Adult Faith Development
Small Group Ministry
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 covenant group led by a trained facilitator. Members and newcomers are encouraged to participate to delve deeply into monthly worship themes, build relationship with other members and deepen their understanding of Unitarian Universalism. Theme groups meet at least once a month and are composed of 8-10 members. If you are interested in joining a covenant group, download the enrollment form . If you want to learn more, contact co-coordinators Paula Massey email@example.com or Iris Hardin firstname.lastname@example.org.
UUCA members and friends that support each other in the study, exploration, and practice of Buddhism participate in the Buddhist Fellowship. It provides practice sessions and a forum to consider how the Dharma may enrich Unitarian Universalism. The Fellowship embraces all forms of Buddhism (secular and traditional), as well as all lineages and practices such as Zen, Theravada, and Tibetan.
The Fellowship gathers on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month (including summer), from 7:00 – 8:30 pm in the UUCA Sanctuary. Doors are locked at 6:55pm, and the meeting starts with a 30 minute (unguided) meditation followed by 50 minutes of dharma/UU sharing based on some reading material sent out before the meeting. The last 10 minutes are reserved for announcements, and social engagement.
Contact: Jim Steffe email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Wednesday Thing
Mid-week multi-generational gathering for food, 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 Thing 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 email@example.com for details or to volunteer to facilitate a class. Downlaod the Adult FD Class Proposal Form to submit a proposal.