“How Will You Care for Your Soul in the New Year?”
By Rev. Elaine Aron Tenbrink and Rev. Justin Schroeder
A new year has begun. Here we are: back in the thick of our lives, back to our familiar routines, and anticipating the long winter ahead. As the new year begins, how will you care for your soul?
Consider the experiences of these leaders of circles, First Universalist’s small groups for spiritual reflection:
“It’s probably a general truth about the human condition that we all at times are unsure of ourselves, fearful, joyful, excited, but in a society that tells us to have it all figured out, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that most of us don’t. The circle brings me back to humility, vulnerability, and the strength that can only be found when we share honestly.”– Drew Hockman
“I have learned that I am not alone. I have learned to embrace my true self. I have learned what it is like to intently listen to the beauty of others and their stories. I have learned that there is hope for continuous change towards betterment.” – Kaitlyn Hunt
As the new year begins, how will you care for your soul? The first step is to set some time aside. Set some time aside to connect – with yourself, with others, with that which is greater than all of us. Set some time aside to listen – to your inner wisdom, to a fresh perspective.
Our community’s circles and adult programming offer an opportunity for just this.
- Community Circles reflect on our worship themes and Sunday services. These include Circles for parents, people of color, young adults, and people living with grief.
- Spiritual Deepening Circles invite us into spiritual practice and learning. These include Talking About Race With Kids, Conscious Aging, Being Mortal, and Singing Meditation.
- Care Circles offer support during challenging times. This spring, we are offing a Caregiver Support Circle.
- Newcomer Circles explore Unitarian Universalism and our core values.
You are also invited into a wide variety of programming offerings, such as:
- Interactive presentations, workshops, and leisure activities for seniors through Daytime Connections
- Movie and book discussions, engaging trainings, and circles focused on Racial Justice
- Workshop and Retreat focused on Healthy Relationships
Explore all these offerings in detail, as well as our Pathway to Membership. You can also pick up your own Adult Programming Catalog at church this Sunday.
You can register online for Circles from this Sunday, Jan. 10 through Sunday, Jan. 24 at firstucircles.weebly.com. Registration will also be available in the social hall during the next three Sundays.
We’ll see you in church,
Elaine and Justin