Seasonings – Adult Religious Exploration Programs
We understand that religious and spiritual development are life-long processes. In this spirit, the congregation offers a host of opportunities for adult faith development, spiritual enrichment, leadership training, and social justice exploration and action.
There are a number of ongoing groups that meet at least monthly.
Side With Love is the umbrella working-group that provides a host of opportunities for members and friends, throughout the year, to engage in learning, action, and service related to social justice issues. We currently have Anti-Racism, Climate Justice, and Refugee & Immigration ministries as well as ongoing efforts through our own Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry and partnerships with local homelessness programs through the Interfaith Hospitality Network and Hotel Grace.
Touchstones Small-Group Ministry meets monthly to explore themes published by the Touchstones Project and provides an opportunity for check-in and support. This spiritual deepening group helps members and friends explore a host of themes as well as an annual focus. The 2019-2020 Theme is “Building Beloved Community” and includes themes such as: covenant, democracy, mission & vision, compassion, authority & leadership, generosity, forgiveness, the Divine & God, sabbath, good & evil, harmony and creation. The 2020-2021 Touchstones theme is “Deepening Connection”.
Lunch With the Minister meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month at noon. Members and friends, particularly those in retirement, bring a bagged lunch, and if they wish, a dish to share. We provide coffee, tea, and a welcoming environment. We engage in informal conversation and catch up with each other, talk about what is important to each of us, and learn about upcoming events and programs in the congregation and community. This program is currently paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Men’s Group meets on the last Friday evening of the month. All who consider themselves male are welcome. 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. This program currently meets online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Women’s Social Circle is open to all who identify as a woman. The group gathers monthly on Saturday morning at a local restaurant for informal conversation and an opportunity to learn about upcoming programs in the congregation and community. This program currently meets online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Evening Book Club – This monthly meeting invites members and friends to gather and discuss a pre-selected book. The group meets in the evening on the 2nd Wednesday of the month from September through June. This group is currently meeting online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our Music Program is led by Matthew Johnsen, Director of Music, who leads the adult choir and works with ensembles, soloists, and guest musicians to provide music to enhance our weekly Sunday Morning Worship Program. The music program also offers opportunities to perform at special holiday and community-wide programs throughout the year.
The NewUU Program is facilitated a number of times a year and serves as a basic introduction to Unitarian Universalism and the history, beliefs, practices, and opportunities to engage the mission and ministries of this congregation.
Meditation Group meets on Monday from 9:30 to 10:45 am. This is a drop-in group and is open to all, with an emphasis on utilizing mindfulness meditation to enhance our connection to ourselves and others. We practice for 30 minutes and discuss the practice and often read and discuss a book related to mindfulness and meditation. We support each other in utilizing the practice in our daily lives to enhance our happiness and well being. This program currently meets online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Yoga meets on Monday evenings. This class is a flowing practice of graceful yoga poses, creating a self- healing massage that will release stress and toxins, improve posture, and increase flexibility. This class will allow a total transformation of body, mind and spirit. Bring mindfulness into your everyday life with this practice. Registration and fee required. This program currently meets online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition, UUCW hosts a variety of community organizations including a number of weekly 12-Step groups including AA, ACOA, S-Anon, DA, and OA. Other groups including the Greater Worcester Humanists also gather monthly at our facility. Many of these programs are currently meeting online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information about upcoming meetings for any of these groups see our weekly newsletter – The Message, or please contact the UUCW office.