Groups

Many groups exist at ALUUC, serving various needs and interests. Please see the list of groups below, our list of Group Events, list of ALUUC events and our online calendar for specific dates and times.

Book Discussion Group

This group meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm to discuss a chosen book.  They meet at group members houses.  Check the ALUUC newsletter for meeting place.  Please contact Barbara Moore at bookgroup@aluuc.org for more information.

Chalice Circles

Chalice Circles has quickly spread throughout most UU congregations in the last few years.  Most people who have tried it want to do it again.  Over a series of 8 sessions, groups of 8-10 people meet in casual surroundings to relax, get to know each other, and enjoy interesting discussions.  A facilitator provides readings and questions which help stimulate the sharing of ideas, and the emphasis is on respectful listening.  It is always amazing to hear how each person responds, and it is a wonderful way to start feeling deeply connected with others in our church community. Future sessions will be advertised in the ALUUC newsletter and website.

Choir

Members have expressed interest in getting an ALUUC choir started again.  At this time we’re considering rehearsals to be before Sunday services and once during the week. If you are interested in joining in this adventure please notify Kathy Schultz at choir@aluuc.org with your name, e-mail address, and which part (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) you prefer singing.  Please contact Bonnie Ettinger for more information.

Covenant Groups

Covenant Groups meet regularly to discuss specific topics within a spiritual context. They provide opportunities for deeper community and for service to the congregation and to the broader community. Participation in covenant groups is a way to help individuals build relationships, experience a greater sense of belonging, and feel supported in their spiritual journeys. These groups have the power to deepen congregants’ commitments to UU values and to help build sustained relationships between members/friends and the congregation. Read more about Covenant Groups at ALUUC…

Dream Group

This group meets at the ALUUC on the first Monday of each month at 7 pm. In a relaxed atmosphere, each person in the group will share a recent dream of his or her own choosing. Then two dreams will be selected for further discussion. It is an opportunity to exchange insights without engaging in group therapy as such. Please contact Phil Gregg for more information.

Drum Circle

The ALUUC Drum Circle meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm at Diana DeWeese’s studio. Everybody is welcome, including first-time drummers. For the location of the studio, parking information, or any other questions, please contact drumming@aluuc.org.

Humanist Discussion Group

This group meets at the ALUUC on the fourth Monday of each month at 7 pm.  The group’s general coverage is both religious and secular humanism. The group focus will be: the common philosophical base for all that come together under the big UU umbrella. Humanism rejects the supernatural while stressing core values such as dignity of the individual, equality, and social justice. Some special topics may include evolution, separation of church and state, and ethical values. Please contact the group at humanistgroup@aluuc.org for more information.

Labyrinth Walks

Our monthly meditative walks meets on the third Friday of the month. This is a unique, ancient pathway to greater spirituality that incorporates body and consciousness. Each walk starts at 7 pm. There will also be an opportunity to receive a Oneness Blessing before and after you walk; those who wish to stay after the walk may join in a UU Communion held in Rev. Woulfe’s office.

Men’s Group

The Mens Group meets on the first & third Wednes-days at 6:30 pm. We vary our meeting locations between church and nearby restaurants. Join us for insightful discussion, dinner, drinks and merriment. Feel free to bring thought provoking books, articles or poems for examination and reflection. Contact Jim Curran to get on the mailing list for meeting locations and details (mensgroup@aluuc.org).

Movie Night

One Sunday evening per month the ALUUC hosts a movie night. Please check the newsletter or the online calendar for dates, times, and the film(s) for the month.

News Covenant Group

This group meets on the first Thursday of each month to discuss current events.  This group meets at the members homes or at the ALUUC. Please contact Frank Kopecky at newsgroup@aluuc.org for more information.

Pagan Group

“Pagan”, literally means “country dweller”, and over the years has come to mean different things to different people. Generally speaking, now, it’s thought of as an umbrella term for someone who practices an Earth-based spirituality. The ALUUC’s Pagan Group holds eight planned rituals a year honoring the Celtic Wheel of the Year. We also hold a planning meeting on the first Sunday of every month in order to finalize plans for our rituals, and to determine plans for volunteering as an outreach group at ALUUC. Anyone who is an ALUUC member, friend, or guest is welcome to join the ALUUC Pagan Group for fellowship, ritual, planning, and learning. For more information and connection, please contact Tracy Zieber at aluucpagans@gmail.com.

Sangamon Zen Meditation Group

This group practices Zen in the lineage of the Ordinary Mind Zen School founded by Charlotte Joko Beck of the San Diego Zen Center. The group is fortunate to receive guidance and instruction from a Dharma heir of Joko Beck, Elihu Genmyo Smith who is a resident teacher at the Prairie Zen Center in Champaign, Illinois and is able to visit the group on a regular basis. The group occasionally travels to Champaign individually and in groups for service and sesshin. The group meets at 9:30am most Saturdays at the ALUUC. All are welcome. Newcomers can arrive at 9:00am for a brief orientation. Please contact Ed Russell or visit their website at www.sangamonzen.org for more information.

Thursday Evening Meditation

This group will teach you how to quiet your mind and focus on your spirituality. The group meets every Thursday evening at 7:00pm at the ALUUC. Please contact Debby Hagan or Ed Russell for more information.

Red Tent

The ALUUC Red Tent is open to any individual who identifies as a woman and who is looking for a sacred space with other women. What is a Red Tent? A Red Tent is a red textile space where women gather to rest, renew, and often share deep and powerful stories about their lives. A Red Tent offers women a state of beingness rather than our continual doing mode. Young girls are welcome to join us in the red tent and become part of our sacred space for women — we leave it to each Mom to decide this, because she knows her girl the best. Activities/topics will be posted well in advance of our gatherings. Nursing babies are always welcome! Interested in learning more about our Red Tent? Come join us! For more information, or if you would like to join our Facebook group, email redtent@aluuc.org.