An Active Community
You’ll find things going on all the time at the Tree House or among our members. We try to offer a wide variety of opportunities for enrichment, stimulation, and just plain fun, and you’re welcome to attend any of our activities, whether you’re a member or not. It’s a great way to get to know us.
The list that follows is just what we’ve done lately. We’re always trying new things and you can check our Calendar for the latest information on the What, Where, and When of what’s happening:
Weekly Gatherings – This is the principal time our community comes together, 10:30 on Sunday morning. You can learn more about that by visiting our Gathering page.
“The Story of Us” – On many Sundays during the summer, in lieu of a talk from the pastor, members of the TLCUU community talk about their own spiritual journeys – how they began, the twists and turns in their own roads, where they are now in their journeys, and where they might be headed. These talks (always voluntary! Nobody is ever pressured!) are always interesting and informative, and demonstrate the many paths our members have traveled to end up together.
Monday Art Party – This Meditation Through Art and Movement is facilitated by TLC member Andi Fasimpaur and guest instructors. The creative activities change periodically but might involve artistic endeavors like Zentangle, hand work with clay or fabric, or even tai-chi.
Heartfulness Meditation – A facilitator from the Heartfulness Meditation Center in Beavercreek leads group meditation every Tuesday evening from 7:30 to 8:30 at the Tree House. Whether you are new to meditation or have been practicing it on your own for years, you will find both members and nonmembers enjoying this hour of peace and nourishment.
Stitch and Chat – Do you knit or crochet? Spend a couple of Wednesday evenings every month with Barbara Moreda and others who share your creative outlet. Beginning knitters will find plenty of help and advice, and experienced ones will find companionship and new challenges.
Dance Meditation – Music and movement are freeing and meditative for many people. At this activity on the second Friday of every month, you can let DJ Max Terrior’s carefully selected music just wash over you and let your body take charge of your mind and let your cares fade to the background for a while.
Red Tent Women’s Circle – Celebrated at the New Moon of every month, this is a time for women of the community to gather, socialize, discuss, mentor, and share life’s joys and challenges with each other.
Participation in Community Activities – TLCUU is actively involved in many neighborhood and community-wide events. This list doesn’t include everything by any means, but you’ll certainly find us active at these:
- Annual Pride Parade and Rally in downtown Dayton
- Annual Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Parade and Celebration of our ancestors and loved ones
- St. Anne’s Hill Community Yard Sale each spring – lots of fun and a great fund-raiser
- St. Anne’s Hill neighborhood spring Alley Sweep and clean-up
- Partnering with other organizations in an annual Baby Shower for single mothers
- Involvement in community activities promoting social justice and well-being, often partnering with other civic and spiritual communities like the Downtown Dayton Partnership, the Miami Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Harmony Creek Church, St. Andrew’s Methodist Church, and others
- Sponsorship or backing for support & self-actualization groups such as Survivors of Incest Anonymous and Break Free Women’s Group
Candy Making – TLCUU makes the best toffee in the world, according to, well, everybody who has ever tasted it. On the first weekend in November we make almost half a ton of candy, and while this is our biggest fund raiser, it might also be the best time we have together. If you want to see us as we really are – hard-working, loving, funny, committed to our community and to each other – this is the best time to visit the Tree House. And you’ll undoubtedly come away with a box (or many boxes) of the best toffee in the world.
And so much else – We can’t begin to list it all. But here are some of the other things we do regularly or have done recently:
- movie nights
- game nights
- canoe/kayak outings
- classes in Creation Spirituality
- movie world premiere at the Neon Movies downtown
- bartending fundraisers at the nearby Fifth Street Brew Pub
- Seeker Series talks on alternative spiritualties
- live concerts by local and national musicians
- parties, picnics, retreats, and bonfires
You get the idea – We’re busy, active, playful, involved … and we love being together. And we’d love it if you’d get together with us.