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.

We are grounded in personal experience and shared inquiry into Buddhist practice and teachings as we live into our church’s mission. We offer opportunities for ongoing meditation, retreats, study, and discussion to support mindful engagement into our personal endeavors, the church community, and the world.

Silent Meditation (online)

Weekly Silent Meditation – Mondays at 7:30 PM via 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 Wilder or Paul Suwijn for questions and the Zoom link.

Meditation Classes with Jan Cook

Ongoing Meditation – Thursday evenings at 6:30 PM, beginning September 16 for 10 weeks

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: Contact Carolyn to sign up. 

Buddhist Classes and Study Groups

Buddhism 101 – Mondays at 12:00 PM via Zoom

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.

To learn more and register contact: Gail Wilder. Once you are registered you will be sent a zoom link. 

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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