“There’s a depth of connection you don’t get to in the social interaction after services. You get to know someone better.”
“Sessions take stress away rather than adding it — there are no expectations except to come and share and make connections. It was fun!”
“It feeds my soul.”
“In the presence of compassionate non-judgmental listening and sharing,
— Marianne Williamson
Chalice Circles are small groups that meet regularly to deepen their relationships with each other and to grow spiritually. Chalice circles provide an open and supportive environment in which the inherent worth and dignity of each community member is respected, one that specifically promotes making connections and developing friendships within our congregation, and supports spiritual growth and the search for truth and meaning.
A Chalice Circle consists of 6-10 people, including a facilitator and assistant facilitator. The facilitators, who are supervised by the parish minister, participate fully in the group and also come to monthly meetings led by the planning committee and the minister for ongoing support, skill building, and problem solving. Each group meets twice a month for about two hours. If the facilitator is available and the group unanimously agrees, the group can meet more often.
Chalice Circles meet October through early June. Individual groups can choose to meet in July and August as well. We also expect to open registration in January to add members to existing groups or start new ones. Each Circle will disband at the end of the year. In the fall registration will open again and new Circles will form. In this way, over the course of several years, participants will develop deeper relationships across the congregation and not just with the same 10 people.
At each gathering, members share with each other what is going on in their lives, and discuss a topic of spiritual or personal importance chosen for that evening. For the first several meetings, the topics will be given to the group. Afterwards, the group will select subjects based on their interests. Resources are available here and on the internet for a variety of topics.
Chalice Circles for 2015-2016 are closed.
Signups for new groups start in August. Groups will get started in early October and will run through early June next year.