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Small Group Ministry

Small Group Ministry at All Souls

Supporting and Nurturing One Another on our Spiritual Journeys
Small Group Ministry (SGM) is a way to connect with others in our congregation who wish to explore their values and ideas of spirituality in a small group setting. The group size is typically between 6 and 12 members, led by trained facilitators. Meetings occur once or twice a month for 90 minutes and are usually held at All Souls. Groups typically meet for a total of 8 sessions, and participants are asked to commit to making attendance a high priority. As we deepen our connections to each other we are better able to care for and support each other—to minister to each other. It’s a wonderful way to get to know people from our congregation in a deeper and more meaningful way.

What Happens at a Small Group Ministry Gathering?

The gathering begins with a chalice lighting and opening reading. We restate for ourselves the purpose of our gathering, which is to build connections and talk about what deeply matters. Then each member of the group is given the chance to “check-in”, sharing for a minute or two how things are going for them, spiritual or physical cares or concerns.  After that we review our group covenant and begin our sharing on the topic for the day, with guiding questions to focus our sharing. Each person takes a few minutes to reflect on their personal experiences related to the topic, without interruption or commenting from any other group members.   If there is time at the end of our sharing we open up the time for discussion.  We end our time together with a check-out and a closing reading.  It is really a wonderful way to spend 90 minutes, reflecting and listening to each other.  If you are interested in joining a group there is a space for you.

Joining a Group
Are you interested in joining a Small Group Ministry group?  Look for an information pamphlet on the Welcome Table in Unity Hall, send an email to sgm@allsouls.net,  or contact one of the Small Group Ministry steering team members:

Kathy Fleissner kathyandbetty@comcast.net
Carol Irwin irbaldery@sbcglobal.net
Susanne Colten-Carey scc-c@comcast.net


Small Group Ministry "Lite" - our summer SGM series
In the summer we offer "a taste" of SGM. W
e  offer Small Group Lite, following the service, with time to grab that essential cup of coffee first. This is an opportunity to reflect from personal experience, share your thoughts, and listen to others’ stories as they relate to the reflections offered at the service.

There is no need to sign up or commit to be there all the time – you may simply drop in at the Vail Library. As always, these 45-minute sessions are lead by trained facilitators and are a great way to become more connected with fellow Souls. We look forward to seeing you and hearing your voices.
 


Small Group Ministry Sessions

Below you will find sessions listed in three different groups - General Sessions, Exploring All Souls Sessions, and Youth Group Sessions. Those marked with an asterisk * were added in 2014. Those marked with ** were added in 2015. Those marked with *** were added in 2016.

General Sessions

Afterlife and Immortality 

Aging

Animals (March 2017)

Ask Me What I'm Living For

Atonement

 

Beauty as Spiritual Impulse*

Be the Change

Beyond the Word God

Black Lives Matter - Waking up White ***

 

Calling - A Vocation to be Fully Human

Connections*

Covenants **

 

Dreams ***
 

Earth Day ***

Endings and Leave Taking*

Enlightenment in Winter **

Eulogize Me Now ***

 

Faith in Action

Fear

Forgiveness

Friends

 

Generosity

Getting Acquainted *

Getting to Know You

Gossip **

Grace

Gratitude
 

Holding Fast to Dreams**

Holding On and Letting Go

Hope

How We Are Named (Feb 2017)

Humor All Around Us ***

Humor Through Our Ages ***

 

If You Could Invite Three People

Into Adulthood-Adolescence and Teenage Years

Into Our Own - The Experience of Adulthood

It Matters What We Believe

 

Joy*

 

Letting Go **

Letting Your Light Shine

Listening

Live in the Present

Living in a Capricious World (March 2017)

Living with Anger

Loss

 

Making a Living, Making a Life

Money and Our Spiritual Lives

Movies With Meaning

 

New Year - Endings and Beginnings

 

Our Relationship with Death and Dying

 

Peace

Preparing for Christmas

Problems and Gifts

 

Questions at the End of the Day

 

Racism*

Racism - Soulwork*

Radical Hospitality

Reaching Out

Recalling Childhood

Reflections on Rumi's Poem - This Being Human

Remembering Our Parents

Resilience and Resistance (March 2017)

 

Sabbath

Sacrifice

Sanctuary

SGM Lite

Sharing Our Passions

Sit It Out or Dance

Social Justice Passions

Spiritual Growth

Spiritual Journeys

Spiritual Practices

 

Taking Time to Think

The Bucket List

The Music of our Lives

The Oneness of All Things

The New Year's Resolution Dilemma

This I Believe

To Live Deliberately

Transformation**

Transformation - New Year's - Endings and Beginnings

Transitions **

 

Unwise Purchases

 

Where Did You Come From - Where Have You Been?

Who's Your Daddy ***

 

Exploring All Souls Sessions

Spiritual Journeys

The Seven UU Principles *

Connections

Social Justice Passions

Belonging in Community

 

Youth Group Sessions

Competition

Counterculture and Its Impact

Dating

Gender

Music

Race and Justice

Santa Claus

Sexism and Feminism in Main Stream Media

Sports

Star Trek, Hope and Imagination