In a small group ministry, or “Chalice Circle” as it’s frequently called in UU congregations, meaningful questions are explored in a way that encourages each group member to look for his/her story. In the process of exploring the questions, stories are shared in an environment of attentive, caring listening and in this framework, ties of friendship grow and are strengthened.
From UU World article:
Deep listening means listening from the heart rather than the mind or ego. It grows out of silence. Deep listening happens when people listen without responding, so they don’t have to think about what to say, what the other person needs to hear, or how to heal the person or solve the problem.
When we speak from our hearts and talk about ourselves—saying what has happened to us, how we believe and feel and think—we find not only that we have gained from hearing ourselves, but that our stories have been interesting to others in the group.
Listening is a way to show respect, regard, love. Listening and speaking are a dynamic: we speak more of what we value when we feel valued by people’s attentive listening.
The program structure works best when group members make a commitment to attend regularly. Open to adults and youth, there is a maximum of 10 members in each group. Meeting:
1st Sunday 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
4th Wednesday 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Contact M. E. Tanabe, firstname.lastname@example.org