Small Groups & Activities

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.

If you are thinking of joining, please read the Guide for Deep Listening and the Guide for Journey Group Participants.

Registration for new Journey Groups will begin in September.

Themes for 2019/2020:

   Month Theme Learn more    Month Theme Learn more
  October Belonging Read the notes   February Radical Inclusion  
  November Enough Read the notes   March Owning Our Story  
  December Celebration     April Our Whole Lives I  
  January Broken and Whole     May Our Whole Lives II  

 

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 ...?

   Month Theme    Month Theme  
  September Covenant   February Interdependence Download the notes
  October Healing   March Risk  
  November Identity   April Transformation  
  December Presence   May Embodiment  
  January Prophecy        

  

Themes for 2016/2017: What does it mean to be a people of ...?

   Month Theme    Month Theme  
  September Invitation   February Love and Justice Download the notes
  October Blessing   March Simplicity  
  November Letting Go   April Resistance  
  December Expectation   May Compassion  
  January Creation        

 

Themes for 2015/2016: What does it mean to be a people of ...?

   Month Theme    Month Theme  
  September Promise   February Reconciliation Download the notes
  October Grace   March Renewal  
  November Integrity   April Revelation  
  December Wonder   May Tradition  
  January Resilience   June Revelry  

 

Themes for 2014/2015: What does it mean to live a life of ...?

   Month Theme    Month Theme  
  September Kinship   February Evolution Download the notes
  October Awakening   March Freedom  
  November Vulnerability   April Sustainability  
  December Embodiment   May Story/Stories  
  January Character   June Imagination  

 

Themes for 2013/2014: What does in mean to live a life of ...?

   Month Theme    Month Theme  
    September Listening   February Passion  Download the notes
  October Purpose   March Knowing  
  November Courage   April Wonder  
  December Connection   May Honesty  
  January Discipline   June Play  

Dinner Table

 

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.

All events for the current season are full. Please check back in the fall for new ones.

We are looking for six hosts for the Fall 2019/Winter 2020 series. If you think that you might be interested in hosting check the host information, or contact the Dinner Series coordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Dinner Table

 

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.

If you would like to be a host for Winter 2018/2019, please contact the Dinner Series team This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

How it works

  1. People who want to host a gathering (or who have questions) can contact the Dinner Series team.
  2. We prepare a catalogue of events on offer, promote them, and sign up guests.
  3. We collect payment on behalf of First Unitarian and provide you with a guest list.
  4. Hosts get an in-kind tax receipt for their expenses, if desired.

How to be a host

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Decide on how many guests you can accommodate.

  4. Decide on a place. Probably your home, but it doesn’t have to be.

  5. Pick a date and time: anytime in November, December, January or February.

  6. Set the price, which should be at least equal your total cost divided by the number of guests you can host.

  7. Contact the Dinner Series Team This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to provide the following information to offer to host:
  • Name of Host(s).
  • Address (including nearest major intersection).
  • Telephone number.
  • E-mail address.
  • Please specify what pets you have in your home.
  • Would you like to include children?
  • How accessible is your home? Are there stairs to enter the building and/or to access a washroom?
  • Date & Time.
  • Type of event (giving it a name if you wish).
  • Number of guests.
  • Cost per person.
  • Dinner Table

     

    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.

    We are looking for six hosts for the Fall 2019/Winter 2020 series. If you are interested in hosting, please contact the Dinner Series coordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    How it works

    1. People who want to host a gathering (or who have questions) can contact the Dinner Series team.
    2. We prepare a catalogue of events on offer, promote them, and sign up guests.
    3. We collect payment on behalf of First Unitarian and provide you with a guest list.
    4. Hosts get an in-kind tax receipt for their expenses, if desired.

    How to be a host

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

    3. Decide on how many guests you can accommodate.

    4. Decide on a place. Probably your home, but it doesn’t have to be.

    5. Pick a date and time: anytime in November, December, January or February.

    6. Set the price, which should be at least equal your total cost divided by the number of guests you can host.

    7. Contact the Dinner Series Team This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to provide the following information to offer to host:
  • Name of Host(s).
  • Address (including nearest major intersection).
  • Telephone number.
  • E-mail address.
  • Please specify what pets you have in your home.
  • Would you like to include children?
  • How accessible is your home? Are there stairs to enter the building and/or to access a washroom?
  • Date & Time.
  • Type of event (giving it a name if you wish).
  • Number of guests.
  • Cost per person.