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We have many active groups led by church members and friends that provide opportunities to gather, connect, build relationships, discuss, explore new things, and learn from each other.
Earth Kin is an eclectic group of folks who gather to practice pagan and Earth-centered spirituality.
At Fellowship Dinners, you share a potluck meal with a small group of friendly UUs in someone’s home. Once a year you host a group. Single or paired, you are welcome at Fellowship Dinners.
❖ When: October and November 2023, January through April 2024.
❖ What: You share a potluck meal with a small group of friendly UUs in someone’s home. Once a year you host a group. The perfect way to meet newcomers and old timers in small, convivial groups!
❖ How: The Fellowship Dinners coordinator sends a list of guests to the host, who contacts the guests, establishes a mutually agreed date for the meal, and prepares the main dish. The guests bring the rest of the dishes for the meal: appetizer, salad, vegetable, dessert, beverage, etc.
Be creative and carefree! The Fellowship Dinner can be a dinner, or it can be a breakfast, brunch, lunch, or picnic!
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to be a gourmet cook?
You can join in Fellowship Dinners even if you bring a dish from the deli.
What if I am not part of a couple?
Single or paired, you are welcome at Fellowship Dinners.
What if my house and table are small?
Fellowship Dinners can be for as few as 4 guests. On your Registration Form note the number of guests you can accommodate. Some folks with small or distant homes might make arrangements to host in someone else’s (larger, closer) home – the coordinator can help match up with those of us who feel comfortable providing their home as a venue for those without a space to host the dinner. Anyone acting as a venue provider will then function as a guest. Finally, hosting is an enjoyable experience; however, you don’t have to host if you have limitations that cannot be overcome. Let the coordinator know that. When you are the host and are scheduling dinners, please remind couples that they should think of themselves as two units, not as a single unit when mapping out who will contribute what to the dinners.
Must I host?
Hosting UUs is an enjoyable experience; however, you don’t have to host if you have limitations that cannot be overcome. Let the coordinator know that.
Will I eat with the same people every month?
One of the great attractions of Fellowship Dinners is the chance to meet a different group of UUs every month.
What if I cannot participate every month?
When you register, mark the months you cannot participate.
How do I register?
Click here to sign up online! You can also pick up a paper form at the church and leave it in the office (Room 204).
May I still enroll later in the year?
Yes. Just send in the form as soon as you can.
Coordinator: Kathy Gilbert, firstname.lastname@example.org
Join the Gardeners' Gathering on the fourth Sunday of the month following the Sunday service, in the Courtyard (or in Room 112). Every type and level of gardener is welcome. We'll share experiences, stories, advice, and maybe plants from time to time.
This group hikes about once a month on moderate hikes of 2-6 miles near Bloomington.
Humanists and Freethinkers
The Humanist Forum and the Freethinkers meet on alternate Sundays at 11:40 am in person at the church in Room 208, with an option to join via Zoom.
The forum explores human growth and the transcendent without supernaturalism. Forum Presenters are selected by group vote and present for 10-15 minutes to kick off our discussions. They do not (usually) lead the discussion. Topics include issues relating to morality and ethics, human development, evolution, the nature of the universe, love, the capacities of the brain, free will, the latest scientific research and discoveries. Humanists, agnostics, atheists, freethinkers, religious naturalists, interested theists, and anyone who wishes to attend are welcome.
This group seeks conversations that foster an understanding of diverse views. We usually accommodate 2 or 3 topics per meeting. It is the idea, not the messenger, which is explored in discussion. The UU Freethinkers hope to learn how others form their opinions and to test these opinions with individual experiences and learning.
Jewish UU Connections
Jewish UU Connections is a group of people within our congregation who feel connected to Judaism, either culturally or religiously or both.
The UU Men's Group meets in our Library on the third Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m., with an option to join online via Zoom.
Online Book Club
This online book club reads books chosen by its members. Generally meets via Zoom on the first Monday of the month at 6:30 pm for about an hour.
JOIN THE GROUP to access the Zoom link and to get reminder emails about upcoming discussions!
