Small Group Directory
The Small Group Directory includes Affinity/Interest-based groups, Social Justice ministries, Small Group Ministries, Spiritual Groups and Identity-Based groups.
If your group is not listed below, and would like to be, please contact Sarah Olson. Groups listed below must be connected to the Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in some way, and must be open to new members.
A monthly informal gathering with shared discussion of religious concerns from a humanist perspective. We also plan educational presentations, community service, and social events. Meets the 3rd Sunday of each month in the Library at 11:15am.
We focus on the spirituality of and community creation through quilting. Contact Harriet Shaklee with any questions.
Chalice Circles are small group ministries in which people are invited to meet with one another regularly to discuss topics of spiritual, theological, cultural, and philosophical interest. Chalice Circles create deeper ties and connections between people. Chalice Circles are provided with an inspiring curriculum of questions and ideas meant to challenge us and stimulate discussion and sharing. The next cycle of Chalice Circles will start in Fall 2017.
Classics Book Club
Each year we choose, by random draw, four selections from the Boise Public Library’s “Classics: A List of the World’s Great Novels.” We then gather quarterly at members’ to discuss one of the determined books. Our group is very small, and we would welcome new members.
Contemplative Practice Group follows a very UU form of centering prayer based on all of our UU sources. If you are looking for a way to start your day with a clear mind, Centering Prayer might be just the thing for you. Outwardly, centering prayer looks similar to mindful meditation, but varies in that it provides a word, phrase, or short reading for contemplation during a period of restful silence. The health benefits of centering prayer are similar to other forms of meditation. Come join us in the Balasz room every Tuesday morning at 9:00am. We finish our practice by 9:30. The time is short and sweet, but long enough to clear your mind and start your day fresh.
Creating Compassionate Community are closed covenant groups whose purpose is to create genuine community through learning and practicing compassionate communication based on the work of Marshall Rosenberg. Members make a minimum of four month (renewable) commitment to participate and new members are regularly accepted. Contact Louise Jacobsen for more information, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Earth Care Ministry Team: The Earth Care Ministry Team works for enacting environmental justice in our community, and supports initiatives by environmental organizations, including the Idaho Sierra Club. They are currently working to create an Interfaith Coalition for Climate Change. Contact Zachary Chastain for more information.
Fiber Arts Affinity Group
The fiber arts group includes knitters, crocheters, cross-stitchers and what-have-you. We meet at 7pm on the first Tuesday of every month at the Library! at Cole and Ustick. All skill levels are welcome, and if you would like to learn a skill, we probably have somebody who can teach you.
Gaming Affinity Group
The gaming affinity group is a group for table-top role playing games. We mainly focus on playing GURPS Morrow Project – a post-apocalyptic game taking place some 500+ years in our future – and HarnMaster – a fantasy game taking place on the world of Harn. All skill levels are welcome, but space is limited, so please call ahead of time, (208) 473-0777. We meet Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6-9pm at Hawk Silverthorn’s home off of Five Mile.
Men’s Covenant Group is a small group ministry which provides an opportunity to get to know people through spiritual discussion. The covenant provides an opportunity to get to know people, to share feelings with other men, to be involved in the fellowship in more than a committee, and to talk to other men about things that are meaningful. Drop-ins welcome. Meets the first, third and fifth Tuesdays of each month, 7:00-9:00pm in the Balazs Room. Contact email@example.com for more information.
The Other Book Club
Reads and discusses whatever strikes their fancy, usually current books. Meets monthly on the second Sunday of the month.
Pagan/Nature Spirituality Covenant Group meets the 2nd Friday of each month in the Library, 7:00-9:00pm. Join this group to explore the wisdom of the ancients, ancient continuing pagan religions, and reverence for Nature. Contact Aria Avalon for more information.
Pride Task Force
BUUF participates in Boise Pride Fest in June each year. Volunteers are needed for organization, marching in the parade, and running our Pride booth. Contact Sarah Olson if you are interested
Quest: A Spiritual Journey
A 19 month program that consists of six weekend retreats, monthly meetings, spiritual practice guidance, and the formation of close relationships with other participants. It was created to help Unitarian Universalists seek a deeper understanding of and commitment to their spiritual journey. It is a journey we take alone — one that is strengthened by those who walk with us in community. It is comprised of inward thought and outward deed. It is a journey toward wholeness, holiness, and peace.
While the second Quest group has already begun their journey you are welcome to inquire about the program. Your expression of interest will help assure that the program continues in to the future. Contact Jay Wechselberger or Patricia Heeb for more information, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Refugee Justice Ministry Team
A team who responds to refugee issues in the Treasure Valley and Idaho as a whole, they have been involved in promoting better legislation and have worked with local refugee rights groups. Contact Betty VanGheluwe for more information.
Meet at Kopper Kitchen on Airport Way at 9:30am on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month, January through October. Programs vary from personal life odysseys to book reviews. No age limit. Contact Tom von Alten for more information.
UUs for Justice in the Middle East (UUJME)
The Boise Chapter of a national organization that works to educate our community on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in an effort to bring about peace and justice. UUJME meets on the fourth Thursday each month at BUUF. Contact Debbie Espen for more information.
Boise UU Women’s Group
The Women’s Group is a space to connect with other women across generations in support and solidarity. We join in a shared potluck meal before each meeting, and we welcome all who identify as female. The women’s group meets on the last Thursday of each month at 6pm. Contact Shaylee Healey for more information.