Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills

Open minds, loving hearts, helping hands

Small Group Gatherings

Small Group Gatherings enable us to nurture connections among members and friends.

Better Than Ever
Kids grown up? Looking for some interesting day trips and outings? BTE kicks off each summer with a planning session followed by monthly events planned by BTE members. Conceived as a group for senior citizens, BTE has evolved into a wider mix of ages.

At an an annual meeting, BTE members  democratically select events to host during the coming year. Most events occur on the second Saturday of each month.  Recent events have included touring the nearby Duke Estate; Sri Venkateswara Temple (Balaji Mandir) and Community Center;  local theater; a Wyeth art show in Pennsylvania; and walking the Highline in NYC.

Men’s Group
Monthly meetings of the Men’s Group offer a chance for men to build friendships while enjoying discussions and activities ranging from canoe trips to hikes to planning worship services on themes of concern to men.

Parents of Teens
If you have adolescents or teens, you may want to attend Parents of Teens, which meets every 4-6 weeks to share the ups and downs of this phase of the parenting journey.  Independence, responsibility, freedoms, language, dress, dating, driving, jobs, developing skills and values for life–talk about all this and more!

All parents of teens and almost-teens are welcome.  Meetings are held in the UUCSH Fellowship Hall in a potluck dinner format (including vegan, vegetarian and omnivore). Your suggestions for discussion topics are welcome.

Parents of Teens follows the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Small Group Ministry* format, which enables us to explore issues and spirituality in a more personal way than is possible during large-group activities or Sunday services. As a covenant group, participants in Parent of Teens help each other challenge their own assumptions and “suspend judgment long enough to hear respectfully the understandings of others, even those vastly different from our own,” according to Robert L. Hill, author of The Complete Guide to Small Group Ministry: Saving the World Ten At a Time.

*Small Group Ministries for other interest groups have included Survivors of Teens (parents of young adults), Spirit Sisters (female spirituality), Parents of Toddlers, and Parents of Children with Special Needs.  The groups begin and end as a need exists, and all members are welcome to propose ministries and learn how to facilitate them.