Chalice Circles

     Chalice Circles

                                                        Finding Connection and Community                                                                                                                                                                                   All Are Welcome Here 

 


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Chalice Circle RegistrationChalice Circles are a long time tradition of Unitarian Universalist congregations. The role of small group ministry is to create space for each individual to explore their own inner thoughts and spirituality. To facilitate these spiritual practices, each group is intentionally small with only 8-10 participants in order to provide ample time for each person. The covenanted groups meet twice a month (except holidays). 

Small groups are a great place to get to know people and to get to know yourself. Over time, participants have the opportunity to practice listening deeply to one another. You will also have the opportunity to be heard and supported on your spiritual journey (to the level which you are comfortable sharing) with respect for who you are without pretentious expectations of ‘who you should be. 
 
Whether the topic is “good and evil,” “mindful living,” or “letting go” the conversation is respectful, caring, and leads to greater understanding. Each session is led by a trained facilitator from our congregation. The time together is structured: Groups begin and end with centering readings and often include a time of silence before sharing begins.
 
We offer a warm welcome to anyone who would like to participate in a Chalice Circle ~ Tim Kutzmark, Minister and Katie Hymans, Acting Director of Lifelong Learning
 
Joining a Circle
Chalice circles generally run from October through May. While it is nice to start in at the beginning, you may join at any time. Chalice Circles will meet two times per month from October through May. Due to the holidays November and December will meet on the second week only. All circles are offered at no charge open to everyone member or non-member. Childcare is available upon request. Please contact Janise Barajas-Rennie if you need childcare by emailing dlfm@uufresno.org. Scroll to the bottom of this page to register.
 
What a Chalice Circle is Intended to Be
A way to deepen our spirituality through shared practice.
A way to share our thoughts on life’s big questions.
A way to connect across age, gender, ethnic, economic and other differences.
A way to be engaged, included, and heard in a safe, nurturing environment.
A way to bring together the newer and the longtime members in our community.
A way to deepen our practice of shared UU principles.
 
What a Chalice Circle is NOT Intended to Be:
A social club, although ties between church members deepen through Chalice Circles.
A debate society, although many important topics are discussed.
A support or therapy group, although the atmosphere is positive.
A worship service, although the meetings and topics have a strong spiritual tone.
A rigid template of activities, although there are general guidelines to follow.
 
How do they work?
Chalice Circles meet twice a month for an hour and a half except phone and Zoom calls are a one-hour session. Groups meet with a facilitator and listen deeply and intentionally to each other. Exploring a different theme each month, you will deepen your spiritual life and get to know a small group of people in a meaningful way. Chalice Circles are ideal for both new folks and long-timers.
 
The format of the meetings helps participants set aside daily distractions, reflect on their lives and beliefs, and make meaningful connections with one another. Each Chalice Circle becomes a small, personal community of listening and caring in the midst of a large congregation.
 
Group Meeting Times (For the October 2019 – May 2020 session)
2nd & 4th     Tuesday               10:30 am – 12:00 pm
2nd & 4th     Wednesday          6:30 – 8:00 pm
2nd & 4th     Thursday             6:30 – 8:00 pm
2nd & 4th     Friday                 9:30 – 11:00 am
2nd & 4th     Sunday               6:30 – 8:00 pm
New This Year
2nd & 4th     Tuesday             1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Phone Call Circle **
(if you register for this class you will be emailed the contact phone number)
2nd & 4th     Sunday     (evening session time to be determined) Zoom Call Circle  **
(if you register for this class you will be emailed the contact phone number)
** Phone Call Circle and Zoom Call Circle options are for those who cannot make it to the church campus for a group session due to a busy schedule, a health concern, or other concerns. The phone/computer setting can still provide a meaningful connection. 
Chalice Circles usually meet during the 2nd and 4th week of the month with a few exceptions around the holidays. Please click on the link for the  Main Church Calendar
To register for a Chalice Circle please click here: Chalice Circle Registration