8 Sacred Circles
8 Sacred Circles meets 8 evenings a year at UUCWC to celebrate the equinoxes, solstices, and cross-quarter holidays — seasonal marks when we connect with the earth spirit and with each other. Teens and adults, non-members, and novices are all welcome. For more information, contact 8SC@uucwc.org.
Beginning in 2014, members and friends of UUCWC have the opportunity to participate in Chalice Circles at UUCWC. Under the Adult RE umbrella, these groups are designed to accommodate newcomers and old-timers alike. While the format is deceptively simple, Chalice Circles provide a place for participants to connect with others in our faith community and to grow their faith in a safe, nurturing environment.
Kinship Circles are small, multi-generational “intentional” families comprised of UUCWC congregants. Understanding that people may be disconnected from relatives, we offer Kinship Circles as a way to establish meaningful connections. We aim to connect households with children, with mid-life folks and those of retirement age, so as to allow for a small, caring collective. To learn more, please contact Tony Panzetta or Kevyn Malloy, Nancy Cox or Lori Rahn.
Natural Cosmology Study Group
Unitarian-Universalist naturalists have no creed and privilege no books. Their goal is not belief but common understanding. Over the last 250 years, thanks to an international collaboration pursuing evidence-based study, we now know that we live in an evolving reality, and one with a very long history. As UU minister Kendyl Gibbons put it: The primal experience of reverence in and for the natural world precedes theology of any variety. It is an organic human experience that requires no supernatural explanations. The group meetings the fourth Tuesday evening of the month. Contact Bill Cox for George Faulkner for more information.
New Perspectives is a non-sectarian group for mutual support of individuals with depression, anxiety, and bipolar conditions. It is a traditional support group, not a therapy group, and is open to everyone, period. While the total group size is over 40 members, the usual group attendance averages about five. The group has been in existence for over seven years and meets every other Monday. There is no fee associated with attending the group. While the group meets at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Titusville, NJ, the group is nonsectarian and individuals of any faith (or no faith) are welcome. All information shared during meetings and group membership is strictly confidential. Group meetings are very, very informal both in dress and style. There is a great deal of warmth and humor with our 90 minutes together. We extend a heart-felt welcome to anyone who would like to join us.
People of Color Circle
The People of Color Circle meets on the second Sunday of the month after second service. Open to all individuals who identify as a person of color. Small group is focused on processing all issues relevant to the personal growth and spiritual development of people of color in a safe, nurturing environment. Open whether you are new or a long time member of the church. If you have any questions or are interested in participating contact Nathalie Edmond.
Small Group Ministries
The Small Group Ministry Program is open to anyone who wishes to participate. The groups are guided by facilitators, and are designed to foster connection and caring, to provide an avenue for personal growth and spiritual development and ultimately to strengthen the fabric of our community and provide ways in which we may serve.
- First and foremost, Small Group Ministry (SGM) is an extension of the ministry at UUCWC.
- SGM groups follow a format that allows for deepening and spiritual connection.
- SGM groups are structured to minister to each other.
- SGM groups function in the context of a covenant – members covenant with one another and with the larger life of the church.
- SGM groups meet regularly, monthly, in homes or at the church.
- SGM facilitators strive to make meetings a welcoming experience.
- SGM groups will remain open to new members to a maximum of ten.
- SGM is a collaboration of lay and called leadership.
- SGM has been endorsed by the UUCWC Board of Trustees.
Individuals are welcome to enroll at any time; look for annual enrollment in September. For more information, please contact the minister, Joe Schenk, or the UUCWC office.
There are also many other group opportunities, including Womens’ Spirituality Circles. Contact the office for further information.