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.

Worship Weaver Guild

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.

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.

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
A group 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 four labyrinths! Available daily during daylight hours is our permanent outdoor Santa Rosa labyrinth. Our indoor eleven-circuit Chartres-style canvas labyrinth is open on New Year’s Eve from 5-7 pm (open to all) and during the Dream Quest for women in late February (requires pre-registration). Our seven-circuit classical concentric ‘versatile’ labyrinth is available for outreach. Our newest labyrinth is a three circuit labyrinth that is currently in use on Sundays in the Kindergarten-First Grade classroom, but is also available for outreach. 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.

Contact: Patty Wallens