Adult Faith Development
Small Group Ministry
Soul Matters Groups
Small group ministry is a program of shared ministry, where we can each provide mutual support and companionship in our religious journeys in an intimate setting that fosters spiritual growth and mutual care. Each group is known as a Soul Matters Group led by a trained facilitator. Members and newcomers are encouraged to participate to delve deeply into monthly Soul Matters themes (packets are provided in advance with material for reading and reflection), build relationship with other members and deepen their understanding of Unitarian Universalism. These small groups meet at least once a month and are composed of 8-10 members. If you are interested in joining a Soul Matters Group or you want to learn more, contact coordinator Venny Zachritz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blue Ridge CUUPS – Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans
The Blue Ridge Spirit Chapter of CUUPS (The Covenant of UU Pagans) provides an Earth centered approach to worship. We gather together in ritual eight times a year to observe the turning of the seasons including the equinoxes and solstices. CUUPS, a national organization chartered by the UUA, draws from the sixth source of our faith: “Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.” CUUPS exists for those who may honor gods and goddesses, ancestors, and all of Nature. We find beauty and depth in ritual, honor all pagan paths, and work to educate those interested in these endeavors. In addition to our rituals, we design other events, such as a labyrinth walk, drum circle, music program, and others.
For more information or to be added to our email list, contact Mary Ann Somervill at email@example.com.
Wednesday Vespers & Program
Mid-week multi-generational gathering for fellowship, worship, and fun. Every Wednesday multigenerational activities such as dance, drumming, singalongs and spiritual practices are offered so we can nurture relationships across the generations. For more information, visit The Wednesday Vespers page.
Throughout the year a variety of classes lead by our ministers or lay facilitators are offered. Contact our Minister of Faith Development, Rev . Claudia Jiménez at firstname.lastname@example.org for details or to volunteer to facilitate a class. Downlaod the Adult FD Class Proposal Form to submit a proposal.
A Message from Rev. Dr. Cathy Harrington,
Interim Lead Minister
Greetings Members and Friends of UUCA,
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I am excited and honored to have been chosen to serve as your interim minister during this time of transition and look forward to our time together. As I have gotten older and wiser, my main goal in life has been to cultivate joy in my personal life and in my ministry. I tell you this because though we have a lot of hard work to do, we are first going to take time to get to know each other and have fun together. I want to learn about your accomplishments, challenges, joys, and concerns as well as your hopes and dreams for the future. And we will be carefully navigating the complex challenge of returning to church as the pandemic restrictions are gradually lifted.
As an accredited interim minister (AIM), I have completed multiple trainings and enjoyed years of successful service to multiple UU congregations. I love doing this specialized type of ministry and have claimed as my motto “Love them and leave them.” Saying goodbye is the hardest part of this work but having the privilege to walk this transitional journey with Unitarian Universalist congregations has been the most significant and rewarding ministry of my career.
Rev. Cathy Harrington