Adult Spiritual Exploration

Belonging

Growing Spiritually Doesn’t Happen By Itself

We are creating a community in which people feel our spirits are fed. A community in which we are able to search for truth and meaning in our lives. A community in which we can create together a sense of belonging.

Are you thirsting for a sense of belonging and meaning in your life?

You are not alone.

Engage in Spirit in Practice (otherwise known as SiP) Circles.

Spirit in Practice (SiP) Circles help you take the Sunday services into your life. They are composed of groups of 8-10 people which meet monthly and are led by two trained facilitators. Before the group meets, you begin by engaging in a short exercise. It isn’t overwhelming; it gives you just enough to dig a little deeper and ground your group conversation.

UCS participants can choose from three topics for their group:

  • Becoming Long-Haul People: These groups explore the yearlong worship topics in greater depth. How are you engaged in your life’s call or social justice for the long haul? What happens when you just want to throw in the towel?
  • Becoming Long-Haul Families: Specifically for families in religious education but open to all, these groups explore the traits of families that remain strong through thick and thin. Developed by Rev. Emilie Boggis using The Secrets of Happy Families by Bruce Feiler.
  • Beloved Conversations: Developed by Professor Mark Hicks, these groups provide a container for exploring the spiritual and intellectual dimensions of racism in our lives. If you were seeking a way to understand and talk about Ferguson this summer, it will give you the tools and a caring community for doing so.

new beginningsSiP Circles are place and time-friendly. Participants can meet in our building or at other locations (like members’ homes, local libraries, etc.). When you register, mark the best days and times of the week for you. Kimberly Rossiter, our Membership Coordinator, will organize the Circles accordingly.

In June, each year, all of our circles will finish. While this may be difficult for participants, as you’ve created strong bonds with other members, it’s important. Participants are then invited to join the next round of SiP Circles allowing them to meet new people, hear new stories, and open their circle of connection wider.

For further information, please contact Rev. Emilie Boggis.