These small groups are an excellent way to get involved in the life of our church, and you are invited to participate in any of the activities that interest you. Dates for all events are listed on the Events Calendar and in our weekly Newsletter.

Adult Discussion Group

The Adult Discussion Group meets weekly on Sunday mornings at 9 am in Room 301. There is a different discussion topic each week. Past topics have included the many meanings of “Home,” “Heaven,” “Courage,” and “Spiritual Practice.” Everyone is welcome to attend weekly, or drop in occasionally, and there is plenty of airtime for you to chime in with what you’re thinking.

You can find current information in the weekly Newsletter, or to be added to the Discussion Group mailing list, contact AdultEDU@uuce.org. [Coordinators: Dan and Kathy Hislip]

Book Discussion Group

The Book Discussion Group meets on a Friday of each month to discuss a book selected by the group. It is open to all members and friends of UUCE who enjoy a good book.

For more information, send email to Bookgroup@uuce.org. [Coordinator: Alice Macy]

Buddhist Sangha Meditation Group

This is a self-directed group of UUCE members and friends exploring Buddhist practice and principles. Meetings are being held virtually each week on Wednesday evening at 6:00 pm, and include silent meditation for 20 minutes, followed by a recorded dharma talk or reading and group discussion.

According to extensive psychological and medical research, meditation practice serves to reduce stress, enhance mindfulness and concentration, and increase our capacity for empathy and compassion. Dharma talks and group discussions deepen our understanding of Buddhist philosophy and practice.

First time guests will be provided a brief orientation to meditation and the evening’s schedule.

If you would like to receive an invitation to the weekly virtual meeting or have any questions, email Sangha@uuce.org. [Coordinators: Greg Waas and Diana March]

Circle Supper

Circle Suppers provide a special opportunity for UUCE members, spouses, and friends to have meaningful and/or light-hearted conversations in a casual dining atmosphere where bonds are strengthened as we learn more about each other and our histories, both personal and church-related.

Circle Supper is a potluck dinner held in members’ homes or Fellowship Hall from October through May. Members host one dinner and may attend all eight. Alternates will be asked to attend when substitute dinners are needed. Members sign-up is in September-October. Alternatives may sign up at any time.

For more information or to sign up, send email to Circlesupper@uuce.org or call (847) 207-6473. [Coordinator: Kathie Wachholder]

Covenant Groups

Covenant groups are small relational groups with a specific set of guidelines. They are made up of six to twelve people who meet regularly to establish and nurture themselves within this Beloved Community. Covenant groups provide an opportunity for group members to build strong relationships with each other and with the larger organization. They encourage people to talk, learn, work, and play together over time.

If you are interested in forming a group, send email to SG@uuce.org. [Coordinators: Dan and Kathy Hislip]

Ethnic Eating Group

Ethnic Eating is a small group where opportunities for food and fellowship among UUCE members and friends is fostered. Each month the group samples the cuisines of the countries of the world, visiting a Chicagoland restaurant that prepares food in that month’s selected country. Countries are selected alphabetically from the list of 193 members of the United Nations.

The group maintains an email list of those who have indicated their interest in upcoming activities. Anyone is eligible to participate by sending an email to SG@uuce.org. {Coordinators: Dan and Kathy Hislip]

Prairie Voices Choir

Prairie Voices, our vocal choir, welcomes new singers, no audition necessary! Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings.

For more information, visit our Music Programs page.

Unichords Handbell Choir

The Unichords welcome new members in September and January! The musical ensemble performs several times a year. Prerequisites: must be able to count to 4 (really that’s it!).

For more information, visit our Music Programs page.