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
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.
Marsh Pitman email@example.com
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
T’AI CHI CHIH
Wednesdays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary
See newsletter for exceptions.
Jim Eagle 831-484-2238; firstname.lastname@example.org 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,
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
7 to 9 p.m. in the Fireplace Room
THE ANTI-RACISM FILM GROUP
7 to 9 p.m. in the Fireplace Room
Co-sponsored by UUCMP and Whites for Racial Equity.
Contact persons: Rev. Elaine Gehrmann email@example.com
JT Mason firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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; email@example.com
Harry Nagel, 813-718-8112; firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Stephen Hansen, email@example.com or Kathleen Lawrence, firstname.lastname@example.org