Groups

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Our Adult Enrichment (AE) groups are a good way to meet and get to know people with similar interests in a safe and accepting environment. Some groups are limited by size but most welcome newcomers.

Each group has a designated facilitator who ensures newcomers feel welcome and who is available to answer your questions. Contacting the group facilitator before your first visit is a good idea. Look for contact info. in the group descriptions.

We hope you will find a group in the list below that interests you!

To find out about our Adult Enrichment Classes and Workshops, click here.

Childcare may be available on request. Contact RE-Admin@uucvan.org.

The Adult Enrichment committee is always open to new ideas for groups and ways to enhance our program. If you'd like to facilitate a group click here for more information.

If you have any questions about our AE program, contact Sara at adultenrichment@uucvan.org.

Current groups include: 

Buddhist Insight Meditation  • Careers & KidsCoffee & Politics • Crafters & Hobbyists • CUUPS (Covenant of UU PaganS) • Humanist Study Group • Men's Last Friday Lunch Group (aka R.O.M.E.O.s) • Outdoor Adventures • Poker Group• QUUWomen's Bridge Group • Women's Lunch Bunch

Click here for how to start a class, workshop, or group at UUCV.


 

Buddhist Insight Meditation
Alternating Mondays, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., SanctuaryBuddha

The group begins with a 40-minute silent meditation followed by discussion. Most people sit in chairs (provided), but you are welcome to bring a seat cushion, pillow, or bench if you prefer. During the discussion members talk about their meditation experience and may also share from books they've read. Newcomers and beginners are always welcome. Contact: Sarah Quackenbush.

 

 


 

Careers & Kids
2nd & 4th Friday evenings 6:30 PM, R.E. MainCareersAndKids

This group is for people who are in the stage of life where jobs and/or raising kids tends to take center stage (generally, 22-ish to 45-ish). Our primary purpose is to provide members, friends, and newcomers to the church (who are in this stage of life) a chance to come together to socialize, relax, and make friends. Thus, our gatherings lean heavily towards the social, with service projects and group discussions thrown in for good measure.
NOTE: While many group members have children, we are primarily concerned with creating adult community. We do have some child friendly events and childcare is frequently offered, but this is not a children's group. To get information about a specific event, or to get on the email list to receive details and updates about ALL events, please visit our page or contact careersandkids@uucvan.org

 

 

Coffee & Politics
1st and 3rd Thursdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Library

Interested in a twice-monthly political discussion group to meet here at UUCV? It would be an opportunity to rant/rave about your favorite topics. Please contact Richard to let him know you're coming.

 

 

Crafters & HobbyistsCraftFlowers
4th Saturdays, 3 - 5 p.m., Library

 

The UUCV Crafters & Hobbyists group is an open crafting time for people to gather together and share in casual conversation, while making progress on their projects that have been collecting dust. We have entertained people with many different crafts, all are welcome. So, bring your fibre arts (knitting/crocheting/cross-stitching), your paper crafting (card-making, scrapbooking), home projects (DIYs?), or even just your computer to organize your digital projects. Enjoy relaxing conversation and camaraderie while making progress on your project. Arrive when you can, leave when you must. (Host will depart if no one has arrived by 4:00 pm.) Contact: John at: Crafters@uucvan.org


 

CUUPS (Covenant of UU PaganS)
1st Mondays 7 - 8:30 p.m., Nursery

Since 1980, CUUPS has promoted UU principles, and the use of ritual elements: dance, visual arts, poetry, and stories in UU services. CUUPS connects people from Paganmany Pagan and Earth Spirituality traditions. The UUCV group is a covenant focused on deepening Pagan community and spiritual practices through discussions, study and rituals. We are open to Pagans and others interested in learning and celebrating Pagan traditions and who will support each other in the process. The covenant also hosts seasonal and moon rituals/celebrations in the sanctuary. Contact Dawenwalker at cuupsuucvan@gmail.com and/or join the yahoo group by clicking on the picture on the right. --->

 


 

Humanist Study Group
2nd Thursday of each month, 2 to 3:30 p.m., RE Main

Can YUU be a HUUmanist? Humanism is one of the most influential and most misunderstood philosophies of our time. It has arisen in every culture, and few people know what it is and why it has been so influential. Questions? Contact Carol Alice.

Men's Last Friday Lunch Group (aka R.O.M.E.O.s)
Last Fridays, 1:00 p.m., Elmer's Restaurant, 7105 NE 40th Street

This group of retirement-aged men meets for socializing and friendship. Lunch conversations are relaxed, good-natured and stimulating. What you won't find: judgmental attitudes and a lot of formal structure. Purpose: Men getting together, with no agenda: fellowship, good social times, strengthen bonds, new relationships, exchange information, spontaneous agenda, share information.

Principles:  
• Respectful, non-judgemental, inclusive, consensus • No formal agenda
• Not a religious activity • Nothing cast in stone
• Not a political group  

Contact: Lon Heath


 

Outdoor AdventuresOutdoorAdventure0
Various times and places

Want to get out in the great out-of-doors for walking, hiking, biking, skiing or disc golf? There are lots of places around Vancouver to walk or play with a group of UUs and their friends. Contact: outdooradventures@uucvan.org.


 

Poker Group
2nd Fridays, 8:00 - 11:30 p.m., Library

It's Dealer's Choice -- no need to bring your nickles, dimes, and quarters, we have chips! No experience necessary. The evening might put a slight strain on your wallet, but it'll fill you with laughs as this group bets on having fun! Bring your own snacks and drinks, if you'd like. Contact the group leader in advance as games are occasionally cancelled or re-scheduled. Contact: Clancy Kelly (503) 720-6716.

QUU
1st Saturdays of the month, 11 a.m., RE Main

The Welcoming Committee invites you to attend QUU, a gathering of LGBTQ members, their friends and allies. Join us for discussion of how to make UUCV a more welcoming congregation. Refreshments will be served. Questions or more info: John Ossowski

Women's Bridge Group
Mondays, 10:20 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in group members' homesBridgeCards

Bring your love of the game and some snacks to munch on when you join this group of women for "party bridge." Contact: Nancy Bonner, (360) 944-5593 for more information.


 

Women's Lunch Bunch
2nd Wednesday of the month, 11:30 a.m. at Panera (West) 7200 NE Hwy 99, Vancouver, WA

A casual way for UU women to connect and deepen friendships. Contact: Carol Alice

How to start a class, workshop, or group at UUCV*

  1. Decide what type of venue you want to facilitateHowTo
  2. Chose a title and write out a description in 120 words or less
  3. Talk to people you think might be interested in attending, and with them:
  4. Select a day, time, place you would like to meet
  5. Submit the information to Adult Programs, Sara Cloe at adultenrichment@uucvan.org.

*Also check out How to...at UUCV.

Groups are presented by the Adult Enrichment Committee: Sara Cloe,DRE; Carolee Allen, Groups; and Kitty Hibbs, Webpage Editor.