At Cedars, much of the community life of the congregation occurs in various social groups that Cedars calls “Affinity Groups.” Webster defines affinity as “a feeling of closeness and understanding that someone has for another person because of their similar qualities, ideas or interests.”
Cedars has groups of people who like to read the same kind of things, who like to sing, who like to talk with friends, and who enjoy discussing defined topics and causes.
Our Activities Guide can be found here.
To learn more about any of the Cedars Affinity Groups listed on this page, or if you have an idea for a new group and would like assistance forming it, please contact Affinity Group Coordinator Betsy Minkoff at Groups@cedarsUUchurch.org or the Cedars office at Office@cedarsUUchurch.org.
Current List of Affinity Groups
Cedars Dinner Connection (CDC)
Saturday, 6:30-9:00 p.m. once a month at selected homes. An opportunity to get to know new friends and deepen our connections with those we already know. Everyone participates in providing a prearranged part of the meal. The hosts are gracious, the food delicious and the conversation delightful. Sign up at Sunday services or contact Sheryl Hamm at least a week ahead of time.
Every Wednesday evening, 7:30–9 p.m. at Cedars Center. The choir is always open to new members, or people who might like to just “try choir” for a rehearsal. Contact: Chris Smellow, MusicDirector@cedarsUUchurch.org
Cross Cultural Book Group (CCBG)
The mission of CCBG is to further understanding, awareness, and knowledge of the “new American mainstream,” through literature and other media. We seek to inform ourselves about the ways–forced or voluntary migration, enslavement, wars and annexation—that diverse groups have become American. CCBG meets the fourth Friday of the month. Participation involves reading the book and attending a facilitated discussion. CCBG selections can be found at Eagle Harbor Books in the book club section. For more information, contact Barbara Golden at CCBG@cedarsUUchurch.org.
Noon, Sundays at B.I. Museum of Art Bistro, Contact: Donna Moore
Every Tuesday evening from 7:30–9 p.m. at *Cedars Center. No prior meditation experience is required. The group meditates for 25 minutes and then discusses a chapter from a book suggested by the leaders.
Spirituality Book Group
Third Friday of odd months at 7 p.m. at a member’s home. Everyone welcome. Contact: Mary Romeo.
“Spiritual Odyssey” Potluck Series
Friends or members of Cedars, who have agreed beforehand, share stories of their spiritual journeys during a shared potluck dinner and discussion beginning held the second Friday of the month (no potluck for July and August) at 6:00 p.m. at the Cedars Center. Child Care can be arranged in advance and car-pooling is always encouraged. Contact Mary Clear Padilla at Odyssey@cedarsUUchurch.org
Wednesday Women’s Group
Wednesday afternoons twice a month from Noon–2 p.m. in a member’s home. The group gathers together to deepen relationships, spirituality and sense of community through sharing and discussion in a confidential and safe environment. Contact: Betsy Minkoff – Groups@cedarsUUchurch.org
Monday Men’s Group
On the 2nd Monday Evening of the month in a member’s home. The group gathers together for friendship and support. Contact: Betsy Minkoff – Groups@cedarsUUchurch.org
Women’s Covenant Circle
Covenant groups are an opportunity for committed women to share experiences and feelings on a specific topic in a confidential setting. Monday evenings twice a month from 7–9 p.m. in a member’s home or Thursdays 11-1 p.m. every other week in a member’s home. Open to anyone identifying as a female. Contact: Betsy Minkoff – Groups@cedarsUUchurch.org