December 4, 2023 at 6:30 pm
How Far the Light Reaches: A Life in Ten Sea Creatures by Sabrina Imbler
A queer, mixed race writer working in a largely white, male field, science and conservation journalist Sabrina Imbler has always been drawn to the mystery of life in the sea, and particularly to creatures living in hostile or remote environments. Each essay in their debut collection profiles one such creature. ... Imbler discovers that some of the most radical models of family, community, and care can be found in the sea, from gelatinous chains that are both individual organisms and colonies of clones to deep-sea crabs that have no need for the sun, nourished instead by the chemicals and heat throbbing from the core of the Earth. Exploring themes of adaptation, survival, sexuality, and care, and weaving the wonders of marine biology with stories of their own family, relationships, and coming of age, How Far the Light Reaches is a book that invites us to envision wilder, grander, and more abundant possibilities for the way we live. - Goodreads.com
January 8, 2024 at 6:30 pm
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin (2014)
February 5, 2024 at 6:30pm
Starry Messenger: Cosmic Perspectives on Civilization by Neil deGrasse Tyson
February 5, 2024 at 6:30 pm
The Persuaders: At the Front Lines of the Fight for Hearts, Minds, and Democracy by Anand Girdharadas
April 1, 2024 at 6:30 pm
Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
May 6, 2024 at 6:30 pm
Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver
June 3, 2024 6:30 pm
The House of Doors by Tan Twan EngShow More Show Less
July/August — discuss September 2024
The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese (author of Cutting for Stone)
Previous books have included:
The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914 by Margaret MacMillan
Infinite Country by Patricia Engel
South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation by Imani Perry
Foster by Claire Keegan
Horse by Geraldine Brooks
Lucy by the Sea by Elizabeth StroutShow More Show Less
And There Was Light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle by Jon Meacham
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us by Ed Yong
Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law by Mary Roach
The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times by Jane Goodall
Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story by Nikole Hannah-Jones
Caste: The Origin of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan
The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity by David Graeber and David Wengrow
Educated by Tara Westover
Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters
Search by Michelle Huneven
Uncanny Valley by Anna Weiner
Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder
The Long Loneliness: The Autobiography of the Legendary Catholic Social Activist by Dorothy Day
Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner
- Upcoming Reads:
Parents of Young Children
This is a group for families with young children to connect for gatherings, play dates, mutual aid and support. Also advocates and organizes for family-friendly, kid-friendly spaces and practices within the church.
Poetry on First Mondays
For people who love poetry of all kinds. This group meets via Zoom on the first Monday of the month at 10 am to read and discuss poems together.
This group meets Mondays from 12-1 p.m. in the Library, with an option to join online on Zoom.
Tai Chi (Taiji) and Qigong
Brian Flaherty leads Tai Chi and Qigong practice here at our church Saturdays 9 to 10:30 a.m. and Mondays 2:15 to 3 p.m.
The practices are free of charge. Usually in Fellowship Hall, occasionally moved to the Library. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes. All are welcome.
An informal group that gets together semi-regularly on Wednesday mornings, usually around 9 or 10 am, to go for walks together at different locations around town.
Encourages companionship, conversation, church and community outreach. Brown bag lunches with guest speakers are held the first Thursday of the month at 11:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. All are welcome—men, women, and gender non-binary.
Thursday, December 7, 2023
11:30 am – 1 pm
Hosted by Sharon Wiseman and Michele McCaffrey
Join us in Fellowship Hall or virtually by Zoom to celebrate the holidays!
Tea, scones and finger sandwiches will be provided, but feel free to bring scones or holiday treats to share. There will be entertainment as well.
All are welcome! An email reminder will be sent out prior to the meeting. Join this group if you wish to be added to the email list.
Upcoming in 2024
Earon Davis will talk about his new book on anti-Semitism.
February 1 and March 7
James Madison will talk about his recent book on the KKK.
The Women’s Alliance was founded in 1959 to manage the annual church Bazaar, build fellowship, and give service and financial support to the church and selected church and community projects, as voted upon by the membership.
The group is open to everyone, and meets the first Thursday of the month at 11:30 am in Fellowship Hall or via Zoom. In-person meetings begin with a brown bag lunch, and beverages and desserts are provided unless otherwise noted. The program starts at noon – with a presentation about a community organization or other interesting topic. This is followed by a brief discussion of Women’s Alliance business. Meetings end at 1 pm.
Annual membership dues are $25, which, along with funds raised from the Gourmet Galaxy during the Bazaar, enable the Alliance to provide year-end holiday gifts to church staff; provide contributions to each program presenter from a registered 501(c)(3) organization; and give support to other important projects and activities.
A group for those roughly between the ages of 18-35 seeking to connect more deeply with each other; currently gathers for a monthly lunch and discussion.