Small Groups

Small Groups

Small groups gather on their own schedule, in their own way. Some have more formal structures of leadership, while others might have a point person who coordinates schedules. Small groups can meet at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, virtually, or anywhere else in the world.

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middle & high school

Middle School Youth Group
Sundays after service | room 170
If you’re in 6-8th grade, hang out with us on Sundays from 11:30-12:30pm. Join us for conversation, snacks, and be part of deciding how we will spend our time together. Ideas and opinions strongly encouraged.
Contact: Kelli Danaker

High School Youth Group
Sundays after service | room 180
Join a weekly gathering of UUCC youth on Sundays. Our time together is some combination of personal check-ins, games, thoughtful discussions, planning youth events, etc. Come build community with other UU teens!
Contact: Valerie Hsu

families with kids

WhatsApp for parents with young children
Join the conversation with other parents! Whether its about parenting, hand-me-downs, play dates, registering for school, or anything in between, fellow UUCC parents are communicating in WhatsApp about it all!
Contact: Hannah Nelson

identity & affinity groups

Board Game & Potluck Nights
monthly on a Saturday at 5:30 PM in room 170
All are welcome to our board game & potluck nights. We also enjoy a potluck, so bring snacks/dishes, board games, or just bring yourself!
Contact: Suzi Gerb

Creativity Circle
last Saturday of the month at 11 AM at OBIC
Bring whatever arts or crafts project you happen to be working on and chat and share ideas with other artsy UUCCers. No experience or particular skill is necessary. Don’t have anything to work on? Hang out with us anyhow. We are a fabulous, fun-loving group!
Contact: Tina Horn

UUCC’s LGBTQ+ affinity group is a newer effort to provide opportunities for our LGBTQ+ community members at UUCC to connect and have fun. More group members welcome. Some of us will be meeting up to walk with other DMV-area UU congregations at DC Pride on June 8, 2024.
Contact: Sara Davidson

Men’s Breakfast Group
1st Fridays @ Rudy’s Mediterranean Grill (7185 Columbia Gateway Drive)
UUCC’s Men’s Breakfast Group meets on the 1st Friday of each month at 10am for fellowship and food! Join us monthly at Rudy’s Grill in Columbia. Newcomers welcome! Contact: Jim Wu & Jerry Rescigno

UUs Flying Solo
UUs Flying Solo is a social group directed primarily at “solo flyers who do not have a live-in co-pilot”. The mission is to provide support, socializing and friendship through participation in activities of shared interest to the members.
Contact: Norma Byers

Young Adults
The young adult group is a group of adults who self-identify as “young adult,” which means we have a fairly broad age range. We communicate via a WhatsApp group chat where anyone can share news or suggest a get-together. There is also a WhatsApp for parents with young children.
Contact: Hannah Nelson

older adults

Seasoned Souls
3rd Thursdays at 12 PM in sanctuary A or patio if the weather’s nice
Bring your lunch and join us for a monthly gathering filled with friendly conversation, and sometimes a community guest speaker. Staff members join us as they’re available, and newcomers are always welcome.
Contact: Gail Thompson-Guy

Senior Support Group
2nd and 4th Mondays at 7 PM on Zoom
Are you interested in a support group that openly discusses and learns from each other about the evolving life and emotional challenges of aging, such as partial or full retirement, health matters, family concerns, relationships and isolation, transitions, maintaining energy and mobility, agility and independence? If so, join us!
Contact: Mark Gorkin

Vantage Point gathering
2nd Fridays at 7 PM at Vantage Point in Columbia, MD
UUCC members and friends living at Vantage Point in Columbia are invited to join us monthly in the apartment of UUCC member Chris-Ellyn for snacks, drinks, and time to connect in a relaxed environment. New members moving into Vantage Point are encouraged and invited to join us.
Contact: Chris-Ellyn Johanson


Dao Forum: Interfaith Dialogue
1st and 3rd Sundays in room 213
(series) Join us to read Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch and Tao Te Ching. Together we will explore these questions: What does cultivation and self-realization mean to us? How do we achieve them in daily living?
Contact: Jing Wang

Meditation Group
Tuesdays at 7 PM in the chapel
Let’s learn and practice together the techniques of mindfulness meditation, which will benefit both your personal life and relationships with others.
Contacts: Jerry Rescigno & Linda Uphoff

Turning Circle
two Fridays a month at 7:30 PM in room 150
Turning Circle is a Pagan spirituality group that meets twice a month at OBIC. We follow an earth-based faith, celebrating the eight Pagan high days, as well as some moon phases as we honor the interdependent web of life of which we are a part. We welcome friends and drop-ins. 
Contact: Alex Cauthen-Zach