Applied UU Buddhism
Tuesdays, 12:15–2:15 p.m.
In supportive group discussions, we share how we apply Buddhist teachings in our lives. We have been meeting for two hours weekly midday on Tuesdays, except during summers, since 2005. Our Sangha is similar in some ways to Chalice Circles. We choose a book on Buddhism and read a few pages before meetings. We begin each meeting with a fifteen-minute meditation. Then each member shares the relevance of our reading and UU values to our lives.
This group is limited to twelve people but may have openings. If there is sufficient interest we will help start another. Contact Lynnette Delgado (510-799-0747) for more information.
Blue Mountain Meditation
First, Third, and Occasional Fifth Tuesdays of the month, 7:00–8:30 p.m.
The BMCM satsang is an opportunity for like-minded spiritual aspirants to discuss Eknath Easwaran’s instruction and guidance in meditation and spiritual disciplines as applicable to our daily lives, and to read and meditate together. It is recommended that one have been meditating daily for at least a month by the “passage meditation” method (see easwaran.org). Contact: Lois Schneider (510-843-0281)
Mondays, 6:30–9:00 p.m., member’s home in El Cerrito
Members explore various media—fiber arts, such as knitting, crocheting, felting and sewing; jewelry, such as beads, metals, and mixed media; paper crafts, cooking, and more. The purpose is to share creative community, learn new crafts, and make handcrafted items for loved ones and as a service to UUCB. There are occasional group trips to special events, stores, or art lectures or shows. Contact: Aileen Hohmann (510-558-8143).
Hatha Yoga with Phyllis
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Safir Room
This group started in 1979 and has been meeting every week since. Basic breathing exercises and gentle stretches in a series that will give your whole body the message that you care about it. All levels welcome. Drop in or contact Phyllis Whiteman (510-657-8537) for more information.
Sundays, 12:30–2:00 p.m., Safir Room, followed by potluck lunch
Each week a member of this group gives a short presentation (about ten minutes) on a pre-announced topic, launching a moderated discussion on the topic. See this page, and drop in or contact Lee Lawrence for more information. Speakers and topics are listed in The Week Ahead at UUCB.
UUCB has had a Men’s Group for many years, which recently grew too large and split into two groups. We look forward to continuing growth. Each group meets twice a month, in a member’s home, with a potluck supper. There are periodic joint meetings, and joint annual weekend retreats. In a confidential, supportive environment, men share their thoughts and feelings on a focused topic and practice deep listening, often developing lasting friendships in the process. For more information, contact Dave Rockhold (510-237-3457) or Tom Tripp (510-495-4879).
Mist Tree Moon Circle
Meets quarterly in the Fireside Room on the third Sunday, 7:00 p.m., March, June, September and December, plus possible October retreat at Freestone). Affiliated with CUUPs (Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans)
We hold ritual celebrations of the seventh UU principle, respecting the interdependent web and the sacred circle of life. This is an eco-feminist, Goddess-centered exploration born in 1995 of the UU curriculum, “Rise Up and Call Her Name: A Woman-Honoring Journey into Global Earth-Based Spiritualities.” The circle provides a space and time for direct experience of the transcending mystery and wonder which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and openness to the forces which create and uphold life. For more information, contact Lois Atkinson (510-841-9016), Carol Carlisle (510-528-9310) or PhoeBe ANNE Sorgen (510- 528-9428).
Wednesday Walk & Talk Group
Wednesdays, 10:00–11:00 a.m., weather permitting
A small group meets for a vigorous walk, usually in the hills near UUCB. We are building loving community while supporting our physical and mental well-being. We generally meet at the church entrance, but it’s best to let Ann Harlow (510-559-3616) know if you plan to come, in case of a change of location or cancellation.
Women’s Insight Meditation
Mondays, 9:30–10:30 a.m., Meditation Room
This group practices “insight” or “loving kindness” meditation in the Southeast Asian Buddhist tradition. Drop in or contact Kendra Smith.
Write for Your Life
Our writing is a form of meditation. We spend time writing in response to a reading heard by the group at the beginning of the session. After we write, we are invited to read to the whole group, if we wish. The writing group is a place of discovery. Established by noted author and minister, Beth Glick-Rieman, the group continues to flourish although she has moved away. This group is limited in size but may have openings. Contact facilitator Kit Hewitt for more information.
Want to Start a New Group?
In order to reserve meeting space and be added to this page, any new interest group should submit an application to the Program Council convener including a mission statement, names of at least five founding members, a proposed meeting schedule, and a contact person. The application will be reviewed by the Program Council and Coordinating Team and a decision reported to the Scheduling Coordinator, Office Administrator, and Webmaster.