Groups & Activities

HOW CAN I BECOME INVOLVED?

Do you want to meet people who enjoy discussing a variety of spiritual and social justice issues, explore your own inner spirituality in a supportive small group, or learn about and discuss issues that affect our community and the world? Get involved in North Shore Unitarian Church and get to know other open-minded people in a more relaxed social setting. You can 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:

Introduction to North Shore Unitarian Church

Interested learning more about Unitarian Universalism or our church community? Join us for a more in-depth look at our values, history, and meaning of church membership at one of these classes, held quarterly.  

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.

Sunday Forum

Speakers on relevant social issues are invited to speak after the worship service.

Touchstones

Touchstones groups are a wonderful way to deepen connections with others in the congregation while exploring our values, with themes changing monthly. Please see our newsletter for more information and to sign up for a group, either virtual or in-person.

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.  We are always looking for participants and new members to join our committee, and are open to anyone who identifies as a woman. 

NSUC Book Club

Our book club meets on the third Saturday of each month to discuss a book chosen by our members. Participants can join every month or just drop in for the books that are of interest to them.

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.

Vegetarian Potluck

We typically hold a vegetarian potluck once a month. This is a great opportunity to reconnect with the community, enjoy delicious food, and learn how to be a green!

Caring Committee

A group of congregants who support members in need.

Men’s Group

A group of spiritual exploration and friendship, open to anyone who identifies as a man.

Earth-Centered Spirituality

Earth-centered rituals are occasionally led by members to facilitate connection with nature and the seasons.

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.