Challenging Racism Group Meeting
First Sundays, 11:30-12:45pm

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:  816 4762 6533
Dial-in Number: +1 253 215 8782

Monthly Common Read
First Sundays, 7:00-8:00pm

The Monthly UUCE Common Read is a short reading that is uplifting or thought provoking that we can ponder throughout the month and then discuss together the first Sunday of the month on Zoom

To see the next reading, click here.

We hope that you will join us in taking this time to dive deeper into our spiritual lives. In the Jewish sacred reading tradition of Havruta, it is said that between you, me, and the text, that is where the truth can be found.

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Meeting ID: 839 4107 8234
Dial-in Number: +1 253 215 8782

Faith Forward: Beyond Inquirers
Mondays, April 12 - May 10
7:00 - 8:15pm

Are you seeking a way to deepen your learning and engagement with the congregation? Beyond Inquirers is a five-session series focused on the congregation and you – offering a deeper understanding of how the congregation works and how you can be part of it. Join us on Mondays  at 7pm to continue the learning that began in the Faith Forward Inquirers class.

  • Session 1:  What do UUs believe?
  • Session 2:  Is this a new religion?
  • Session 3: How do we ‘do church’?
  • Session 4: How do we live our lives?
  • Session 5: Does it matter if I join?

You do not need to have taken the Inquirers class to come to Beyond Inquirers (though it helps your own understanding if you did!).  All are welcome, newcomers and long time folx alike. Questions? Contact faithforward@uueugene.org 

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85142773182
Zoom Meeting ID: 851 4277 3182
Dial-in Number: +1 253 215 8782

UUA Common Read "Breathe" by Imani Perry
Monday, May 24, 7:00 - 8:30pm

In keeping with our commitment to our 8th principle, UUCE is joining thousands of other Unitarian Universalists across the country in reading this year’s Common Read pick:

Breathe: A Letter to My Sons by Imani Perry. 

If you’d like a preview of the discussion questions, please click here 

Visit the UUA Common Read page for more information about this Common Read, including links to purchase Imani Perry’s book from our own UUA bookstore. 

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Meeting ID: 879 6720 3487
Dial-in Number: +1 253 215 8782

So You Want to Talk About Race
Six Tuesdays, April 13 - May 18
7:00 - 8:30pm

In keeping with our commitment to the 8th principle, we will offer a book study on Ijeoma Oluo’s book.   “In this New York Times bestseller, Ijeoma Oluo explores the complex reality of today’s racial landscape–from white privilege and police brutality to systemic discrimination and the Black Lives Matter movement–offering straightforward clarity that readers need to contribute to the dismantling of the racial divide.  Drop-ins are welcome for the first two sessions.”

Contact facilitator Jean DeVenney at  anti-racism-read@uueugene.org for more information and to sign up.

Meeting ID: 868 4406 3789
Dial-in Number: +1 253 215 8782

Coffee, Tea, and Thee
Tuesdays 12:00-1:00pm

Come together in compassionate community.  Bring your joys and sorrows and whatever else is on your heart and mind for this opportunity to connect mid-week with your ministers and with each other.  A guiding question is offered, as is an opportunity to check in generally.  All are welcome.

Join Zoom Meeting:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/779640063
Meeting ID: 779 640 063
Dial-in Number: +1 253 215 8782

Film Series on Black Lives
First Tuesdays, 7:00-8:00pm

As part of our work to uphold the 8th principle, we will be selecting films centering Black Lives to view each month, and hold a meeting over Zoom to discuss them. 

On the first Tuesday of each month, those who are interested can meet to discuss the film selected for the month from 7:00 – 8:00pm at the Zoom link below. 

The film for May will be Fruitvale Station – available on Netflix. 

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Meeting ID: 827 1621 7859
Dial-in Number: +1 253 215 8782

Soul Matters: The Always Open Small Group Ministry Community
Third Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30pm

This small group ministry opportunity is for everyone – even if you already have a small group for the year.  Ministerial staff lead the group and use different quotes, poetry, and discussion prompts than the other small groups to help us shape our understanding of the coming month’s  theme and the role it has to play for each of us.  We will explore why this theme might be an important guidepost on the path of our spiritual lives. It’s also an easy, structured way to get to know other congregants!

Join us any month, as much or as little as you would like. 

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Meeting ID: 899 474 40817
Dial-in Number: +1 253 215 8782

Mindfulness Meditation with Jennifer Tucker
Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00am

Our minds are our most powerful tools. Mindfulness study enables us to direct these tools to enhance every facet of being human. Mindfulness meditation has been shown to help regulate blood pressure, relieve anxiety, improve sleep quality, and ease depression. The ability to focus the mind brings emotional benefits as well. Join us in this interactive, informative, and enjoyable study. Beginning and experienced meditators are welcome to attend this ongoing group when you are able and interested. 

Jennifer earned an MA in Human Development, taught middle school, and has been a meditation instructor for over twenty years. 

For the Zoom link check the weekly connections! 

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:00pm

It’s Harry’s fifth year at Hogwarts, and we are thrilled to join him and explore his world through the theme of innocence, shame, recognition, belonging and more! Each chapter is read through the lens of a 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 Harry Potter books each week.

Each time we meet, our group follows the structural format that is used in the podcast of the same name after we do a personal check in 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 these books we love. Scholars of religion explain that what makes a text sacred is not the text itself, but the community of readers that proclaim it as such.

All ages and skill levels are welcome to join us. To get a better sense of what we do, you might check out the podcast of the same name from which we draw our inspiration. Chapter 1 reviews the sacred practices about half way through.

If you have any questions, or would like to know what the theme and practice are for the week, please contact Debra Eichner harrypotter@uueugene.org.

Harvest the Power: Leadership Class
Six Thursdays, starting April 1
6:30 - 8:30pm

Would you like to deepen your involvement in our congregation while learning to model healthy personal and leadership practices? The Leadership Development Committee will be offering a six-week course, “Harvest the Power,” developed by the UUA. This course guides us to cultivate a “we” culture in our congregation, centered on relationships and covenant. You will examine what strengths and perspectives you bring to the congregation and learn strategies to engage with congregational conflicts in ways that stay in covenantal relationship with others. This course will strengthen your leadership skills – helpful in any setting – and help you develop your spiritual connection to fellow members of the congregation.

The class consists of six two-hour workshops. We will offer it starting Thursday, April 1, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, running every week for six weeks. The classes build upon each other, so participants should plan to attend each week. Please contact ldc@uueugene.org to register, or if you have any questions.

Taking this class does NOT obligate you to a leadership position at this time, however, it will prepare you for one whenever you are ready.  All are welcome.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8910255266
Meeting ID: 891 0255 2661 
Dial-in Number: +1 253 215 8782

Whimsy Hour
Varying Fridays, 6:00-7:00pm

Purely playing together with other congregants and your ministerial intern, Whimsy Hour happens one Friday a month, usually the last Friday or the one preceding it, pending the intern’s schedule!  Who doesn’t need a little light community building fun in their lives?!  Check the Calendar page for the exact date each month.

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Meeting ID: 883 3768 5336
Dial-in Number: +1 253 215 8782

Small Group Ministry
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. Programming begins in October, and groups have been formed. For more information visit the Small Group Ministry page. 

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