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Small Groups

There are many ways to get involved at UUCA whether you are a first time visitor, friend, or longtime member. Small groups are the heart of a church community. Through discussion, spiritual practice, or sharing meals with one another, we can grow, comfort, and enjoy each other as we journey in life together. There are many groups that meet in and out of the church building, and we invite you to start your own group if you feel called to do so.

 

If you don’t see a Community Group that meets your needs, we encourage you to start one!

 

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 Jannina Ortiz or call 410-266-8044 to set up 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 the Church Office. The staff will review your request, and approve it or request more information from you.

 

Covenant Groups

A covenant group is a small relational group of adults who meet regularly to share spiritual and personal experiences in an open and honest forum. Covenant groups encourage people to talk, learn, work, and play together over time. Members may tell their life stories, offer support, and engage in work to serve the larger community. Covenant groups offer expanding opportunities for growth, caring, and connection within our congregation.

  • Covenant groups are small, staying around 5-12 members.
  • Commitment to meeting regularly
  • Opening and closing words, check in, and simple ritual are part of every meeting, followed by conversation or other activities as decided upon by the group.
  • Right relationship is the focus: Speaking from personal experience, using supportive words, active listening, and refraining from advice-giving or “fixing” each other.

Small Group Ministry (Neighborhood Groups)
Soul Matters Small Group Ministry are location based groups that meet once a month, either at the church or in each other’s respective homes. The goal of each group is for participants to build long lasting relationships with those in their neighborhood. Members celebrate their joys together and support each other through tough times. Each group uses the Soul Matters Sharing Circle Materials. The curriculum included exercise, questions, quotes, readings, music, and movies related to the monthly theme. It is a chance for spiritual development as well as fostering close relations with one another. Groups must have 5 members and once they reach 12 are asked to birth a new group. The trained facilitators are there to ensure everyone gets a chance to share and that meetings are run in a timely fashion. Here is a list of the groups below. New groups can be formed anytime.

Arnold
Annapolis
Broadneck
Crownsville/Parole/West Annapolis (Needs a Facilitator)
East Annapolis
Eastern Shore (Looking for members)
Bowie/Crofton (looking for members)
North County
Severna Park
South County

Day and Time: Once a month determined by Group
Contact: Joshua Long jlong@uuannapolis.org

Men’s Group
This group has, as its core desire, for men to share and experience one another’s journey through the various stages of life. While not a support group, the group is serious about personal growth and about listening to and supporting each other on this journey. The group also occasionally investigates and discusses the Men’s Movement and male psychology as well as topical issues facing the country.  While this group accepts new members, please contact the grou’s leader to inquire about attending.  Day and Time: 2nd & 4th Wednesdays 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Leader: Ken Apfel kennethapfel@aol.com

Monday Women’s Group
Meetings are usually dedicated to discussion of topics chosen by the group- topics relating to life stages, spirituality, and many other areas of interest to our members. Our sources include books, articles, movies, personal experiences, and local, national, and global events. During our meetings we share our ideas, life experiences, and friendship; we support each other during difficult times and we celebrate our successes. We also have social evenings and have enjoyed such activities as potluck suppers, movie nights, and boat trips.

Members: Women and those who identify as women.

Day and Time:
4th Monday 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Co-Leaders: Nancy Somers nancysomers@verizon.net, Evie Robbins stanyonah@hotmail.com

Women in Transition
We meet to support each other with change and its adjustments, and to build affiliations with UUCA members as well as with the community.

Members: Women/those who identify as women.

Please contact the facilitator before attending your first meeting so that she can orient you to the class and let you know of any cancellations.

Day and Time:
2nd & 4th Wednesdays
7:30 – 9:30 PM
Facilitator: Sara Moulton saramoulton33@gmail.com

Young Adult Group
Young Adult Group: Ministry that focuses on the spiritual formation and well-being of people ranging from ages 18-35. Young Adult group meets once a month at the church and does particular social events and social justice works throughout the year.

Day and Time: 4th Sundays 1-3pm or 4th Months 7-9pm
Facilitator: Devan Costello-Mays dcostellomays@gmail.com

Practice Groups

Unitarian Universalism draws from Six Sources of Inspiration [link to Principles and sources page], 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.

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: Jane Carrigan

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 Chad Holmes

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: Keely Longo;  kelongo705346@gmail.com

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.
Contact: mpg@uuannapolis.org

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; neurol@jhmi.edu

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; jwlfisher@gmail.com

Community Groups

Unitarian Universalists honor the inherent worth and dignity in every person. We hope that you will find a place among one or more of our community groups, filled with people of like-mind or similar life experience, with whom you can really “be yourself.” If you can’t find a group for you, we invite you to start your own. Contact the Church Office if you are interested.

African Diaspora Identity Group (ADIG): This group no longer meets at UUCA.  Contact L.E. Gomez for information about the group’s new location.

Fiber Arts Fellowship: a fellowship of needlecrafters and other fiber artists sharing and supporting each other in our craft and serving the community through our work. Contact: Ginger Parsons; ginparsons@aol.com 

Outdoor Club: Holds monthly outdoor activities and outings for nature observation, companionship, spiritual sharing, and exercise. Activities as announced.
Contact: Eloise Hoyt; eloisehoyt@verizon.net