Small Group Ministry at UUCE

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Deep listening is the foundation of small group ministry. It is is both a spiritual practice that we do for ourselves and a gift that we give to others. It can feel countercultural and uncomfortable at times. But it is deeply powerful.

“SGM offers a way to explore life’s ultimate questions, deepen your spiritual growth, and develop a richer sense of connectedness and community. SGM creates a sacred time where the stories of our lives are heard.” ~Thandeka

Participation in Small Group Ministry is open to members and friends of UUCE – whether you are new or a long time member.  Look for the annual SGM registration in October of each year or complete the form below to be in contact with the SGM coordinator.

What is Small Group Ministry?

SGM is a spiritual practice that creates a sacred space where we can tell the stories of our lives, share ideas about the monthly church themes, be heard and listen deeply to others. These are intentional groups that help to deepen and expand the ministry of the church. SGM helps to build community and provides opportunities for deeper relationships – intimacy – and opportunity for deeper spiritual exploration and meaning – ultimacy. SGM is not a discussion group; it I more like a spiritual practice where we take time out of our lives to think deeply about a topic, share our thoughts and listen deeply as others share.

Who, where and when

Groups generally have 8-12 people and meet once a month for 2 hours. The current groups meet at a variety of times and places – homes, church and zoom.

Current Groups & Contacts:

  • MDI – Nancy Avila’s home, Christine Bowman facilitating: 1st Tuesday 5:30-7:30 pm
  • North Ellsworth – Carol Rosinski’s home, Carol facilitating; variable evenings 6-8 pm
  • UUCE – Anne Ossanna organizes; shared facilitating: 1st Wednesdays 6-8 pm
  • Blue Hill – Haydee Foreman’s home; shared facilitating: 1st Tuesdays 5:30-7:30 pm
  • UUCE – Kay Hansen organizes; shared facilitating: 4th Wednesdays 1-3 pm

What are the themes/topics?

UUCE subscribes to Soul Matters which creates a resource packet for each of the monthly themes.

The 2020-21 themes are:
September: Renewal
October: Deep Listening
November: Healing
December: Stillness
January: Imagination
February: Beloved Community
March: Commitment
April: Becoming
May: Story
June: Play
July & August: TBD

Is there a commitment?

Group members are asked to commit to regular attendance for one year, although it is possible to try out a group if you are unsure of what it is all about. Because group size is limited, if you are unable to attend regularly, it may be best to wait, so that another may attend.

What is the format?

Opening Words/ Chalice Lighting
Check -in
Covenant Reading
Quotes & Readings on the Topic
Questions for Re?ection
Sharing – in response to quotes/readings/questions
Open Sharing – if time and after each person has shared
Likes/Wishes
Closing Words

How is group placement made?

You may request a specific group or you will be assigned to a group based on your choices. Availability within each group is based on the number of current members.

This year’s enrollment period will begin in October and will be through email and telephone. Watch the newsletter for more information, Although most SGM members prefer to stay within their current groups, some choose to have the opportunity to get to know other people, by joining a different group. The choice is up to you!

Note: We are also looking for additional coordinators and or facilitators. Support and training is provided through the SGM committee. The sessions are created by the SGM coordinator and/or members of the committee.
 

If you have questions or would like to join a Small Group Ministry,
please contact Christine Bowman at ccs9762@aol.com or submit the form below: 

Small Group Ministry Interest Form