We Are a Musical Congregation!

Our church enjoys a rich and eclectic music program. Do you play an instrument? Like to sing? The Chalice Choir, Children's Choir, Folk Band, Jazz Combo, and Women's Chorus welcome new musicians periodically, and our worship services often feature soloists.

All current choir members and all people interested in joining our choirs (no experience necessary) are invited to a Choir Retreat in the Fireplace Room of our church on Saturday, September 6 from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Please RSVP, and sign up to bring something to share.

Music Staff Directory

LB, Director of Music
Zachary Lindquist, Children's Choir Director

Feed Your Spirit with Fun and Fellowship!

Everyone is invited to join us for the special events and activities listed below! Church members, friends, and new guests are all welcome to participate.

September

Saturday, 9/6: Chalice Choir Retreat from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, 9/13:
All-Church Picnic
Sunday, 9/21: Inequality for All movie night begins at 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

October

Friday, 10/3: Game Night
Saturday, 10/25: Halloween Party

December 

Saturday, 12/6: Deck the Halls Solstice Celebration
Sunday, 12/28: Un-Deck the Halls

January 

Saturday, 1/24: Game Night

April

Saturday, April 11: Passover Seder

May

Memorial Day weekend: All-Church Retreat


Are you interested in planning an event at church? Be sure to bring your ideas to the Program Council, which meets on second Wednesday evenings.  

Classes and Workshops

There are many opportunities to renew your creativity, mind, and body at UUCGL. Teachers and facilitators include members of the congregation as well as members of the larger community, and everyone is welcome to sign up. Newcomers and those interested in joining our church as members are encouraged to try our welcome and membership classes. Programs for children and youth include Sunday school classes and other activities and events, some designed for all ages to enjoy together.

Fall Classes

Parenting Styles: What’s Your Evolution?
Judy Goth-Owens, facilitator
Tuesdays, September 16 – 30, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

As a parent, where have you come from, who are you, where are you going? Explore your parenting approach and create for yourself more awareness of how you got where you are. Develop confidence and skill as you continue the parenting journey and your children grow and develop.

Poetry: From Haiku to Prose
Edith Gibson, published poet, college professor, and creative writing instructor
Tuesdays, September 23 – October 14, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
$15 fee

We will explore legendary poets who uphold the dreams, vision, and/or tradition of the Unitarian Universalist faith. Participants will learn the history of haiku, tanka, free verse, spoken word, and prose poetry through diverse voices. This class offers a chance to explore and create different types of poetry. You are invited to engage in a reflective process to listen and share your own poetry as well as workshop old and new material. We need a minimum of four participants for poetic quorum.

Nia 
Patricia Quinn, certified Nia Blue Belt instructor
Wednesdays, September 24 – November 26, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
$50/series or $5/class (drop-ins welcome)

Nia is a practice that blends martial arts, healing arts, and dance arts to exercise the mind and body. Each individual expresses the joy of movement to music in his or her own body’s way. All fitness levels are welcome to Nia classes, which are done barefoot and deliver whole-body conditioning while connecting the body, mind, emotions, and spirit.

Meditation for Beginners
Kurt Scholler, meditation teacher and coach
Wednesdays, October 1 – 29 (except October 15), 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
$10 suggested donation per session

Meditation is a practice than anyone can start at any time. It offers the possibility for direct experience of the mystery of life, or at minimum, it is a simple way to reduce your stress. In this class, you will learn the essential meditation techniques of a variety of spiritual traditions with plenty of time for practice and discussion. This class also includes online guided meditations for home practice. Classes build on each other, so commitment to all four is best. Kurt has been meditating since 1996 and teaching classes and coaching individuals since 2009. He is sharing his passion with our congregation for a second time.

Winter Classes

Articulating Your UU Faith
Bob Lovell and Bill Benallack, instructors
Thursdays, January 8 – February 5, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

This five-week course is designed to help you decide what you say after you say you’re a UU. This class will help you organize your thoughts and beliefs into a coherent statement about Unitarian Universalism based on UU history, the seven principles, various readings and discussions, and your own unique perspectives.

Nia
Patricia Quinn, certified Nia Blue Belt instructor
Wednesdays, January 14 – March 18, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
$50/series or $5/class (drop-ins welcome)

Nia is a practice that blends martial arts, healing arts, and dance arts to exercise the mind and body. Each individual expresses the joy of movement to music in his or her own body’s way. All fitness levels are welcome to Nia classes, which are done barefoot and deliver whole-body conditioning while connecting the body, mind, emotions, and spirit.

Tending the Spiritual Lives of Children
Teresa Putnam, DLFD, and Harmony Gmazel, facilitators
Thursdays, January 22 – February 12, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Book purchase required, $10 - $11

If you’re interested in the spiritual development of a child, then this class is for you. We’ll read The Gift of Faith: Tending the Spiritual Lives of Children, and we’ll consider the core religious values in a child’s upbringing, our culture that pulls families away from church life, and the importance of family participation in religious community for the benefit of our children’s and our own spiritual growth.

Spring Classes

Birding for Beginners: When Seconds Matter
Lise Schools, outdoor educator, designer, and Audubon volunteer
Wednesday, April 29, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. (indoor workshop)
Saturday, May 2, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (outdoor field practice)

This two-part workshop includes a two-hour indoor technique session and two hours in the field at a local birding area. The emphasis is on characteristics to identify in the few seconds a bird is in view. Training will also focus on print and electronic field guide options and optical equipment use. If you own or can borrow binoculars and/or field guides, bring them to the workshop. The field day will require moderate walking.

Lise Schools has been a professional outdoor educator for over 30 years for agencies including the Forest Service and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. She currently owns Interpretive Ideas, a company that designs educational materials for natural resource agencies. Lise started birding with her father when she was four years old and has conducted birding trips and outings for her job and as a volunteer for Audubon chapters.

Register at church during coffee hours on Sunday mornings, or contact the church office. Scholarships are available for classes with fees, and childcare and accessibility needs can be arranged. Fees can be paid by check, cash, or online here. Please contact the facilitator of a class or the church office if you have questions or want to sign up within 10 days of the first class.