I lead sharing circles that help us all connect intentionally in deeper ways that normally does not occur in the rush of our normal day. I also support facilitators of sharing circles.
Over time, as each sharing circle grows and matures, those who participate get more out of the experience, and are able to give more into the experience.
Please feel free to contact me if you’d like to get started with a sharing circle.
Learn more below.
In Sharing Circles, we discover new joy and fulfillment in their spiritual lives, find power in diversity, form and deepen friendships, and find avenues for service.
What is a Sharing Circle?
A Covenant Group is a group of up to ten people who meet regularly for a common purpose. Covenant Group structure offers a context in which we may speak of our lives and concerns with the expectation that we will be heard and respected, where there is safety, where we can consider many views without rancor. Members of a group come to know and trust each other, and the groups are meant to be oases of community friendship within the larger congregation.
Who is eligible to participate?
Adults who are Members or Friends of UUCS may participate.
When do Covenant Groups meet?
Covenant Groups agree to meet at least once a month. Each group decides the time and location of its meetings.
How are Covenant Groups formed?
People who wish to join a covenant group are usually assigned on the basis of available space within a group and on which meeting time will be most convenient for them. We also try to balance groups by age and gender.
Goals of the Covenant Group Ministry
- To deepen spiritual life and understanding.
- To create and deepen friendships and personal ties within the larger congregation.
- To provide a context for the understanding and practice of UU principles and values.
- To encourage connections to the larger congregation and the community through service.
What is a typical Covenant Group meeting like?
Covenant Group meetings are carefully structured, and typically last for about an hour and a half. Each group is led by a trained facilitator. Meetings open with a chalice lighting and check-in by participants, followed by readings related to the topic of the session. Prepared questions guide conversation about the topic. The meeting ends with a check-out, and a closing reading.
How are topics chosen?
Usually, all the groups use the same prepared lesson each month. Leaders meet at the beginning of the month to discuss and practice the lesson, and we believe that using the same lesson for all increases the sense of connection between groups. The lessons come from various sources, and some are written by group leaders or members themselves.
What is expected of a Covenant Group member?
Group members make a commitment for at least a year, and agree to attend meetings except when prevented by necessity. Everyone is encouraged to engage in discussions, listen actively, and abide by the group’s covenant. Covenant Group members agree to participate in at least one group service project each year.
How do I enroll in a Covenant Group?
Covenant groups may add new members at any time. New groups are formed once each year, typically in the fall.
[Source: UU Spartanburg]