TUUC Groups & Activities
The Aging Together group has been meeting for two years. We gather monthly to share personal experiences and philosophy related to the aging process. Each session has a time for members to share resources (educational opportunities, professional articles in the aging field, health care alerts, helpful adaptive aids to make life easier as we age, etc.).
The major portion of the meeting is listening to each other’s experiences, insights, and challenges related to growing older. Although we often use books and articles for selecting our topics each month, we rely primarily on group members to share their experiences and insights. Since we are all aging together, we are all in some sense experts on the topic. Allan Thorn leads the discussion.
Aging Together meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the church from 1:00 to 2:30. All are welcome.
The Book Nook is open on alternate Sundays between and following services throughout the church year, offering the TUUC community enjoyable, stimulating and relevant literature.
NEW BOOKS include a variety of UU-related literature as well as a selection of well-reviewed books of current interest.
DONATED BOOKS are high-quality, low-cost books, both fact and fiction for all ages, given to the Book Nook by members of the congregation.
YEARLY PROCEEDS are evenly shared between our Outreach Council, which uses the donation to help with their projects of social responsibility such as the homeless shelter, Sarah’s Hope, and to our General Fund which helps to support TUUC.
VOLUNTEERING occasionally at the Book Nook allows ‘staff’ to attend their preferred service, and is an easy, enjoyable way to actively participate in TUUC. For newcomers especially, it’s a great way to meet and make friends.
Chalice Circles — Small Group Ministry at TUUC
What are Chalice Circles?
Chalice Circles are a network of small groups consisting of six to ten people that meet twice monthly. Circles help people to get to know each other on a deeper level and encourage the development of a richer spirituality through deep and open discussion of chosen topics.
What happens at a Chalice Circle meeting?
Circles consist of six to ten people who meet twice monthly for an hour and a half at TUUC. A typical meeting follows this pattern:
- Opening words on a given theme.
- Check-in: a time for members to share significant joys or sorrows since their last meeting, and to share what they leave behind to be fully present for the session.
- Reading on a given theme.
- Questions for individuals to explore. During this time, each member of the group is invited to share his or her response as he or she feels comfortable. Other members listen, respectfully and deeply.
- Closing check-out: participants share a word or phrase about how each felt about the session
- Closing words related to the session’s theme
Each group is led by two co-facilitators, who make sure the session begins and ends on time. After the closing words, some groups make time to socialize further. Circles are also encouraged to choose a service project, as a way to benefit the church or the greater community.
When are the meetings and where are they held?
Each Circle meets from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm two times per month at TUUC. Meetings occur on the Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays of the first and third full weeks of month between Sept. 20 and May. Other sessions can be added if there is enough interest.
Another discussion group meets monthly at the Oak Crest music room in Village Square. This group welcomes newcomers and meets the second Saturday of each month at 1:30 pm between October and June. Please contact Alan Thorn for more information about this group.
How do I join a Chalice Circle?
Feel free to contact us if you have questions!
Evening Book Group
Evening Book Group meets once a month to discuss a pre-selected book. We meet downstairs in room 1, at TUUC. All are welcome.
Round-Robin Dinners Committee
Schedules small groups (about 8) for periodic in-home suppers. Posts signup sheet for those who wish to participate. Assigns groups and explains roles to participants.
Socratic Circle is a small group program that meets twice a month on Thursday evenings (7:30-9:30 p.m.), except during the summer. Active participation and critical thinking are encouraged. The presentation and discussion are facilitated by Pete Talley. We meet downstairs in room 2, at TUUC. New participants are always welcome.
Currently, we are focused on The Teaching Company’s Great Courses series, Cycles of American Political Thought.