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 the registration form. A member of the Covenant Group Coordinating Team will contact you.

 

Exhale - Meditation Group

Wednesdays at 6:00-6:45 pm

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/96047650495

Exhale! is a self-led group supporting mindfulness meditation practice. Our intention is to hold space for one another and support each person’s practice with the “magic” of community,  or a UU version of sangha. We sometimes call ourselves a “Merry Band of Meditators,” since we do not have a guru but rotate hosting and style of meditation. As typical of UUs, we arrive at this time with a wide array of personal styles of meditation and levels of experience. What we share is a recognition of the benefit of setting aside time for meditation together during the week. We have been meeting on Zoom so far and will be developing the ability to be dual-platform shortly.

 

Our typical pattern currently is:

 

5:30 to 6:00 - Welcome time: check-in and sharing, introduction to newcomers, sometimes a 10-minutes of mindful movement, or walking meditation.

6:00 to 6:45 - Meditation time: usually consisting of 10-15 minutes of guided meditation, then silent meditation time for about 20 minutes, coming back to conclude with a lovingkindness meditation.  

 

6:45 to 7:15 - Some people leave for other activities after the meditation time, but we often linger for discussion and sharing a cup of tea or soup. 

 

We hope to have periodic extended lectures or presentations on meditation-related topics. We look forward to your participation, ideas, and the benefit of your presence.

You're welcome to contact Kathy with any questions you have.

 

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 the important texts 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.

PSI Symposium

The PSI Symposium exists for the study, by UUs and the UU tradition, of areas not yet necessarily recognized by traditional science. Some examples include 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.