Fall 2017 Registration
Registration for Fall 2017 Circles is open Sept. 10 through Oct. 1. Information about offerings and registration 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?
- Soul Matters: Over the past two years, we have been getting to know Soul Matters, a small group curriculum that encourages participants to reflect more deeply on our monthly worship theme. Last spring, our community of facilitators decided to adopt Soul Matters as the core circle format at First Universalist. We hope that you will dive in and discover all that this soulful curriculum has to offer. At the start of each month, you will receive a packet of resources to help you go deeper with the worship theme. It includes poems, articles, YouTube videos, and more. This packet is your go-to text as you meet with your group and attend services throughout the month. The packet also includes questions for contemplation and spiritual exercises that invite you into deeper relationship with our worship theme. We are offering three-month and year-long Soul Matters Circles this year.
- 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 Soul Matters Circles. Interested in joining the People of Color Circle? Contact Michael Dotson at email@example.com.
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. 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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.