Circles for Spiritual Connection

Gather together online for six weeks in a small group to discuss Sunday messages. 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 six 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.” Circles will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so please sign up soon.
Last day to register is October 6.
Here is the Doodle registration link:

You will get an e-mail that lets you know which circle you’re a part of. Your facilitator will send you the Zoom link for your meetings.

Mondays, 9 to 10:30 am, October 12 through November 16
Ed Connolly
“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, 11 am to 12:30 pm, October 13 through November 17
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.

Tuesdays, 3:30 to 5 pm, October 13 through November 17
Lorena Fisher, RScP
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.

Thursdays, 6:30 to 8 pm, October 15 through November 19
Kim Hansen

I am a leadership and life coach.  Recently I have participated in online workshops, classes, and circles and find it an invaluable way to keep connected with community while creating a space for deeper dialog, deeper understanding, and shared laughter. I look forward to creating a new circle where ideas can be shared and new connections can be made.

Fridays, 2 to 3:30 pm, October 16 through November 20
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.

Fridays, 7 to 8:30 pm, October 16 through November 2
David Reichard
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.