Second Tuesdays of the month, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The Appreciation Circle keeps eyes and ears open for people whose work for the church makes a difference, and we look for joy-filled ways to offer appreciation. New members of the Appreciation Circle are welcome. Contact the church at (510) 525-0302.
First, Third, and Occasional Fifth Tuesdays of the month, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
The BMCM satsang is an opportunity for like-minded spiritual aspirants to discuss Eknath Easwaran's instruction and guidance in meditation and spiritual disciplines as applicable to our daily lives, and to read and meditate together. It is recommended that one read the book entitled, Meditation by Eknath Easwaran.
Third Tuesdays of the month, 11:00 -12:00 p.m.
The Caring Circle meets for worshipful support, reflection (for example: What am I learning about listening? What am I learning about limits? How does participation in the Caring Circle shape my understanding of the divine, of being human, of community?), meditation and prayer for church members, sharing and planning. The Caring Circle visits, and/or calls and sends cards to church members and friends who are in special need of a caring presence. One member of the Caring Circle is on call each month to provide a listening presence and pastoral care to members. If you are dealing with an illness or loss or you know of someone who is, you are encouraged to speak with the Caring Circle person on call for the month. New members of the Caring Circle are always welcome. Contact the church office at (510) 525-0302 for more information.
Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
This group started in 1979 and has been meeting every Wednesday since. Basic breathing exercises and gentle stretches in a series that will give your whole body the message that you care about it. All levels welcome. Contact Phyllis Whiteman for more information.
7:30 - 8:30 p.m., First and Third Tuesday of the Month, R.E. Office
Meditation practice can be used to develop compassion in our hearts, and the power and energy of meditation is enhanced when we meditate together. We gather as a simple community of practitioners to support each other on the path.
All are welcome. We will offer basic meditation instruction, and we will share our experiences of different forms of meditation and traditions.
For more information, email Rev. Craig Scott, call (510) 524-6300, or join our email list at https://groups.google.com/group/uucb-meditation-for-the-heart
Contact Tony Bushman at (510) 558-8092 or Mac Lingo (510) 525-1881 for dates, times and place.
Meets quarterly on the third Sunday, 7:00 p.m., September through June (October retreat at Freestone).
We hold ritual celebrations of the seventh UU principle respecting the interdependent web and the sacred circle of life. This is an eco-feminist, Goddess-centered exploration born in 1995 of the UU curriculum, "Rise Up and Call Her Name: A Woman-Honoring Journey into Global Earth-Based Spiritualities." The circle provides a space and time for direct experience of the transcending mystery and wonder which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and openness to the forces which create and uphold life. For more information, contact Lois Atkinson at (510) 841-9016, Carole Carlisle at (510) 528-9310 or PhoeBe ANNE Sorgen at (510) 528-9428
Affiliated with CUUPs (Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans)
Fridays, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
We try to overcome:
The cowardice that dares not face new truth.
The laziness that is content with half truth.
The arrogance that thinks it knows all truth.
We (the people) discuss current issues in Newsweek magazine (dated the following Monday) or the Great Decisions program. Suggested donation is $1. Contact: Mark Woodbury at (510) 653-3209.
Mondays, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
This group practices "insight" or "lovingkindness" meditation in the Southeast Asian Buddhist tradition. For more information, contact Kendra Smith. at (510) 559-9269.
Mondays, 9:15 to 11:45 a.m.—or—2:00 - 3:45 p.m.
Our writing is a form of meditation. We spend time writing in response to a reading heard by the group at the beginning of the hour. After we write, we are invited to read to the whole group, if we wish. The writing group is a place of discovery. We welcome new members. Contact: Beth Glick-Rieman at (510) 524-2858, or just COME and try it out. There is an open invitation to new members for the afternoon session.
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