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.

To register for a Journey Group, please fill out the registration form.

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  
  January Intention Read the notes   May Creativity  

  

Themes for 2017/2018: What does it mean to be a people of ...?

    Month Theme Learn more       Month Theme Learn more
  September Covenant (Promise) Read the notes   February Interdependence Read the notes
  October Healing Read the notes   March Risk Read the notes
  November Identity Read the notes   April Change (Transformation) Read the notes
  December Presence Read the notes   May Embodiment Read the notes  
  January Prophecy Read the notes        

  

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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 have never attended a Dinner Series event before, this is a great opportunity to get to know the community in a fun and relaxed setting while raising funds for the congregation.

We are also still seeking hosts for April through June.

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.