One of the greatest gifts of community is being known and seen. One opportunity to connect more deeply in the North Shore Unitarian Community is through joining a small group. This Fall we will begin small groups centered around the theme that we focus on each month during Sunday Services. These small groups will gather at the church or in people's’ home once a month for intentional sharing and reflection. Each month, participants will receive a packet of materials on the monthly theme and are invited to try a “spiritual exercise.” These exercises are accessible and do-able for atheist, agnostics and theists alike — and certainly the discussion is richer with a wider range of perspectives and experiences.
This year our church offers a small group ministry drawn from Soul Matters resources, a sharing circle of hundred of Unitarian Universalist congregations. You can learn more about the Soul Matters approach HERE. The content will align with our monthly Sunday service themes, but perhaps more important is the process. Rooted in the Quaker teacher Parker Palmer’s model of “Circles of Trust,” deep listening and quiet companionship make space for supporting one another as we listen to sources of wisdom within and without.
If you would like to participate in a Soul Matters group, please click HERE or contact Janni in the church office.
If you are drawn to facilitating or co-facilitating a group, please get in touch with Rev. Marcus and plan to come to church Tuesday, September 26th 7-9pm for a facilitator training and orientation. The success of these small groups depends greatly on the commitment of facilitators, so please consider stepping into leadership in this vital ministry! There will be plenty of support along the way, including a monthly group for the facilitators that will be led by Rev. Marcus.