The First Unitarian Buddhist 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.

The fellowship is grounded in personal experience and shared inquiry into Buddhist practice and teachings as we live our church mission to “Listen deeply to others and ourselves, open to wonder and transformation, serve together with love and humility.” We offer opportunities for ongoing meditation, retreats, study, and discussion to support mindful engagement into our personal endeavors, the church community and the world.

For information, or to become involved, contact Eleanor Newton or 609-218-1191

Silent Meditation (online)

Mondays 7:30-8:30pm on Zoom

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.

Contact: Gail Gucker or Paul Suwijn

Meditation Classes with Jan Cook (online)

Three times a year, ordained Dharma Teacher, Jan Cook offers classes and practice sessions for our growing practice community.  She is ordained in a Tibetan lineage, but embraces all paths as foundation for her teaching. Jan offers Beginning, Deepening and Ongoing Meditation classes.

Contact Carolyn Steinkirchner (585-381-6757) or Jan Cook (585-381-6757) for more information.

Buddhist Study Groups (online)

These weekly meetings involve a brief check in, meditation, and a study of Buddhist philosophy and practice. The bulk of the meeting is devoted to a detailed discussion based on a Buddhist book chosen by the group. Discussion often involves personal life reflections. The groups are limited in size to facilitate discussion. When the groups are full, names are taken for a waiting list and if there is enough interest, a new group may be formed. Please contact the facilitator for more information.

Tuesdays 4:00-5:00pm: Contact Eleanor Newton

Thursdays 9:00-10:30am: Contact Hugh Mitchell

Parenting as a Spiritual Practice (on Zoom)

Parents and grandparents of all age youth explore mindfulness practices and non-violent communication within their families. This is held via Zoom one Monday each month, 8:30 – 9:45pm, September – May.

Rise and Shine Spiritual Practice and Check in every Wednesday morning 8:00-8:30am via Zoom.

These free offerings are co-facilitated by Sheila Schuh and Jan Cook.

Additional Opportunities

On an occasional basis the First Unitarian Buddhist Fellowship sponsors Meditation retreats at First Unitarian Church, (or as a trip to 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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