Winter 2017 Registration
Registration for Winter/Spring 2017 Circles will be open January 8–24, 2017. Detailed information and the sign up form is available HERE on our Circles website.
Enrich Your Spiritual Life in a Circle
What are circles?
Circles are groups of 8-10 committed participants who come together with a trained leader to nurture spiritual growth in community. These groups are grounded in the spiritual practices of deep listening and open-hearted reflection. Each gathering offers an opportunity for deeper connection: connecting with our own inner truth, connecting with other people, and connecting with something greater than ourselves.
Which circle is right for me?
- Community Circles are an opportunity to reflect more deeply on our Sunday services and our monthly worship themes. They offer an opportunity to connect with others in a way that is deep and genuine, yet doesn’t ask us for more vulnerability than we are ready to offer. Community Circles are often experienced as inspiring, energizing, and grounding.
- Soul Matters is a new opportunity that we’re offering this year. Individuals in Soul Matters reflect on our monthly worship themes though taking on a particular spiritual exercise and contemplating a deep question each month. They meet with their Soul Matters group once a month to reflect on their experiences of bringing the worship theme more deeply into their lives. Groups run from October through May. Wondering how it is different from Community Circles? Check out this chart.
- Spiritual Deepening Circles dig into a particular topic or spiritual practice together.
- Newcomer Circles offer an opportunity to learn more about our liberal faith tradition, reflect on our spiritual journeys, and connect with others who are also getting to know First Universalist. Registration is required; you can sign up at the Information table in the social hall or by emailing Sandy@firstuniv.org.
- Care Circles provide companionship and comfort during life’s more challenging chapters. Participants offer strength and support to one another as they navigate their lives’ journeys in a nurturing environment.
The People of Color Circle
The People of Color Circle is a group of congregants who meet regularly to reflect on the spiritual content and messages from the Sunday morning sermon. This Circle follows the same format as Community Circles, but meets on its own schedule. Interested in joining the People of Color Circle? Contact Michael Dotson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What kind of commitment does this involve?
Some circles meet for six sessions and others ask for a year-long commitment. You can choose to register for the circle that best fits with your schedule. They often meet every other week for 90-minute sessions. Participants are asked to commit to regular attendance.
Is childcare provided?
Yes! We are delighted to provide childcare free of charge for all our circles. Please submit this online form as soon as you’re able, and no less than 7 days in advance of your gathering.
How do I sign up?
Online registration is available at firstucircles.weebly.com during the registration window for each term – Fall, Winter, and Summer.
Who can I contact for more information?
Our Minister of Membership and Adult Ministries, Rev. Elaine Aron Tenbrink, would be delighted to answer your questions or talk further about circles. You can reach her at 612-825-1701 x124 or email email@example.com.