Chalice Circles are a form of a small-group ministry. They offer an opportunity to meet with others around a commitment to practice listening and sharing in ways that allow us to be real and honest, and have the kind of deeper conversations that can be difficult to make during coffee hour on Sundays.
In Chalice Circles, we focus on topics from our life experience. Readings address spiritual topics, such as gratitude, balance, nature, or God. Other readings reflect themes such as listening, loss and grief, forgiveness, or friendship. Members respond to the topic questions by sharing personal experiences and feelings. The format of Chalice Circles is consistent with a format that includes an in-gathering, candle lighting, a sharing of highs and lows over the past month, silence, shared readings and personal responses to the readings, and opening and closing words.
A new Chalice Circle, with trained facilitator, Christina Cusumano, will begin when 8-10 individuals express interest. Meetings are two hours, once per month; day & time to be arranged. A six month commitment is requested, after which participants will decide whether or not to continue.
A Chalice Circle which began in the spring is currently looking for up to three new members, in addition to the five that continue to meet. This circle meets on the 2nd Monday of the month, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Express your interest by contacting Membership Committee Secretary, Pat Nelson (firstname.lastname@example.org; 269-521-6063).
Everything the power of the world does is done in a circle.
The sky is round, and I have heard that the
earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars.
The wind, in its greatest power, whirls.
Birds make their nests in circles,
for theirs is the same religion as ours.
The sun comes forth and goes down again in a circle.
The moon does the same, and both are round.
Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing,
and always come back again to where they were.
The life of a [person] is a circle from childhood to childhood,
and so it is in everything where power moves.
Black Elk, from Black Elk Speaks