Social and Spiritual Groups
St. John’s has a variety of social and spiritual groups for our members and friends to get to know each other in a relaxed setting:
Chalice Groups – Chalice groups begin each fall and are led by experienced facilitators. Groups of eight to 10 individuals meet on a monthly basis to discuss topics which encourage discussion, learning, self-exploration and knowing each other. All who attend St. John’s are welcome. Commitment to the group is requested for the series which lasts from nine to 10 months. Contact Person: Reverend Mitra Jafarzadeh – firstname.lastname@example.org
EarthSpirit – EarthSpirit is a group of women and men who define our spirituality as “Earth centered.” Our rituals include ceremonies honoring the changing of the seasons and the saving of the Earth’s resources. The Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) is a national organization of Pagan-identified Unitarian Universalists. We share common values with other UUs, especially a reverence for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. EarthSpirit at St. John’s is a “parent” CUUPS chapter.
Final Friday Game Night – This group meets on the final Friday of each month in Krolfifer Hall at St. John’s to play board games of all types. The games begin at 7 p.m., but people are welcome to come any time and play one game or stay until the last game piece is put back into its box – usually around midnight. People of all ages and experiences participate. There are many games from which to choose – or – feel free to bring your own. Someone is always willing to teach games to newcomers.
Contact Person: Karen Miller email@example.com
Friends of Szentlaszlo – St. John’s is a partner with the Unitarian Church in Nyaradszentlaszlo, Romania. The Friends of Szentlaszlo work to strengthen that relationship through fundraisers, including frequent and delicious Soup and Bread lunches after Sunday worship. Our funds go to feed the needy elderly and to sponsor youth summer camp and other youth activities. Contact persons: Thomas Darner – firstname.lastname@example.org or Mary Darner – email@example.com.
Interweave – This is St. John’s social group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals and their straight friends. There is no current meeting time, but there is a movie evening on the first Friday of every other month. We participate in the local annual Pride events (parade and festival). All members and friends of St. John’s are welcome. Activities are organized via Interweave’s Yahoo group. Contact Person: Janet Phillips – firstname.lastname@example.org or StJohnsInterweaveemail@example.com.
Justice Ministry – St. John’s Justice Ministry encompasses several groups working toward social action and justice. Included in the Justice Ministry are:
- Outreach Committee
- Sanctuary and Immigration team
- Interfaith Hospitality Network
- Green Sanctuary Partners
- Partner Church
- Peace initiative
- Racial Justice Initiative
- Volunteering at Matthew 25 Ministries
- Collecting grooming articles for the Brighton Center
- Collecting food for Churches Active in Northside (CAIN).
The Outreach Committee meets monthly; other groups meet as needed.
St. John’s is also a member of Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio (UUJO).
Contact Person: John Kachuba, Mission Council Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
LAFs – Lively after Fifty (LAF’s) meets the second Friday of the month for conversation and friendship. We usually meet for dinner at a different restaurant each time. Other events are scheduled throughout the year such as concerts, picnics, plays and other events that provide opportunities for interaction between older adults. Newcomers are always welcome.
Contact Person: Cliff Shisler, email@example.com
Meditation – We invite you to join us in quiet meditation. You are welcome to sit with us each Thursday from 10 a.m. until noon downstairs in the Religious Exploration Department. Please call the office at 513-961-1938 before your first attendance.
Contact Persons: Nina Tolley, firstname.lastname@example.org or Charles Seibert, email@example.com
Men’s Group – St. John’s Men’s Group meets at 6 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month at the church for dinner and conversation. Two of our members prepare the food which usually costs approximately $5.00 per person. (This may vary depending upon the cost of the food and the number attending.) The discussion period focuses upon a previously announced topic and may or may not have a leader. In July, August and September the group usually meets on the second Sunday of the month. In November the annual all day retreat takes place on Saturday with morning and afternoon programs.
Contact Person: Rick Prairie, firstname.lastname@example.org
YACC – Young Adults Cookies and Conversations was established to greet and welcome young adult visitors to the church. Young adults who want to learn more about YADA (Young Adult Discussion & Action), St. Johns, or just chat with some friendly people are invited to meet with us after church in Krolfifer Hall for cookies and conversation the Sunday before the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month.
Contact Person: Ashley Carpenter, email@example.com
YADA – Young Adult Discussion and Action (YADA) is a community of young adults who are approximately eighteen to thirty-five years of age. Regularly scheduled meetings are on the first and third Tuesday of the month at St. John’s for socializing and having a discussion of a topic. The topic can vary, and subjects cover a wide range. In addition to meetings, the group often gathers for other events including movies, community service and board game nights.
Contact Person: Ashley Carpenter firstname.lastname@example.org
YAP – Young Adult Parents is a group for young adult parents or guardians of infants and small children. There is a gathering at least once a month for parents to discuss early childhood parenting, to relax, allow the children to play together, and maybe eat meals or snacks. Since this is a new group, regular meeting times have not yet been established.
Contact Person: Laura Bange: text or call at (513) 259-5960 e-mail: email@example.com
Other ways to make friends, socialize, exchange ideas, and meet friends and members:
- Dinners, potluck dinners and picnics
- Annual St. John’s Auction Fundraiser
- Adult Education/Exploration Programs. See the St. John’s website for class offerings.
- Tai Chi is included in Adult Education/Exploration.
- Sunday Forums at 10:00 a.m.
- Partner Church Lunches (Fundraisers for Friends of Szentlaszlo – our partner church in Szentlaszlo, Romania)
- Music Series and Art Gallery
- Adult Choir
- Caring Circle
- UU and You: Orientation to St. John’s UU Church and membership
Ask about these at the Welcome Table or Church Office .