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, develop recommendations for the board for engaging anti-racism, and meet to create a culture of dismantling white supremacy within ourselves, our community, and our world. 

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

UUCE staff will post a short reading intended to be uplifting and thought provoking that we can ponder during the month. On the first Sunday, we will discuss our responses to the reading and what truths we have found. 

Check out the current Common Read selection here! 

Faith Forward: Inquirers
Mondays, January 25 - March 22 7:00-8:15pm

Would you like to learn more about Unitarian Universalism? Ever wonder what our roots are, what religious education is offered here at UUCE, or how to become a member?

These questions and more will be explored in a 9-week series beginning Monday, January 25 through Monday, March 22. Meetings will take place from 7-8:15pm via Zoom.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Q. What are the topics for the sessions?
  • A.
    • January 25: Q and A with Minister
    • February 1: UU History, Principles and Sources
    • February 8: Campus Tour and Orientation
    • February 15: Faith Development for Children and Adults
    • February 22: Worship and Liturgical Year
    • March 1: Social Action and Community Service
    • March 8: Pastoral Care and Small Group Ministry
    • March 15: Small Group Connections
    • March 22: Membership 101 and Congregational Life

  • Q. Do I have to attend all 9 meetings?
  • A. No, you can choose those of most interest to you.

  • Q. Those dates don’t work for me. Will Faith Forward be offered again?
  • A. Since this is the first time Faith Forward is offered via Zoom, the program will be evaluated at its conclusion and a decision made about offering it again.

  • Q. Can I attend even if I’ve been a member for a while, or if I’ve done it before?
  • A. All are welcome to attend!

We look forward to offering Faith Forward again, and we hope to see you there! If you have questions, please email faithforward@uueugene.org.

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.

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. We will meet the first Tuesday of each month to discuss the chosen feature. 

March’s film for discussion will be “Time” (available on Netflix). April’s film will be “Fruitvale Station”.”

Soul Matters Theme Discussion
Third Tuesdays, 7:00-8:00pm

This facilitated discussion group is designed for you to engage more deeply with the sermons, readings, and other thematic materials we’ll be exploring in church. We offer this time to work with the theme for the coming month, thus March’s theme will be explored on the third Tuesday of February, etc. 

We meet next on March 16, 2021 to discuss April’s theme: Becoming.

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.

On February 10, we will be starting the fifth book in the series, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.” This session will be a great time to check out the group and jump in; we would love to see new faces of anyone interested. 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.

How to Be An Anti-Racist
Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00pm
January 20 - March 10, 2021

Antiracism is a transformative concept that reorients and reenergizes the conversation about racism—and, even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. At its core, racism is a powerful system that creates false hierarchies of human value; its warped logic extends beyond race, from the way we regard people of different ethnicities or skin colors to the way we treat people of different sexes, gender identities, and body types. Racism intersects with class and culture and geography and even changes the way we see and value ourselves. 

In How to Be an Antiracist, Kendi takes readers through a widening circle of antiracist ideas—from the most basic concepts to visionary possibilities—that will help readers see all forms of racism clearly, understand their poisonous consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves.

Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science with his own personal story of awakening to antiracism. This is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond the awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a just and equitable society.

For more information or to sign-up, email anti-racism-read@uueugene.org.

Compassionate Connection Circle
Thursdays, 7:00 - 7:30pm

An opportunity for deep sharing, and deep listening, for those who are in need of a little pastoral care and TLC from fellow congregants. Think of this as an opportunity to both show up, and share, from those places within that need time, attention, and tenderness. 

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.