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. Until a vaccine or cure for Covid-19 is found, most Chalice Circles will meet by Zoom.

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

Chalice Circles beginning in September 2020 will meet five times from September through January. A second round of Chalice Circles will meet February through June 2021.

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 through a structured discussion.

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.

Participants are asked to do at least 30 minutes preparation before each session in order to meaningfully participate.

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.

Can I join a Chalice Circle if I’m not a member of the UUFR 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. Participants in other Unitarian Universalist congregations are also welcome to sign up.

Do I need to sign up for Chalice Circles again if I’m already participating in a Chalice Circle?

  • Yes! Even if you are already participating in a Chalice Circle this fall, you must sign up again if you want to participate in Winter/Spring 2021 Chalice Circles.


How do I sign up for Chalice Circles?

    • Sign up for Chalice Circles beginning in February 2021 here by Thursday, December 31, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.