tim-cooper-RmLSBjS5diE-unsplashThe Spiritual Growth and Community Center is an outreach program of the Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson. We provide high-quality, inspirational programs, classes, and events to awaken peace, joy, love, compassion, personal growth, and creativity.  All programs are open to the community—people of all faiths, including atheists, can participate.

The Spiritual Growth and Community Center is made possible through the generous support of the members and friends of the Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson.

Winter/Spring 2024 Events

Pre-registration is appreciated but not required, unless specifically requested in the event descriptions below. The “donate” button below is provided for your convenience. We appreciate your support of our programming!



 

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Belly Dance with Gypsy

Tuesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. in Union Hall: Looking for a fun way to exercise? This is the class for you! The benefits of belly dance are: it improves posture, increases mobility and flexibility, and it gives you self confidence. We will start with a warmup, then learn basic movements, and end with a cool down. You’ll be exercising and having fun doing it. Why not give it a try?

Cost: $48 for a six-week session ($8 per class), payable in advance or at the first class on January 2.
Instructor: Gypsy Phillips

Classes are ongoing! Drop-ins welcome: Drop-in rate is $10 per class.

For more information, call the Church Office at (978) 562-9180 or email administrator@ucmh.org

 

Karen in Summer at Labyrinth CenterMonthly Group Labyrinth Walk Fellowship

“Seek the wisdom that will untie your knot.  Seek the path that demands your whole being.” ~ Rumi
Come Walk in Fellowship on the Labyrinth Path!  You are invited to walk with other kindred spirits to experience deep community connection on a labyrinth path of rainbow lights.  Release the world’s expectations of you while you take time to listen to what your heart and soul wants you to know, asking for guidance from within for your way forward from Winter into Spring.   After each walk, you are invited to play in a creative activity that will give you the opportunity to engage with the message(s) you receive from your inner muse, and to share with the group if you’d like.  Fellowship walks will happen the 3rd Sunday of every month from February through May, 1 – 3 p.m.   Materials and Prep fee is $10/walk.  First walk is February 18th at 1pm.
Your Labyrinth Walk facilitator will be Karen Szklany, UCMH member, is a certified labyrinth walk facilitator (Veriditas.org) and the Central Massachusetts Regional Representative for The Labyrinth Society.  She is also a lifelong seeker full of curiosity and looks forward to walking the path with you.

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Facilitated by: Elisa Abatsis and Jennifer Rambridge

Date/Time: Monthly on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays

Cost: $5/class suggested donation

Location: UCMH Union Hall

Is there something you’d like to create in 2023? Give yourself the gift of dedicated time to work on your project in the company of fellow creatives. Bring your novel-in-progress, your half-knitted sweater, your blank canvas, your barely-started dissertation, your architectural blueprint, your nascent symphony, your coding project, or your business plan. Or just bring a desire to explore the possibilities. We provide coffee, a short nugget of creative inspiration, some rudimentary art supplies, and time-keeping so you can lose yourself in creative flow; you bring the mojo and a willingness to clean up after yourself at the end of the night.

New for Fall 2023: Free Your Inner Artist Collab! If you don’t currently have a project in the works, no problem! Jen Rambridge will be on hand with materials and supplies that you can experiment with. (Additional $5 donation requested for materials)

This group is suitable for adults and mature teens.

 

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Pub Theology

Facilitated by: Caitlin Eaton-Robb

Date/Time: Monthly on second Thursdays

Cost: $5 donation requested; BYOB/snacks/dinner

Location: UCMH Union Hall (or Courtyard if the weather is mild enough!)

We welcome atheists, agnostics, humanists, people of all faith traditions, and people who identify as “spiritual but not religious” to gather together to talk while enjoying drinks and other refreshments. Join us for deep, respectful, and reflective conversation with our community. Each month we will reflect on a different theme.

November: “Generosity”

December: “Mystery”

January: “Liberating Love”

February: “Justice & Equity”

Feel free to join in the discussion or just come to listen. Please bring your own wine, beer, or nonalcoholic beverage, and dinner or a snack if you wish – there are a number of great restaurants right nearby!  You can also take out beer from our neighbors across the street at Medusa. Everyone is welcome to participate! Contact Caitlin Eaton-Robb with any questions.

 

new age spiritualist logoNew Age Spiritualist Collaborative

Facilitated by: Members of the Collaborative

Date/Time: Monthly on fourth Thursdays (5th Thursday in November)

Cost: $5 donation requested for use of the space

Location: UCMH Union Hall

The New Age Spiritualist Collaborative is part of Spiritual Growth and Community Center at the Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson.

