We recognize that one of the ways a large congregation is able to stay engaged and connected to the community is by interacting in smaller groups focused on a shared purpose or activity. The Small Group Ministry Committee invites you to participate in one of the many available groups. Each in some way, supports our shared vision to pursue community, spirituality and/or justice. The most current information about our offerings will be updated on our website on the Small Groups page. Contact us at smallgroups@uucleveland.org if you have questions!

Some groups maybe on “hold” during this time of social distancing, and some are choosing to meet via “Zoom” or in another modified meeting format. By signing up, you will be kept apprised of any updates regarding the meeting times, locations, etc. for the group(s) you are interested in.

Small group sign-ups typically kick off in the Fall; however, we recognize that people may engage with the community at any time of the year, and be looking to find ways to interface with the community. Please feel free to inquire at any time throughout the church year, and we will get you connected!

Don’t see a group you are interested in, but you have a passion for an activity, area of study or focus? Contact us, and we can assist you with starting a new small group!

Authentic Diversity
This covenant group creates space to support each other in doing the personal and congregational work to manifest the Beloved Community that welcomes everyone. This group meets on third Mondays from 7-9pm. (10 Max) Sign up here

Beyond Bereavement
Widows discussing such issues as a new persona, employment, careers, household management, resources, family and friends, personal adjustment, and the urgent details. 1st Mondays 1:00 -2:00 PM (Always open) Sign up here

Boomers
Group of people who are Baby Boomers or Boomer adjacent, who meet socially 4-6 times per year. Sign up here

Cheers to a Night Out
Women meet for eats, drinks, and conversation at a different restaurant each month all year round. 1st Thursdays 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. (10 Max) Sign up here

Circle of Friends
Circle of Friends is a friendly, welcoming group of women at all stages of life. We create friendships by discussing mutually agreed upon topics. We strive to broaden our horizons of love and understanding of one another and the church membership. Our connection is strengthened by supporting each otherer in times of need and time of celebration. We share and discuss a chosen topic at each meeting. Recently that has included gratitude, resilience, dealing with change, stages of life and spirituality. We rotate the group leadership in keeping with our mission of sharing. We contribute to the church or community through a project selected by the group. 2nd Tuesdays 7:00 PM in the church library. (10 Max) Sign up here

Community Garden
Seasonal volunteer opportunity from Spring through Fall on the western lawn. Sign up here

Couples I
When you join this group you will experience deep, intimate friendships as we gather in members’ homes for dinner and conversation.

Couples II
When you join this group you will experience deep, intimate friendships as we gather in members’ homes for dinner and conversation. This group is starting to make room for a new group of couples, due to the popularity of the first group! Sign up here

Foods of the World
This group will broaden our understanding of our connections with each other and with peoples of many cultures (both domestic and international) by learning about and sharing the food of a new culture each month in a potluck meal. 3rd  Sundays 5:30 – 7:30 PM  (15 Max) Sign up here

Friendship for Women
Women’s group to deepen friendships and discuss topics chosen by a different member of the group each month. (10 Max) Sign up here

Knitting, Crocheting, other Handwork…
Do you enjoy doing hand work with others?  Want to learn a new skill, or get advice from others with more experience? Meets on the 1st Saturday of the month from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Sign up here

Laughter in Our Lives
Women gather for breakfast as they share experiences, poetry, music, books, articles and humor that reflect the lighter side of life.  Bring your positive energy to learn, laugh, and smile together. 1st  Saturdays  9:30-10:30 AM  (10 Max). Sign up here

Men’s Group
Provides an opportunity for men to discuss common issues. Meets on the second Monday from 7:00- 9:00 PM (10 Max). Sign up here

Needlework
The Needlework group is for anyone who likes to knit, crochet, embroider, hook, sew or do any other hand work.  We do our craft and share what is going on in our lives, or sometimes we just sit and listen to others.  If you do this kind of work, you know how good it feels to sit in a circle with crafting people. 1st  Wednesdays 7:15 – 8:45 PM (15 Max). Sign up here

Permaculture Garden
Seasonal volunteer opportunity assisting with the maintenance of the garden between the parking lot and the UUCC building. Sign up here

Post Retirement
Women of post-retirement age who would like to explore together the issue relevant to our lives and society from the vantage point of our life and experiences and the wisdom gained. 2nd  Monday from 7:30 – 9:00 PM  (10 Max). Sign up here

Sunday Book Group
Monthly book picks, mostly non-fiction, are selected at an annual picnic in July. The group gathers to discuss the book, via Zoom when not able to in-person. Open to all. Most 2nd  Sundays. Sign up here

The Visual Nature Journaling Group
What can we learn about growth from a wildflower? What can we learn about relationships from watching flocks of geese on a pond? How often have you seen an interesting piece of nature, noted its beauty, and then walked right on by? Keeping a visual nature journal forces us to look more closely at the things we encounter; observing their structure, habits, and life cycles. This group will foster deeper connections with the natural world, with each other, and with our community through focused observations of nature, coupled with mindful contemplation of the natural world and group discussion about our experiences and insights. This group is intended for all ages and no previous artistic experience is necessary.  1st & 3rd  Sundays at 1:30, currently meeting virtually. Sign up here

Tuesday Book Group
The group gathers to discuss a monthly book selection, via Zoom when not able to in-person. Open to all. 2nd Tuesdays. Sign up here

Ukulele Group
All levels and ages of musicians are welcome to join in a group to have fun and share some easy ukulele tunes together.  Members provide their own ukuleles. Meets monthly. Sign up here

UU Conversations
Monthly conversations to inspire your spiritual and intellectual growth. Open to all.  3rd Wednesdays. Sign up here

UU Men of Bowling
Participate with other UU’s in a Regular Men’s Church Bowling league on Wednesday nights Sept. thru April at the Roll House in Solon. This group also organizes an annual social event that includes bowling, food, and non-bowling games. (All activities suspended for this year due to COVID)

Walking Outdoors I
Folks who are lovers of the outdoors and walking who would like to participate in moderate hikes at local parks and woody areas.  2nd  Saturdays  9:30-11:00 AM (15 Max). Sign up here

Walking Il
Folks who are lovers of the outdoors and walking who would like to participate in moderate hikes at local parks and woodsy areas.  3rd  Saturdays 9:30-11:30 AM  (15 max). Sign up here

Wisdom Seekers
A group of men who are over 65 and retired.  We share our experiences of life, our joys and sorrows and our present life, our activities and our concerns in the process of aging. Meets on the second Wednesday from 10:00 to 11:00 AM (15 Max). Sign up here

Women’s Wisdom
This group is open to women who follow an earth-centered or pagan spiritual path.  There will be  a different theme for each gathering…ie. Ritual, goddesses, tarot, meditation, symbols, solstice and equinox celebrations.  In the spirit of “when you teach is when you learn”, so facilitators will change from month to month.  3rd Mondays  @ 7:00 p.m.  Currently meeting via Zoom until it is safe to gather. Sign up here