Small Groups for Reflection and Growth
Spiritual Theme Circles
Theme Circles are groups of eight to ten people who meet once per month for two hours to confidentially discuss, explore and reflect upon our monthly spiritual theme. Joining a theme circle is a great way to meet new people, foster meaningful connections and deepen your personal spiritual journey.
Each circle is led by a trained facilitator (a fellow UU) and follows a program outlined in the monthly guide called The Path. This publication (which is available to everyone in the congregation) includes readings, thought-provoking questions and additional resources that help participants clarify their thoughts and feelings about the monthly theme.
Theme Circles are designed to be time-limited, rather than ongoing. Sign-up is generally held in September for the fall term which lasts four months, and January for the spring term which runs five months. Once the groups are formed they are closed to additional members until the following term when new groups form. For more information about Theme Circles, please email email@example.com.
Small Group Ministry
Small Group Ministry groups are comprised of eight to ten people who meet for two hours twice per month on an ongoing basis. These groups help people connect with one another, deepen their spiritual lives, experience community, and discuss what really matters to them. Some groups have a specific overall theme (e.g. Humanism, Eckhart Tolle teachings) but most do not. Groups meet in participants’ homes or at the Meeting House.
Small groups usually start with a check-in to give each member a chance to share how they’re doing in general and let others know of any special joys or difficulties. Opening rituals may also include the lighting of a chalice and/or an inspirational reading. At the end of the meeting there may be a closing ritual, and some groups also have refreshments.
While Small Group Ministry is supportive, it is not a support group nor a counseling session. The group does provide a place for spiritual growth and connection with others. It is a place where people may explore their feelings and give expression to their thoughts and feelings in a safe environment. Groups also identify at least one community service project to work on together each year. For more information about Small Group Ministry, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.