Men's Group & Retreat
The Men’s Group is the church’s small-group experience open to all men who are members or friends of the church. The group meets monthly for about 90 minutes. After “checking in” and sharing highlights of the past month, the men explore a topic selected by the facilitator of the month. Often these topics are prompted by ideas and suggestions at previous meetings. Topics range widely: religion, values and ethical issues, family and generational issues, social policy, to name a few. In a single evening, the conversation can range from analytic and serious to light hearted.
It is an opportunity for men to share ideas, experiences, and feelings on a deep and personal level with other men in a supportive and accepting environment. Many members have noted that the meetings provide a rare and rewarding opportunity for men to delve beneath the usual “male” topics of hobbies and sports. The group provides a chance to get to know other men on a deeper level than is usually possible.
The group also does other activities during the year. There are one or two hikes each year and an annual picnic. In the coming year, there may also be an outing to a sports event. The annual Men’s Retreat is a popular getaway.
The monthly meetings are held in the church parlor from 7:30 to 9:00 on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Look for announcements of the meetings and other events in the monthly calendar and the Weekly E-News.
Men’s Retreat, May 19-21, 2017
Please mark your calendars and plan to attend the 7th Annual Men’s Retreat from Friday afternoon, May 19, through lunch on Sunday, May 21. We will again be meeting in the historic farmhouse at Wisdom House Retreat Center in Litchfield. It is scheduled later in the spring than previous retreats so the weather should be gorgeous.
This is a wonderful venue for UU men to meet and to get to know each other better. Through discussion and exploration of topics of concern, we learn more about each other and ourselves. The sharing and discovery continues in the many opportunities for socializing and conviviality. Men who attend come away refreshed and changed with a new understanding of themselves and what it means to be part of a community of UU men.
The theme this year will be our personal relationship to diversity in the broad context of age, gender, ethnic, economic, educational, religious, and political differences. We will expand on the presentation Empathy and Understanding in a Divisive and Antagonistic World, from last year’s retreat. Please let us know if there are some specific topics related to the theme that you would like to explore by contacting Ritchard Cable (firstname.lastname@example.org Phone 860-561-3891). We will add them to our planning agenda.
We will announce more details as they become available. We hope to see you at the retreat on May 19-21.