UUCA Groups

Participating in a group is a great way to get connected for both UUCA members and active non-members.

For contact details, check the directory in REALM or contact Venny Zachritz, our Connections Coordinator.

General Guidelines

To use a room at UUCA, schedule the room with Tish Murphy.  For meetings at UUCA, please leave rooms as you found them.

Social Groups are not supported by staff members but are expected to stay in right relations with staff and the rest of the congregation.  One thing for sure that will keep you in right relations, when you use any space at UUCA please leave it as you found it (chairs and tables and video screens restored to original). 

Spiritual Deepening

Covenant Groups

Small groups of 8 to 10 people who meet regularly to practice deep listening in support of one another’s spiritual journeys.

Meets: Times vary by group
Contact: Iris Hardin or Paula Massey

Buddhist Fellowship

Buddhist practice, including meditation, with a UU spin.

Meets: Second and fourth Tuesdays, 7pm (Sanctuary), come early, doors are locked at 6:55pm to begin meditation.
Contact: Jim Steffe

Blue Ridge Spirit CUUPS

This chapter of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans is dedicated to educating people about Paganism and developing and conducting Pagan liturgies and rituals for the congregation.

Meets: Varies depending on ritual, usually Sunday evenings starting with a potluck dinner
Contact: MaryAnn Somervill


Congregational Care

Good Grief

A group of congregants who have experienced recent loss and wish to support each other.

Meets: Alternate Fridays, 9am (23 Edwin Boardroom)
Contact: Nancy Bragg and Ginny Hayes


Parents Supporting Parents

A group of parents who meet regularly to support one another regarding parenting issues.

Meets: Second Wednesday as part of the Wednesday Thing
Contact: Rev. Claudia Jiménez

Justice Ministry 

Earth Community Circle

Environmental issues of every sort occupy this group.

Meets: Fourth Thursdays, 6:30pm (RE #4 in main building)
Contact: Wink Zachritz

Justice Ministry Film Night

Once a month we show a documentary addressing a current issue of American life.  Admission is free, donations accepted.

Meets: One Friday a month (watch eNews for dates) 7pm (Sandburg Hall)
Contact: Charlie Wussow


Explore peace and “the way of peace” in order to practice and promote peace in all relations.

Meets: Second Wednesday as part of the Wednesday Thing September through April.  Watch the Weekly eNews for May through August meeting times and locations.
Contact: Bruce Larson

Recommitting to Black Lives Matter

Supports the Black Lives Matter movement that calls us to deepen our understanding of white privilege and to partner with local organizations to combat oppression at all levels in our communities.

Meets: Second Thursdays, 2:30 pm (23 Edwin Place-brick house)
Contact: Eleanor Lane

Universal Rainbow Unity

A group promoting love, acceptance, compassion, justice, and equality in all areas of sexual and gender identity.

Meets: Third Tuesdays, 6:30pm (Sandburg Hall)
Contact: Shawn Landreth

Social Groups

Cinema Forum

Contact the leader, get an email telling you what movie to watch during the month then come join the movie discussion on the fourth Sunday of the month.

Meets:  Fourth Sundays, 5pm (offsite)
Contact: Sandy Purdy

Deerfield UUs

For those who identify as UUs and live at Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community.

Meets: Times vary (at Deerfield)
Contact: Bill Clontz

Dinner Circles

Potluck dinners for eight in members’ homes.  Separate sign-up for each quarter.

Meets: Quarterly at host homes
Contact: Linda Kooiker or Robin Lowe

Fiber Friends

Have yarn, will enjoy. The group’s knitters and crocheters work on personal projects as well as holiday donations of hats and scarves. The group welcomes new members and yarn donations.

Meets: First Saturdays, 10am (23 Edwin Parlor-brick house)
Contact: Donna Hughes

Givens Estates UUs

For those who identify as UUs and live at Givens Estates.

Meets: Third Mondays, 5pm (at Givens)
Contact: Bill Dickason

Nurses’ Breakfast Group

Folks involved in this caring profession, past or present, are invited to get together for a breakfast.

Meets: Once a year in the spring
Contact: Paula Massey

Men’s Breakfast Group

This is for the guys.  Meet monthly for a potluck breakfast, fellowship, and discussion; sometimes irreverent and sometimes touching and moving.

Meets: Second Saturdays, 8am (23 Edwin Boardroom-brick house)
Contact: Michael Beech


Several different groups that meet monthly, starting at a host’s home and continuing to a nearby restaurant for a pay-your-own dinner.

Meets: Monthly, starting in hosts’ homes
Contact: Linda Kooiker

Sing Along

Gather around the piano in the Sanctuary, grab a song book filled with a variety of genres, and sing along.

Meets: First and third Tuesdays, 7pm (Sanctuary)
Contact: Dave Bates

UU Womens’ Connections

All women are invited to bring a potluck dish and join this lively social group for entertaining programs every month.

Meets: Third Saturdays, 10am (Sandburg Hall)
Contact: Melinda Elkins

Ukuleles Women’s Potluck and Gathering

For anyone who identifies as a woman, 18 and up.  We talk, we celebrate, we play.

Meets: Second Tuesdays, 6pm (21 Edwin-wood house)
Contact: Joanna Hewlett


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