We’ll be exploring modalities such as mediumship, divination, energy healing, and astrology with the aim of evolving consciousness by understanding our soul’s place in the Universe.

Each meeting will be led by a member of the collaborative, who will provide information on a topic followed by discussion and a practice session.

Meetings will generally be held in-person on fourth Thursday of every month at the Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson, 80 Main Street, Hudson, MA, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Email: newagespiritualists@gmail.com.

Meetings are FREE, but we do request a $5 donation to UCMH for use of the building.

Please note that we are not a professional practice group (though professional practitioners are certainly welcome!).

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FreeDrum

Facilitated by: Dave Curry
Dates: 1st Saturdays, December-April, 7-10 PM
Cost: $5 per adult, kids under 13 free
Location: UCMH Union Hall
FreeDrum is a night of high energy freestyle drumming and dancing that welcomes all ages and skill levels. The drumming kicks off at 7pm and we go full throttle until about 9:45 with a short break in the middle for snacks, announcements, socializing, and maybe a group photo. Near the end, we dial back the energy and cool down with softer, slower rhythms, perhaps some didge, flute, or toning to help get us grounded. Bring your drums and percussion instruments if you have them. some extra drums are available for borrowing. If you like, you’re welcome to bring snacks.

NOTE: FreeDrum is based on the “conscious gathering” concept that believes in being high on life without the need for mind-altering substances. During your time at FreeDrum we ask that your head is clear of drugs or alcohol. Your cooperation is appreciated.

Facilitator Bio: Dave Curry is the creator of Drums For One & All, which includes facilitating public events, giving workshops, teaching private lessons, giving live performances, and doing drum repairs. Dave has offered his popular FreeDrum event since 2001. He has taught drum classes at the Assabet school since 2009. Over the past 20 years, Dave has led 1000+ drumming events at schools, churches, colleges, retreat centers, and other institutions across New England.


Ongoing Events

33814296530_9dfc70e9b5_o (Buddha Statue) (3)Buddhist Book Club
Facilitated by: Ruth Hanlon
Dates/Times: Monday & Thursday, 7:00 – 8:30 PM; Saturday 9:30-10:30 AM
Cost: $5 for non-members; members donations appreciated
Location: Zoom – contact facilitator for zoom link or more information
The group is open, and follows a format which includes meditation, reading, and discussion. Books are chosen by the group and have a “Buddhist-oriented content.” Familiarity with Buddhism is not required; the group learns from one another and our exploration of our readings is applied to real life experience. Books are suggested by the attendees and selections are chosen by the group. All are welcome!

Mooncircle_coverMoonCircle Esbats (Full Moon) and Sabbats (Wheel of the Year) Gatherings and Rituals – (suspended)
Facilitated by: Alan R. Anacheka-Nasemann
Dates/Times: Listed below, subject to change
COST: $1 – $10 (sliding scale) to offset any costs or be donated to the church.

 

Gatherings may resume if there is sufficient interest. For information email Alan Anacheka-Nasemann and request to join the MoonCircle email group.

 

CUUPS (Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans) is a UU subgroup that follows a pagan path. They exist in part to promote the practice and understanding of Pagan and Earth-centered Spirituality within the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). MoonCircle is in the UU Church of Marlborough and Hudson and is just one of several chapters of CUUPS located across the country. ESBATS are Full Moon Rituals that recognize the power of the Moon, high tides, influences that the moon has on our cycles of life and things that we might work toward in any given month. Full Moon Rituals include calling the four quarters of the earth, the Goddess and the God, cakes and wine, and Magick which you so desire. SABBATS recognize the turning of the wheel of the year, in four main quarters (Samhain, Imbolc, Beltane and Lammas) and for minor ones (Ostara, Litha, Mabon and Yule). The author confesses that this is untried yet in our church, but hopes that we will have a reduced length ritual and some feasting on seasonal foods. So, JOIN US for spiritual growth!

Mooncircle_bio_bestFacilitator Bio: Alan R. Anacheka-Nasemann is a lifelong UU and the son of a UU minister. He grew up in Syracuse, NY, and spent much of his time enjoying the Adirondack Park of New York State. Ultimately, he went to school at Paul Smith’s College (in the Adirondacks) and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, where he earned his Master’s. For five years he was active in the Finger Lakes of New York State followed by 30 years as a Senior Wetland Scientist (10 in Buffalo NY and 20 in Concord, MA), and is now retired. He has remained a UU, but has studied Wicca and paganism, off and on, for 30 years. Alan has been happily married to Rev. Alice Anacheka-Nasemann for over 25 years.

 


 

We are hard at work preparing virtual and in person offerings for the upcoming season! Please check back for more information, or contact the office to receive notification via email:  administrator@ucmh.org