GROUPS

Discipleship is the continual process of becoming the best versions of ourselves by participating in covenant relationships that cultivate in us the very things Jesus embodied, and the process of learning to embody love, mercy, and justice through intentional relationships. Groups are one way we do discipleship at Urban Village Church.

Life Groups: intentional groups of people committed to doing life together for 1 year in order to navigate the highs and lows of the faith journey and explore the Jesus way of living with others.

Small Groups: interest groups that meet regularly to discuss fascinating topics, articles, and life events.

All groups below are currently open. Take time to read the description and find the group that is right for you. For more information, email Director of Discipleship, Erin James-Brown.

Acts… ually Awesome Bible Study

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Sunday evenings
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Hyde Park
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Violet ([email protected])

Racism, economic disenfranchisement, class discrimination, sexism, political corruption, and questions about the church’s relevance. What does the book of Acts have to say on those topics, and what does it mean in 2018? This twelve week small group will seek connection with our ancestors in the faith and study their methods of resistance and community development.

College Community Small Groups

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Various days of the week
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UIC/Medical District
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Rich ([email protected])

Are you a college or grad student? Join us! Create community, talk about all sorts of spiritual things, explore the Bible, and pray together. Bring your doubts, beliefs, questions, and all of who you are.

Contemplative Lenten Retreat

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TBD
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Erin ([email protected])

Back by popular demand, guest facilitator Teresa Pasquale Mateus will lead us in a day-long retreat to restore the soul and revive spiritual practices. Teresa is the author of Sacred Wounds and an expert on contemplative spirituality from a non-white perspective. Donation of $10 suggested.

Courageous Conversations

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Bi-monthly Thursdays, 6:30 PM
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Loop
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Emily ([email protected] )

Commit to growing in knowledge and courage to work toward dismantling the “powers and principalities” of systemic racism within ourselves and the city we live in. Meet bi-monthly to discuss current events/issues and studying a history of Chicago’s real estate development through the lens of faith and relationship-building.

Exploring Spiritual Practices

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Sunday afternoons
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Hyde Park
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Diamond ([email protected])

Have you been looking for some new and exciting ways to connect to God? This group will be exploring different prayer practices that we could learn together as a group and then practice individually throughout the week. These practices include Lectio Divina (praying with the Bible), contemplative prayer, creative prayer, walking prayer, and many more.

Making Sense of the Bible

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Wednesdays, evenings
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Lincoln Square
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Ellen ([email protected])

Is the Bible ever wrong? Read the approachable book, Making Sense of the Bible, and address often misunderstood biblical themes and gain a deeper appreciation of the Bible so that we might hear God speak through it and find its words to be life-changing and life-giving.

Monthly Knit/Crochet Group

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1st Saturday of the month, 1:00-3:00pm
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All-Site
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Sarah ([email protected])

All are welcome (experienced/novice, old/young, all genders) to practice your skills, learn from others, and discuss how our faith shapes our work. Experience the power of creative, purposeful work with the hands God gave you and share conversation with God’s creative community.

Movie + Discussion

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Second Thursdays, 7pm
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Loop
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Erin ([email protected])

Join us once a month for a movie screening and discussion on race and racism in the US. This is a part of our growing efforts to become an anti-racist church and anti-racists people. Our next movie will be “Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King” on January 25 at 7pm.

New South Loop Life Group

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TBD
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South Loop
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Jesse ([email protected])

Join this group of folks committed to doing life and having intentional conversations about their lives and faith journeys.

Prayer Service in Loop

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Friday Mornings
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Aon Center
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Christian ([email protected])

Work in the Loop? Could use a mindfulness practice in your life? Conclude your week and begin your weekend with prayer. Meet on Friday mornings at the Aon Center for a weekly prayer service led by Pastor Christian Coon.

Rebel Book Club

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Thursdays, 10 am
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Loop (All-Site)
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Erin ([email protected])

Don’t have a typical 9-5 schedule, but still want to learn more about the bible and how to live a life following Jesus? Join the Rebel Book Club, where it doesn’t matter if you read, but you have to show up to talk about what you’re learning. We’ll read books about the Bible written by people of color, women, and queer Christians to better understand our faith.

Reclaiming the Bible

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Mondays, 7pm
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Loop
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Hannah ([email protected])

6 week class led by Pastor Hannah of UVC Wicker Park where you’ll learn how to read the Bible better. What are the different genres of the Bible? How do you incorporate reading in your everyday life? Begins Monday, February 5.

Service Small Group

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Bi-weekly Mondays, 6-7:30pm
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Alliance Bakery (1736 W Division St)
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Grant ([email protected])

Want to discuss what it means to live out a life rooted in service and justice within your local community? And how such a life is rooted in the biblical narrative, the gospel message of Jesus Christ, and Christian tradition?

Suburban Small Group

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Once a month
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Oak Park
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Alycia ([email protected])

Monthly gathering of UVC-ers in the western suburbs. Meet in Oak Park for food, discussion, and authentic relationship.

The Good, The Bad, The Beautiful and The Ugly

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Tuesdays, 7pm
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Andersonville
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Douglas ([email protected])

We gather together to read some of the Bible’s puzzling sections, approaching them as a question, not an answer, cultivating openness in place of certainty & acceptance in place of denial.

