Compass Rose Journal
by Connie Spearing, Connections Coordinator
Through March, April and into May we waited for the day when we could come home to UUSM, when we could walk through the doors, see the chalice and the stained glass win- dows, see each other’s faces and raise the rafters in song. Virtual hugs are nice, but they can’t take the place of the real thing.
The other shoe fell in May with the realization that it will be months before we will be able to gather as a whole congre- gation. It may even be some time next year. I must admit to a few days of total panic, even depression at the thought. After all, I’m the Connections Coordinator; my life is all about showing up and encouraging others to do the same. Ours is not a solitary salvation; we carry out our ...
by Sheila Sandow
UUSM has become a participating member in the Soul Matters Sharing Circle, a network of Unitarian Universalist congregations that follow the same themes each month, so that resources and ideas can be more easily shared. The Soul Matters Sharing Circle is a web of support and connection – companions traveling a new journey together each month.
As part of our congregation’s membership, Soul Matters provides us with a variety of resource materials we can use to enhance all aspects of our community’s life – from worship, to music, to small-group ministries, to lifespan religious-exploration programs.
We begin exploring Soul Matters themes in September by asking ourselves: “What does it mean to be a people of RENEWAL?”
September is a season of homecoming for UUs, and Renewal is central to that experience. ...
by Sheila Sandow
One of the UUSM small-group ministry programs that will be using Soul Matters themes and materials during the 2020-2021 congregational year is Open Circles.
These forums allow participants to connect, share, and explore life journeys, providing a unique opportunity to engage in the spiritual practice of transforming ourselves and the world, and enriching participants’ lives with greater depth of meaning and purpose. By setting aside daily distractions to reflect on personal beliefs, participants share their wisdom and make thoughtful and meaningful connections with one another, leaving each meeting with a deeper understanding of themselves and each other. Newcomers are especially welcome to participate in Open Circles.
During the 2020-2021 congregational year, TWO Open Circle groups (each one meeting twice per month) are again available to all –
- The Wednesday Evening Open Circle continues its regular ...