Membership Development Workshop Series

UUCH is committed to providing the information and skills needed to help members and friends as they take on increasing levels of commitment and responsibility. We encourage you to attend any workshop, regardless of how long you’ve been a member, so we can provide opportunities for bringing newer and more established UUCHers together for open exchange on these topics. Each of the following three workshops is a three-hour Sunday afternoon workshop with childcare provided. Please check our e-news or Sunday news bulletin for workshop schedules.
UUCH Basics: A workshop on what it means to become a member of UUCH, including the rights, rites, and responsibilities of membership.

UUCH Church Works: Using the SHAPE concept (spiritual gifts, heart, abilities, personality, experience), this workshop will help members and friends explore the gifts we all bring to our community and how these gifts can be nurtured at UUCH.

UUCH Core Leadership: A workshop designed to help leaders “move to the balcony” to gain perspective on congregation-wide leadership, as well as having a deeper understanding of our UUCH governance structure.

Study Groups and Classes

Our 2016-2017 study groups include:
Witnessing Whiteness: First Steps toward an Antiracist Practice and Culture
A study of Shelly Tochluk’s powerful and challenging book (see title above) geared for white people who may not realize how much work there is still to be done to support racial justice. Monthly Friday evenings, 6-8 pm. Contact Melisande Timblin for more information at

Faith Journeys Study Group
Faith Journeys meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month throughout the year, from 7-8:30 pm. We have a core group committed to extended study, but anyone may attend particular sessions, or join the core group at any time. The group is intended to deepen our understanding and appreciation for various religious traditions. Upcoming topics and texts will be listed in our weekly e-news and Sunday weekly news bulletin. The group is facilitated by Rev. Patty Hanneman.

Crafting the Sermon
The pulpit is a place to honor what Ralph Waldo Emerson calls “life passed through the fire of thought.” Have you sometimes thought that you have something important you would love to share with our community, but don’t know how to begin? This course is for anyone who wishes to learn or improve the skills of writing and delivering a 15-20 minute Sunday morning message. There will be eight sessions in the course, with sessions on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month, September 13th through December 13th. Each session will include a writing assignment, with each assignment getting longer until participants have a full sermon written by the end of the course. Participants will then have an opportunity (if desired) to deliver their sermon to the congregation during 2017. Facilitated by Rev. Patty Hanneman

Welcoming Congregation 201
Ten years ago UUCH became an official welcoming congregation to LGTBQ members and friends. This spring we celebrate the progress we’ve made and identify areas where we have room to grow through a seven-session series on transgender issues, bisexual and queer issues, race/ethnicity and sexuality, and other intersections of identity and experience. Join us as we take steps that will stretch our congregation to new levels of welcome. We will meet on 2nd and 4th Tuesday evenings, 7-8:30 pm, February 28th through May 23.

Soulful Circles
Often known as covenant groups or chalice circles in other UU congregations, our “Soulful Circles” meet twice monthly from September through mid-June, and require a commitment to attend most sessions for the duration of that time. Circles spend one meeting each month discussing our congregation’s monthly theme, and choose their own topic for the 2nd meeting that month. The groups focus on developing deep listening skills and building relationships between participants. Each group remains open to new people throughout the church year, and is led by one of our trained facilitators. Contact Rev. Patty Hanneman at to be assigned to a group.