Chalice  Circles

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Chalice Circles are small groups which meet regularly to forge and strengthen interpersonal connections, encourage spiritual growth, and provide open, supportive and nurturing spaces. These groups of 6-8 people are open to members, friends, and interested visitors.

This fall, each group will meet twice per month, mid-September through mid-December (6 sessions total). In the winter, these groups may be renewed, and new groups may start. You can view the group times and sign up for a group by clicking here.   

What is such a group meant to be?

* A way to deepen our spirituality through a shared practice.

* A way to share our thoughts on life’s big questions.

* A way to connect across age, gender, ethnic, economic and other differences.

* A way to be engaged, included, and heard in a brave, nurturing environment.

 

* A way to bring together the newer and the long time members in our community.

* A way to deepen our practice of shared UU principles.

* A way to practice service from within a small community. (Groups may choose to do a service project to the church or community together.)

* A way to develop our connections with the rest of the congregation.

 

What is such a group NOT meant to be?

* A social club, although ties between church members deepen through Chalice Connection Circles.

* A debate society, although many important topics are discussed. Circles focus more on deep listening than argument or advice.

* A support or therapy group, although the atmosphere is positive.

* A worship service, although the meetings and topics may have a strong spiritual tone.

* A rigid template of activities, although there are general guidelines to follow.

* A closed club, although groups must be limited in size to be effective.

What happens during a group session?

 

• Chalice lighting and a short reading or piece of music.

• Brief check-in. Members briefly share what is going on “beneath the  surface” for them.

• Facilitated discussion on the topic. Short readings generally provide a jumping-off point to explore how the topic connects with one's own life. No advance preparation is required.

• Check-out.  An opportunity to briefly share reactions to the meeting.

• Closing words or music.

What kinds of topics are explored?

A great variety of topics can help participants to grow connections to each other, their own deepest selves, and the wondrous world of which we are a part. Some subjects we are considering for this year include:  Adventure, Making Friends As An Adult, Acceptance, Our Identities, Dealing with Difference, and Endings.

Click here to signup for a group now


 

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