Social & Spiritual Groups

The First Unitarian community provides us with lots of opportunities to share our joys, interests, and passions. We learn, explore, discuss, create, dine, and enjoy life together… and form lasting and meaningful bonds.

Our campus is currently closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. To find out more about groups that are meeting and planning virtually, visit our Virtual Connections page or fill out the “I’m Ready to Get Involved” form.


Theology and Spirituality

Covenant Groups: Explore life’s deeper issues in a small group, and develop community with enriching and meaningful connections.

Contact: Martha Beyerlein,

Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS): Celebrate pagan spirituality with a focus on UU values. We hold workshops, discussion groups, and open rituals. We meet on 2nd and 4th Fridays at 7:00 pm, and hold sabbats throughout the year. Contact Raven Reed Starr at for more info, or find us on Facebook at

Secular Buddhism Group: Discuss non-theist Buddhist principles and practices from a UU perspective; practice group meditation.

Contact: Roy Moody,

Yoga: Yoga practice appropriate for beginners. Bring a mat and a donation of cash or canned goods for the Food Pantry. Saturdays at noon in Memorial Hall.

Contact: Ann Walton,


Book Clubs

Bread, Wine, and Book Club: Enjoy treats and discuss fiction and nonfiction at monthly meetings in members’ homes. Meets 2nd Fridays at 7:00 pm.

Contact: Martha Beyerlein at

Monday Afternoon Book Club: Discuss fiction and enjoy fellowship at members’ homes. Meets on 3rd Mondays at 2:00 pm.

Contact: Joyce Etheridge (509) 308-5523

Nonfiction Book Club: Discuss nonfiction books with other UUs. Meets every Wednesday at 2:00 pm in the Arnold Room.

Contact: Bob Wood, 352-0212


Fun and Fellowship

Extended Families: Build community in a family-like group that meets for regular social events (usually monthly). Some families are accepting new members, or you can start your own! We have adults-only families as well as families for parents and children.

Fiber Arts Group: Sew, knit, crochet, weave, and connect with other UU fiber and textile enthusiasts! Second and fourth Wednesdays, RE Foyer.

Contact: Denise Bleakly, 

Folk Dancing: Learn new dances and practice familiar ones. No partners necessary. Thursdays, 7:30 pm.

Contact: Charlene Baker, 898-3206

Friday Painters: Paint indoors and outdoors. Open to all types of media and all skill levels. Fridays, 9:00 am, Memorial Hall.

Hiking: Enjoy monthly Saturday hikes around New Mexico with fellow UUs.

Contact: Kathleen Rhoad at

Sip ‘n’ Sup: Enjoy monthly dinners in members’ homes. Locations and participants rotate each month. Meets October through May.

Contact: Sharon Stepler,

UU Theatre Goers: People from First U who come together to attend Community Theatre productions. After attending, we sometimes gather for food and conversation. A wonderful opportunity to enjoy fabulous local theatre, make friends, and get out for some fun.

Contact: Sue Coates,

UU Young Adults of Albuquerque: For adults ages 18 – 35 to share, live, grow, and love together.

Contact:  Request to join the Young Adult Facebook group or the Google Group.

Wisdom Circle: Meet with other elder UUs for a potluck breakfast and to explore a new model of aging. Meets on 3rd Saturdays at 9:30 am in the Wesson Room.

Contact: Jerilyn Bowen,


For more information on any church group or activity – or to start the group you’ve been dreaming of! – contact our Director of Membership & Communications, Laira Magnusson.