Meditations for the Mid-Week by ZOOM, Wednesdays, 2:30-3:30pm

Please join Deborah Cooper, M.Ed., L.P.C. via easy to use ZOOM video-conferencing  for an hour of  meditation, reflection and sharing. Deborah has just returned from a retreat in England and is eager to be with every one and share the teachings and inspiration that she has gained.

No fee but donations to the teacher via PayPal will be gratefully accepted. Information on that link will be provided in email as well as during the session. Questions?,
215-248-0489 or

To get the ZOOM link, email

Not experienced with ZOOM? No Worries-it’s a piece of cake! Even non-techies can do it!

For more information on ZOOM, these YouTube videos will walk you through how to install Zoom and join a call. You do not need to know how to initiate a call – the USG host will do that. And you do not need the paid version of Zoom. The free version is sufficient.
 Here’s the zoom resource for getting started —
Video tutorials: (you can also go to and click on help)

BREATHE- Access virtually for now.
Schedule and course information

Breathe is our Sunday evening mindfulness program with a rotating cast of experienced meditation teachers and mindfulness leaders. Please remember that in order to keep the sessions going, the teachers need your support. There are no set fees, but we suggest a teacher donation (dana) of $10- $20. For more info, go to  

All classes are Sunday Evening, 5 PM – 6:30 PM unless otherwise noted.

Here’s how to join sessions using ZOOM.  Email to get the ZOOM link. Then click on it. If you don’t already have ZOOM downloaded, it will direct you to a quick download.  (Think of the ID as the room number.)

Questions- Contact Howard Silver at or 215-669-8871.


Sundays March 29 and April 5, 5:00-6:30pm —“Peace with your Body through Mindfulness and Compassion”

Led by Dana Barron, PhD, certified health and life coach.

Come and learn how to experience peace with your body as it is now. We all struggle with our human bodies. We expend a lot of energy & resources trying to change them – weight, fitness, appearance, and health status. In reality, though, we have limited control over how our bodies look and how they function. Our struggles thus create needless suffering.

In this two-part series Dana will provide practical tools and teachings (like mindfulness, self-compassion, and emotional intelligence) to support you in declaring peace with your NOW body so that you can free up your time, energy, and resources for your deeper purpose. The second session on April 5 will focus on appearance and weight.

Adolescents and adults welcome.

Learn more about Dana at, You can reach her at or 215-688-5108.

April 12, Easter Sunday, NO Breeze class.

April 19, Esther Wyss-Flamm. Meditation will focus on connection to the natural world in honor of Earth Day including with breath.

April 26, Jesse Frechette, Mindfulness through Art and Creative Activities, postponed from March 15.
We will free ourselves to tap into our own creativity without judgment or comparison, while learning or deepening our mindfulness practices.  Our innate creativity is always there to support us, but sometimes we forget this as adults or we let judgment, comparison, or self doubt get in the way of us expressing ourselves creatively and accessing the potential wellness and healing that come from our own creativity.

Each session is an independent class in the series, so come even if you missed the others.  We will pair a creative activity with a particular mindfulness practice, such as mindful self-compassion/heartfulness, mindful seeing, mindfulness of thoughts and emotions (and touching into awareness of impermanence), and mindfulness of gratitude. The creative activity will provide the opportunity to deepen our awareness and learning around that mindfulness practice.  This is a great opportunity to tap into healing and help oneself to potentially experience some movement around stuck places and deepen ones insight while having some fun in the process. 

Come have fun, free yourself from the limiting beliefs of judgment, try something new, and learn or deepen your mindfulness practice!

All levels of experience and inexperience are welcome, whether or not you have any art or mindfulness background, and all materials are provided.

Appropriate for adults, teens, and children 10 and older.

Taught by Jesse Frechette, LCSW
Mindfulness Educator, Coach, Facilitator, & Therapist
Founder & Director at Center Mindful


Holistic SpiritualityHow to Speak to Anyone with Truth and Kindness
A Half-Day Online Workshop led by Oren Jay Sofer
Saturday, April 25, 2020, 1:00 to 4:30pm ET

The path of awakening taught by the Buddha includes a wide range of practices to calm the body and mind, to heal the heart, and to respond to need with wisdom and compassion. Silent meditation is only one form of training. In our time together, we will use the foundation of inner practice to build a holistic approach to transformation and engaged action.

How can we use our spiritual practice as a resource to respond to the challenges of our times with strength and love? How do we bring qualities of integrity, truth, and kindness into our relationships and conversations, staying true to our values while creating conditions for real dialogue?

In this half-day online workshop, we will explore an integrated approach to bringing mindfulness and care to our communication. The tools shared will be a combination of the core guidelines for Wise Speech offered by the Buddhist tradition, as well as the contemporary discipline of Nonviolent Communication. Together, these practices form a powerful foundation for insight, compassion, and skill so that our conversations can create meaningful change.

This event is appropriate for meditators at all levels of experience. All are welcome; no prior experience necessary.

This program will be held online via Zoom from 1:00-4:30pm ET. A link with simple instructions will be sent to all registrants before the program. We will take several short breaks, including a longer break half-way through.

NOTE: This workshop is both a stand-alone program and Part 3 of a series of three online, half-day workshops offered by Oren Jay Sofer. Registration information to follow. 

Oren Jay Sofer, a member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council, teaches meditation and communication retreats and workshops nationally. He is a Certified Trainer of Nonviolent Communication and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner for the healing of trauma. Oren also holds a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University and is the founder of Next Step Dharma. He is the author of Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication, and coauthor of Teaching Mindfulness to Empower Adolescents


Sunday Morning Meditation Space-Closed for now

Welcoming space for meditation is available every Sunday at USG from 9:15 to 10:15am in Sullivan Chapel . There will no longer be someone guiding these meditations.


Unitarian Universalism and Buddhism

Like UU’s “free and responsible search for meaning”, Buddhism is non-creedal. In his first mindfulness precept, Thich Nhat Hahn says Buddhist teachings are not doctrines but guiding means to help us develop understanding and compassion. One of the Buddha’s last teachings was to “be a lamp unto yourself”.

The inherent worth and dignity of every person is evident in Buddhist teaching that everything in the universe shares Buddha nature.

The Universalist emphasis on the saving power of love can be seen in the Mahayana Bodhisattva vow to renounce nirvana until all beings are enlightened, and in reverence for Avolokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of great compassion.

UU respect for the interdependent web of all existence mirrors the Buddhist teaching of emptiness, what Thich Nhat Hahn calls inter-being–that everything in the universe exists only in its connection with everything else, and nothing has an absolute separate identity.

UU affinity for Buddhism goes back to Thoreau. There has been an active Unitarian Universalist Budddhist Fellowship for many years. It is still considered an independent affiliate of the UUA.