SPIRITUAL DEEPENING

We welcome you to find a small group that calls you.

These groups are about walking together through each of our life journeys.

SMALL GROUP OPPORTUNITIES

UU WELLSPRING PROGRAM

BUDDHIST FELLOWSHIP

SMALL GROUP OPPORTUNITIES

We offer many small groups to provide a means to grow connections and go deeper. These groups are about walking together through each of our life journeys. All walks of life, all styles, and all places, as one. This year, instead of monthly themes, we’re experimenting with another kind of rhythm, slowing down the monthly turnover and placing ourselves into the natural world around us. These thematic seasons center our biggest communal celebrations and are longer—seven weeks each—allowing us to delve more deeply. While the weather in Rochester can be unpredictable, we hope that this way of grounding our collective spiritual lives with the turning of the year will weave us ever more tightly into the fabric of interdependence.

SMALL GROUP OPPORTUNITIES

We offer many small groups which provide a means to grow connections and go deeper. These groups are about walking together through each of our life journeys. All walks of life, all styles, and all places, as one. Instead of monthly worship themes, this year, we are experimenting with another kind of rhythm, slowing down the monthly turnover and placing ourselves into the natural world around us. These thematic seasons center our biggest communal celebrations and are longer–seven weeks each–allowing us to delve more deeply.

On January 16, our theme changes to “Making Holy Space.” Please enjoy the sermon “The Sacred Space Between Us” given by Rev. Tina Simson, minister emerita.

Worship Themes

Aug. 22 – Oct. 9
HOMECOMING
Beginning Again in Love

Oct. 10 – Nov. 27
HARVEST
Savoring the Harvest

Nov. 28 – Jan. 15
DARKNESS
Rekindling Joy

Jan. 16 – Mar. 5
FROZEN
Making Holy Space

Mar. 6 – Apr. 23
MUDDY
Moving through Mud

Apr. 24 – Jun. 5
BLOOMING
Cultivating Wild Tenacity

Soul Matters

Soul Matters participants meet once a month in groups of up to 12, with a trained facilitator. Topics are built around our worship themes, creating a great way to explore these themes in more depth. Spiritual exercises and readings help us reconnect spiritually 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, and complete Starting Point prior to joining a group. Interested? We’d love to have you. 

To get connected with a group, email Rev. AJ van Tine.

R3 – Race, Racism & Relationships

Throughout the church year, monthly anti-racism programming is offered to help us identify our implicit bias, and engage in the vital work that calls us to justice, equity, and compassion in human relations.

Questions? Contact Rev. AJ van Tine .

Third Thursday at 7 PM online
Rochester Area UU Young Adults

Rochester Unitarian Universalists Young Adults (RUUYA) is for people age 18-35, to join together in fellowship to help foster personal, professional, and spiritual growth. We seek to provide love, comfort, and support to each other and our community. 

Email Rev. AJ van Tine for more information.

Second Wednesday online at 6:30 PM
Fourth Wednesday at 6:30 PM at church
Parenting

Expanded offerings include sessions to build mindfulness and communication skills, family circle training, anti-racism for white parents, single parenting, et al.

Email Sheila Schuh for more information.

Once monthly on Sunday mornings (childcare provided)
Book Groups and More
4th Wednesday Book Group

 

Email Sharon Potts for more information.

4th Wednesday at 2pm
UUs Reading Non-Fiction

Email Howard Cone for more information.

Schedule Pending
Literature and Visual Arts (LAVA)

Email Bill Fugate for more information.

2nd Friday at 7PM
Qi Gong

This old gentle Chinese practice has great benefits for your health. Led by Carmen Ramos. All are welcome. Cost is $10 per class (no one turned away for lack of funds).

Email Nancy Koch for more information.

Friday at 10AM VIA ZOOM
UU WELLSPRING PROGRAM

Wellspring is a spiritual deepening program that originated in our church and has been seeded in congregations across the US and Canada.

Wellspring Sources

This program offers an opportunity to connect deeply to your UU values and suggests techniques to ground your social action in spiritual practice. It provides a group of supportive seekers to share in your journey. Considering the difficult challenges surrounding us, this may be the perfect time to participate. Space is limited.

Email Rev. Tina Simson for more information.

Sessions begin in October and are held every other Tuesday evening through June 2022.
Wellspring Deep Questions

This program is open to people who have completed UU Wellspring Sources. It is designed to expand participant’s understanding of the seven Unitarian Universalist principles and their meaning in our lives. It explores the connection between the principles and powerful life questions, including human nature, forgiveness, accountability, and our relationship to the planet. It calls us to action based on our deeply held UU beliefs. Space is limited.

Email Rev. Tina Simson for more information.

Sessions begin in October and are held every other Thursday evening through June 2022.
BUDDHIST FELLOWSHIP

The Fellowship is a growing practice community that welcomes people of all faith traditions. Unitarian Universalist (UU) experience with Buddhism has a long history that is rich and varied. Both traditions honor the beliefs people hold based on their own experiences and understandings.

Silent Meditation (Online)

Participants take part in a 40 minute meditation that may involve sitting and/or walking. This is followed by a closing and discussion time. All are welcome.

Email Gail Wilder or Paul Suwijn for more information.
The Zoom link will be sent once you are registered.

Monday at 7:30PM via Zoom
Meditation Classes with Jan Cook

In-person class with an online option, this class is for those who have completed at least one course with Jan (or the equivalent). This is a wonderful meditation community focusing on heart cultivation for these times. Class size is limited and registration required.

Email Carolyn for more information.

Buddhism 101

This class will introduce you to basic Buddhist teachings including: mindfulness practice, tolerance for suffering, sitting meditation, and setting intention. We will be reading and discussing Gil Fronsdal’s book, The Issue at hand, Essays on Buddhist Mindfulness Practice. Each session will include time for meditation and small group discussion.

Email Gail Wilder for more information.
The Zoom link will be sent once you are registered.

Additional Opportunities

On an occasional basis, the First Unitarian Buddhist Fellowship sponsors Meditation retreats at First Unitarian Church, (or as a trip to a local retreat center), one-time programs streamed from well-known teachers, and Solstice and Sunday Worship services based on contemplation, meditation, and listening to the quiet within.

See the church’s Weekly Connections Newsletter for details.

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