BIPOC Group at UUCE
Dates Variable

Open to all who identify as Black, Indigenous & People Of Color. 

For more information, contact BIPOC@uueugene.org 

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.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/975323574
Meeting ID: 975 323 574
Dial-in Number: +1 253 215 8782

Whimsy Hour
Second Sundays, 11:30am-12:30pm
October 2021 - May 2022

Purely playing together with other congregants and your staff. Whimsy Hour happens the fourth Sunday of the month, in a breakout room from Coffee Hour.  Who doesn’t need a little light community building fun in their lives?! Many games are more enjoyable with a second electronic device (computer, tablet, or smartphone) on which to play. 

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/975323574
Meeting ID: 975 323 574
Dial-in Number: +1 253 215 8782

Faith Forward: UU History 101
returning in 2022

UU History 101 is a 7-session introduction to concepts and people from our history. In this series, we approach history from the starting point of compelling stories and personalities. We will explore the questions those people faced and make connections with our own lives and the world around us today. The overarching question is: how can history be translated into our religious life and practice? In addition to learning about history, we hope you will learn about yourselves. Join Jennifer Hackett and Linda Krenicky on this journey to the past, which helps us understand our present! Attendance at all sessions would help your understanding, but you are welcome to attend any sessions that work with your schedule.

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

Faith Forward: Roots
Monday, December 6, 7:00-8:15pm

Roots is a brief introduction to Unitarian Universalist ideas and history. The session will be facilitated by Jennifer Hackett & Linda Krenicky. Join us as we dive into our Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist roots!

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

Faith Forward: UU Elevator Speech

UU Elevator Speech, part of our Faith Forward Class series, guides participants through developing a short speech about our Unitarian Universalist faith. It is called an “elevator speech” because, on an elevator ride when someone asks you “what is Unitarian Universalism?” you only have a short time to make a meaningful statement! The two classes build upon each other, but we encourage you to join us, even if you are only able to attend one session. Join Jennifer Hackett and Linda Krenicky on this fun ride up the elevator! 

Join Zoom Meeting:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85142773182
Meeting ID: 851 4277 3182
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 ministerial support 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

“Novel” Insights: A group reading novels about racism, Church, and sometimes racism in Church
First Tuesdays , 7:15-8:15pm September 2021 - June 2022

In our pursuit to dismantle white supremacy culture, we will be looking at one novel a month. Join us for one book or every book! Each month will bring a new book for a one night discussion.

The November novel will be Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82882841914
Meeting ID: 828 8284 1914 
Dial In: +1 253 215 8782

The Open Small Group Connection Circle
Third Tuesdays , 7:15-8:15pm September 2021 - May 2022

This small group connection opportunity is open to everyone, even if you already have another small group for the year. Ministerial staff will lead the group and use quotes, poetry, and discussion prompts to help us shape our understanding of the current month’s worship 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. 

Join Zoom Meeting:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83157426407
Meeting ID: 831 5742 6407
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. 

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86278255474
Meeting ID: 862 7825 5474
Dial-in Number: +1 253 215 8782

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

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81270574397 
Meeting ID: 812 7057 4397
Dial in: 253 215 8782

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. Programming begins in January, and registration is open through October 31, 2021. For more information visit the Small Group Connection Circle page

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

Beloved Conversations Virtual: Within
Days/Times Vary

Beloved Conversations—the signature offering of The Fahs Collaborative at Meadville Lombard Theological School—is a program for Unitarian Universalists seeking to embody racial justice as a spiritual practice. In Beloved Conversations, we are here to heal the impact of racism on our lives, in order to get free together.

Learn More: https://www.meadville.edu/fahs-collaborative/beloved-conversations/