Groups & Activities - We got 'em!

A lot of the them.West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church is a home for both church activities and a variety of community organizations and activities. Whether attending a small group discussion, a workshop, a seminar, a long-standing Wednesday night AA meeting, or a concert offered by the Rocky River Chamber Series, there is something happening at West Shore.   The best source of information is the church calendar, found on the home page of the website.  The listings below are a few highlights from the many programs offered almost every day and evening of the week.

Connection Circles

What are Connection Circles?
A Connection Circle is a group of people who covenant (promise) that they will meet over a period of time, either short term, (say, 8 meetings weekly) or long term (say, 8 monthly meetings, and explore together the theme of the month or other themes as determined by the facilitators group. . Some Connection Circles are built around common characteristics or “affinities”, (such as being a young adult). The meetings have a format guided by the group covenant and a facilitator who leads both dialogue and the deep listening. Watch the church newsletter, The Shorelines, for the most recent and up-to-date information about openings and new groups forming.  Typically new groups form each fall and mid-winter. 



The choir at West Shore both upholds musical excellence by performing Sunday service and major choral works AND serves as a great opportunity to get to know people, sing together and work with Music Director, David Blazer. David Blazer's musical accomplishments as both organist, choral conductor, lead organizer of the Free Spirit Band and jazz pianist are well known throughout the Greater Cleveland area. The choir meets every Wednesday through the church year (September - May) beginning at 7:30 p.m. Email if you'd like to sing with the choir or play an instrument for the service.

Craft Ministry

Come knitters, crocheters and all in between. The Craft Ministry Team at West Shore welcomes you. They meet the first Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m. for spinning yarns and creating works of art. Join them!

Denominational Connections

We are part of a larger network of Unitarian Universalist Congregations - from the Ohio Meadville District and part of CERG (Central East Regional Group). Denominational connections strengthens connections between the church and the larger region, including the UU Summer Camp, SI (Summer Institute) and the annual General Assembly (GA).

Friendship Group (and Potluck!)

An informal gathering of members and friends who meet every Tuesday for lunch at noon. The third Tuesday is a potluck. All are welcome to attend!


River Rocks Sangha

The River Rocks Zen Sangha meets weekly at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd In Rocky River . During three seasons of the year, the sangha offers a weekly opportunity for an hour of Zen Buddhist meditation practice, both sitting and walking meditation, and for a half hour conversation about the dharma after sitting. The sitting periods are preceded by a brief sutra chanting service.

Affiliated with Boundless Way Zen Community and the Toledo Zen Temple, we also offer periodic day-long Zen meditation retreats, occasionally with teacher in attendance to offer interviews about practice and dokusan. Multi-day meditation retreats are open to our members to attend at the Boundless Way Zen temple in Worcester, MA or at the Great Heartland Zen Temple in Toledo OH.

Newcomers are welcome to drop in, but you would benefit from some advance conversation about Zen Buddhist meditation and the forms that the Boundless Way Zen Community uses. Contact the Reverend Wayne B. Arnason, Practice Leader, at 440-333-2255 ext. 102 for more information.

Social Action Film Series

The Social Action Film Series presents documentary films on a variety of important and relevant issues. The films are free and open to the public and will occasionally be accompanied by speakers who are knowledgeable on that month's topic. You are also invited to stay after the film for refreshments and conversation.  The Social Action Film Series is held the 2nd Saturday of each month, at 7:00 p.m.

Socrates Cafe

Our Socrates Cafe is part of a worldwide network of more than 600 groups that gather on a regular basis to ask lots of questions and to have lively and dynamic discussions on philosophy and life. If this sounds good to you, come join us on the second and fourth Sundays of each month at 7:30 p.m. and the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at noon. We look forward to seeing you.

Third Saturday Suppers

Third Saturday Suppers are informal gatherings held in the homes of members and friends of the church with small groups of six to eight people on the third Saturday of the month from January-June. The first dinner is a potluck held in Baker Hall at 6:00 p.m. Wine and pop will be available for the “Get Acquainted Hour.” Ham and turkey will be provided for a nominal fee - $6 per person. Attendees will supply the salad, vegetable or dessert by bringing a dish for eight. This is an excellent way to get acquainted with people in our church.

From February through June, the host for each dinner will supply the main course. Each guest will be asked to bring a side dish. It is important that each person take a turn hosting. If you are single, we will attempt to help you find a co-host. Sign-ups typically begin in November, so watch the church newsletter, Shorelines, for an announcement about the start of the Third Saturday Suppers. Contact the church office, 440-333-2255 to sign up. A host member of the Third Saturday Suppers will contact you.

UU Christian Fellowship

The UU Christian Fellowship meets the first Thursday of the month, 7 - 8:30 p.m The group begins with a chalice lighting, check-in, time of prayer, joys & concerns, then a Bible Study, based on a book from the Bible chosen by the group. The spirit of this discussion is respectful listening and engagement; not to argue doctrine or to dismiss another's beliefs.

All are welcome to attend; bring a Bible!