Groups & Activities

HOW CAN I BECOME INVOLVED?

You may want to meet people who enjoy discussing a variety of spiritual and social justice issues. You may want to explore your own inner spirituality in a supportive small group. Maybe you want to get to know other open-minded people in a more relaxed social setting. Perhaps you want to learn about and discuss issues that affect our community and the world. There are many ways to get involved in North Shore Unitarian Church. You can also sign up for our Newsletter to learn about dates and times for these groups. Here is a small sampling of the opportunities members have to get to know one another:

Newcomer Orientation

Interested in becoming a North Shore Unitarian Church member, or simply learning more about Unitarian Universalism? Join us as we explore the history of Unitarian Universalism and of NSUC and answer any questions you may have about us.

Adult Faith Formation

We have a variety of classes for adults on a rotating basis. Courses have included Theology at the Movies, the Idea of Evil, Ethics for Unitarian Universalists, and World Religions. Come learn something new and meet new people.

First Sunday Forum

Speakers on relevant social issues are invited to speak after the worship service on the first Sunday of the month.

Chalice Circles

Chalice Circles is our version of small group ministry. It is a great way to reflect theologically while making new friends! These groups meet monthly for 1.5 hours to share and cultivate relationships.

Exchange Dinners

NSUC Exchange Dinners are an off-site fellowship dinner and an all-church function meant for adults, no matter where you live. There are normally 3 dinners per year and both hosts and attendees are invited to volunteer. “Like coffee hour but in a more intimate setting, with more substantial food, drink, and conversations!”

Women’s Programs

The Women’s Programs committee (WPC) is a group of women who plan programs that support our mission to “promote women’s spirituality and community”. The committee has a long history of contributions to the NSUC community through sponsoring friendship breakfasts, women’s retreats, and short-term classes, as well as a Women’s Book Club.  We are always looking for participants and new members to join our committee. 

Charlie’s Poetry Garden

Charlie’s Garden Poetry Group is an open, informal group that supports one another in the spiritual practice of reading best-loved poetry. You don’t have to be a poet to participate; you may want to read something you have written or like, or just listen to others read.

Loving Kindness Meditation Group

Mindfulness meditation and instruction led by Zen priest and Insight Meditation Society instructor, Chuck Hutchcraft, who is a therapist at the Counseling Center of Grayslake. Chuck is affiliated with the Crooked River Zen Center. We will be using the Brahma Viharas of kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity, as well as teachings from the Insight Meditation Society and other leading meditation instructors.

We are a welcoming, vibrant group to that is open to EVERYONE. We meet every Monday morning from 10:30 – 12:00 pm.

Men’s Group

A group of spiritual exploration and friendship.

Stitching Ministry

The Stitching Ministry knits and crochets prayer shawls and lap robes for members celebrating a major life event, or experiencing a major health or family crisis. Periodically, the group selects a charity and creates items for them, such as winter wear, toys, baby clothes, etc. The Stitching Ministry meets monthly to stitch together for fun and fellowship. We are also happy to share our skills with those looking to learn.

 

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