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.

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 try out a Chalice Circle before signing up? 

John Luecke and Sandy Pearce will facilitate a sample Chalice Circle session on Wednesday, July 8, at 7 p.m.
Email [email protected] for more details.

How can I sign up for Chalice Circles?

Sign up online here by July 31. You will be notified of your assignment by the end of August.

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.

What if I have other questions?

Email [email protected]