Unitarian Universalism draws from 6 Sources of Inspiration, and here at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis, we are pleased to offer several groups to help you find and nurture whichever sources feed your life most fully.
The Six Sources of UU Inspiration:
- Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life.
- Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love.
- Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life.
- Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves.
- Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit.
- Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.
Coming to the Table: a local chapter of this group, facilitated for the understanding of racism; its’ trauma and harms; and the healing needed. Meets on the third Monday of each month at 7:00 PM.
Contact: Rusty Vaughan; firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Drum Circle: This is an established drum circle, open to all who consider drumming as spiritual, meditative, and connective. It is a visceral, non-verbal form of self-expression, and a powerful way of connecting with others. The group meets every 2nd Monday and every 4th Tuesday at 7:30 PM in the Sanctuary.
Contact: Chris Larragoite; email@example.com
Full Moon Women’s Circle: Monthly earth-based ritual celebrating the full moon. Focused on women’s spirituality and open to all adult women. Held on the Friday on or closest to the full moon every month from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Visit the Full Circle website for more information.
Contact: Jodi Delaney; firstname.lastname@example.org
Mindfulness Practice Group: The Mindfulness Practice Group is a community- a sangha – supporting each other in meditative practices. We are peer-led and lay-led: We are all each others’ teachers. All are welcome to sit with us; our group practices are mainly Buddhist, yet we respect all meditative practices and celebrate the diversity of practice among us. We are a proud affiliate of the UU Buddhist Fellowship. The group meets every Thursday at 7:00 PM for extended meditation and programs and hosts “Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation ” on Sunday mornings at 8:30 AM. Visit the Mindfulness Practice Group’s website for more information.
UU Humanist Group: Discussion & open exchange of ideas on concepts of integrity, science, naturalism, respect, wonder, compassion, and community. The group meets the first and third Tuesday at 6:00 PM for potluck, followed by discussion/program. Our meetings are open and we welcome newcomers.
Contact: Cliff Andrew; email@example.com
UU Theists: provides a forum for discussion and learning for those who believe in the possible existence of a higher power (UUs with a theistic worldview). Meets on the second Sunday of each month an hour before the first service.
Contact: John Fischer; firstname.lastname@example.org
If you don’t see an Inspirational Practice group that meets your needs, we encourage you to start one!
The UUCA requires that each group have at least three church members who agree to take responsibility for the group, keeping the building safe, and communicating with staff. In order to find those people, you are permitted to hold up to three “interest sessions” before becoming a group. Contact Rev. Christina to set up your interest sessions.
After your three interest sessions, you can apply to become a group of the church. Complete the Application to Become a Group, and return it to Rev. Christina. The staff will review your request, and approve it or request more information from you.