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Book Clubs

Courageously Coed Book Club: Meets the second Monday of the month on Zoom.

The Coed Book Club invites anyone who likes to read and discuss novels to join us. We have in common a love of reading and talking about books—appreciating good writing that offers a glimpse into the lives, worlds and ideas of others. We also appreciate the communal experience of the group and getting to know each other in a different setting at Northwoods.

Contact Susan Powers for information: for the reading list and Zoom login information.

The Men’s Book Club: Meets meets regularly on the first Saturday of each month via Zoom.

The Men’s Book Club reads a wide variety of both fiction and nonfiction books. We have about 15 members who are mostly retired professionals. We select the books once a year by voting on nominations from the members. Each month a different person leads the discussion of that month’s book.

For more information contact Wally Gardner:

The Women’s Book Club: Meets on the third Saturday of the month at 10:00 a.m. on Zoom

The Women’s Book Club has been meeting monthly since 2001. We select books every 3-4 months based on a democratic voting process. Meetings run approximately 90 minutes followed by an optional lunch gathering at a local restaurant.

For reading lists and Zoom login information, please contact Shirley Locke:

Dismantling White Supremacy Book Group: Our newest book group, DWS meets to discuss nonfiction works covering topics such as race inequity, mass incarceration, white supremacy, and racial bias  in society and within ourselves. As we work as a community to be more actively anti-racist, we also commit to doing the individual work of rejecting the unconscious white supremacy culture in which we live. This group provides a space for processing and learning as we move toward the goal of Beloved Community that is welcoming to all. The group began by reading “How To Be An Anti-Racist” by Ibram X. Kendi, and future selections will be selected with input from the group as a whole.

For more information, Contact Rev. Sarah at

Black Lives Matter Protests

  • Next Protest: The next protest in support of Black Lives Matter will be held on Saturday, November 14 at 2:00 p.m. at North Shore Park. History lesson/conversation to follow. Black Lives will continue to matter regardless of the election outcome. Stand with us and show your support.

Silent Drum Circle: October 30

You are invited to join together for silent drumming as we celebrate our community by being united in our rhythm, yet separate in our silence.
Please note that this is a reservation only event and participants must RSVP. Silent Drum Circle happens in the parking lot of the church on whatever Friday is closest to the full moon. 

Reserve a spot by emailing Susan Blackmore at
Arrive in the Northwoods UU parking lot between 7:15 so we are ready to begin at 7:30.
The church building will be closed, including restrooms and playground.
Kids need to understand that the playground is closed and they are to do what the adults are doing.
Bring a chair or stool, blanket, tailgate, etc., your drum or pot or shaky thing.
Wear masks.
We will stay in verbal silence.
Parking spots are assigned and participants are asked to stay in their designated area.
Please, do not share drums or other items.
Leave silently and enjoy the moon on your way home.
Silent Drum Circles are held on the Friday closest to the full moon.

We are happy about being able to be “together” in this spiritual way and to have a beautiful experience to remind us that we are not alone during this time.

Men’s Group

It is vital for men to share fellowship. Men who gather regularly with friends or men’s groups are happier and lead longer, more meaningful lives. The NUUC Men’s Group is an opportunity for men to come together for mutual support and learning. We practice fellowship with a purpose—we pursue and encourage social justice action, and study the impact that men have on the lives of others. The group meets monthly and is open to all who identify as male.  For more information contact David Shontz at


This Sunday at Northwoods

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Need Help?

Do you find yourself needing support? Do you need to share your thoughts or feelings? Our Lay Ministry, Pastoral Care, and Healthy Congregations teams are here to help.Click here to learn more

Spiritual Practice Opportunities

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