Members and friends of the First Unitarian Universalist Church have many reasons for being part of this religious community. Often people say they come for their children, but end up staying for themselves. Some just love to sing and quickly find their place in the choir. Others seek spiritual or personal inspiration for daily living, while still others want to add their passion for social or environmental justice causes we support. Some members are retired and may choose to become quite deeply involved in one or more of the Fellowship’s many activities.

We encourage your involvement in whatever best fits your interests. Explore some of the many opportunities to serve that will nurture your personal and spiritual growth and serve the congregation and wider community. Fill out the interest form below for more information, download our Get Involved Booklet, or contact the Coordinator of Congregational Life.

Weekly/Monthly Groups

Various days and times via Zoom/in person. A variety of small groups are being offered: book clubs, meditation groups, study groups, and many more. These groups will be held virtually and/or in person.

Mondays

A Course in Miracles
Every Monday 10-11:30am
Zoom
This group is a resource for those who are interested in or students of the book, “A Course In Miracles,”  a remarkable, complete, self-study spiritual thought system. (https://acim.org). Facilitated by Peggy Marchesani

Buddhist Interest Group
1st Monday 7 – 9pm
Zoom
Explore Buddhism from a UU perspective. Each session will start with a short meditation period, followed by a discussion. Facilitated by Frank Druktainis

Chosen Faith Study Group
4th Monday 7-9pm

Zoom
Read and discuss Unitarian and Universalist leaders’ views of the past and present, as well as other significant liberal theologies and major topics in Unitarian Universalism.

Tuesdays

Mah Jongg
Each Tuesday 9:30-11:30am
Chapel
This group is open to all church members and friends. Attendees only need to bring a current Mah Jongg card as the racks and tiles will be provided. Haven’t play Mah Jongg, come by to watch and get a lesson.

Great Books Book Club
1st & 3rd Tuesday 9:30-11:30am
1st Tuesday Zoom
3rd Tuesday Zoom

Great Books welcomes readers to meet and discuss stories and sometimes book-length works. We are currently meeting on Zoom and mostly reading from The Oxford Book of American Short Stories edited by Joyce Carol Oates. Facilitated by Sandy Ramage 

UU Zen Meditation
Each Tuesday at 7- 8:30 pm
Clara Barton Room
Zen Buddhist practice and study in the Soto Zen tradition. Open to all. Our purpose is to encourage each other to live lives of wisdom and compassion. We begin with 30 minutes of silent meditation. We then chant the Heart Sutra together in English. We follow this by reading and discussing a text about Buddhist practice. We finish with a brief period of silent meditation before finishing at 8:30. Meditation instruction available. Facilitated by Darin Podulke-Smith

UU Book Club
3rd Tuesday 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Commons
We gather before each meeting in the Commons for a potluck dinner, followed by discussion of the book selected for the month. We select a variety of literature based on recommendations from the group. Recommendations are gathered in time for the September meeting and at that meeting, we determine our monthly selections for the year, establishing the schedule with hosts/discussion facilitator for each month. Facilitated by Linda Thompson

UU Creative Spirits
2nd Tuesday 6:30 – 8:30pm

Commons
Exploring spirituality through the creative arts; artistic skills not a prerequisite, only openness to explore and experiment. Facilitated by Anne Black-Sinak.

Wednesdays

Walden Hill Vocal Ensemble
Wednesdays at 6:00pm for rehearsal

Sanctuary
Sing with members and friends of the congregation.

WHY (Walden Hill Youth) Group Facilitator
Each Wednesday 6:45-7:30pm
Murray Room
Get to know our youth, grades 6th-8th and 9th-12th, by joining them in fun activities throughout the year.  Activities could include social justice projects, game nights, fundraisers, etc.

Good Cheers! Young Adults Group
First Wednesday of each month

7:30-9 pm
Chapel or Courtyard
Good Cheers! is a monthly gathering for folks generally under 50, with snacks, drinks (alcoholic and non), time for getting to know each other and casual conversation around a monthly theme.

Thursdays

Caring Crafters
2nd Thursday 1-3 pm

Zoom
Caring Crafters is a gathering of like spirits who have a love of crafting and fiber arts. We get together once a month to work on projects and chat. We have, over the years, made caring shawls and lap blankets for pastoral care and fleece blankets for Coming of Age and graduations. Facilitated by Anne Black-Sinak.

