UUCB has a vibrant family community, a soulful, fun and engaging religious education program for toddlers through teenagers, supportive and compassionate family ministry and pastoral care, and classes and groups for deeply sharing and exploring our paths as parents, partners, and families. UUCB families are LGBT and straight together, partnered and single, and are every color of the human rainbow.
Our Family Ministry program supports, enriches, and builds community. We have many ongoing groups, events, and ways of supporting each other. These include:
Parents Support Group: Builds a supportive and listening space for parents of children with special needs, or for those facing particular challenges in parenting.
Parents Discussion Circle: Gathers to share our personal and spiritual paths as parents, centered around a theme for discussion.
Families tUUgether: Provides a night of free child care for a parents night out once a month from September through May on 2nd Saturdays. Before stepping out, we share a brief time together to explore our UU Principles in relation to our parenting.
Families Caring: UUCB families come together to support each other in times of need. Meals for new babies and during illnesses, an afternoon of childcare or regular childcare exchange can be coordinated through our Family Minister and the Family Ministry Committee.
Families in Action: Our community provides regular opportunities for our families to act out their values. These include serving meals, organizing food drives, and hosting holiday parties at the Greater Richmond Interfaith Program shelter for homeless families, Earth Day cleanups, witnessing for immigrant rights, and others.
Family Night and Worship at Thursday Night Supper: 1st Thursdays are the time that families gather at our weekly catered meal, followed by an all-ages singing and storytelling worship.
Annual Family Retreat: Our April retreat features workshops on relationship enrichment for parents, parenting discussions, community games, and a family dinner and dance.
Special Speakers have joined our family community to talk about such topics as raising gender non-conforming children, building respect in and for our girls, and keeping our kids safe in our schools and communities as they develop their authentic selves.
Pastoral Care for Families Our Family Minister and our Co-Ministers are always available to hear and support you when you’re in need.