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Religious Exploration


Come light the flame in yoUU! Matriculate at Chalice UUniversity!

The Lifespan Faith Development Committee, in conjunction with the Membership Committee and the Board of Trustees of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Poughkeepsie, invites you to matriculate at Chalice UUniversity!

What is Chalice UUniversity? It’s the remarkably diverse range of programs offered for adults at the UU Fellowship of Poughkeepsie designed to foster personal development on many levels: spiritual, intellectual, emotional, communal and physical, often all at once, as Unitarian Universalist tend view the world holistically: we are all body, mind, heart and soul.

Offerings vary from year to year, and might be led by the minister, interns, members or friends. This catalogue describes offerings as of January, 2016. Check the Bulletin Board, Order of Service, UU News and Views (our monthly newsletter) and The Blast (a weekly bulletin) for even more current offerings and contacts.

If you don’t see something that suits you, or you feel something is missing, the Lifespan Faith Development Committee welcomes proposals and suggestions. Here at Chalice UU, we know that students are often the best teachers.

Current offerings include:

Beading Together

Do you like to bead but wish you had company? Do you need a little help or advice on your projects? Our beading group is continuing this Fellowship year. We meet at 6:30 PM on the second Monday of the month. It’s not a class: it’s a chance to bead together. Everyone brings their own projects and we offer help and advice and inspiration. We have also started work on a Spring Fundraiser if you are interested in helping.


Katy Corcoran: kcorcoea@optonline.net

Jane Bartik: aubreysprite@yahoo.com.

The Bliss Seekers

This meditation group is based on a simple principle: the power of Aum (om), as the sound that manifests creation, to help our very beings vibrate with bliss, if only for the now. The Bliss Seekers will begin meeting again in September of 2016.

Contact: theblissseekers@gmail.com

The Bridge Game

The Bridge Game started out as a class taught by member Nick Garin, which quickly evolved into a duplicate bridge game twice a month, on the second and fourth Thursday of each month, at 7pm. The Game is competitive, but not overly strict with rules since there are players with quite different skill levels. There is still a teaching component, so anyone who wants to learn (or re-learn it if they grew up on Goren) and join in is welcome. There are delicious refreshments that seem to appear out of nowhere each time the Game meets, and the company is fantastic.


Nick Garin: gaylegarin@gmail.com

The Conversation: A Women’s Spirituality Group

The Conversation is a periodic gathering of women. Most recently, the group explored the spiritual implications of self-denial, self-discipline and preparing oneself for what’s next in “Observing Lent, With A Twist.” Past conversations used “The Book of Qualities” by J. Ruth Gendler as a framework. With candlelight and cups of tea, we talk about things that matter deeply to us. Laughter and tears guaranteed. If you are interested in what’s coming next, please feel free to contact us!


Cathy Augello: cathy.augello@gmail.com

Judith Knauss: judith.knauss@gmail.com


Experience the magic of the ancient practice of community rhythm! No experience necessary. Bring a drum or percussive instrument if you have one, but extras are always available. Come drum, rattle or dance!

Sponsored by Spiral Web, and led by Hawklyn, the circle meets on the second Friday of the month from 7:00 – 9:00pm.

Contact: Hawklyn


Music is integral to the life of the Fellowship, as it is integral to the human spirit. There are many ways to "plug in," if music holds special meaning for you. Our choral group, The Helen Baldwin Singers, directed by Mary Ann Osgood, performs at most services conducted by the Minister. The HB Singers present pieces from both classical and contemporary repertoires. Rehearsal is on Wednesday evenings at 7:00pm, and selected Sunday mornings from 9:00am to 10:30am.


Mary Ann Osgood


Periodically, Spiral Web sponsors an introductory course to Herbalism. Learn to identify, grow and use herbs for food, health, and spirit. Grow an herb garden, make medicines and explore shamanic and energetic uses of herbs. Teachers are Beatrix Clarke, Pat Holtz and Jim Wood. Cost: $ 100 for all materials, plus $ 50 donation to UU.


Beatrix Clarke

Loss and Grief Support Group

Loss often triggers grief, which is part of the mourning process. Loss can come in many forms: a by-product of the natural aging process (health, physical limitations, etc.), loss of a job, pet or relationship. By request, Reverend LeFlore coordinates the gathering of anyone interested in a discussion, learning or support group to address these concerns. Please email him if you are interested in participating, including days/times you can meet. Make sure to put Loss and Grief in the subject line.


Reverend Walter LeFlore: revwleflore@gmail.com

Office Administrator Joedy Kievit: office@uupok.org


For Adults and Young Adults (18-35)

Our Whole Lives is a series of curricula developed by the UUA in collaboration with the United Church of Christ that focuses on human sexuality and human relationships over a lifespan, encouraging healthy self-expression, fostering deep communication and celebrating the human experience in its entirety.

The values of the OWL program are:

Self Worth

Sexual Health


Justice and Inclusivity

Offered on an interest based schedule.


Judith Knauss

Soyal Smalls


About Unitarian Universalism

Whether you are new to Unitarian Universalism or have been a member or friend for a while, you are welcome to attend this class and find out more about this liberal faith tradition. This class is held on the second Sunday of the month (following the service) alternately with the companion class, The Path to Membership and Renewal: The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Poughkeepsie.


Reverend Walter LeFlore


The UU Fellowship of Poughkeepsie

An exploration of both the history of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Poughkeepsie itself and of what it means to be a member of the congregation and therefore also of a vibrant and loving community, this class is held on the second Sunday of the month (following the service) alternately with the companion class, The Path to Membership and Renewal: About Unitarian Universalism.


