An Affinity Group is a member-led, special-interest group whose purpose and activities are consistent with the Mission and Ends of the UUCC, including the group’s ability to create bonds among members and to provide a safe place for transformative experiences.
Most Affinity Groups welcome members and visitors to drop in on their weekly or monthly meetings, such as Lotus Path and Senior Connections. Groups such as the Open Mind Book Club and the Women’s Circle also welcome newcomers but request that you contact the lead facilitator for meeting information.
If you’re a visitor or new member and have questions about the best fit for you at this point in your spiritual journey, please visit the Adult Programming table in Freeman Hall on Sunday mornings or contact the lead facilitator of the group. Their contact information is listed below.
If you would like to submit a request for a new affinity group, please refer to these guidelines and this application form.
“Cold Reads” Play Group
3rd Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.
Jane Kusterer will be facilitating a six-month “Cold Reads” play reading group the third Wednesday of every month from 7-9 p.m. in the Bernstein room. This will be a fun opportunity for those of us who enjoy theatre to discover new (and maybe some quite old!) comedy/dramas and to enjoy some lively conversations around the subject matter. Acting skills are not required. Contact Jane Kusterer at email@example.com.
(dis)Abled Support and Advocacy Group
3rd Sunday, 1:00 p.m.
This group is a fairly new and exciting endeavor at the UUCC, one that focuses on support and advocacy for the disable/differently abled. The group meets on the third Sunday of each month at 1 p.m. in the Sigismund Room (next to the CYRE office). The group encompasses people with all types of disabilities and their allies; including those with physical and cognitive conditions, and people with mental health issues or who are neurodivergent. Its mission is to provide support for disabled people and to advocate for issues important to our community. The group is open to members of the UUCC congregation and the larger community. Contacts: Mic Elvenstar at firstname.lastname@example.org or Cate Stroud at email@example.com.
3rd Friday, 10:00-12:00 p.m.
The Jabberwocks group meets to share our own poems and have them critiqued. We meet at the UUCC on the third Friday of each month, 10 a.m. until noon. Contact: Doris Browder BrowderD@Comporium.net or call 803.329-5764 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. RSVP required to attend.
Sunday mornings 8:00 a.m.
We study and discuss various types of Buddhism and related Eastern spiritual paths, considering how they relate to us today. Each meeting begins and ends with meditation. Contact: Edie Gelber-Belcher, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open Mind Book Club
1st Monday, 7:00 pm
This group discusses a wide variety of books chosen in advance. We meet on the 1st Monday of the month in the Conference Room. Click here for a full list of book titles for the current program year. Contact: Gwynne Movius email@example.com.
Peer Support for Anxiety & Depression
Monday evenings, 7:00 pm
In this situation, “peers” are people who share similar experiences with anxiety and depression. The peer relationship is one of trust based on mutual respect and voluntary participation. Peer support groups allow peers to share their own challenges, get support from others and offer support back. We are not a therapy or counseling group but we do acknowledge and support each other in the challenges of our daily lives. As such, we do share what works for us, as well as resources and knowledge. Contact: Julie Prentice firstname.lastname@example.org
2nd Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.
A new multigenerational group for LGBTQIA+ Unitarian Universalists, which provides a space for us to support each other, to share our stories, and to learn from other members of our community. Contact: Erin Maness at email@example.com.
1st Sunday, 1:00 p.m.
We will eat, light a chalice at 12:45, read some well-chosen words, have a check in, (which might take an hour), and deal with topics as a group of Unitarian Universalist adults who use reason, critical thinking, and scientific approach. Contact: Rich Greene at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2nd Wednesday, 1:00 p.m.
Our primary focus is connection through camaraderie as we explore interesting topics, listen to guest speakers and make time for fun. It will help to know if you plan to join us (but RSVP is not required). Contact: Jane Kusterer at Kusterernc@gmail.com or (704) 591-0901. For help connecting through Zoom: Eve Stevens at email@example.com.
3rd Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.
We will sit in a circle and go around the room suggesting a song and how it will be done. Bring your favorite songs, your instruments and your voice. Contact Rich Greene at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Straight Spouse Support Group
1st Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.
This group provides personal, confidential support to straight spouses or partners, current or former, of gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender mates and mixed-orientation couples. Please contact Sage Brook for more information at email@example.com
UUCC Hiking Group
Hikes are planned once a month and vary in location and exertion. Details of planned hikes are announced in our weekly newsletter, Currents, the weekly Order of Service and through group email. Contact Rita Heath Singer at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.