CVUU Summer Worship ’21

We Need Each Other

After the last year and a half, it is ever clearer that without committing to and supporting each other, there is no good way forward. Join us as we explore our Summer 2021 theme, We Need Each Other. Presenters include members of our Young Adult Group, participants in four of our Covenant Circles, our Religious Education staff, and two ministers, including Rev. Viola Abbitt.

July 4: Interdependence: It Takes a Village to Raise and Community

Presented by Parker Miles, Rick Docksai, Kate Dowling, Darcy Ferguson, and Addison Phoenix of the Young Adult Group (YAG). The Young Adult Group brings together adults 18+ and creates a space for them within the CVUU community. YAG hosts regular events with the sole focus of fun and personal enrichment.

July 11: Come Join Us for Children’s Chalice Chapel

Presented by Paul Greggs, CVUU Director of Religious Education, and Rayven Holmes, CVUU Youth Program Coordinator.

July 18: Tools for Repairing the World

Presented by Paul Greggs, CVUU Director of Religious Education, Rayven Holmes, CVUU Youth Program Coordinator, and Rev. Viola Abbitt.

July 25: Looking for Shark Teeth

Presented by Rev. Viola Abbitt.

August 1: Community and Connection

Third Tuesday Covenant Circle, Presented by Rosemary Ayres.

The Third Tuesday Covenant Circle has met for at least 10 years, although some members are newer (and new members are welcomed). 

August 8: Exploring Spirituality and Sharing

First Thursday Covenant Circle, Presented by Richard Anderson and Joyce Salvage. The First Thursday Covenant Circle is a group of mostly long-time UU members who meet at Talbot Manor in Norfolk—and by Zoom and telephone. Although we welcome all ages, the group has evolved into one of mostly older—but young at heart—people.

August 15: Respect for the Interdependent Web of Which We are a Part

Second Friday Covenant Circle, Presented by Susan Berger, Vicki Caminer, and Barbara Gelzer. The Second Friday Covenant Circle has been meeting monthly for nearly ten years. At one point to accommodate the mobility restrictions of one member, we met in that member’s home for several years. We now have seven members.

August 22: Sharing Ministry: Our Hearts, Our Hands, Our Spirits 

Presented by Rev. Amy Russell    Rev. Amy Russell retired from her ministry from UU Community Church of Glen Allen this June after 20 years of ministry in Maryland, Ohio, and Virginia

August 29: Whatever You Are Carrying (includes a Blessing of the Backpacks for folks headed back to school).

Presented by Rev. Viola Abbitt.

September 5: The Journey to Understand and to be Understood

Saturday Covenant Circle, Presented by Audrey Knoth, Nancy Schafer, Joe New, and John Adams.

The Saturday Covenant Circle began in 2006 with Joe New as co-facilitator and he continues to lead the group today. Besides meeting monthly for discussion and reflection, the Circle gets together for art outings, holiday cookie-baking and other fun. The group conducts several service projects annually; a favorite is preparing and serving chili and cornbread to Norfolk Emergency Shelter Team (NEST) guests.

Covenant Circles at CVUU

Covenant Circles (CCs) are a small group ministry program at CVUU. Groups of 6-12 people gather monthly to share life experiences, feelings, and thoughts in confidential covenanting groups on spiritually related themes. Four of the five current Covenant Circles are open to receive new members and meet on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings or Friday afternoons each month for 90 to 120 minutes. (The Saturday group is not currently open to receiving new members.)  Also, Martha Shore will be leading a newly formed group for new members in the fall.  Since Covid-19 we’ve all been meeting via Zoom but expect to return to in-person gatherings as soon as restrictions have been lifted. If you are interested in learning more about or joining one of our open circles, please contact convenor Vicki Caminer at vickicaminer@gmail.com.  CCs open the path to deeper relationships built on mutual trust and sharing.  Consider joining us this fall!

Young Adult Group (YAG) at CVUU

The Young Adult Group brings together adults 18+ and creates a space for them within the CVUU community. YAG hosts regular events with the sole focus of fun and personal enrichment. Email YAG@c-vuu.org to join our emailing list and check out the CVUU Young Adults Facebook page.