Reverend Walter LeFlore

The Poetry Circle

The Poetry Circle provides a nurturing, supportive environment for this most personal form of self-expression. The Circle meets on the second Thursday of the month at 7pm.


Judith Knauss: judith.knauss@gmail.com

Popcorn Theology

The Lifespan Faith Development Committee is planning a new program, Popcorn Theology. Popcorn Theology takes the concept of movie night to explore issues of spirituality and ethics for Unitarian Universalists. Keep your eye on The Blast and the newsletter for dates, or feel free to suggest a movie to us!




What is Reiki? The word Reiki, pronounced "Ray Key," is compromised of two Japanese words, Rei and Ki, meaning universal life energy. Reiki is a gentle healing technique that allows this life energy to flow from practitioner to receiver.

The Fellowship hosts a monthly Reiki Circle for Reiki practitioners to provide support for each other as well as an opportunity to share Reiki. The Circle is facilitated by Reiki Masters Jennifer Hickey and Judith Knauss, who also hold periodic Reiki workshops for beginners. Contact Jenny or Judith for information on meeting dates and times.


Lia Russ

Judith Knauss


A special interest group that is open to everyone, the Seniors Group sponsors speakers on a range of topics with universal appeal and also provides an opportunity to share thoughts on the joys and the challenges of aging. Meetings are the fourth Sunday of the month, after the service. The Group occasionally enjoys lunching together and also organizes outings.


Vincent Pollina


Silent Meditation, 7:30 am Tuesdays, Conference Room Open to the community. Chanting leads us into 30 to 40 minutes of silent meditation in a serene and comfortable atmosphere. Afterwards, many of us reconvene at The Crafted Kup on Raymond Avenue for breakfast and wide-ranging conversation.


Barbara Corona

Small Group Ministry

The Small Group Ministry Program is designed to create a vibrant and vital community by helping participants establish deeper connections with one another. The small lay-led groups meet once or twice per month. During 2015-2016, the groups are working on Compassionate Communication (also known as Non-Violent Communication) and are not accepting new members. New groups are being planned, however. Please contact the office or the minister for more information.


Reverend Walter LeFlore: revwleflore@gmail.com

Office Administrator Joedy Kievit: office@uupok.org

SoulCollage® Circle

SoulCollage® is an intuitive, fluid process of self-discovery. Participants create collaged cards and explore the profound personal significance of those cards, gaining a deeper understanding of self and richer sense of connection to the universe, while an extraordinary sense of community is fostered. SoulCollage® is magical, mysterious and, best of all, fun. The Circle meets on the Second Saturday of the month from 12:30 to 4:30, and is hosted by Fellowship member Judith Knauss, a trained SoulCollage® facilitator. Special meetings and introductory workshops are also scheduled .


Judith Knauss: highergylphix@gmail.com

Spiral Web

Spiral Web is the UUFP’s Chapter of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans, committed to the seventh principle of Unitarian Universalism, respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. We invite everyone to join in the weaving of the intricate and glittering web of life.

Spiral Web also holds regular “Wheel of the Year” celebrations to mark the cycles of the seasons and the sun. We also provide a minimum of three Sunday morning services for the congregation each year. In 2015-2016, these celebrations were:

October (Samhain/Halloween): Betwixt and Between

December (Solstice/Yule): Gathering the Light

April 24 (Earth Day/May Day/Beltane): This Island Earth

On April 24, the service will be followed by a pot-luck picnic on the grounds, and a labyrinth walk.




Sponsored by the Membership Committee, Speaking of Books is a non-fiction book discussion group. The group meets on the first Monday of the month at 7PM. For more information click HERE.


Meg Hesher: mhesher@yahoo.com

Jane Bartik: aubreysprite@yahoo.com


Founded in 1997 by members Garth Coogan and Nancy Means Wright, Uniplayers produces at least one evening of theatrical entertainment each year, usually in the spring.

Most often an evening of original one act plays interspersed with music and including a dessert buffet, Uniplayers provides a creative outlet for many members. Writing, acting, directing, set design and construction, costuming, make up, lighting, sound effects, music: if you've ever been interested or involved in the theatre and need a "fix," this could be the big break you've been waiting for!


Judith Knauss

Paul Silverstein


(on temporary hiatus)

Join us as we explore the “interdependent web of life” in our area. Weather conditions permitting, we plan to meet in the UUFP parking lot after service on the fourth Sunday of the month (about 12:30). Bring Walk in Nature (on temporary hiatus)

Join us as we explore the “interdependent web of life” in our area. Weather conditions permitting, we plan to meet in the UUFP parking lot after service on the fourth Sunday of the month (about 12:30). Bring appropriate footwear, water, and snacks/lunch. Additional walk/hike leaders and suggestions for walks and hikes are welcome. Excursions will vary in length and difficulty, but will be suitable for a Sunday afternoon.


Paul Silverstein: paulonpokny@gmail.com

Georgette Weir: georgette.weir@gmail.com

Young Adult Group

Young Adults is a broadly defined group comprised of anyone between the ages of 18 and 35. As you can see, it covers a lot of territory!

While the young adults here at the Fellowship engage participate fully in all areas of the life of the congregation, they also seek to strengthen the bonds within their cohort. To that end, they plan activities together such as hikes, concert-going, bowling, pub trivia, karaoke and more.


Soyal Smalls: soyal.smalls@gmail.com


"Plain Water Practice" is a Zen Meditation group that meets every Sunday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The group begins by reading and discussing a member-selected text, followed by discussion. The meeting concludes with two half-hour meditation sessions. New members and beginners are welcome.


Barbara Corona

Peter Elmendorf

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