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Other Adult Programs


Directory of Other Adult Programs:
The Alliance
UU Men's Community
Writing Circle
Poetry Writing Group
Leaping Frogs Writers Collective
Partner Church Program
Young Adults
Caregiver Support Group
Bed&Breakfast Program
Labyrinth Walk
Lay Ministry
Women's Circles
Women's Dream Group   
Contemplative Practice Groups
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The Alliance
The Alliance traces its roots to the historic “Ladies Sewing Circle” which was instrumental in the founding of First Unitarian Church in the 1860s.  The group has evolved to include men and strives to be representative in age, gender, race, and ethnicity of the larger church congregation. The Alliance meets the first Wednesday of the month, Sept.–May, 11:30am–1:30pm in the Buchan Reception Hall. Luncheons are sometimes catered and sometimes brown bag.  We support our activities through an annual membership fee of $10. We serve the church community by promoting friendships and working toward common goals. We raise additional funds each year, primarily through our annual Greens Sale in December. These funds are awarded as monetary grants to support church and community, programs which benefit primarily women and children. Alliance programs educate and entertain and are open to all. Details of future programs and Alliance activities are found on The Alliance webpage.

UU Men’s Community
An open group where men of all ages can share life experiences, learn from each other, develop friendships, support one another, and have fun. Meets the third Saturday of the month, 9-11am. Contact: Don Liedel, 503-319-8934 or Luke Groser, 503-946-8187. Or, visit their website.

Writing Circlemeets on the third Tuesday from 6:30-8:30pm to facilitate and share in the writing process. They write together from prompts as well as read some of our favorite short pieces. By leaving the critiques behind, this group provides a place and time “to get the juices flowing” and exchange positive response. Open to all on a drop-in basis. Contact: Sally Young, 503-652-6349.

Poetry Writing Group meets the second and fourth Thursdays, 7–8:30pm. Bring your imagination, insights, humor, and wit. Bring your hidden child to be discovered, or your lost talent that wants to be realized. We are a small group of gentle people who gather to encourage each one’s poetic voice in an intimate setting. No poetry writing experience is necessary. Contact: Barry Green, 360-713-7148.

Partner Church Program. First Church has a partner Unitarian church in Budapest, Hungary. This partnership was established by congregational vote in May, 2004 with the intent to develop cross-cultural ties, exchange theological, philosophical and political ideas and to engender mutual support of Unitarians around the world. In addition we seek, by this partnership, to create a historical connection, personally engage in peaceful dialogues with our international brethren, and understand ourselves in an international context. Over the past six years we have indeed developed some wonderful friendships with our Unitarian brethren there and learned much about their lives and our Unitarian heritage. Learn more about our partnership with Budapesti Unitárius Egyházközség (and some catchy Hungarian phrases), as well as potential travel opportunities. Contact Camille Wright at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Young Adults Group. This social, educational, and action group is open to those age 18–35. See Sunday Bulletin for event details. Learn more about the Young Adults Program. Or contact coordinator Kate Fagerholm, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Caregiver Support Group. The Caregiver Support Group usually meets monthly on the fourth Sunday of each month from 10:45am – 12:15pm. NEXT MEETING: Dec. 18, 2016. The group is a gathering of congregants and friends of First Unitarian who are caregivers, family members caring for a loved at home, in a facility, or at a distance. The group experience provides information, support and inspiration to meet the challenges and cope with the ambiguity, stress and change of caregiving. Through discussion and reflection we are able to identify how this work can be a part of our spiritual practice. The group is open to new members; contact Helena Lee at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

 


 

Women’s Circles
Making deep friendships and sharing life’s journey are precious parts of spiritual life. If you seek rewarding connections with other women at First Church, you might consider joining a Women’s Circle. Various circles meet twice monthly, either in the morning or evening.  Each group is managed slightly differently and has a particular focus. All groups focus on rewarding personal connections.  Some do this through discussions, others through personal support, spirituality, or dream sharing and personal dream interpretations. All groups are member-led. Most groups open and close depending on their size. New groups form as there is interest.

II: Meets second and fourth Mondays at 7 p.m.  Contact: Harriet Levi, 503-452-8277.

III: First and third Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. in Channing Room. Contact: Kate Birdsall

Spirituality Circle:  Second and fourth Thursdays, 7-8:30pm. This group is open to new members. Their focus is support, sharing, social and spiritual. Contact is Sylvia Hart Landsberg,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  


Women’s Dream Group:  Meets twice monthly for dream sharing and personal dream interpretations. Contact Pat McAleer, 503-201-5113, or, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Meditation and Prayer Groups

Contemplative Practice Group: Second and fourth Tuesdays, 6:30-8pm, A301. For more information contact Patty, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   This is a welcoming group, open to all. The format includes a twenty minute meditation sit, a check in on a spiritual topic, a lectio divina (reading of a spiritual text, usually a poem from our Unitarian canon) and a discussion. We practice deep listening from the ear of the heart and are respectful of all spiritual views. Our intent is to offer a regular opportunity for silent meditation, meditation on texts, and deep discussion and sharing. 

Meditation Group: Wednesday Evening, 7-8:30pm. For more information contact Mary Ann Harman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    This group is open to all mindfulness and Buddhist-based meditations and to beginners. The format includes a thirty-five minute meditation followed by a member led discussion to increase understanding and integration of Buddhist principles into our daily lives. Check the schedule posted in Buchan Bldg. for meeting location.

 


 

Other Service Groups

Bed & Breakfast Program. This program for UU travelers coordinates short-term home stay with local congregants. A modest financial contribution benefits the church. Visitors are hosted in a variety of accommodations throughout the metro area. Contact: Anne Mabley, 503-288-3530.  See the  B&B information flyer

Labyrinth. This walking meditation experience is offered on the first Sunday of every month, from 10:30am–1pm in Buchan Reception, and on special occasions. Friends of the UU Labyrinth: Joyce Gotsch,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Mark Woodlief,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Lay Ministry. This group of trained church members offer one-to-one caring and support to fellow church members in times of need, including spiritual crisis, major life changes (i.e. loss of loved one or employment), age or mobility isolation, health problems, etc. New Lay Ministers are chosen (through an application process) every few years. If you need to arrange for support or help, contact: the Church Office, 503-228-6389.

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