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CHILDREN and YOUTH
RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION & EDUCATION
Religious Exploration preK – grade 8: Using a multi-age curriculum, each week we present lessons appropriate to our times and our UU faith, a faith of justice whose first principle calls us to honor the inherent worth and dignity of every person.
Youth Group grades 9 – 12: The Youth Group meets Sunday evenings for community building, discussion, games, outreach opportunities and learning experiences.
ADULT FAITH DEVELOPMENT
Adult Faith Development Team develops, organizes, facilitates and evaluates a variety of adult enrichment and faith development programs for the Congregation.
Small Group Ministry is part of the Adult Faith Development Program and offers participants opportunities to meet in small groups for support and spiritual growth.
AFFINITY and SOCIAL GROUPS
Men’s Group: All those who consider themselves male are welcome to attend. The Men’s Group is a community of men that help and support each other. The meetings are confidential and are an opportunity for men to share their thoughts and opinions in a respectful conversation.
Women’s Group meets on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month, sometimes virtually, sometimes in person at a local café. Contact us for a schedule. We enjoy lively, casual discussions on all sorts of topics. It’s a great way to get to know the other wonderful women in this congregation and community. You are welcome to bring your child/children if you need to. You don’t have to be a regular Sunday service attendee to enjoy this group. We offer a hearty welcome to all women and those who identify as women. Join us!
Social Threads: A quilting and sewing community that meets monthly to share ideas, work on projects and get creative.
Book Group meets the second Wednesday of each month. Members read and discuss both fiction and non-fiction books of interest to the group.
Meditation Group: A drop-in group that meets on Mondays from 9:30 – 10:45 to practice and discuss meditation and explore how meditation can be of support in our lives. No previous experience is necessary. The group is facilitated by Wendy O’Leary, a certified mindfulness teacher.
CARING FOR OUR CHURCH
Parish Services Team responds to the special needs of the Congregation as brought to us by the minister. This may include a hospital visit (pre-Covid19), help with meals, or outreach through cards or phone calls. Our goal is to support congregants in their time of need. New people are always welcome to join our team!
Kitchen/HOST Team: Our Church has a well-loved tradition of providing coffee hour following the service for light refreshment and fellowship. Groups, classes and individuals individuals sign up to HOST one or two Sundays each year. The HOST Team ensures that the weeks are covered, the kitchen is stocked, and our HOSTS of the week are trained on serving and clean-up. Please join our team to keep smiles (and coffee and snacks) flowing during our special time to gather after the Sunday morning service.
Gardening Team: The Garden-On Team is creating native plant gardens at Church because of the strong role natives play in fighting climate change, promoting biodiversity and in honoring our 7th principle, the interdependent web of all beings, of which we are only a part. Members seek to inspire fellow congregants and community members to plant natives in their own gardens.
Building and Grounds Team works with the Staff, Board and other teams to maintain and develop the physical plant and grounds of the church.
Stewardship Team is a group of members who take on the responsibility of conjuring up an annual budget-supporting pledge drive and actively educating the Congregation in aspects of Church finance. If your background, experience, creativity, playful acting ability, teamwork, computer communications, fundraising, or data entry/analysis skills match our mission, connect with us here:
The Larger Unitarian Universalist Association: We connect to the Regional and National Unitarian Universalist Association. Our Congregation is not alone. Feel the energy of the larger UU movement.
Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry extends compassionate help in the form of food and other related resources to people in the local area. We treat all people with dignity and strive to care for each person individually. Food is distributed on the third Saturday of each month and we also provide food on an emergency basis to those who contact the Church directly.
Interfaith Hospitality Network: We partner with this Worcester family homeless shelter to provide volunteer coverage, dinner, community building, and assistance with house projects. We also fundraise and offer an annual pledge to the program.
Refugee Ministry Team works with area resettlement agencies on behalf of the Congregation to provide resources and support for refugee families in the region.
Dismas House is a transition house for men coming out of incarceration back into the community. We prepare dinner once a month for the residents and enjoy the meal with them.
Greater Worcester Unitarian Universalist Campus Ministry (GWUUCM) is the umbrella organization that provides religious connection, leadership training, and pastoral support through professional chaplaincy to UU and UU-curious students attending Worcester area colleges. All meetings take place on the individual campuses through their own student-run clubs. Anyone currently attending one of the area academic institutions of higher learning is welcome to connect.
The Get Out the Vote Team was organized as a working group of the Side with Love Task Force in June 2020 to focus on voter education and civic engagement. Our mission is to fight voter suppression and empower people who are often marginalized or may be unlikely to vote by providing tools and education to be more engaged in the democratic process. We currently meet on the first Thursday of the month by zoom and, during election seasons, on a weekly basis.
Side with Love is UUCW’s social justice and advocacy group. SWL meets regularly to discuss ways to become more knowledgeable about issues of justice and equality, in addition to taking action to advance equity and justice. Current interests include racial equity, environmental justice and civic engagement.
The 8th Principle Task Force is organizing a campaign at UUCW to educate and inform the Congregation about bringing a new principle to UUCW. The 8th Principle commits to dismantling racism and other oppression in our world at large, as well as building a beloved multicultural community. The Task Force is organizing events and activities leading up to a Congregational vote on whether to adopt the 8th Principle in June 2022.
MUSIC & WORSHIP
Worship Arts Team: The purpose of the Worship Arts Team is the development of worship excellence at UUCW. The Professional Religious Leadership works with lay members who assist with several aspects of workshop delivery, production, technology, and media. Members of the team encourage the development of worship experiences that reflect the mission, vision, and values of the Congregation – including diverse voices and participation from the pulpit, musical selections, media, and maintenance of the Sanctuary as a sacred space for such purposes.
UUCW Choir: Join us for singing during Sunday services and other special events. Practices are held Thursday evening and Sunday morning prior to services. No formal vocal training is required.
Website Team: The purpose of the Website Team is to maintain and grow the UUCW website as the communication hub of the Congregation. Volunteer members of the team work with staff, ministers, and the Congregation to provide material on the website in keeping with the mission, vision, and values of the Congregation.
Sunday Morning Tech Support Team: As we adopt a multi-platform approach to worship, including live streaming and recording of services, we are developing a team of volunteers to assist with technical support behind the scenes. If you are willing to learn how to videotape, set-up and monitor Facebook streaming, or respond to chats from participants, we invite you to reach out!
Social Media Team is seeking people to develop content for and monitor our social media channels. Anyone with an interest in helping is welcome!