Learn, Grow & Be Together Dec. 28-Jan. 11

Men’s Group, Jan. 2

The St. John’s Men’s Group will hold its monthly dinner (virtually) on Jan. 2 at 7 p.m.  There is no specific topic, but we will hold a “Conversation for the New Year,” an informal conversation about anything and everything.

The Men’s Group is the oldest continuous social group at St. John’s, spanning at least 30 years. There are no age restrictions for the group and any man is invited to join us. If you’ve been thinking about joining the group but haven’t yet done so, the January meeting would be an excellent time to check us out and see what we’re all about. We’d love to see you!

If you have any questions, contact me at jkachuba@fuse.net

Here’s the link for the meeting:

Topic: Men’s Dinner

Time: Jan 2, 2022, 7 p.m. Eastern Time


Meeting ID: 863 0436 2567

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Thematic Thursdays: Kwanzaa

Are you interested in discussing big ideas? If so, consider participating in Thematic Thursdays, meeting weekly at 6 p.m. virtually.

Although Kwanzaa is a secular holiday, it focuses on 7 principles. Let’s discuss them via a UU lens: unity (umoja), self-determination (kujichagulia), collective work and responsibility (ujima), cooperative economics (ujamaa), purpose (nia), creativity (kuumba), and faith (imani).  

Join at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 30:

Meeting ID: 997 0318 2788 Passcode: 611604

Grief Support Group: Open to Everyone
11 a.m. to noon, Saturdays
Nov. 20 to Jan. 1
Rev. Mitra Jafarzadeh and Kathryn McDonough, facilitators

All of us experience grief, but there are few opportunities to talk about it.
St. John’s UU Church is offering an hour a week where your grief is honored. Each week’s topic will provide an opportunity to share our own experiences and ask questions in a safe and supported space.  
No need to register.
You do not need to be a member of the church. People of all faiths or no faith are welcome.  
Attend all, one, or some of the in-person meetings.
Questions? Contact Rev. Mitra at 513-503-8600 or minister@stjohnsuu.org.
Our topics will be:
November 20 – “Normal” grief
November 27 – Holidays and grief
December 4 – What to do with your loved one’s belongings
December 11 – Changing relationships
December 18 — Physical impact of grief
(No meeting on December 25)
January 1 – Hope

Enneagram Study Group, Jan. 6

The Enneagram class has restarted and will meet upstairs in the Wells Room (upstairs). The schedule is 7:15 – 8:30 p.m. every other Thursday, with the next class Jan. 6. Newcomers are welcome! Call David Mast at 513-708-9798 (cell) with any questions or leave a message at 513-751-8394.

Tai Chi, Jan. 10

The Tai Chi class has started again, meeting every other Monday at 10 a.m. in Krolfifer Hall. The next class is Jan. 10. Beginners are welcome and Nan will meet with you at 9:30 a.m. Please let Nan know if you are planning to attend the beginners class, or call her with questions at 513-751-8394.

Evensong begins Jan. 11

Evensong will meet in person on Tuesdays from Jan 11th-Mar 1 starting at  6:30 p.m.

Evensong is an 8-week program structured to deepen spiritual awareness and commitment while increasing fellowship among participants. These sessions will take the format of a service including hymns, opening readings, silent reflection, and discussion of a series of short, shared spiritual readings from a variety of theologies and traditions. Arcas Evren Dow will lead these Evensong sessions.

Please contact programming@stjohnsuu.org to register.

Provocative winter-time reading, followed by discussion
 book cover
Not “A Nation of Immigrants” Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy, and a History of Erasure And Exclusion, by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz.
Join Nat Kutcher and Carol Fencl in a three-session Wednesday night virtual series. Meetings will be held from 7:30-9 p.m., Jan. 19, Feb. 2 and Feb. 16. Potential participants are encouraged to get your copy of the book soon through your favorite source. 
Register at programming@stjohnsuu.org to receive more information and the Zoom link.

Bible Book Study – Book of Job

6–8 p.m. Thursday, January 20, 2022, and weekly until Feb. 4

We will read and reflect on the story of biblical text together. What does this story say about the nature of God or goodness, friendship or suffering? It has been adapted into plays and novels across time. Why has it remained so popular? What do you see in the story that other people might miss? Join the series of three conversations on Zoom.