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 2022-23

Aug. 21 – Oct. 8
HOMECOMING
Holy Fools

Oct. 9 – Nov. 26
HARVEST
Enough

Nov. 27 – Jan. 14
DARKNESS
Underground

Jan. 15 – Mar. 4
FROZEN
Boundaries

Mar. 5 – Apr. 22
MUDDY
Slogging with Spirit

Apr. 23 – Jun. 4
BLOOMING
Unfurling Desire

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 Sandy Rubin for more information.

4th Wednesday at 3pm
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

UU 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. Learn more here.

Email Rev. Tina Simson for more information.

Next session begins fall 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. Learn more here.

Email Rev. Tina Simson for more information.

NEXT SESSION BEGINS FALL 2022
Wellspring Reads: Sacred Earth

Our new series of six-session UU Wellspring programs begins with Sacred Earth. Explore and grow our connections with nature as Unitarian Universalists. Focus on the learning from Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer and The Sustainable Soul by Rebecca Hecking. Learn more here.

Email Rev. Tina Simson for more information.

NEXT SESSION BEGINS FALL 2022 online
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.

Weekly Meditations
sunday at 9 am at church

Held in the Thoreau Room (200). Unguided; come and go freely before 10 AM service.

Monday at 7:30PM via Zoom

A 40 minute online meditation that may involve sitting and/or walking, followed by a closing and discussion time. All are welcome. Email Gail or Paul with questions and Zoom link.

wednesday at 7 AM via zoom

A 20 minute online meditation. Contact Barbara with questions and Zoom link.

Meditation Classes with Jan Cook

The current Wednesday evening class explores the Four Turnings of the Heart-Mind, Tonglen, and Lojong. Classes are usually 6-8 weeks. Topics will vary. Email Carolyn for more information.

Weekly Book Groups

A variety of Buddhist-themed books have been read. Current classes are full.

Tuesday at 4:30 PM

Contact Eleanor about future offerings.

thursday at 9 am

Contact Hugh about future offereings.

Buddhism 101

This class will introduce you to basic Buddhist teachings. including: mindfulness practice, tolerance for suffering, sitting meditation, and setting intention. Current class is full.

Email Barbara Gorski for more information.

Additional Opportunities

Occasionally the First Unitarian Buddhist Fellowship sponsors Meditation retreats, one-time programs streamed from well-known teachers, and Contemplative Services at Solstice time. Email us to learn more.

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