Saturdays

SoulCollage®
Second Saturday
10 am – 12 pm
Commons

Using intuition and imagination, you will create a deck of cards which can serve as a tool for self-exploration and creative expression. This fall we will begin with the suits: Committee, Community, Companion and Council, one each month. Facilitated by Anne Black-Sinak.

Creative Arts Series 
One Saturday 10:00am-12:00pm
Commons
Create with friends in a class to nourish your creativity. Each month has a different artistic or creative outlet for participants to experience and learn more about. Facilitated by Melissa Eggler

Sundays

Play or Craft Specialist
Sundays during 9:00am or 11:00am service
Recess with the children after Time for All Ages to join them for a staff or youth led lesson in the Chapel. The Specialist’s role is to get to know our youngest congregants, PreK through 5th Grade, by volunteering in activity rooms on Sunday mornings. No prep work required!

Lesson Facilitator for Youth
Sundays at 10:10am (between services)
Lead discussions around a weekly topic.  Youth in 6th-8th grades will be learning about the Bible as literature.  Grades 9th-12th will be learning about our UU roots in New England. Ideally, a team of 4-6 adults per class would rotate facilitating these lessons.

Bible as a Historical Document
2nd Sunday 7 – 9pm
Hearth Room
A discussion of the history surrounding the Bible. Facilitated by Frank Druktainis

Principle 4 Study Group
4th Sunday of the month  7 – 9pm

Hearth Room
The study group is centered around our 4th Principle: a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. Discussion focuses on the meaning and role of spirituality, language, beliefs, and faith in our lives as UUs. We do this by choosing a “hot-button” word from our cookie jar each month, living and/or researching the word during the month and then discussing our experience and learning. Facilitated by Anne Black-Sinak.

Other Opportunities

Clara Barton Group
The Clara Barton Guild and its former versions have been a part of our church’s history since the early 1900’s. The group promotes & advances justice for women, children, and families through service to the Church and the greater community. The activities of the Guild support the spiritual, service, and social missions of the church. Contact Linda Thompson for more information.

Memorial Service Assistance
Assist with volunteer roles such as greeting, ushering, and preparing for reception and service for members of the congregation. It is preferred that family members do not serve in these roles during a loved one’s Celebration of Life. Contact Melissa Eggler for more information.

Property Workdays
3rd Saturday of the month (May – October)
9:00am – 12:00pm
First UU Grounds
Join members and friends of the church  to care for and maintain outdoor grounds. No need to sign up, simple come to the church that Saturday morning. Contact the office for more information.

Book Study ~ “The Magic” by Rhonda Byrne
Join facilitator, Roxanne Schlasner, in a fall book study. “The Magic” is a book is teaching 28 consecutive days of gratitude and practices to encourage making gratitude a habit and way of life. The practices have been specifically created to fit into your everyday life. Practicing as a group gives us support in creating a new habit.

Gratitude is a feeling, practicing gratitude is to deliberately feel it. The book takes you through 28 days to discovering the magic of gratitude. 

*The first 12 days you practice using gratitude what you have now and for what you’ve received in the past.
*The next 10 days you practice use gratitude for your desires, dreams, and everything you want.
*The last 6 days you practice using gratitude in your relationships, circumstances, and yourself (every cell of your body).

Commitment to class – do one practice of gratitude everyday for 28 days. You can practice the way that fits in to your life: 1) Each day do a different practice, 2) choose one practice to do for the whole month, 3) do a different practice each week and etc.  Take time to share with the group the difficulties and successes of learning a new habit.  Interested? E-mail Amy Nelson.

Meeting times for class (meets in the Chapel):
Wednesday, November 2, at 7:30pm for hour session
Sunday, November 6, at 10:15am for 20 min. for check in
Wednesday, November 9, at 7:30pm for ½ hour
Sunday, November 13, at 10:15am for check in
Wednesday, November 16, at 7:30pm for ½ hour
Sunday, November 20, at 10:15am for check in
Wednesday, November 30, at 7:30pm for wrap up.

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