Small Group Ministry
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
Members share joys and concerns from their lives
Introduce and share experiences of the church-wide spiritual practice as a way of connecting with the rest of the congregation
Time for sharing and deep listening prompted by a story/reading and questions for reflection
Members share a final thought, reflection on the topic, important upcoming event, or wish for the other members
Closing Words & Extinguish the Chalice
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.