Registration is open from Sunday, January 24 through Monday, February 8 for both ongoing circles and new circles.
This is an opportunity to gather online in a small group of 6 to 12 people to discuss Sunday messages. Circles meet weekly for six weeks via Zoom to build community and deepen our ability to embody our spiritual nature in our daily lives. Each session is about 90 minutes long, led by an experienced facilitator. Some groups have continued to meet after the six-week commitment has been reached.
The circles are a safe place to share what matters. Here are our guidelines:
1. It’s okay to be raggedy. You don’t need to wait until you have the perfect phrases to speak.
3. Equality of voice. There is space for everyone who wants to share.
4. Listen actively, deeply, and attentively.
5. Honor the silence, listening to Spirit. No need to rush.
6. It’s okay to pass or not share.
7. Advocate for yourself, unmute, care for your own needs.
8. Please, no fixing, saving, advising, or “setting each other straight”.
If this feels like something for you, please get out your calendar and identify at least two circles from the list below that would fit your schedule. If the circle you select is full, you will be contacted by e-mail to select a different circle. Note there are both ongoing circles, in which you can join others who have been meeting for some time, or you can join a new circle that has not met before.
Circles will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so please sign up soon. Registration closes on Monday, February 8.
Here is the Doodle registration link: https://doodle.com/poll/q2uzf2im8379kd8t
You will get an e-mail confirmation by February 12 that includes the Zoom link for your meetings.
Ongoing Groups Open to Adding New Members
Tuesdays, 11 am to 12:30 pm
Facilitator: Traci Tinder
What I’ve learned in my approximately 20 years of attending the Center is that to feel connected, we must engage. Engagement means not just attending services, but to actively learn about our beliefs and to put them into action by taking classes, giving selfless service (seva), affirmative prayer, and the many opportunities to come together with a purpose. Such is the offering of Spirit Circles. You may not know anyone at the first session, but I can nearly guarantee that you will come away feeling intimately connected–the basis of true friendship–and that you were asked to think or feel deeply, that your responses were heard, and that you were respected. Join me for an invigorating six weeks.
Fridays, 7 to 8:30 pm
I’m an IT guy, quite at home doing things online. Reaching out to others in the Social Hall has helped me connect, especially since I joined the Welcoming Team and learned how to be more welcoming. Now that we’re physically isolated, it’s exciting to be able to share in a small group and get to know each other a little better. I’ve attended many Empowerment Groups in the past and most of the people I met there have become good friends.
Mondays, 6:30 to 8 pm
Facilitator: Pat Byrne, RScP
I joined my first Spiritual Circle this past October. It was supposed to be for six weeks but our group has been meeting for the past 13 weeks because we don’t want to stop meeting. We all have bonded and deepened our spiritual practice. It has been so good to meet up with a small group of like-minded people, especially during the pandemic. I am a hospice nurse manager. I have been a practitioner for six years. I plan on continuing with my present Spiritual Circle group but I want to facilitate a new group so that others can have access to this wonderful experience.
Fridays, 2 to 3:30 pm
Facilitator: Rev. Joyce Kinzel
I am the “Seniors” Focus Minister at the Center. I believe these groups will be a valuable opportunity for people to connect on a deeper level. We will share, discuss, and have fun too. This is the ideal venue to get to connect with like-minded people in a deeper way.