Online Groups

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First UU Church groups are now meeting online. If you would like to join any of these groups, please contact us via email. See sign-up process below. Currently, these are the First UU Church Groups that are meeting online via Zoom:

SUNDAYS

CHANGING WOMEN

9:00 am – 10:00 am

A warm, respectful, supportive and diverse group of women who meet to share thoughts and feelings throughout life’s path. Group discussions are considered a confidential time of sharing.


Meditation Group

9:30 am – 10:15 am

Join us any Sunday for music, brief recorded talks and guided mindfulness meditations from a variety of teachers, followed by music and an optional mindful sharing and listening circle. Meditation experience is not needed. The Zoom room opens at 9:15 AM.
August 16:  Sleeping Better - Facilitator: Megan
August 23:  Practicing Gratitude - Facilitator: Pam
August 30:  Managing Stress -  Facilitator: Megan


Adult Discussion Group*

9:30 am – 10:30 am

During this time of isolation and worry, Adult Discussion Groups provide an especially comforting way to maintain human contact and participate in respectful, intelligent discussions with our invited speakers, presenters, guests, and members of our congregation.

August 16 – Universities in the Age of Covid-19, presented by Professor Karen Gran.
Take an in-depth look at the issues COVID-19 presents specifically in the realm of higher education - in the classroom and beyond. 

August 23 – Think Like a Futurist, Especially Now, presented by Terry G.
Back by popular demand at this time of great change, Terry Grim will continue her short overview of foresight frameworks and the nature of change. Understanding the forces of change in your environment enables more proactive and informed choices today, in both strategic decision-making and innovation. 

30 Aug – The 1619 Project (part 2 of 2), presented by Deirdre H. and Betty J.
The 1619 Project is a Pulitzer Prize winning interactive project by New York Times reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones that re-examines the legacy of slavery in the United States, and re-frames our country's history. For each Sunday discussion, the topic leader will select a few 1619 articles to share and discuss.


Late Morning Reflection and Sharing

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Given that some of us are facing illness and tremendous hardship and we are all facing major disruptions to our regular lives, we want to provide support and opportunity for connection. We will have a chalice lighting, and a chance for each member of our beloved community to share. Led by Carol Burrus, Director of Religious Community


Discussion Circle

11:30 am – 12:45 pm

Join us for fun, facilitated, educational discussions on a variety of topics where everyone follows group guidelines to create a safe, friendly environment. All are welcome.  The Zoom meeting room opens at 11:15 am.

August 16:  How should we represent history in our landscape, including with statues? Facilitator: James W.
August 23:  How could we achieve a multi-party political system? Facilitator: Lynn D.
August 30:  How has gratitude shifted a moment, an experience, or a lifetime?  Facilitator:  Jan M.


Climate Action Team

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Proactively responding to the problem of climate change and encouraging members to reduce our carbon footprints.

August 23: Dr. Brett Perkison on "How to stay alive in heat waves."  


RE for Teens: Youth Group

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

For teens in High School. Our current topic is exploring different spiritual practices.


Parent’s Group

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Parents share the joys and concerns of parenting in today’s world. (For parents with babies and children through Pre-K age)


RE for Teens: YoUUth Unit

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

For teens in Middle School, our YoUUth Unit meets twice a month for games, discussion, exploring values and the sometimes difficult issues of teen life.


First and Third Sunday Creative Writing Group

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Nurtures the creation of new work, provides in-depth discussions of each work, and fosters insights into the creative process.  The group welcomes a full range of artistic expression from the traditional to the experimental.



MONDAYS

Office Hours with Rev. D. Scott Cooper - Will Resume September 2020

1:00 - 2:00 p.m., Second and Fourth Mondays of the month

A bi-weekly, open office hour with our Assistant Minister of Congregational Life, Rev. D. Scott Cooper. You are invited to bring your comments, questions, and thoughts to this open afternoon discussion time. 

Upcoming dates: September 14September 28, October 12, October 26

1st MONDAY

Women's Book Club*

7:00 p.m.

Check back soon for our next Women's Book Club offering. Next meeting in September.


TUESDAYS

Texts for Troubled Times

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Join Dr. Bossen in this literature-focused discussion group series called "Texts for Troubled Times." This group will meet every two weeks, and will discuss a new book each month.

