JUC sponsors a variety of Affinity Groups with the purpose of building community and facilitating social connections among our members and friends. Affinity Groups are volunteer-directed groups sponsored by the Belonging & Connection Team.

Affinity Groups must be active to maintain standing within the church’s programming. Leaders will be asked to respond to an annual online update form to renew their sponsorship. New affinity groups are approved on a six-month basis and then annually after the first year. All groups must have up to two designated leaders who are JUC members, at least five active participants (including two members) and meet regularly. Affinity Groups will have limited access to the church’s communication channels and will be advertised on the Affinity Group page of the church website. Specific events can be listed in the Weekly Connection email. Groups will have limited access to meeting space at the church (only at low demand meeting times as defined by JUC’s administrator).

Affinity Groups must be open to anyone who finds an affinity with the group, and activities must be advertised through our communication manager to provide access for all who wish to participate. No fee should be charged for participation. Donations collected to cover the cost of material or food should be deposited with the church office and receipts submitted for reimbursement in accordance with JUC policy. Requests for reimbursement should be turned in to the Congregational Connection Coordinator. Activities sponsored by the group must be related to their purpose. It is recommended that social media used to advertise the group’s activities be shared with Beth Leyba, Congregational Connection Coordinator, so newcomers interested in the group’s activities can be directed accordingly.

Affinity Group Application

Blue Mountain Meditation
1st and 3rd Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.
Annie and John Hedberg
For those practicing Eknath Easwaran’s Eight-Point Program for living a spiritual life in the everyday world. If you wish to join without the introductory course, read Passage Meditation by Easwaran and meditate 30 minutes daily for a month.

Charla!
1st and 3rd Sundays, 5 p.m.
Carol Drew
Discuss important topics in Spanish. Intermediate level recommended.

Covenant of UU Pagans (CUUPS)
Angela Priest
For those interested in holding open public Pagan rituals each Sabbat. All are welcome.

Creative Writers Circle
1st Saturdays, 10 a.m.
Linda Boettcher
Can you imagine a world in which no one had written down their stories to pass on? This group provides a safe, fun and learning environment as participants share their writing accomplishments with each other. It is a time to encourage, support and learn as well as develop a spiritual connection.

Dream Study
2nd and 4th Mondays, 9:15 a.m.
Marie Schottler
Based on the writings of Jeremy Taylor, in this gentle group, process questions are asked of the dreamer leading to an “aha!” about his or her own dream.

Duplicate Bridge
2nd Fridays, 7 p.m.
Vince Todd

Great Books Discussion
2nd and 4th Mondays, 7:30 p.m.
Dona Chilcoat
By reading from the great books of our civilization and discussing them with others, sharing insights and questions, you can reach a fuller understanding of these works than you could on your own.

JUC Knitters
Thursdays, 1 p.m.
Knit and crochet afghans to donate to Family Tree’s Women in Crisis Shelter
Fran Loft

3rd Fridays, 7 p.m. in members’ homes
Jean Decker
All knitters and crocheters are invited to join in making hats and blankets for Family Promise.

Mindfulness Meditation
1st and 3rd Sundays, 5 p.m.
Tina Voelker
This group is for anyone interested in deepening their mindfulness meditation practice. Many of us also have a strong interest in Buddhist philosophy.

Nature’s Keepers
Christine Leahy
Pre-teens (ages 9-12) learn to connect, respect, and earn badges in this action-oriented, co-educational group. Meets once monthly for nature-based excursions and activities including camping, hiking, service work, and fun!

Non-Violent Communication
1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
Dindy Fuller
Offers actual practice for nonviolent communication skills. Preferred prerequisites: Marshall Rosenberg’s book, Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life and at least one, five-week introductory class (or similar experience).

Poetry Group
1st and 3rd Thursdays, 7 p.m.
Linda Ropes
Explore poetry as an art form and a spiritual practice through appreciation of the work of master poets, and through writing and sharing your own poetry.

Quilters Group
1st Saturdays, 9 a.m.
Jean Decker
Contact for meeting details.

Retirees’ Brown Bag Lunch
1st Fridays, 11:30 a.m.
Betty Halladay
Bring your lunch; join the group for conversation. Everyone is  welcome.

Science and Spirit
4th Sundays, 12:30 p.m.
Joe Kraus
Pat Emery
Discuss recent discoveries and wonder together. More info is available here.

Slow Soup
Once monthly
Gilla Lachnitt
Carol Kolesnikoff 
Prepare several batches of homemade soup on the weekend (usually on Saturdays) once a month, rotating among home kitchens. Afterward, dine together, package soups to take home, and save batches of soup to serve soup to others at JUC on Sunday. Ingredients provided. Cost is about $10/person. Please email for details before coming.

Story Circle
3rd Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.
Lev Ropes
A gathering to foster the traditional art of storytelling for adults. Tell a polished story for fun, or one you’d like to polish up in front of a forgiving and friendly audience. Receive help from other tellers, or come to listen. All are welcome.

Thin Air
Tuesdays, 1 p.m.
Bob Steltzer
An informal group of folks who wish to keep up their musical skills as well as have fun. Repertoire consists of traditional, folk, instrumental and vocal music.

Thursday Chronic Illness Support Group

1st & 3rd Thursdays, 12:30 p.m.
Ongoing group that provides support for people with longstanding illnesses, pain, or health issues. Open to new members.

Travel the World
2nd Mondays, 7 p.m.
Barbara & Ernie Werren
View travelogues, have discussions, and share your experiences with others who love to travel! Bring an open mind, questions, suggestions, favorite destinations, and ideas.

UU Humanists
Jim Bole
Working to help members become informed about Humanism as one of the Unitarian Universalist sources from which we draw an understanding of who we are.

UU Liberal Christians
1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
Sara Lohaus
Crystal Kreitzer
Connect with Christianity from a fresh, open-minded perspective. Join us for study, discussion, worship and fellowship as we explore our Christian roots within UUism.

UU Piecemakers
3rd Fridays, 9:30 a.m. in members’ homes
Edna Mae Miller
Work on personal projects including quilts donated to charities selected by the group.

Wisdom Healing Qigong: Healing Ourselves, Healing Our World
1st Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 p.m.
This is a monthly practice group using gentle movements, visualization and sound for improved life vitality.  All abilities are welcome. Per the founder, Dr. Pang, with Qigong practice, we cultivate “the mind’s intelligence to direct chi to reform, perfect, and improve the conscious potential of the holistic body, thereby uplifting  the consciousness of the practitioner from an automated condition to that of autonomous wisdom.