BOUNDLESS WAY ZEN MEDITATION
Boundless Way Zen Northampton meets every Tuesday evening for Zen meditation practice in the Parlor of the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence, 220 Main Street, Northampton, MA. Meetings include a brief chanting service and two periods of Zen meditation (zazen) separated by a short period of walking meditation. Anyone is welcome to attend our Tuesday evening Zen practice periods. There are no special requirements and no cost, although donations are gratefully accepted. David Shunyo Caruso and Laura Washburn serve as co-practice leaders for Boundless Way Zen Northampton. The evening starts formally at 7:30 sharp and winds up at 8:30 or a little after. Please visit our website at www.northamptonzen.org for more information.
GROVE STREET INN MEAL SERVERS:
This group provides meals on a regular schedule to Northampton ’s shelter for homeless individuals, the Grove Street Inn. Meals are prepared at the Society and then brought to the shelter. We cook on the 3rd Tuesday of every month so this is a 1 – 2 hour commitment per month.
HAMPSHIRE COUNTY INTERFAITH HELP FUND:
This group works with other religious organizations to provide one-time emergency financial assistance to residents of Hampshire County who have exhausted their own resources.
INTERFAITH EMERGENCY COT SHELTER:
Provides volunteer assistance to the staff of the cot shelter one night a week from November 1 to April 30. We organize one or two teams a month to cook and serve food for about 24 people. The YRUU youth serve on one team a month and the other team is available as needed.
Pastoral Friends are members of the congregation who are available to offer an occasional meal, ride, or other assistance to other members in need. You can become a Pastoral Friend by contacting the Pastoral Care Team and adding your name to their list. Call the office 584-1390 and leave a message at extension 207, or speak with any member of the team.
SMALL GROUP MINISTRIES:
This is a wonderful opportunity for newcomers and long time members to get to know others in the congregation on a deeper level. Participants commit to once-a-month meetings, starting in October and running through June. These are facilitated groups that offer an opportunity to discuss spiritual topics from a heart space, allowing us to know each other in a new way. Sign up in September to be assured space in a group. However, new members are accepted through December. Download the SGM brochure.
This is our chance to greet old friends and meet new ones. The Social Hour takes place after the service. It takes a team of five volunteers each Sunday to put on our Social Hour. It is expected that everyone will volunteer regularly. This is a great way to meet people! This is a great way to meet people! Sign up to help with Social Hour here.
STANDING ON THE SIDE OF LOVE (SOSOL):
USNF's Standing on the Side of Love group welcomes all members, friends and allies who want to take action to support the mission of the UUA's Standing on the Side of Love campaign. According to its website, "Standing on the Side of Love is a public advocacy campaign that seeks to harness love’s power to stop oppression. Members of the congregation are encouraged to follow and support Standing on the Side of Love efforts.
UU JAZZ BAND:
USNF's own group of talented amateur jazz musicians.
The Web Weavers team is made up of people who are willing to volunteer to help out with a specific project or at a specific time, occasionally. Volunteer to join them if you don't have time to commit to an ongoing involvement with a committee or project, if you have an unpredictable schedule, or if you're committed to too many things already to take on another ongoing role. Committees and anyone organizing a USNF event or project can call on the UUsual Suspects when an extra set of hands is needed. Remember, if you join—it's always OK to say no to a request!
YOUNG ADULT GROUP:
The Young Adult Group is for UU members and friends aged 18-35. Activities depend on the interests and organizing energy of the group's participants. Find the Young Adult Group on Facebook.