Fellowship groups provide many ways for people to come together to form a “community of communities” here at Unity Church. These small (and at times large!) groups provide a means to socialize, learn, and explore.
Involvement nurtures community. We are always searching for ways to bring people together in ways that feel right to each individual. If you do not see a way that feels right for you, talk to Lisa Friedman by phone at 651-228-1456 x107 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and create something new!
The following 12-step groups meet at Unity Church:
Al Anon: Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00 p.m., Science Room, lower level
Fresh Air AA: Thursdays, 8:00-9:30, Anderson Library, upper level
Debtors Anonymous: Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Drama Room, lower level
Afterthoughts seeks to expand and deepen the experience of the worship service through conversation that uses the Sunday sermon as the starting point. This group meets each Sunday after the 10:00 a.m. service. Contact: Paul Gade at 651-771-7528 for more information.
An informal support group for caregivers. The Caregivers group meets on the third Thursday (August 15) of the month from noon–2:00 p.m. Contact: Janne Eller-Isaacs at email@example.com
Children and Youth
Dine with Nine
Are you interested in getting to know more people at Unity Church? Do you enjoy great food and lively conversation? Would you like to help extend the hospitality of our community to both new and long term members alike? Then we invite you to sign up for Dine with Nine. Small groups of Unity Church members and friends will gather in each other's homes once a month for food and fellowship. If you are interested in signing up fill out our online form or email Teresa Wernecke at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your contact information and let us know if you would like to sign up for a family or adult only group and whether you have transportation needs.
Evergreen Quilt Group
Evergreen Quilters is a group of members and friends of Unity Church who quilt or want to learn how to quilt, and who love to share their creativity and skills with each other and the wider community. All people of the church are welcome to join the group at any time. Evergreen Quilters meet on the second Tuesday of the month, August 13, at Unity Church, from 7:00-9:00 p.m.; and fourth Saturday of the month, August 24, from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., out of the building. Contact: Peggy Wright at 651-698-2760
Families Living with Mental Health Challenges
A support group for families living with mental health challenges. Meets the first Saturday of each month (August 3), 9:30-11:30 a.m. Contact: Janne Eller-Isaacs at email@example.com
Living With Grief Group
A group for people living with grief and loss. The Living with Grief Group meets on the third Tuesday of the month (July 18) from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Contact: Janne Eller-Isaacs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Men’s Retirement Group
Monday, July 29, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. The July 29 meeting will take place at Mano a Mano where the group will sort medical supplies to ship to Bolivian clinics. August meeting dates are August 12 and 26. Questions? Contact Tom Zell at email@example.com or 541-870-4275.
Men's Conversation Group
The Men's Conversation Group meets the second and fourth Monday of each month (August 12 and 26), from 7:00-9:00 p.m., in the Gannett Room, to discuss a wide range of topics; to offer support for each other with emotional, spiritual, family, and other issues; and to develop a deeper connection with one another. Everyone identifying as male is welcome. Questions? Contact Terry McDanel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mother/Daughter Book Club
Download the Starter Kit and start your own mother/daughter book club today! This kit is for girls in 4th and 5th grades.
NAMI Young Adult Group (ages 18-30)
Unity Church hosts a NAMI Young Adult support group for young adults with a mental illness (regardless of diagnosis) on the first, third, and fifth (August 4 and 18) Sunday of each month, from 6:30-8:00 p.m., in the COA/OWL room.
New Look at the Bible
This Bible study group uses group and personal exercises creatively to demonstrate that the Bible speaks to religious liberals. Different versions of a biblical text are read and compared; both positive and negative responses are encouraged. Anything goes in this class, where the Bible is not an irrefutable document, but a rich, sometimes puzzling, sometimes transforming resource for understanding and coping with life. A New Look at the Bible meets on the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. NO MEETING IN AUGUST! Contact: Paul Gade at 651-771-7528
Recovery from White Conditioning
Recovery from White Conditioning meets each Wednesday, from 6:00-7:00 p.m., in the Gannett Room. Regarding racism, Ta-Nehisi Coates said, "It's as if I had a problem with alcohol...That's a different conversation in that I have to confess... that there's something in me... that I will always have to cope with that... that I will always have to deal with that. The honesty that takes is profound." It is the hope of this group that the 12-Step journey encourages you to live out profound honesty and courage. Come any time, as you are. Contact: Dayna Kennedy at email@example.com
Textile Arts Group
All ages and levels of experience are welcome! This group will meet on a summer schedule for June, July, and August. Join them in art and conversation on the second and fourth Thursday (August 8 and 22) of the month from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Bring your knitting, crocheting, tatting, embroidery, needlepoint, and cross stitch for an evening of fellowship and service. If you have any questions, please contact Linda Mandeville at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unity Book Club
Second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. Contact Jack Hawthorne at email@example.com.
All are welcome — even if you haven’t read the book!
August 13: Diesel Heart by Melvin Carter II
September 10: Song of Sarai by Zannah Martin
October 15: It Can't Happen Here? by Sinclair Lewis
Join other Unity Gardeners and sign on for a few hours of weeding/watering during the summer. No experience necessary! Contact Ethel Griggs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UU History Book Club
Contact: Krista Hanson at email@example.com.
Women in Retirement, The Choice Years
This group meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month (July 25, August 8 and 22) from 1:00–3:00 p.m., in the Center Room at Unity Church. All are welcome. Contact Rev. Lisa Friedman at 651-228-1456 x107 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Young Adult Group (ages 18-25)
No meetings in July; watch for information about a retreat in August!
Young Adults meet every other Thursday, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. (beforehand we gather for *6:30 p.m. coffee/dessert "happy hour"). We are a fun, reflective group of people working to build multi-faith and multi-cultural community. We come together to ask the questions that are consuming us, to practice sharing what is sacred, and to try to live consequential lives as we navigate the complexity of being an adult. Check out our YA blog by Meggie Exner to get a feeling for our gatherings and begin to participate as willing: https://stayingabeatlonger.com/! All are welcome. To be added to the Young Adults email list, please email email@example.com.
Find renewal and grounding in the practice of Zen meditation. Tuesdays from 5:00- 6:00 p.m. in the Ames Chapel. Instruction takes place on the first Tuesday of the month (August 6) at 4:30 p.m. Contact KP Hong at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan on attending instruction.
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