What are Chalice Circles?

Chalice Circles are part of the small group ministry program at UUFR.

They are small groups of six to 12 people who meet once a month for about two hours, either at UUFR, in a member’s home, or online using video conferencing technology.

Participants choose what day and what time they want to meet when they sign up.

Chalice Circles beginning in January 2020 will meet six times January through June.

(“Chalice Circles” are the new name for groups which were previously called “Covenant Groups.”)

What happens at a Chalice Circle?

Each meeting provides an opportunity for people to talk about what’s happening in their own lives, to practice deep listening with others, and to reflect on some of life’s big questions.

There is a theme for exploration for each meeting. The materials for each session, which are used to explore the theme, are provided by Soul Matters, a network of Unitarian Universalist congregations.

Our Sunday morning classes for children and youth are also using these themes, so if parents participate in Chalice Circles, they’ll also more easily be able to talk with their children about the material they are exploring in their Sunday morning classes.

What’s the purpose of Chalice Circles?

The purpose of Chalice Circles is to help us as a religious community realize our mission of transforming lives and empowering people to serve the world.

How do I sign up?

The easiest way to sign up for Chalice Circles is to sign up online using this registration form.

You can also sign up by calling the UUFR office at (919) 781-7635.

Please sign up by Sunday, December 1, at the latest. You will be notified by December 31 when and where your Chalice Circle will meet. Please do not sign up for a Chalice Circle if you know now you will not be able to attend most meetings.

Can I sign up for a Chalice Circle if I’m not a member of the church yet?

Yes! All are welcome to sign up. Participating in a Chalice Circle is a good way to get to know people, learn more about Unitarian Universalism, and to decide whether you would like to become a member of the congregation.

Can I join a Chalice Circle after it has already started?

If you’re not sure about participating in Chalice Circles, after Chalice Circles have started in January, it will be possible to try out a Chalice Circle once to see if you like it. If there’s space available, you can then join. However, to maximize your chance of participating in a Chalice Circle that fits with your schedule, you are encouraged to sign up before December 1.

Can I be a Chalice Circle facilitator or assistant facilitator?

Yes, you can. Facilitators will be required to complete a two-hour online training.

For more information, please contact Sandy Pearce at [email protected].