Pamela Denchfield, Meriaten Long & Donna Johnson

Poetry is so important because it helps us understand and appreciate the world around us. Poetry’s strength lies in its ability to shed a “sideways” light on the world, so the truth sneaks up on you. No question about it. Poetry teaches us how to live.” — Alice Osborn

Poets like inaugural poet Amanda Gorman speak truth, power hope, and fuel activism. Poets like Lin-Manuel Miranda excel at storytelling bringing History to life. 

All poets benefit by expressing themselves in a unique and authentic way.

Did you know that the WUUC community has its own Poetry Group? Meriaten Long and Pamela Denchfield facilitate the WUUC Poetry Group. We meet on fourth Sundays, from 4-6 p.m.

All are welcome! We usually have a mix of WUUC members and the public. Zoom link:

What happens at the WUUC Poetry Group? In each session, you have the opportunity to:

  • Share work with a supportive audience (it could be yours or someone else’s)
  • Generate new work by following group exercises

New to poetry? So are we! While we have been haunting readings for some time and sharing poems on occasion, we are learning the forms, too. We take turns bringing the exercises. We have been working through the alphabet in finding forms. Our next meeting is March 28. Pamela will explore a poetry form that begins with R.

For more information about the WUUC Poetry Group, contact Pamela at

Poetry enhances the experience of worship. Like the visual art and music that is provided for our services by our friends and members, poetry can give voice to a variety of people and perspectives that reflect the rich differences in our congregation’s demographics. This spring we welcome poetry contributions on the monthly worship themes of Commitment, Becoming, Story, and Play.  Poems that address these themes can help to unify the service as they are included as a Call to Worship, Chalice Lighting, Reading, or Benediction. 

Please send poems to Donna Johnson at Poems and artwork will be used in worship if they are a good fit with the service being planned.