August 25: Ibram X. Kendi's How To Be an Antiracist*

*Please note that this book is currently in high demand at libraries and booksellers. We recommend purchasing, borrowing, or reserving your copy early to allow for ample reading time.


WEDNESDAYS

Adult Enrichment*

12:00 p.m.

Join us for lively discussion each week. All are welcome.


Office Hours with Rev. Dr. Colin Bossen

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., First, Third, and Fifth Wednesdays of the month

A bi-weekly, open office hour with our Senior Minister, Rev. Dr. Colin Bossen. You are invited to bring your comments, questions, and thoughts to this open discussion time. Upcoming Dates: August 19, September 2

WEDNESDAY'S DISCUSSION GROUP

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Join us for fun, facilitated, educational discussions on a variety of topics, where everyone follows group guidelines to create a safe, friendly environment. The Zoom meeting room opens at 3:45 pm.

August 19:  What new insights have you had recently? Facilitator:  Pam P.
August 26 How can we re-imagine and remake America? Facilitators:  Pam P. and Elizabeth A.
                      Based on a talk by Valerie Kaur at: https://youtu.be/aUOcdLEySz4 


THURSDAYS


Religious Education for Families - Will Resume August 20th, 2020

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Every Thursday at 2:00 pm, we will have family activities together involving stories, sharing, songs, and art, connecting to our church family and our UU faith as we continue to engage in social distance.


Coming of Age - Will resume January 2021

4:00 pm -5:00 pm

Eighth graders explore their own beliefs within the Unitarian Universalist tradition with the assistance of adult leaders mentors.


Membership 101

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

If you’re interested in learning more about becoming a member of this vibrant and loving faith community, please join us for our next Membership101 session on Thursday, September 10th at 6:00 p.m. (CST). 

 

Summer Minister's Book Discussion Group

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Starting on July 16th, Rev. Scott will be hosting a weekly discussion of the book A House for Hope; The Promise of Progressive Religion for the Twenty-First Century” by John A. Buehrens and Rebecca Ann Parker. The discussions will be held at 7:00 pm via Zoom. You can order the book, or read more about it, here: https://www.uuabookstore.org/House-for-Hope-P17156.aspx.
Upcoming scheduled dates are August 13th, and August 20th.


1st THURSDAY

Men's Group*

7:00 p.m.

Men of all ages are welcome to this monthly get-together for a great evening of camaraderie over dinner. For the time being, please BYOD (Bring Your Own Dinner).


2nd THURSDAY

Second Thursday Discussion Group*

6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

This group gets together once a month to discuss a topic of societal interest selected by the group the month before. The meeting opens at 6:30 PM for check-in and greeting, and discussion begins at 7:00 PM.

August 13: Fun with Fungi
Next month we’ll play with the hopes and revelations found in the following sources.  Sound, er, sporing?  Then begin with the Paul Stamets TED talk.  Your interest in fungi may…mushroom!

Discussion Resources:
1. TED talk by Paul Stamets: https://www.ted.com/talks/paul_stamets_6_ways_mushrooms_can_save_the_world  
2. Book by Merlin Sheldrake: Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds, and Shape Our Future
3. Review of Sheldrake’s book in the online New Yorker:  https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/05/18/the-secret-lives-of-fungi  (The title of this review in the May 18 print issue of the magazine was Fungus Among Us — It makes our world possible.  Does it offer lessons for how to live here?)
4. Movie: https://fantasticfungi.com/  Thanks to Noel Zinn for finding this one.  (Give it a watch. Then, in the After Time when someone asks you what you did during the Red level era of the pandemic you can honestly answer, “I stayed home and watched a movie about fungi.”)

The TED and the review may entice, but they mostly address just the facts and backstories. The movie adds much more. But for the discussables — and they are legion — only the book will do. Please read it if you plan to join the discussion.



SIGN-UP PROCESS

Please send an email to: carol@firstuu.org (or for the groups marked with an asterisk*, email thoreauzoom@firstuu.org). Please include your first and last name, indicating which group(s) you would like to join. You will receive an invitation via email. Before participating in any of our online group meetings, we recommend that you open a free, personal account on Zoom to facilitate communication and group hosting administration. If you have any other questions, feel free to also contact us at info@firstuu.org