Small Group Ministry
The Small Group Ministry allows friends and members to meet in smaller groups for a shared purpose, including Addictions Ministry, Covenant Groups, Gathering of Men, Transitions Group, UU Christian Fellowship, WomanSpirit, and Women’s Alliance.
Addictions Ministry Sharing Group
The Addictions Ministry Sharing Group meets monthly during the regular church year; we gather to share our experiences as addicts and family and friends of addicts. We celebrate our successes, share our challenges and look forward with hope. We encourage all who have been touched by addiction to join us in a caring environment as we share experiences. Other recommended community website links Addiction Resource, which promotes health through education, and AlcoRehab.org, a group of professionals helping those struggling with alcoholism.
A covenant group includes six to twelve church members and friends who intentionally and regularly gather to build a sense of community with one another and to share the process of personal spiritual growth. A covenant group offers opportunities for friendship, spiritual growth, mutual responsibility, leadership, and service. Many people have found that belonging to a covenant group has become one of the most important parts of their connection with First Unitarian Church.
The Men’s Group meets monthly. We have volunteer leaders. Men sign up for a date to lead and pick their own topics. If they don’t want to sign up, there is no pressure to do so. The Leaders don’t “give a speech” or necessarily talk a lot but get the discussion started.
The First Church Humanist Group meets on the first Tuesday of each month during the church year to discuss humanism as a philosophy of life and topics of current interest where a humanistic viewpoint may be helpful. As examples of the latter, last year we had speakers on Artificial Intelligence, the gene editing tool CRSPR, and Separation of Church and State, as well as programs on what humanism is, the history of humanism, whether humanism has a “dark side,” and what humanism has to say about some other problems in science and technology. All our programs allow plenty of time for questions and discussion by the attendees.
“Transitions Gather-In,” a group of folk talking about life transitions, the challenges we face as we get older, as we want to down-size, as we find living in our homes harder, as we just want to make our lives simpler, meets every month. Please come if you would like to talk about these life issues with us.
Unitarian Universalist Christian Fellowship
The UUCF INTENT is to provide a respectful, stimulating weekly forum in which any UU, but especially those who identify themselves within the Christian realm of our diverse faith spectrum, may 1) reclaim valued aspects of their Christian heritage; 2) deepen their understanding of the Christian story with the aid of UUA and other resources; 3) share and explore Christian practices that may contribute to their well-being and spiritual formation, and 4) clarify their personal faith convictions to-date.
WomanSpirit is the evening women’s group at First Unitarian Church meeting monthly for a potluck dinner in a member’s home. We welcome new members and friends of First Unitarian Church.
The mission of the Women’s Alliance is to enable Unitarian Universalist women to join together for mutual support, personal growth, and spiritual enrichment, and through their combined strength and vision, to work toward a future where all women will be empowered to live their lives with a sense of wholeness and integrity in a world at peace that recognizes the worth and dignity of each individual.