UU Asheville Groups

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

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

General Guidelines

To use a room at UU Asheville, schedule the room with information@uuasheville.org.  For meetings at UU Asheville, 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 UU Asheville please leave it as you found it (chairs and tables and video screens restored to original). 

While most of our groups meet at regular intervals, exactly meeting times may vary depending on time of year. The most current meeting times are always available on our congregational calendar

Spiritual Deepening

Soul Matters Groups

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

Contact: Rev. Claudia Jiménez

UU Sangha

Our sangha is a covenantal UU Asheville faith development group created for those interested in developing and strengthening their UU-Buddhism connection in the context of everyday life. Click here for more information.

Contact: Duane Bigelow

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.

Contact: MaryAnn Somervill


Congregational Care

Good Grief

A group of congregants who are grieving losses and wish to support each other. Some losses, like health declines and dementia are not necessarily recent, but continuing. New losses bring up old losses, and if the loss is too recent, most grievers are too raw to be in a group yet.

Meets: Second Fridays, 9:30am
Contact: Nancy Bragg and Sherry Lundquist


Justice Ministry 

Environmental Action & Landscaping Team

Environmental issues of every sort are covered by this group through action items, book discussions, and a commitment to supporting local biodiversity through our campus landscaping. 

Contact: Venny Zachritz and Kate Jerome

Anti-racism and Immigration Justice Action Group

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.

Contact: Carol Buffum

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 & Zoom)
Contact: Charlie Wussow

Animal Ministry 

Building justice and compassion for animals.

Contact: Iris Williams

Pride +

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

Contact: Bernise Lynch 

Social Groups

Fiber Friends

Items are made to donate to Meals on Wheels, Room at the Inn, and Trinity Place Youth Shelter.  The group welcomes new members and yarn donations.

Meets: First Saturdays, 10am
Contact: Mara Sprain

Givens Estates UUs 

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

Contact: Bill Dickason

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
Contact: Michael Beech

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Getting together either outside or online.

Meets: Monthly, specific to each group
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
Contact: MaryAnn Somervill

Cinema Forum – on hiatus

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
Contact: Sandy Purdy

Deerfield UUs – on hiatus

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

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

Dinner Circles – on hiatus

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

Meets: Quarterly at host homes
Contact: Linda Kooiker and Robin Loew

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