Challenging Racism Group Meeting
First Sundays, 11:30am-1:00pm

Actively working on forming and supporting our Church’s racial justice education plans and actions, while creating a culture of dismantling white supremacy within ourselves, among our Church community, and beyond our walls/into the world. All are welcome.

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Meeting ID: 975 323 574
Dial-in Number: +1 253 215 8782

Faith Forward: From Visitor to Leader
Resumes this Fall

Faith Forward: From Visitor to Leader is a guided path for Unitarian Universalists to follow in their congregations, helping them navigate from building connections early on, to finding their sense of belonging as a member, to serving as a leader and boldly living their faith.

Inquirers
Sundays, 11:15am - 12:30pm
Starting Sunday, September 11

Inquirers is a 9-week series of adult education classes introducing participants to Unitarian Universalism in general and our church in particular. One of these sessions runs after church most Sundays in the Welcome Room (South Foyer). Each session is about 75 minutes. This class is highly recommended before becoming a member of our Church. It is a great way for newcomers to meet others and learn about UUCE, as well as a UU refresher for current members. You’re welcome to attend any or all of the session, the course will be repeated over the church year. 

Questions? Contact our Membership Team.

Sacred Reading Practice
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:00pm

We choose a work of fiction and explore it through themes such as innocence, shame, recognition, belonging and more! Each chapter is read through the lens of one chosen theme. We continue each meeting by rotating between different sacred reading practices that are part of the Jewish and Christian religious traditions (for example, “PaRDeS” Jewish exegesis; Lectio Divina western prayerful reading; Havruta and ancient Jewish practice; Florilegium; and Ignatian Spirituality), applying these practices to a chapter from the chosen book each week.

Each time we meet, our group follows the following structural format after we begin by doing a personal check in for the week.

  • consider an outside reading which helps illuminate the theme for the week, 
  • a quick recap of the chapter,
  •  exploration of what we noticed as we read the chapter through the chosen theme,
  • completion of the chosen sacred practice,
  • blessing for a character from the chapter.

The purpose of the group is to find deeper meaning and personal relevance in works that were written for mere pleasure. Scholars of religion explain that what can make the act of reading sacred is not the text itself, but the community of readers that use it to explore deeper insights into ourselves and our world.

All ages and skill levels are welcome to join us.

If you have any questions, or would like to know what the theme and practice are for the week, please contact David Bockoven at sacredreading@uueugene.org

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Meeting ID: 812 7057 4397
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Small Group Connection Circles (SGCC) [Formerly known as Small Group Ministry (SGM)]
Days/Times Vary

This robust program is known for providing opportunities for congregants to “go deeper” with a small group of people, exploring themes and topics that a relevant to our lives. Your group is selected based on availability and is facilitated by a trained lead, who helps to hold the container into which people are invited to speak. Registration occurs annually in the fall, with groups meeting from winter through spring. For more information, visit the Small Group Connection Circles page

Contact Dick Loescher at info-sgcc@uueugene.org.