Classes & Covenant Groups

Covenant Group (Small Group Ministry)

Covenant groups are small groups of adults that meet monthly to connect and grow spiritually. All UUC members, pledging friends and those on the path to membership are welcome to participate in covenant groups. There are different groups to meet an individual’s needs, including snowbirds, men’s only or women’s only groups, couples’ groups, and daytime groups. More information is available by downloading the informational brochure.

If you are eligible and interested in joining a group, or want more information, click on the button below to submit a registration form and you will be contacted by a member of the Covenant Group Coordinating Team.

Covenant Group Registration

Writing as a Spiritual Practice

The initial meeting of this group has been postponed until we resume in-person worship. Stay tuned!

Sue Hand, Bill Foley and Meredith Olson will facilitate a new writing group at UUC. You're welcome to bring a lunch and picnic with us outside at 12:00-12:30 pm. This will not be a traditional writing group where participants critique submissions. Covid-19 permitting, this will be an in-person meeting in the Social Hall. Face masks and social distancing will be required.

For this form of spiritual writing, we will all be equals and not engage in editing one another’s work. It is not journal writing where we engage in a reflection on our day. We will work together on a theme such as faith with a writing prompt from a group leader. We will write our story and try to create order and meaning out of our experiences.

           

Our first meeting will explain in more detail how writing can become a spiritual practice. We will develop a covenant for the group and attempt spiritual writing on the topic of faith.  Bring a notebook or an electronic device, and spend about ninety minutes learning more about how writing can help us listen “to the still voice within us. Whether you share what you write is up to you.

Join on Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/95813118422

The plan is to continue meeting on the fourth Sunday of the month at 12:30-2:00pm.

Exhale - Meditation Group

More info coming soon.

Buddhist Group 

The UU Buddhist Fellowship at UUC meets to study the core teaching of the Buddha as found throughout the many Buddhist traditions practiced around the world. The fellowship examines important text of the Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana. Time is allowed for meditation and sharing of transformative spiritual experiences. Anyone can become involved in Buddhism by expressing a willingness and commitment to give up selfishness through intensive and prolonged study and practice of putting other sentient beings before oneself -- the cultivation of loving-kindness, compassion, joy in others' happiness and equanimity in the ups and downs of life. Growing inner peace manifests itself as compassionate action in the world. Contact the UU Buddhist Fellowship. Check the UUC Calendar for upcoming meetings/meditations.

Humanist Group

The UUC Humanist Group meets regularly to explore important aspects of the secular world as they relate to Unitarian Universalists and other free-thinking people in the Tampa Bay area. The group is affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Humanist Association and the  American Humanist Association.  Locally, we are part of the Tampa Bay Coalition of Reason (TBCoR).  We generally meet monthly on the third Sunday at 12:30 p.m. in the Octagon. Most meetings have a speaker who addresses topical issues of interest to our members.  In addition, we have several major annual events, including Darwin Day each February, a Winter Solstice Celebration and a Summer Social.  More information is available via email by clicking here.

PSY Symposium

The PSI Symposium exists for the study, by UUs and the UU tradition, of areas not yet necessarily recognized by traditional science. For example, ESP (Extra-Sensory Perception), near-death experiences, reincarnation, ghosts, quantum physics, yoga, meditation, spiritualism, Wicca, astrology, eastern religions and alternative healing. The national organization has disbanded, but check back here for updates.

Community Garden: Beacon Food Forest

UUC has a Garden and Food Forest on our campus which continues to grow and thrive. It is producing abundantly in annual garden vegetables, perennial fruit trees, bushes and vines, medicinal herbs, plants and shrubs and a very busy bee/butterfly garden. It has attracted over 40 adults and children from the wider community with plots of their own and hundreds of visitors who seek information and inspiration. Several refugee women and their sponsors and translators participated in an orientation and are actively gardening. Visit our Facebook page. Contact the Garden & Grounds Committee.