Small Group Opportunities

 

SMALL GROUP OPPORTUNITIES

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These groups are about walking together through each of our life journeys. All walks of life, all styles, and all places, as one.

SOUL MATTERS

With over twenty Soul Matters groups running and more forming, these groups are a core component of our spiritual development ministry. Participants meet once a month (some twice) in groups of up to 12, with a trained facilitator. Topics are built around the monthly worship themes, making these groups a great way to explore these themes in more depth. Monthly spiritual exercises and readings help us to wake up to reconnect with ourselves and the gifts and needs of the world. Group members are asked to commit to regular attendance as community building and trust are major goals. To participate in Soul Matters, please complete Starting Point.

Contact: Rev. Tina Simson
tsimson@rochesterunitarian.org

Writing from the Heart

4th Thursdays: 7:00-9:00pm

This Soul Matters group is a covenanted writing circle that provides a safe environment for finding your inner voice and sharing it through the written word (journal entry, story, poetry, memoir, etc.). The focus is learning more about ourselves and growing closer to each other by spinning the stories of our lives into gold on the page.

Contact: Carolyn Dancy
cdancy@rochester.rr.com
585-381-5369

Tarot Journey Group

2nd Wednesday: 6:40pm

We explore the monthly worship themes and bring the wisdom and imagery of Tarot to our topics. No previous Tarot experience necessary. Bring Tarot cards if you have them.

Contact: Jenna Bernardi
JBern929@aol.com
585-256-3249

UU Writers

4th Thursdays: 2:00-4:00pm

Writing along with the monthly worship theme, we deepen our spiritual lives and connection to each other. In this committed group, you need not be a professional writer. You just need to enjoy writing and listening to others’ writing. All styles are encouraged (poetry, diary entries, meditations, short prose).

Contact: Martin Fass
watchstop@frontiernet.net

Qi Gong

Fridays: 10:00-11:00am
Newcomers, please come at 9:45am for Orientation.

Cost is $10 per class (no one turned away for lack of funds).

This old gentle Chinese practice has great benefits for your health. It is for anyone who hopes for healthier and more active years ahead. Even people who are not athletic or who have some disabilities can gain from it. All are welcome.

Contact: Carmen Ramos
585-576-5435

Learn Tai Chi at our Church!

Open Classes/all levels: Wednesdays: 6:00-7:00pm and Saturdays: 10:00–11:00am
Intermediate-level Class: Saturdays: 11:00am–12:00pm

Tai chi is an ancient Chinese exercise that is a physical embodiment of the ideas in Lao-tzu’s (Laozi’s) Tao Te Ching (Daodejing). The smooth movements improve balance and relax the muscles in order to allow freer movement of the fundamental energy Ch’i (qi). The meditative aspect of the practice arises in repetition of familiar movements that calm and clear the mind. Tim Farnum teaches the 37-posture Yang-style short form of tai chi. There is no fee beyond investing time to learn and practice.

Contact: Tim Farnum
tim.farnum@gmail.com

Aging Gratefully

2nd Thursdays: 1:30-3:00pm

Would you like a place to talk about the impact of aging on your life and the lives of those you love? Together, we’ll address our monthly theme through the lens of growing older and hopefully, wiser. Join us for interesting conversation, a spiritual challenge, and wonderful company. New members are always welcome.

Contact: Sue Steepy
sb47steepy@gmail.com

Currents Discussion Group

2nd Wednesdays: 11:30am-1:00pm

This monthly group discusses magazine articles about cultural and political “currents” and hot topics. Rev. Carlos, who leads the discussions, selects articles. This is a drop-in group. To get on the email distribution list and receive the articles prior to the meeting, email Rev. Carlos.

Contact:  David Mclaughlin
davebcctf@hotmail.com

LAVA Book Discussion Group

2nd Fridays: 7:00-8:30pm
check the LAVA web site (below) for details

LAVA (Literature and Visual Arts) reads and discusses nine books per year. Our selections include fiction and nonfiction, with an emphasis on literary fiction. We visit a coffee shop after each meeting and enjoy occasional outings. Our schedule is at www.frontiernet.net/~wrfugate/lava.

Contact: Bill Fugate
wrfugate@frontiernet.net
585-381-5393

Wednesday Morning Book Club

1st Wednesday: 11:00am-12:30pm

Members discuss fiction and nonfiction books chosen by volunteer presenters.  A great source of community and intellectual stimulation. All are invited.

Contact: John Swartz
johnswartz@yahoo.com

UUs Reading Non-fiction

2nd Wednesdays: 7:00-8:30pm, October-June

If you enjoy reading Non-fiction, we have great discussions! Drop-ins are welcome.

Contact: Audrey Perry
auperry066@gmail.com
585-244-4013