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.
If you would like to submit a request for a new Affinity Group, please refer to the guidelines and application form.
Some of our Affinity Groups are on hiatus during the pandemic. Here’s more about the Affinity Groups that are gathering during the pandemic as well as information on how to join in their activities. Affinity Groups currently meeting in-person follow CDC guidelines for in-person, outdoor activity.
“Cold Reads” Play Group
1st and 2nd Wednesdays 7-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
During Covid this group is meeting via Zoom. The plays are broken up into two sessions so we can keep within our scheduled time frame. As of now, we have reached the maximum number of readers but we welcome folks to join in to hear the play in a “Readers Theatre” format. Contact: Jane Kusterer at Kusterernc@gmail.com
(dis)Abled Support and Advocacy Group
3rd Sunday, 1 p.m. on Zoom
This group is a fairly new and exciting endeavor at the UUCC, one that focuses on support and advocacy for the disabled/differently abled. 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: Cate Stroud at firstname.lastname@example.org and Mic Elvenstar email@example.com
3rd Friday, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. on Zoom
The Jabberwocks group meets to share our own poems and have them critiqued. RSVP is required to attend. Contact: Doris Browder BrowderD@Comporium.net or call 803.329-5764 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Sundays 10 – 11 a.m. via conference call
Our meetings begin and end with meditation. We discuss Buddhism and related Eastern spiritual paths, considering how they can aid us on our paths. Currently, we’re reading A Still Forest Pool: The Insight Meditation of Achaan Chah. The book is divided into short sections which we read aloud before discussion. So feel free to join us even if you don’t have the book! Contact Edie Gelber-Beechler at firstname.lastname@example.org
Since 2010, Luna Rising has honored the feminine spirit and all who live their lives as girls (7+), women, femmes or who identify as non-binary and celebrate the feminine energy in their lives. Fabulous workshops are offered that spark our creativity and stimulate our minds, bodies and souls. We honor the Divine Feminine in each of us and come together to honor that spirit through learning, sharing and laughing; lots of laughing.
The Luna Rising Planning Committee meets regularly throughout much of the year to prepare for an annual festival held on a Saturday in February or March at the Unitarian Universalist Community of Charlotte. Contact: Kimberly Melton email@example.com
Open Mind Book Club
1st Monday, 7 p.m. on Zoom
This group discusses a wide variety of books chosen in advance. Books coming up for discussion are: Feb. 1 How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi (N-F), March 1 An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (F), April 5 Pachinko by Min Jin Lee (F). Contact: Gwynne Movius firstname.lastname@example.org
Peer Support for Mental Wellness
Monday evenings, 7 p.m. on Zoom (this group will begin again in April 2021)
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 email@example.com
1st Sunday, 1 p.m. on Zoom
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 p.m. on Zoom
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: Jinny Sullivan email@example.com
For help connecting through Zoom: Eve Stevens at firstname.lastname@example.org
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. We follow CDC guidelines while together. Contact: Rita Heath Singer at email@example.com
UUCC Cycling Group
Wednesdays and Saturdays (start times vary due to time of year)
We are a group of recreational bike riders of all abilities and ages who enjoy riding together along Charlotte’s beautiful greenways. We do not ride on city streets and most green way terrain is reasonably flat, so a leisurely paced ride can be enjoyed by everyone! We do require helmets and recommend a water bottle. Some of the greenways are near coffee shops, which we always enjoy stopping by. We ride on Wednesdays and Saturdays to give the most people an opportunity to participate. When the weather is warm, we usually meet at 10:00 a.m. with the ride starting at 10:15 a.m. and when the weather is cold, 1-1:15 p.m. We follow CDC guidelines while together.
The best way to stay informed if you are interested in riding with us is to join our email list. Contact: Jim Lay Jim Lay at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesdays at 2 p.m.
We walk different greenways each week on a rotating basis. We are open to new members. We have varying levels of ability. Some of us walk slowly, others will have a more brisk pace. If it is too hot/cold, we will walk the mall (of course, not during the current pandemic). You will receive an email on Tuesday with information on the greenway and explicit directions. It is not necessary to respond, only if you are joining us so we know who to expect. We follow CDC guidelines while together. Contact: Jane McLaughlin email@example.com