Our programs and activities are open to all who wish to share in this church and its vital commitment to liberal religion. Specific group contact names and numbers are provided below. Or you are welcome to contact the church administrator with questions at 607-273-7521 or office@uuithaca.org. Please also see our Volunteer Opportunities.

BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP meets on the first Friday of each month at 12:30 pm. The discussion is led by one of the group members, who brings to the group book reviews and in-depth information about the author. After that there is open discussion about the book and author. To find out more, call Jennifer Streid-Mullen at 607-351-3087.

CHOIR. Beginners to experienced singers welcome! The choir performs in the service occasionally and rehearses Thursdays at 7 pm in the Annex. Contact Music Director, Stephanie Ortolano at music@uuithaca.org.

DINER’S CLUB meets approximately once a month from November through April on a rotating basis for dish-to-pass dinners and conversation in members’ homes. The groups range in size from six to ten people and are always open to receive new participants. Contact Jane Koestler  j.e.koestler@gmail.com or 607-272-6422. Currently on hold due to COVID.

LABOR DAY UNIRONDACK WEEKEND Enjoy this member-organized, intergenerational, fun-filled weekend in the Adirondacks. Share your talents, passions, and expertise! Contact Wendy Salomon at 260-772-1914.

LIVING WITH CHRONIC ILLNESS SUPPORT GROUP We offer peer-to-peer support and resource sharing in a small-group virtual setting to persons who suffer from chronic illness and/or pain. The group is now entirely folks with one of the following diagnoses:  FMS, ME/CFS, MCS, and Long COVID, so the discussion is most useful to folks with one or more of the listed problems. We meet by Zoom on the second Wednesday of the month from 3:00 to 4:30 pm. The meetings are facilitated by Judy Jones, who sends out the zoom link on the day of the meeting. For further information, call Judy at 607-273-2760 or Dianne Ferriss at 607-272-6896.

MEN’S GROUP generally meets on the fourth Monday of each month. All who identify as male are invited to join us from 7:00-8:30 pm. For information or questions contact Carsten Hess at carsten@hess.net or Kevin Moss at kevinm607@hotmail.com.

THE BEATRIX POTTER LIBRARY is located on the second floor of the Parish House next to the RE office and is available to everyone. This library is primarily a source of books on the liberal religious quest in general and Unitarian Universalism in particular. There is no fee and information describing the informal checkout procedures is available at the library.

ANTI-RACISM MINISTRY TEAM seeks to educate ourselves and the congregation about our racialized history and the ongoing harmful racist elements of our society. We hope to make informed, meaningful and effective efforts to reach across the very real color barriers in our community and our denomination, and to take action against racial injustice.  For more information, contact Beth Howard at beth4howard@gmail.com or Jennifer Streid-Mullen StreidMull@gmail.com.

SMALL GROUP MINISTRY is an important part of the life of our religious community. Small groups meet once or twice a month, in homes or at the church. Participants establish new and deeper connections with one another and find a place for religious exploration and spiritual growth.

SOCIAL JUSTICE COUNCIL meets monthly to discuss actions to address local and global concerns, i.e., support for food pantry, civil liberties, women’s reproductive rights, refugee assistance, and peace initiatives.

The UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST UKELELE UNION (UUUU).  This group, with the twin missions of having fun and building community both within the First Unitarian Society of Ithaca and beyond, plays together approximately monthly at church services and other events around town. Contact Music Director Stephanie Ortolano at music@uuithaca.org to get on our email list.

WOMEN’S CIRLE generally meets on the fourth Monday of each month from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.  All who identify as women are welcome. Anyone is welcome to bring a poem or a reading. For information or questions contact Nancy Miller at ananda7733@gmail.com or 607 539 7733.  The group is currently meeting by Zoom. Please email Nancy for the Zoom link.