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 7:00pm to discuss a chosen book. They meet at group members houses. Check the ALUUC newsletter for meeting place. Please contact Barbara Moore at for more information.
If you love to sing, please come try out our choir! This part of the music ministry is not only inspiring, but also fun. It is for ages 12 and up, and there are no auditions. During the months of August through May, choir rehearsals are for an hour on Sundays at 9:15 a.m. in the Fuller room. Generally on two Sundays in those months, we sing for the services and on Christmas Eve. If you are interested in singing with our choir, please contact Kathy Schultz at for more information.
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…
The ALUUC Drum Circle meets 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 .
Humanist Discussion Group
This group meets at the ALUUC on the fourth Monday of each month at 7:00pm. 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 for more information.
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 7:00pm. 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.
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 for more information.
Sangamon Zen Meditation Group
We are an affiliated group of the Prairie Zen Center in Champaign, Illinois. Our guiding teacher is Elihu Genmyo Smith, co-founder of the Ordinary Mind Zen School, and our practice is led by Ed Mushin Russell, dharma heir of Genmyo. Participation in SZG does not require membership, affiliation or any specific beliefs. Anyone interested in silent meditation practice is welcome. Meditation mats, cushions and chairs are available and you are welcome to bring your own. Instruction and guidance are available on request. 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 at 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 at for more information.
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 .