“Lifelong Learning”

As Unitarian Universalists who promote and affirm our search for meaning, RVUUF offers multiple ways to continue your search. These opportunities are varied in that a few offer you to be with theologically like-minded people, and others offer topics of interest. Use our contact form to inquire about any of the programs and groups below.

Adult Religious Education — Contact: Marcia Sandler.

Book Club – Meets from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month, September through June, in the RVUUF library. In September, the books to be read for the year, including one classic, are picked from recommendations by members of the group. New members are always welcome. Contact: Betty Owens-Gordon.

Breakfast Group – UU breakfast is a 25-year tradition that takes place at a restaurant on the Plaza every Sunday before the worship service. The group currently meets at Greenleaf, 49 N. Main St. in Ashland, and usually sits upstairs. Arrival is between 8:45 and 9 a.m. so choir members can get to their rehearsal. Contact: Janet and Don Dolan.

Buddhist Sangha Meditation — The Buddhist Meditation Group meets from 9 to 10:30 a.m. every Thursday at Emerson House next to the Great Hall. A meditation experience is offered and includes walking and sitting meditation led by one of the members of the sangha. Contacts: Linden Crouch and Carole Hesse.

Camp Latgawa — Each August, RVUUF offers a multi-generational camp weekend experience. Contacts: Roy Kindell and Victoria Law.

Children’s program (Religious Explorations) — RVUUF’s Religious Explorations (R.E.) program seeks to assist each child and youth in nurturing a spiritual life, ethical awareness, a UU identity and faith development. Contact: Lead Teacher Liz Bianco.

Christian UUs — One Saturday a month, the Christian Affinity Group meets from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the RVUUF library. This is a shared leadership experience that focuses on Unitarian Universalist history from the Christian perspective. Contacts: Beth Coye and Margaret St. Clair.

Elder LGBTQ and Allies Luncheon Group – Meets for potluck luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month in Emerson House next door to RVUUF. LGBTQ elders and allies of all ages are welcome. Please bring your ideas for building the LGBT community and a dish to share. A $2 donation for drinks is suggested. Contact: Deborah Rothschild. Co-hosted with RVUUF’s Social Justice and Action Committee.

Humanism Explorations — Meets from 3 to 5 p.m. on first and third Sundays under the balcony of the Great Hall. This gathering is for everyone, not just Humanists. Current topics of interests to Humanists are studied, often from a recent book or article. During the meeting there often is a short reading related to the discussion topic available in the RVUUF library. Contact: Roy Kindell and Les Jensen.

Library — The RVUUF library collection explains and supports the seven Principles of the UUA, broadly including the fourth principle, which is to promote “a free and responsible search for truth and meaning.” Contact: Elinor Knight.

Lunch Bunch — Meets at noon after the service as the coffee hour is winding down, either under the balcony or outside in the entry way. Everyone is invited. Drop by and visit and snack on a few leftovers or bring your lunch, or you can pick up something at a deli and join the group as soon as you can. Contacts: Bev Barber and Jim Cossolias.

Men’s Groups — Contact for Group 1: Michael Ross and Paul Larson. Contact for Group 2: Jim Cossolias.

Medford Unitarian Universalists — Offers a gathering place for worship and open-minded discussion, 1 p.m. on the second and fourth Sundays of every month in the Classroom Annex of the Medford Senior Center, 510 E. Main St., off E. Eighth Street near Riverside. Contact: Pat Latham.

Pacific Western Region Webinars – Offers live and recorded online learning opportunities.

Soul Matters Sharing CirclesSmall groups meet monthly to discuss a theme that changes each month.

UU Leadership Institute — Offers UU online courses in Healthy Membership, UU History, Healthy Leadership, Stewardship Strategies, Theological Plurality and more. The cost is $30 per person per class and each person has to create an account and pay for it if they want to take a course. If anyone has limited income that prevents them from taking a class, please contact Rev. White, minister@rvuuf.org.

Women’s Groups — Women’s groups provide an opportunity for women to connect and get to know each other on a deeper level. Monthly committed group: Rosalie Wolff. Every two weeks committed group: Jackie Baker. Monthly open group: Krynn Lukacs.

Women’s Retreat — Every October a retreat is held for women at a nearby retreat center. Contact: Delores Nims.

Writing Group — Contact: Ruth Wire.