Small Groups & Activities
Dinner Series 2019
The Dinner Series – but not necessarily…
The Dinner Series is a tradition at First Unitarian. It is a win-win-win event. It offers hosts and guests the chance to meet new people and make/renew friendships in a small, friendly group setting, while raising money for the Congregation.
We still have space available for the June 2nd and July 1st events. Browse the link to see what is available and find out how to sign up. We will also be in Workman Hall during coffee hour on May 19th.
Throughout the year, our congregation explores a different theme each month through small gatherings known as Journey Groups. These groups provide a structured way to connect with others, while delving deeper into your own spiritual journey. The groups involve the shared spiritual practice of deep and respectful listening, which carves out the all-too-rare space in our busy lives to slow down and “hear ourselves think.” These small gatherings of 5-10 people come together for two hours once a month, either at First or in the facilitator’s home, to reflect on a variety of questions related to the theme. Each month, our newsletter New Horizons provides materials that are the basis for group discussions.
Registration for new Journey Groups will begin in September.
Themes for 2018/2019:
|Month||Theme||Learn more||Month||Theme||Learn more|
|October||Abundance||Read the notes||February||Perseverance||Read the notes|
|November||Courage||Read the notes||March||Balance||Read the notes|
|December||Hope||Read the notes||April||Emergence||Read the notes|
|January||Intention||Read the notes||May||Creativity||Read the notes|
Themes for 2017/2018: What does it mean to be a people of ...?
|September||Covenant||February||Interdependence||Download the notes|
Themes for 2016/2017: What does it mean to be a people of ...?
|September||Invitation||February||Love and Justice||Download the notes|
Themes for 2015/2016: What does it mean to be a people of ...?
|September||Promise||February||Reconciliation||Download the notes|
Themes for 2014/2015: What does it mean to live a life of ...?
|September||Kinship||February||Evolution||Download the notes|
Themes for 2013/2014: What does in mean to live a life of ...?
|September||Listening||February||Passion||Download the notes|
Dinner Series 2018/2019 Signup
The Dinner Series – but not necessarily…
The Dinner Series is a tradition at First Unitarian. It is a win-win-win event. It offers hosts and guests the chance to meet new people and make/renew friendships in a small, friendly group setting, and it raises money for the Congregation.
How it works
- People who want to host a gathering (or who have questions) can contact the Dinner Series team.
- We prepare a catalogue of events on offer, promote them, and sign up guests.
- We collect payment on behalf of First Unitarian and provide you with a guest list.
- Hosts get an in-kind tax receipt for their expenses, if desired.
How to be a host
- Decide on an event: You can host a lunch, brunch, dinner, picnic, coffee/tea and dessert, wine and cheese, barbecue —whatever you want. It could include other activities: board games, trivia night, karaoke…. It could be adults only or be directed to parents and children. Sometimes friends host a meal together.
It does not have to be a dinner. In fact, last spring there were no dinners.
- Choose a theme or a name for your event. Here are some suggestions:
• Pick a nationality: French Country, Italian, Greek, Middle-Eastern, British, Thai, Canada coast to coast.
• Pick a food genre: Vegetarian, comfort food, soup and salad buffet, high tea, all-day breakfast. We have a binder with menus and ideas if you are stuck.
• Pick a do-it-yourself food: build your own pizza, sundae, tacos etc.
- Decide on how many guests you can accommodate.
- Decide on a place. Probably your home, but it doesn’t have to be.
- Pick a date and time: anytime in November, December, January or February.
- Set the price, which should be at least equal your total cost divided by the number of guests you can host.