The Way of Prayer (Edgewater)

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Tuesdays, 7pm
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Edgewater
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Brittany ([email protected])

Learn more about the heart and life of prayer in this 10 week small group. Study ancient and creative practices for praying with music, using your body, and while reading scripture. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn the power of prayer to transforms you and the world.

UVC Starting Point Groups

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Site Pastor ([email protected])

New to Urban Village Church, or been around for a while but want to take the next step in your spiritual life? True to its name, this 6-week class is a great place to start. You’ll meet new folks, explore grace-based faith, and reflect on how to build loving God & loving neighbor (& loving self) into your daily life. A new starting point group begins every two months at each site. In the form above, choose whichever group is associated with the site you attend.

UVC Youth

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Loop
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Erin ([email protected])

Confirmation as mentorship. Movies, cookies, and discussion. If you (or someone you love) is between the ages of 12-17 and wants to be a part of the growing UVC Youth community. Join us for the next UVC Youth to discuss confirmation as mentorship on January 21 (in partnership with the Inclusive Collective) and on March 18 to watch Disney & Pixar’s Coco, discuss race, racism and faith.

Women and Weirdos of the Bible

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Mondays, 7pm
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Hyde Park
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Ellie ([email protected])

Learning about women and weirdos featured in the Old and New Testaments. What can we learn from the characters and their inclusion in our sacred text? What can we learn about the God of love and power in their stories?

Family Small Group (Hyde Park)

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TBD
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Hyde Park
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Emily ([email protected] )

Meet with other parents and kids from UVC for monthly ritual making, relationship, and activities. This is a kid-friendly environment and we will take turns preparing dinner for the group.

Family Small Group (Wicker Park)

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TBD
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Wicker Park
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Katie ([email protected])

Meet with other parents and kids from UVC for 6 weeks of ritual making, storytelling, and activities during Lent. This is a kid-friendly environment and we will take turns preparing dinner for the group.

Foundations

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Wednesdays, 7pm
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Rogers Park
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Taylor ([email protected])
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Josh ([email protected])

Brand new or recently returned to Christianity, and still feel like you have a lot of questions about the basics? What do Christians really believe, what’s going on in worship, and why do community and outreach matter so much? Join us as we explore these Christian foundations in this 10 week small group. No question is off limits, and no previous Christian experience is required.

Intentional Relationships

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Flexible!
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Everywhere!
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Erin James-Brown ([email protected])

Are you looking for something different? Intentional relationships are groups of 2-3 people who meet for 8 weeks to discuss life, faith, and how to make a difference. There are only two rules. 1) Meet regularly 2) No B.S. … ever.

LGBTQ/SGL Life Group

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Every other Sunday, after worship
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Hyde Park
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Gabe ([email protected])

A safe space for LGBTQ/SGL folks to explore what it means to be queer and Christian. This group meets every other week to explore topics and read books that affect our lives

New Wicker Park Life Group

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TBD
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Wicker Park
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Hannah ([email protected])

Join this intentional groups of people committed to doing life together for 1 year to navigate the highs and lows of the faith journey and explore the Jesus way of doing an authentic life with others.

Reclaiming Prayer

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Wicker Park
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Troy ([email protected])

Learn more about the heart and life of prayer in this 6 week small group. Study ancient and creative practices for praying with music, using your body, and while reading scripture. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn the power of prayer that transforms you and the world.

Spirit & Spirits

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Monthly Wednesdays
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Loop
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Taylor ([email protected])

Let the spirits flow as we discuss important subjects that affect our spirit(s). Join us Wednesdays, once a month. Beer and root beer drinkers alike are invited, because all are welcome at UVC. Begins January 31.

Sunday Small Group (South Loop)

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Sundays, 9:30 AM
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Spertus Institute
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Laura ([email protected])

Join us on Sunday mornings, before worship, as we read and discuss The Last Week by Dominic Crossan and Marcus Borg. This book will prepare us for Lent, the crucifixion of Jesus and the resurrection of Easter morning.

Sunday Small Group (Wicker Park)

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Sundays, 11 am
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Chopin Theater
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Luke ([email protected])

Too busy during the week for a small group? Join this Sunday morning small group for a 10-week study of a spiritually-inspired book. We will be reading Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor. We will worship together at 9:30 AM service and begin our group at 11 AM.

The Enneagram: A Path toward Self-Discovery and Spiritual Renewal

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Thursdays, 7:30 pm
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Edgewater
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Leanette ([email protected] )

The Enneagram is an ancient religious practice of understanding one’s self, how one relates to others, and how to grow closer to God. Explore the wisdom of Christian spirituality for a deeper knowledge of yourself, compassion for others, and love for God by reading The Road Back to You with a group and finding your enneagram in order to gain a type. Starts March 1 at 7:30

The Way of Prayer (South Loop)

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Sundays, 9:30am
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Spertus Institute
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Christian ([email protected])

Learn more about the heart and life of prayer in this 10 week small group. Study ancient and creative practices for praying with music, using your body, and while reading scripture. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn the power of prayer to transforms you and the world.

Transgender Inclusion in the Church

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Sundays, 2:00pm
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South Loop (All-Site)
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Erin ([email protected])

For three weeks, explore the biblically based transgender affirm curriculum transAction. Group members will discuss how UVC can grow in transgender inclusion and articulate action steps we can take in our personal lives to be more affirming of all God’s beautifully diverse people. Group begins February 11.