-america.html

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The Parable of the Sower & The Parable of the Talents: Octavia Butler’s Future Meets Our Present Time / Click Here to Sign Up

Book Discussion with Victoria Safford
[Thursdays, May 16 and 23 | 7-9pm] African American sci-fi master Octavia Butler died in 2006, and wrote her landmark novels The Parable of the Sower and The Parable of the Talents in the 1990’s, but her dystopian 21st century bears strange and uncanny resemblance to our current moment. Join Victoria for a two-part discussion of these beautiful, disturbing novels and how their moral, political, and spiritual universe challenges and illuminates our own.

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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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The Good Place for Young Adults / Click Here to Sign Up

church-service-opp-logo [Tuesdays Beginning February 5 | 7-8:30pm | Season 1 (13 weeks)]

Come watch and discuss The Good Place with other 20-30-year-old young adults. The show’s premise is “When Eleanor Shellstrop finds herself in the Good Place, it doesn’t take long for her to realize she’s there by mistake. Determined to stay, she tries to become a better person.” Join us for this weekly watch party and discussion group. We will watch one episode a week, eat pizza, and discuss the philosophical and moral implications of the episode

Contact: Sara Goodman (revsara@wbuuc.org)

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