2022-2023 Adult Spiritual Exploration Offerings

 

Chalice Circles

Chalice Circles are small groups that meet during the church year. They are grounded in deep listening, with the goal of fostering deeper connections within our church community. They provide space for spiritual reflection and exploration of spiritual questions and matters of the heart in a loving atmosphere based in compassionate listening.  Each type of Chalice Circle is unique. Read about the various offerings below and fill out the interest form today.  Most groups are currently meeting in-person or on Zoom. Space is limited, so don’t delay.  

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Above: Participants in Small Group Ministry participate in a community service project.

 

Caregivers

As life unfolds, many of us are called on to be the main caregiver for partners, parents, and children with medical or mental disabilities. While the focus is commonly on the many needs of the “patient,” the needs of the caregiver are often overlooked or dismissed, sometimes by the caregivers themselves. We are setting up a small group specifically for those people in that challenging role, with the intention of creating a safe space to share and listen and learn how to take care of ourselves, while taking care of another. On Zoom and facilitated by UCM members Gale Pekar and Hugo Liepmannn.

Current Group: Mondays- Hugo Liepmann and Gale Pekar- 1 or 2 openings.

 

Meditation Group

The meditation group continues from this past summer. More information is forthcoming. 

 

Queerality 

UCM is a “Welcoming Congregation,” which indicates that our church community aims to be fully inclusive of individuals who are LGBTQ+.  Our ministerial intern, Verdis LeVar Robinson, is offering this new group to not only continue the tradition of welcoming queer congregants but to provide an opportunity to explore both queer and spiritual identities in a safe and affirming space. If you identify as LGBTQ+ we hope you will join for sharing, exploration, and great conversations. 

 

Seasoned Souls

Reflect on the joys, challenges, questions, and meaning-making that comes with aging. Grounded in deep listening. Often much laughter and yes, sometimes tears. A great opportunity for both longtime and newer members of our congregation

Current Groups:

  • Mondays led by Marj Zunder- no openings
  • Tuesdays – no openings
  • Wednesdays- 1 opening 
  • 2nd and 4th Wednesdays led by Mary Jane Ohlson and Anne Sarcka- no openings
  • 2nd and 4th Fridays led by Kristin Glaser and Ted Allen- no openings

Potential new group upon interest!  

 

Small Group Ministry 

UCM’s Small Group Ministry program is launching for Fall. In groups of 8-10 people, we meet twice a month to explore our innermost beliefs, sometimes around our UUA monthly themes, and other times, on topics of our own making.  Covenant-based, we set the table for a safe, structured, confidential space where members are able to express their thoughts free of judgment. Are you interested in getting to know individuals in our congregation? Would you like to tap into readings by ancient and modern thinkers to find insights of your own?  This is an entry point for sharing, for new insights, for deepening your UCM experience.

Current Group: 1st and 3rd Friday Mornings led by Leslie Parr- no openings available. 

Potential new group upon interest! 

 

Soul Matters

Through Soul Matters, we live more deeply into our monthly themes. Each month, participants engage in a spiritual exercise related to the theme and then ponder a question for deeper reflection. The idea is to both ponder AND embody the monthly themes.  

Current Group: 2nd Mondays led by Margot Prendergast and Tory Rhodin- 5 openings available.

Potential new group upon interest!

 

Threshold of Change Chalice Circle, Facilitated by Rev. Joan Javier-Duval 

We are living through a time of transformation on the personal and global level. Whether you are facing significant personal transitions or navigating a world reshaping itself faster than ever, the book, Trusting Change: Finding Our Way Through Personal and Global Transformation, offers ten skills for living on the threshold as well as spiritual practices and inspiration for connecting with your own inner wisdom. This group will meet over the course of several months for spiritual companionship in engaging with the skills and practices shared in the book. There will be 12 total sessions. If you are curious about the group but not yet ready to commit, you are welcome to join the first two sessions as a starting point. A commitment to all 12 sessions is preferable. The group will meet in person with a Zoom option as needed. The planned meeting dates/times are (6:30-8pm): Wed. Nov. 2, Tues. Nov. 15, Wed. Dec. 7, Tues. Dec. 20, Wed. Jan. 4, Wed. Feb. 1, Tues. Feb. 21, Wed. Mar. 1, Tues. Mar. 21, Wed. Apr. 5, Wed. May 3, and Wed. May 16. Limited to 12 participants. Books can be provided to church members. 

 

UU History/Theology

Online UU History Series

Tuesdays, October 11-November 15
8:00-9:00pm ET
Offered on Zoom  

The Faith Forward program out of the First Unitarian Church of Dallas is excited to offer an online session of our UU History series for all congregations! This series is an incredible opportunity for all visitors, members, and friends to learn more about the rich and deep history of our faith. This series approaches history from the starting point of compelling stories and personalities; each session will focus on one or two people from our history. Participants explore the questions these people faced and make connections with their own lives and the world around them today. The overarching question is: how can history be translated into our religious life and practice? All UCM are invited to participate. Deadline is Sunday, October 9. 

 

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Chalice Circles are just one of the adult programs we offer.  More will be created during the year.  If you have an idea of a program you would like to propose and help lead or coordinate, please send a brief description to Verdis via email.

 

Click on this link to read UCM’s Vision for Lifespan Spiritual Exploration created by the congregation in 2016-2018.