What is a Circle?

A Circle is a group of 6-14 people (including two trained facilitators) that meet monthly at the church or in a member’s home to reflect on spiritual or religious topics. Circles promote spiritual growth through a sharing and listening process, while helping participants build connections within the larger church community.

Joining a Circle involves a covenant (group promise) to attend consistently for a one year period and to the use of a particular process for sharing in the Circle. Deep listening, as practiced in Circles, is a way of focusing intently on what another person is saying without interruption or simultaneously formulating a response. It gives an individual the opportunity to speak without interruption or comment.

In addition to monthly meetings, Circle participants care for one another, plan and carry out a service project, and engage with the church-wide spiritual practices.

A Circle is a way to…

  • Deepen our spirituality through a shared practice
  • Share our thoughts on life’s big questions
  • Connect across differences
  • Be engaged, included, and heard in a safe, nurturing environment
  • Bring together new and long-time members of our community
  • Deepen our practice of shared UU principles
  • Practice service from within a small community
  • Develop connections with the rest of the congregation

What happens in a Circle?

Opening Words & Chalice Lighting

Sets the tone and topic for the session

Check-In

Members share joys and concerns from their lives

Spiritual Practice

Introduce and share experiences of the church-wide spiritual practice as a way of connecting with the rest of the congregation

Reflection Topic/Activity

Time for sharing and deep listening prompted by a story/reading and questions for reflection

Check-Out

Members share a final thought, reflection on the topic, important upcoming event, or wish for the other members

Closing Words & Extinguish the Chalice

Sample Circles

Would you like to know more about Circles, including what the Circle meeting will actually be like? We offer a Sample Circle every 1st Sunday at 11:30 a.m. in Room 302.

Ready to Join a Circle?

Enrollment for new Circles takes place every September and January. You can sign-up online at www.dallasuu.org or on Sundays at the Welcome Center in Channing Hall. During these months there is a Sample Circle every Sunday at 11:30 a.m. in Room 302.

If you are interested in joining a Circle or have questions about the program, please contact circles@dallasuu.org.