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Wed, Jul 29, 2015

Our church is the connections we make and the community we create.

The First Unitarian Church of Dallas offers a wide range of activities, social gatherings and groups to provide members and friends the opportunity to gather in communities of interest. Information on the various groups can be found in the table below, the links on the right side of this page, or by accessing the church calendar.
Group
Information
Contact
Young Adult Ministry
(20s & 30s)
The new Young Adult program is focused on supporting graduated high school seniors as they enter young adulthood and providing current young adults with opportunities to connect with each other, the larger congregation and our faith. Events focusing on community and fellowship will occur roughly every six weeks with special events based on worship, service and social action throughout the year.
>> Sign up to receive more information on the program and upcoming events: email youngadults@dallasuu.org
Contact: Lillian Drab-Braddick
Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry
Office: 214-884-1222Cell: 214-514-3816
Audio Visual
Volunteers who staff the A/V booth during the worship service to provide sound and video for services (and special events, as called for), record services, programming and events, and prepare any recordings to be distributed and archived.
Contact: Michael Cheney at mcheney@mac.com
Book Club

Every third Tuesday, 6:30–8:00 p.m., in the private room at La Madeleine, Preston-Forest. Join us for a discussion of our monthly book selection. Book titles are listed HERE. Join us for part or all of the evening. We meet to “break (French!) bread” at 6:30, but save the discussion for 7:00 or so; if you can't meet for dinner, feel free to join us later for the discussion and dessert and coffee, if you wish. This is an informal group with a bent for a variety of books. We hope you'll join us for the joy of reading, eating, and sharing!

Book Nook
Sells books and other items to our church members for their spiritual and other interests.
Caring Community
A network of care teams, which are set up to meet certain needs within the church congregation.  One team prepares meals for people, one makes phone calls or visits people who are sick, in the hospital, or in crisis, and one team sends out cards to people to let them know we are thinking about them on various occasions. Next will be a new cell phone care team to respond to pastoral emergency phone calls when the church office is closed.
Contact: Jean Ann Powers
Director of Pastoral Care
office: 214.884.1211
Community Service Committee
Identifies, promotes and coordinates community service opportunities including: Adopt-A-Shoreline, Habitat for Humanity, Holiday Gift Drives, Blood Drive, Partners in Education and many more. Volunteer recruitment and identification of new service opportunities are always ongoing.
Creative Community
 
Calling all poets, painters, writers, entertainers, inventers, and wannabes. Please join us on Wednesdays, at 6:30 p.m. as we have fun on the journey of creative exploration and mutual support!
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Dinner with Friends (Ages 50+)
Meets monthly for socializing and informal cooperative dinner, generally hosted by one or more members in their homes. Attendance at any dinner averages from 24-32. No fees or commitments are necessary, except that members are expected to occasionally host using a home or other venue. Co-hosting is permitted. The group targets members who are 50+. "Dinner With Friends" is diversified, interesting and relaxed.  It's a great way to meet other church members.
Gourmet Group
Members of the Gourmet Group enjoy gourmet-style dinners in member homes with 21 different couples during the year.  “Couples” may be married, partners or two friends.  The group has been active in the church since the 1970s. 
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Saturday Supper Club (Ages 30-60)
Saturday Supper Club is a social dining club open to individuals and couples in their 30's,40's and 50's. We meet in members homes' on the second Saturday of each month at 6:30 pm for a pot-luck dinner. Currently, attendance is between 12-20 people and members are encouraged but not required to host. The atmosphere is relaxing and fun.  This is a great way to meet other church members.
Jazz Combo
Jazz enthusiasts who play a "jazz" instrument are invited to try out for this high-voltage music group. Open to musicians 16 and older, this group performs for receptions, parties, and worship services.
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Journey Toward Wholeness (JTW)
JTW is a UUA/First Unitarian initiative to understand and combat institutional/personal racism and to value diversity and inclusiveness. JTW Movie Nights are second Friday of the month films on issues of race, ethnicity and class (including sexism) to broaden our perspective and consciousness. The films are top-quality documentary or fiction, followed by lively discussion.
Contact: Mary Lou Hoffman 
972-231-3816 or
Interweave Dallas
Interweave Dallas, an affiliate organization of the First Unitarian Church of Dallas and Interweave Continental, serves the LGBTQA community by nurturing spiritual growth and fellowship, promoting understanding and furthering social justice.  This group offers monthly social events, service activities, and sponsors the donut table every Sunday.  Email us for information on membership or to add your name to our event notification list.  You can also visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/InterweaveDallas.
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Membership Committee
Welcomes/greets/assists visitors, guides prospective members through the membership process and integrates existing members (new and current) into the community of the church.
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Men's Fellowship Monthly Discussion Group
All adult men are invited to bring a brown-bag lunch and participate in a discussion of topics of world, national and local interest from 12 to 2 PM on the second Thursday of each month.
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Outdoor Adventures
Organizes outings throughout the year that provide opportunity for new, prospective and long-time UUs, families, and friends to be together in a relaxed atmosphere while enjoying the outdoors. These outings include day trips and overnight stays. 
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UU Playtime
The UU Playtime is a playgroup for children up to age five and their parents and caregivers. The playgroup meets in the church nursery and plays on the playground on nice days. UU Playtime is a great chance to meet other UUs, talk to other parents/caregivers in a casual environment, and introduce the littlest UUs to new friends. The playgroup currently meets each Tuesday from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Please join us anytime. To receive updates about playtimes, please contact Elaine Villarreal at playtime@dallasuu.org.
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Social Action Council
Helps educate members and friends of the church about a broad range of non-partisan social justice issues in the hope that people will feel encouraged and motivated to get involved.  Recent topics and ongoing initiatives include:  voter registration; support of clean air projects; collecting funds and layette items for women on Native American reservations; providing speakers to help people understand the complexity of the issues facing citizens.
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Ushering and Greeting
Welcomes members and visitors into the church each week and helps provide a pleasant worship experience.  This is a wonderful way to meet people!  The commitment includes assisting with just one service a month, and we will train you on everything you need to know.
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Web Team
Volunteers who work to keep our website and Facebook page, the “public presence” of the church, updated and useful for church members and for those seeking information about who we are and all that we can offer them as a church home.
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Women's Day Alliance
This unique community of women of all ages will help you build lasting friendships and inspire you with motivating stories, lectures and music.  All this occurs at monthly meetings from September to May that include a catered lunch (and occasional pot luck lunch!).  In addition, members meet to socialize and play bridge weekly.  This is a very active group that has room for you! More 
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Women's Evening Alliance
WEA brings women together once a month to share a potluck supper, get to know each other, laugh, be inspired, learn and grow through programs and discussions, and raise money for charities.  Retreats and social outings are other highlights. WEA meets in Channing Hall (September to May) and in members’ homes (June to August) at 6 pm the second Tuesday evening of each month. Everyone welcome! More 
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