Circles for Spiritual Connection

Gather together online for four weeks in a small group to discuss Sunday messages with focus questions provided by Dr. Edward. We will meet via Zoom to build community and deepen our ability to embody our spiritual nature in our daily lives. Circles of 6 to 12 participants gather once a week for four weeks. Each session is about 90 minutes long, led by an experienced facilitator.

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.
2. Confidentiality.
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 in your schedule. When you pick these dates, please know that this is a commitment to do your best to show up for each meeting. Register on “Doodle” by Wednesday, June 3, at 5 pm. Circles will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so please sign up soon.

Here is the Doodle registration link:

You will get an e-mail no later than Friday, June 5, that lets you know which circle you’re a part of. Your facilitator will send you the Zoom link for your meetings.

Mondays, 10 to 11:30 am, June 8 through June 29
Ed Connolly, Healdsburg
“Love is simply the name for the desire and pursuit of the whole.” —Plato
I am a retired California Community College Dean of Student Services; author of a children’s book, Summer Dance of the Fireflies; co-creator and former co-owner of Sunlight of the Spirit Books and Gifts in Sacramento (a spiritual and 12-Step recovery book and gift shop); and community co-owner of Four Eyed Frog Books in Gualala. I recently moved to Healdsburg and found my spiritual home at Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa. I am excited to serve my community by exploring our common “desire and pursuit of the whole” and connecting in a meaningful way.

Tuesdays, 3:30 to 5 pm, June 9 through June 30
Lorena Fisher, RScP, Santa Rosa
I am a licensed Prayer Practitioner and have been involved with the Center for the past 17 years. I participated in the previous small gatherings called Empowerment Groups and was a facilitator for several of them. I am excited that the Center is bringing back small groups because it is such a meaningful and powerful way to connect to one’s spirituality, to grow, and to meet new people. I am who I am today because I took a chance and joined a small group. I hope you will too. I look forward to meeting you.

Wednesdays, 7 to 8:30 pm, June 10 through July 1
Rev. Joyce Kinzel, Rohnert Park
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.

Fridays, 7 to 8:30 pm, June 12 through July 3
David Reichard, Guerneville
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.