Men's Group


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Men's breakfastAllen Avenue Men’s Group is an open and supportive community of UU men, who share experiences, insights and good times as part of self-discovery and growth.
We have breakfast and community every second Saturday of the month, 8:00 to 10:00 AM at church. Besides good food and conversation, we have a check-in and join in a program led by a member or guest. We also get together for other activities. It’s a great way to make new friends. Come Visit Us!

Our last daylong retreat, celebrated each November is pictured here.

Mission: The A2U2 Men’s Group is an open and supportive community of UU men who share experiences, insights and good times as part of self-discovery and growth.

To give you an idea of what we discuss , at one time or another the group has discussed these topics:

  • Wanting deeper experiences / connections that help with a sense of lost youth, virility, etc.
  • Non-coupled men expressing a desire to meet other men and build new friendships
  • Present successes no longer providing meaning and satisfaction
  • Learning about specific ways other men have involved themselves with their family
  • Learning how to better communicate with the struggles of our daughters
  • Finding other ways to do things, to improve relationships
  • This community: A place to be ourselves, where we don't have to be the "hero"
  • Learning what experiences other men have with raising children
  • Fathers and sons - What is this special relationship? What could it be?
  • Understanding how to make the transition to retired life
  • Talking about dreams beyond parenting, work, and church
  • Reducing fears of the unknown, so we can make changes
  • Gaining courage to take the steps toward a new future
  • How to deal with our children as divorced fathers
  • Talking to other men to get a sense of where we each stand
  • Sharing sad feelings related to a sense of failure
  • Gaining a feeling that we fit in, that we’re normal
  • Going beyond superficial buddy relationships
  • Seeing how other men live their lives
  • Taking a chance with other men
  • Being able to talk about my kids
  • Gaining more active listening skills
  • Past and present relationships
  • Struggles with self-image
  • Work and family issues
  • Learning from other men
  • Being a better person
  • How to leave a legacy
  • Being a better parent
  • Community
Related Materials

Come to First Light, Men, January 31 - February 2, 2014 -- poster here.

In a New York Times article dated 11/29/08, "More Men Take the Lead Role in Caring for Elderly Parents,” we’re told of a new and profound change sweeping society. That "men make up nearly 40 percent of family care providers now, up from 19 percent in a 1996 study … about 17 million men are caring for an adult.” A brief, yet, provocative article, I wonder how many of us at Allen Avenue UU are in a similar role? -- Doug