Small Groups

Affinity Groups

Ongoing Affinity Groups are open to everyone and have a focus that participants share, for example, an interest in yoga, talking about books, graceful aging, or parenting teens. There is an infinite number of possibilities for ongoing affinity groups. Bring your proposal for a new affinity group to the ALE committee.

WOMEN’S DISCUSSION GROUP

Second and fourth Thursdays 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Fireplace  Room

This is an ongoing group for women who are free in  the afternoon, as a way of building friendships and enlarging knowledge. The wide-ranging programs are about books, travel, personal enthusiasms, and much more. Discussions are led by a group member’s interest- based presentation. Presentations have ranged from “favorite job ever held” to personal definitions of the meaning of love. All women are welcome.

Contact person: Nancy Baker Jacobs

831-646-1530; pgauthor@comcast.net

 

MEN’S  GROUP  BREAKFASTS 

Second Saturdays 8 to 10 a.m.

All men members and friends of the UUCMP are welcome to meet for breakfast and conversation.

Contact person:

Marsh Pitman marshpitman@gmail.com

 

INTERWEAVE

Unitarian Universalists for

Lesbian,  Gay,  Bisexual,  and Transgender  Concerns

Fourth Saturdays 6 to 9 p.m. 

All UUCMP members, friends,  and visitors  regardless of sexual orientation are welcome at Interweave gatherings. Meetings begin by sharing a  healthy potluck dinner, usually followed by games or discussion, the format ranging from informal to more structured. Meetings may be in the Church or in a member’s home. For more information or questions about Interweave, and to sign up to receive meeting notifications, please communicate with the contact person.

Contact person: Helene Kirshbaum

831-297-0399;    helenekirshbaum@gmail.com

 

T’AI CHI CHIH

Wednesdays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.  in   the  Sanctuary

See newsletter for exceptions.

Contact persons:

Jim Eagle 831-484-2238; jeagle@redshift.com or Ruth Smith 831-620-5784.

 

THE DANCES  OF UNIVERSAL PEACE

Third Sundays, March 19, April 16,  May 21, June 18,   5  to  7  p.m.  in  the  Sanctuary,

Coordinated by

JIHAN “GIGI” AMER

Dances of Universal Peace are a joyful, multi-cultural way to experience our spiritual essence, to connect with each other  heart to  heart,  and to bring  peace into our lives and into our world. Participants sing or chant sacramental phrases from many of the world’s faith traditions while doing simple circle dance movements. Since every dance is taught to the whole circle,  no experience is necessary.

 For more detailed information about the Dances at  UUCMP,  please contact the coordinator, Jhan “Gigi” Amer, at 408-800-2537. General information about the Dances may be found at www. dancesofuniversalpeace.org.

A donation of $10 per person per session is suggested to cover basic costs. Out of respect for participants’ sensitivities,  the  Dances are  fragrance-free events.

 

THE ANTI-RACISM BOOK GROUP

First Tuesdays

7 to 9 p.m. in the Fireplace   Room

 

THE ANTI-RACISM FILM GROUP

Fourth Thursdays

7 to 9 p.m. in the Fireplace   Room

 

For both:

Co-sponsored by  UUCMP and Whites for Racial Equity.

 

Contact  persons: Rev. Elaine Gehrmann minister@uucmp.org

JT Mason jtigerm@comcast.net

 

 

SANGHA GROUP AWAKENING  THE  BUDDHA WITHIN

Wednesdays,  7  to  9  p.m.  in  the Sanctuary

Buddhism is a path of self-discovery.Through the practice of meditation and mindfulness, we cultivate compassion, decrease suffering, and lead a more balanced life.

The purpose of the group is  to provide  “Sangha”  (spiritual community)  for everyone  interested in  practicing meditation and learning about the  “Dharma” (the teaching  of the  Buddha).

Our Sangha is a self-dedicated group that has no affiliation to any particular Buddhist school of tradition. All are welcome to attend.

We sit in silent meditation from 7:00 to 7:20 p.m., followed by brief individual  sharing about  our practice.  Then we listen to Dharma talks recorded by noted Buddhist teachers with group discussion afterward.

The book, Awakening the Buddha Within by Lama Surya Das is suggested reading for this Sangha.

“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that  never  leaves.” - The Buddha 

 

FRIDAY  NIGHT AT THE MOVIES

Second Fridays

7 to  10 p.m. in the  Sanctuary

Movies of interest to UUs that are suggested by the participants are shown.

Contact persons: John Freeman, 831-236-7358; john.freeman258@gmail.com

Harry Nagel, 813-718-8112;  harrynagel@icloud.com

 

PAGAN CIRCLE 

Meeting on full-Moon nights and selected Solar transitions

The UU Pagan Group draws inspiration from the cycles of seasons, the beauty and complexity of the natural world, and the intricate relationships between humans and all the other life  on this planet. Their main activity   is a monthly full moon ritual usually held outside at the Pagan Circle on the Church grounds. All UUs and those who identify as Pagans, including Wiccans, Druids, and practitioners  of Goddess Spirituality  are welcome.

Contact information:

Stephen Hansen, stephenfirebird@gmail.com or Kathleen Lawrence, klawrence4@hotmail.com