Most people think of the Sunday morning, main sanctuary experience as “worship.”  Yet there are as many different ways of engaging in worship as there are people, so we do not limit our opportunities for worship to that one time and place.  Here is information about the other ways members of this community worship with one another.

Become a Worship Weaver

Worship Weavers work collaboratively to weave our community’s worship experiences, and to deepen their own understanding of the ministry of worship as it is manifested in our congregation and in the Grand Experiment that is Unitarian Universalism. For more information on what a Worship Weaver does, click here. To apply to be a Worship Weaver, fill out our application here.

Contact: Rev. Wikstrom or 434-293-8179.

Contemplative Worship

Wednesdays at 11:45 am
Come and enjoy an intentional pause in the middle of your week. We meet on the outdoor labyrinth (weather permitting) and engage in walking meditation at our own pace. Each week, there is specific theme or focus offered to guide your meditation as you walk. No prior experience with the labyrinth or walking meditation necessary. Inclement weather cancels. Come and goes as suits your needs.

Contact: Leia Durland-Jones or 434-293-8179.

Sundown Celebration

3rd Saturdays of the month at 5:00 pm
Like our Sunday morning services, the time together will be spent celebrating the fact that we are here, alive on this earth, with our joys and sorrows, trying to make our way the best we can, yet standing together to help each other and help improve the world. Yet this once a month service will be more flexible and experimental than our typical Sunday service: music will be more guitar-centered folk/rock; all information needed to participate will be projected, so there won’t be a hard copy order of service; and there will be other differences as well. Come and celebrate!

Contact: Mike Ludwick

UU Christian Fellowship

Every 4th Thursday at 7:00 pm / 2nd Sunday of each month at 10:00 am (October — May)
UUCF is a welcoming place to explore Christianity and the life and teachings of Jesus in a liberal, open-minded, and non-dogmatic context. Gatherings may include music, sermons, discussion, readings from the Bible, meditation, movement, sharing of joys and sor-rows, food and drink, and always compassionate fellowship. The “CF” in “UUCF” also means “Creed-Free;” no particular beliefs about Jesus are required. All are welcome!

Contact: Mike Ludwick

Clear Spring Buddhist Sangha (Zen Practice in Charlottesville)

Wednesdays at 7:00 pm
This friendly weekly group welcomes everyone, regardless of experience. In Zen practice we strive to maintain the attitude of the begin-ner. Whether or not you have any experience in meditation or have practiced in another tradition, you are welcome to join us. Instruc-tion provided. Meditation is followed by conversation. Sitting and walking meditation with others is a pleasant way to maintain this healthful practice.

Contact: Steve Hughes or visit Clear Spring Sangha online.

Active Minds

Each Thursday at 1:00 pm
Agroup of our elder members (65+) meet to share ideas and discuss events and topics from their unique perspectives.  Twice each month these meetings are facilitated by our Lead Minister; the group shares responsibility for the other two meetings.

Covenant Groups

There is a thriving ministry of small groups here – six to ten people who gather regularly to share with one another in a structured and deep way.  These groups meet at various times.

Contact: Cathey Polly & Bev Ryan

Wednesday Wonderings

12:15-1:15 PM, Church Parlor. Join us for thoughtful readings and discussions in an open-minded and open-hearted atmosphere. Of late we have been reading and reflecting on passages from “The Book of Awakening” by Mark Nepo. Take a mid-week break to feed your mind and spirit.

Contact John Anderson

Young Adult Ministry

The Young Adult Group is generally people aged 18 to 30 who share in social gatherings and programming to support spiritual practice and social justice values. On most Sundays the group shares lunch after the second service. We meet outside on the labyrinth, in Summit House, or in the Lower Hall.

Contact: Rev. Alex McGee

Labyrinth Ministry

We are blessed with three labyrinths. Available daily during daylight hours is our permanent outdoor Santa Rosa labyrinth; available one Friday evening most months is our indoor eleven-circuit Chartres-style canvas labyrinth; and available for outreach is our seven-circuit classical concentric ‘versatile’ labyrinth. For more information about labyrinths, see the book Walking a Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Sacred Tool by the Rev. Dr. Lauren Artress, Canon at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.

Contact: Patty Wallens