All adults in the congregation can sign up to participate in the groups listed below. In these small groups, members and friends with similar interests and concerns can share common experiences, dreams and obstacles.
Each group has a volunteer convener who organizes meetings and outings, with the assistance of others in the group. The link for each group takes you to a sign-up sheet where you can add your contact information to the existing list of participants. The convener will make sure you receive notices of upcoming events for the group.
- Allies for Racial Equity (ARE@UUCT) began meeting bi-weekly in early September 2020, patterning ourselves after the UUA organization, Allies for Racial Equity. We meet the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month from 6:30-8:00 pm. We share leadership and make decisions by consensus. We ground ourselves in our UU Principles and make relationship building a priority. We are UUCT members with white privilege working to: Understand our own whiteness and privilege and help others in our church community to do so Unlearn and re-evaluate white supremacy in ourselves and our church community Challenge white supremacy wherever we encounter it. For more information, contact the UUCT office.
- (BIPOC) People of Color Meetup: Contact Rosa Morgan, Meagan Arrastia-Chisholm, or the UUCT office (meets every 4th Sunday at 9:30 am.) Members, friends, and visitors of color at UUCT are welcome to our monthly meetup! We will be deepening our relationships with each other, Unitarian Universalism, and our congregation through sharing spiritual practices and stories of showing up with our whole selves.
- Centering BIPOC Voices is a monthly book discussion group with a specific purpose. The Centering BIPOC Voices book group reads books by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color authors. By reading non-fiction, fiction and memoirs we seek to better understand how racism and other forms of oppression affect all our lives. We expect better understanding will help us develop as anti-racists. We meet once a month on the second Saturday from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM to discuss a book (non-fiction, fiction, or memoir) selected by the group. Contact Robin Gray (firstname.lastname@example.org) to be included on the Centering BIPOC Voices email list.
- Christian Spirituality @ UUCT: Join us for a twice-monthly, Zoom Bible study. While each week’s Bible passage will be the focus of the meeting, the real purpose of Christian Spirituality is to create a friendly association, to give and receive support, and to find our lives expressed in the Bible. Our meetings will be the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. For zoom information contact Alana Katherine “Kay” Stuart-Tilley at email@example.com.
- Emergent Strategy Discussion: Contact Anna Bethea, or the UUCT office (Meets 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month at 7:00 pm). As our congregation moves through transitions, builds relationships for the work of social justice in the community, and commits to an intentionally anti-racist, anti-oppressive, multicultural beloved community, we face many challenges for “how to do the work” and stay in right relation with each other. We invite you to read the book Emergent Strategy by writer and pleasure activist adrienne maree brown (or review online summaries) as time permits, but definitely don’t let that hold you back from joining the discussion. We’ll unpack the rich wisdom of incorporating an emergent, adaptive, and growth mindset into our personal lives, how we relate to each other as a congregation, and how we can leverage these values in our work for justice in the wider world.
- Building the World We Dream About is a UU tapestry of faith program “that seeks to interrupt the workings of racism and transform how people from different racial/ethnic groups understand and relate to one another. It consists of 24 two-hour workshops, with Taking It Home activities, reflections, and readings to be done between workshops. The program creates opportunities for participants to practice dreaming our world otherwise, and then commit to new, intentional ways of being.”
- Food for Thought- A Healthier You, A Healthier Planet: A group of us from UUCT gather once a month to discuss our diets and the impact our diets make on our health, the planet, the people of our earth, and on the animals used in food production. During our time together, we will support each other in our food journeys and learn together by viewing videos, reading articles, sharing recipes, and having fruitful discussions. Although we’ve been meeting online for the past year and a half, we are hoping we will be able to gather again in person and share some meals. We are taking a break during the summer, but plan to meet again in the fall of 2021. If you’re interested in joining our group and sharing and supporting each other in our food journeys, or if you have any questions, please contact Linda Oaksford at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Indwellers Group @ UUCT: Adults 25-49 are invited to join Indwellers, a new cohort group for socialization, community connection and spiritual exploration. You can look forward to a bimonthly Zoom discussion on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month, social events, and community care. For more information, contact Natalie Binder.
- Men’s Lunch Group: Contact John Sample (Meets every other Wednesday at 11:30 am at various locations announced via a group email) An open group of men who want to enjoy each other’s fellowship.
- Mindfulness & Meditation: Contact Arden Kelly or the UUCT office (Meets every Sunday 1:00 – 2:30 pm) Each Mindfulness & Meditation group meeting combines meditation (guided or silent), a mindfulness presentation, and a group discussion. We are welcoming of wisdom from secular sources and religious tradition alike.
- Singing Meditation: Join us weekly via Zoom for a synergistic interfaith spiritual practice of many forms of singing, chanting, and group observation of silence. The goal is to help each participant reach a place within themselves where they can connect with the Divine, their Inner Core, the Spirit of Life; wherever they find Peace. Led by Angel de Armendi, Music Director. Singing Meditation will is on an alternating Tuesday/Thursday rotation schedule from 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM. Use the following link to join our zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/319800919 Meeting ID: 319 800 919. For more information, contact Music Director Angel de Armendi at email@example.com
- UU Explorations: Contact Trudy Deyle (meets every 3rd Tuesday at 7:00 pm) – a special Small Group Ministry for those interested in gaining a deeper understanding of what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist. This is a sharing and listening circle about topics that relate to the theme: What does it mean to be a Unitarian Universalist? It is an opportunity to get to know others on a deeper level and reflect together on important topics and concepts in Unitarian Universalism. At each gathering, we: check in with each other on how our lives are going, share our thoughts on one of twelve topics, simply listen to one another, and then share any further reflections we have. The circle is specifically not a class or discussion group.
- Women’s Lunch Bunch: Contact Bonnie Fesmire (Meets the third Wednesday of each month from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm at various locations.) An open and supportive group of women who share similar values, with the goal of getting to know each other better.