UUCB has a dynamic 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 Discussion Circle: Gathers to share our personal and spiritual paths as parents, centered around a theme for discussion.
Parents Support Group: Builds a supportive and listening space for parents of children with special needs, or for those facing particular challenges in parenting.
Families tUUgether: Provides a night of free childcare for a parent's night out once a month from September through May on second Saturdays. Before stepping out, we share a brief time together to explore our UU Principles in relation to our parenting.
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.
Activities for Families
All Ages Worship services are a special time for our community to gather to share story, song, praise, and presence among the generations. Worship engages our minds and hearts and bodies with wisdom from the world’s religions, the words and deeds of prophetic and poetic women and men, experiences of life’s twists and turns, and transcending mystery and wonder.
First Thursdays are family night at our weekly church dinner and vespers worship. We gather at 5:30 p.m. to socialize in the Atrium. Then at 6:00 p.m., we gather to bless our meal. Seating is family-style and your dinner will be prepared by UUCB parent and chef Richie Dawkins. Free childcare is provided by the church from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.
Families in Action: Our community provides regular opportunities for our families to live out their values. These include serving meals at the Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP) shelter for homeless families, organizing food drives, Earth Day cleanups, witnessing for immigrant rights, and others.
Freestone Family Retreats: Twice per year families gather at the Freestone Retreat Center for a casual weekend of fun together.
Support for Families
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.
Pastoral Care for Families Our Director of Family Ministry, Minister, and Chaplains are always available to hear and support you when you’re in need.