The Bergfried Team organizes and coordinates programs and campouts at Bergfried, approximately 600 acres, near Hermann, Missouri. The team also attends to the physical needs of the grounds and the Cottage.
Contact: Shawn Cummings
Caregivers Support Group
If you are a caregiver for someone you love, you need care too. This facilitated group meets monthly to share experiences and support.
Contact: Corinne Esenault
The Eliot Choir sings at nearly every worship service. The members are teen-aged and older. Rehearsals for those who choosing to sing at the 9:30 am service is on Wednesday evening from 7:30 – 9:00 pm, with a warm-up on Sunday morning at 8:30 am. Those who choose to sit in the 11:00 service rehearse during first service on Sunday from 9:15 to 10:30 am. Conducting duties are shared by Dr. Leon Burke III, Choir Director and Jan Chamberlin, Music Director.
Contact: Jan Chamberlin, Music Director
Covenant Groups are small, supportive sharing groups of six to ten people. The central feature is a promise we make to one another to build trust, share openly and care for one another in the highs and lows of our individual lives. Please feel free to contact the Covenant Group Development Team for more information, or to inquire about joining a group.
The Friday Freethinkers is a lively study group that discusses religion, ethics, morality, philosophy, literature, film, and any other topic of interest. Join them any Friday morning at 9:30 am in Adams Hall for a couple hours of stimulating conversation. Newcomers especially welcome.
Contacts: Linda Polcyn
This adult women’s choir is an a cappella singing group led by Music Director Jan Chamberlin. Music is learned by ear and harmonies are improvised. Songs are drawn from folk, contemporary and spiritual traditions with inspiration from UU Ysaye Barnwell of “Sweet Honey in the Rock.” Inner Voices will sing for worship services, home or hospital-bound members, or for justice rallies. New singers are welcome by audition.
Contacts: Jan Chamberlin, Music Director
Eliot’s Library Team maintains the DuBois Library in Adams Hall and the Barbara C. Nutt Children’s Library, next to the Guest Center. The objective of DuBois Library is to contribute to a strong religious community, with a collection focusing on liberal religion and Unitarian Universalism. The Children’s Library supports the needs of religious education program and serves as a resource and fun reading space for our children.
Contact: Sue Blandford
This team helps prepare the monthly Greenleaves newsletter for mailing by labeling, sorting and bundling the newsletters. They meet in Adams Hall at 9:30 am on the last Wednesday of the month. The conversation is lively and jokes abound. Everyone is welcome to join us.
Contact: Terri Burtin, Communications Assistant
Partner Church Link
Eliot Chapel partners with Unitarians in the town of NyaradSzentMarton (St-Martin-on-the-river), a rural village in Transylvania, and the Hungarian-speaking region of Romania. The Partner Church Link spearheads efforts at Eliot to provide assistance to the members of St. Martin’s. The offering given at our November Bread Service supports this program. Meetings are held monthly. See Eliot calendar or contact Beth Rossow for dates.
Contact: Beth Rossow
To learn more about Eliot’s Partner Church Link and the support we provide, click here.
Room at the Inn (RATI)
Room at the Inn (RATI) is a year-round program sponsored by the Sisters of Divine Providence. The program, which involves more than 60 churches in the St. Louis area, provides shelter for up to 20 persons per week. Eliot has been participating in this program since 1992.
Contacts: Karen Gender & Joanne Prats
Eliot’s scrip program helps support the church through sales of scrip cards for purchases at local vendors (Dierberg’s, Shop N Save, Panera). Buyers receive 100% of the face value of the card in merchandise, and Eliot earns 5% to 9% of the face value. Online shopping through the Great Lakes Scrip Center and iGive.com also provides a percentage of the purchase to Eliot. Scrip Team volunteers sell the cards between Sunday services every week and have information about participating online vendors.
For more details on how you can help Eliot by purchasing scrip, please click here.
Contacts: Pat and Jerry Krull
Eliot’s adult singles group offers fun, friendship, and activities– from the enlightening and cultural to the physical and purely escapist. If you are a single UU, this is the group for you.
Contact: Tom Gayer
Many exciting opportunities to get involved – drop by the Social Justice table in Adams Hall any Sunday or contact our Social Justice Coordinator.
Contact: Nancy Spargo, Social Justice Coordinator
Women’s Alliance provides the women of Eliot Chapel with an opportunity for fellowship, intellectual stimulation, involvement, and growth. The Alliance seeks, through a variety of programs, to be of service to members, friends, the church, and the community. Meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 9:30 am in Adams Hall to discuss books and provocative topics. On the fourth Tuesday, there is usually an outing to a local destination. All Women are welcome.
Contact: Sue Blandford