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 Nick Rogall, Membership Coordinator so newcomers interested in the group’s activities can be directed accordingly.

Affinity Group Application

Caregiver Support Group
3rd Wednesdays, 12:30-2 p.m.
Rev. Eric Banner, Associate Minister
Are you a caregiver to someone needing long-term assistance? A spouse of someone with Parkinson’s? A child of someone with Alzheimer’s? The partner of someone with cancer? The parent of a permanently developmentally disabled child? We know that being a caregiver can be isolating and exhausting, so if you want some support, join us for our drop-in caregiver support group.

Charla!
1st and 3rd Sundays, 5 p.m.
Katie Wheeler
Meetings are open to anybody who wants to improve their Spanish skills. Discussions are in Spanish, laughter is universal. Bring a bocadillo to share!

Creative Writers Circle
1st Saturdays, 10 a.m.
Linda Boettcher
Do you like to write?  Whether you are working on a novel, poetry, memoir or a collection of essays, consider joining us.   This group provides a safe, fun and learning environment for participants to 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.
Valerie Stone
Find community & meaning. In this gentle group, different from therapy, we ask each other process questions leading to an “aha!” about a dream, and forge deep connections.

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.
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.

Golden NVC Practice Group
1st and 3rd Thursdays, 6:45 – 8:30 p.m.
Dindy Fuller
Offers actual practice for nonviolent communication skills. Preferred prerequisites: At least one 5 week long course in NVC, and personal study of Marshall Rosenberg’s book, “Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life”.

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. At 12:45 we focus on retirement communities/alternatives, adjourn at 2:00.

Science and Spirit
4th Sundays, 12:30 p.m. (excepting June and July)
Joe Kraus
Tripp Bishop
Discuss recent discoveries and wonder together. More info is available here.

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.
Margaret Bakker
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.

Chronic Illness Support Group
1st & 3rd Thursdays, 12 p.m.
Kerry Fordyce
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.  Everyone welcome, feel free to invite anyone who enjoys travel – or armchair travel.  

Thursday Meet-up Group
1st and 3rd Thursdays, 2 p.m.
Judy Zinn
This group meets regularly on Thursdays for friendship and support for the members.