A door into Small Group Ministry is provided by Affinity Groups, groups that share a common interest or life experience and want to share based on these experiences. All affinity groups are pausing and will resume to the schedules below when it is safe to meet face to face again. Some are in the process of figuring out how to meet remotely in the time being. Contact leaders for their status.

Parents Group met 2nd Saturday of  month, 5:30-7:30 pm in Fellowship Hall, sharing dinner.  Childcare and dinner were provided in the Fenn House. Parents with children through middle school age were invited to to get together and develop deeper connections by sharing their thoughts and beliefs around our monthly CVUUS themes within the small group ministry model. The group takes off for the summer and is exploring when and how it can reconvene. Contact Tracey Harrington, 4.mt.mice@gmail.com if interested.

Retirement Group met 2nd Monday of the month at 7 pm in the Blue Room to talk about their current or prospective reflections and experiences on the transition to retirement. It stopped meeting in March and hasn’t reconvened yet. Contact Dinah Smith (dinah.smith@uvm.edu) if you are interested.

LGBTQIA+ Group met the 1st Sunday of the month at 11:45 am in Fellowship Hall for potluck lunch to address the needs and interests of LGBTQIA+ and questioning folks. It stopped meeting in March and hasn’t reconvened yet. For more, see Jordan Young or Ollie Cultrara (ollie.cultrara@gmail.com).

Writers’ Group started up again on Sept. 14th. They meet the 2nd  Monday of month from 7:30-9 pm via Zoom (note change of time and which Monday). This is for anyone who writes: for pleasure, hoping to publish, published. All are welcome to come and share, including people not part of CVUUS. You may ask for feedback or not. Questions? Email bobbiloney@gmail.com to get on the list for Zoom invitation link. The Writers Group has been meeting for 19 years and exchanging with one another via email over the past months since March and looks forward to “seeing” one another again via Zoom.

Residence at Otter Creek GrUUp: Met on the 3rd Monday of the month at 2 pm for a discussion with Rev. Barnaby. It stopped meeting in March and hasn’t reconvened. Contact Ann Brousseau (458-8187) if you live at or near the Residence and wish to connect.

Green Sanctuary Small Group Ministry is open to any CVUUS member or friend who is interested in exploring an Earth based spirituality. The group will meet via zoom on a monthly basis, with reading materials and an agenda available in advance. Group members are welcome to recommend topics and readings. The group awaits interest in meeting. If you are interested in joining or have any questions, email elizabethgolden@shoreham.net

UU Cingles gathers via Zoom here for those aged 60+ to provide company and conversation during these difficult times. We aim to meet on every other Saturday at 1 pm. Watch the blast for invites. For more, call or email Monty Montgomery, Marjorie Carson or Revell Allen 272-2111 revellallen@gmail.com

Choir Small Group Ministry, gathers on Wednesdays at 5:30 pm online here to check in and sing and prepare recorded anthems. We welcome all singers and want-to-be singers to our rehearsals. No one hears you unless you want to record yourself. You need a computer, and headphones are nice to hear the backup music while you sing. With your mute button on. Not ideal, but we are continuing with hope and perseverance and can teach you how to navigate all this. Contact Lucy Tenenbaum at lucytunes@me.com.

Native Moons & Natural Mindfulness Group led by Liam and Mike Greenwood celebrates Abenaki and Iroquois  lunar cycle and uses Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Hall Kimmerer to guide reflections and sharings. The idea is to have an outdoor event followed by enjoying related food and then an online discussion. Contact Mike Greenwood at mike802vt@comcast.net.

Exploring Prayer

Rev. Barnaby is leading an Adult Zoom Class on Prayer on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at 7 PM in January, February, and March. The class meets for an hour and 15 minutes online here. We are looking at the varieties of prayer, loosely following the structure of Rev. Kate Braestrup’s book Beginner’s Grace: Bringing Prayer into Your Life (Free Press Division, Simon & Schuster, 2010). But a large part of it is devoted to looking closely at some of the world’s most famous prayers, writing our own versions of them, and sharing those personalized prayers among those of you who are willing to do so. Please contact Rev. Barnaby (revbarnaby@cvuus.org) for more.

Breathe Book Group

Jean Terwilliger and Mike Greenwood are leading a group reading of this year’s UUA Common ReadBreathe by Imani Perry on the fourth Wed of the month at 7:30 pm for four months. Please let Jean at jtwigvt@gmail.com or Mike at mike802vt@comcast.net know if you are interested. You can order a copy from  www.uuabookstore.org or from www.vermontbookshop.com. “In Breathe, Perry offers a lyrical meditation that connects a painful, proud history of African American struggle with a clarion call for present-day action to protect, defend, and celebrate the promise of the next generation.”—Stacey Abrams

There is an opportunity for you to ask questions of the group.  Certainly not required.  Jean and Mike are your actively involved facilitators.  However,  this is our collective book discussion so do not hesitate to offer modifications and revisions.  We will be following this for our first meeting: Fear and this for overall: Breathe. We welcome any and all changes you may want to make.  Meet online here on Jan 27, Feb 24, Mar 24 and Apr 28. 

Intro to Meditation

If you’re interested in developing a meditation practice, you’re warmly invited to join Colleen Brown & Dinah Smith on Sunday mornings online 9:15-9:45.  It’s open to folks of all ages and all levels of experience with meditation. Each session includes instruction and three 5-minute guided meditations. It’s aimed especially at those who are just beginning a meditation practice. During these trying times, it seems we all benefit from connecting with the place of silence and peace within, and this program is intended to help us locate and occupy that space with greater ease.  Please feel free to contact either Colleen or Dinah with any questions. Zoom link here

Membership Classes

Explore the UU history and principles in a series of three to four classes led by Rev. Barnaby Feder and Marjorie Carsen every Fall and Spring for those exploring membership at CVUUS. The Fall 2020 ones were online and the April 2021 ones will likely be online. Watch the Blast for details and links.