Small Group Ministry
Connecting Circles is a place where each of us can explore the spiritual side of our lives. This is accomplished by gathering in small groups of 6 to 8 meeting in members’ homes. Each group meets once a month over the course of the UU year from September to June. The evening has a focus and a leader to create the program/setting for the evening. For example, a recent UUWorld article on Buddhism talks about gaining a deeper connection with one’s self. This could be a source of discussion for one evening. How often do we get to explore the fundamental issues of our lives with the support of other liberal religious seekers?
This is one of our church’s efforts to provide a place for friendship and spiritual growth. Sometimes this is called the pursuit of intimacy and ultimacy!
The vision is that folks would share their philosophy and spiritual journeys while getting to know each other better.
What makes Connecting Circles different is the sharing and attentive listening extended to each member of the group.
The intent is to grow and appreciate our spirituality. Our UU principles are a great asset to this process: the inherent worth and dignity of every person,the search for truth and meaning, the acceptance of one another and the encouragement of spiritual growth in our congregation and respect for the interconnectedness of all humanity.
Groups do form slowly sometimes. We have formed new groups based on locale, time of day, and day of the week that individuals can commit to for a year. In a larger church like ours we have attempted to make these groups by town or section of the city i.e. Mt Pleasant, West Ashley, James Island, Summerville. Since regular attendance is important to the group’s integrity we make every effort to place each person in the appropriate grouping.
Connecting Circles Potluck Supper
Friday, June 12
If you are a connecting circle member or are interested in joining a connecting circle, please plan to attend the first ever year-end Connecting Circles Potluck Supper. This will be a time to mingle and share your experiences in these small group ministry activities.
Our church has 15 groups that meet once a month in members’ homes. These groups enjoy exploring a more spiritual perspective on everyday lives while building new friendships. There is a great deal of fluidity in the church at large and connecting circles offers a chance to develop a smaller cohesive group. There are groups still forming and those that have been ongoing for years.
The potluck will offer the co-chairs an opportunity to update groups on the program at large, open the floor to discussions about success stories and favorite topics and to hear feedback about what support may be needed.
Please bring your favorite dish and join for an evening of conviviality.
Types of prepared food needed:
Casseroles: meat or meatless
Salads: hearty and healthy
Cold cuts/cheese platters
Raw veggie/fruit platters
Desserts: cookies, cakes, etc.
Beverages: coffee, tea and water will be provided. You are welcome to bring other beverages.
RSVP to Linda Maxwell Allen with # of guests, dish bringing, phone number and email address.