Purpose of Small Group Ministry Programs
If you’d like to develop deeper relationships among fellow UU Santa Fe members, small groups are the way to do it. We are small facilitated groups of people who meet on a regular basis, once or twice a month, to have productive conversations about a variety of topics. The purpose is to develop nourishing relationships that foster growth, learning and spirituality.
Groups are organized according to shared interests and activities and offer a variety of conversational ideas.
These groups provide a safe place to explore core values as well as meaningful topics. We welcome new members to groups and new ideas for additional groups. If you are interested in joining an existing group or starting and facilitating a new one, we’d love to have you.
If you wish to present a proposal to begin a new Small Group Ministry please contact Rev. Gail or Emily Carroll.
Inner Light Activist Support Group (Faith Development & Social Justice Teams)
Wednesdays in the Fellowship Hall, 3-5 pm
This article from Finding Steady Ground offers ideas such as getting together to stay in motion, reflect on those who are suffering from oppressive policies, share stories about others who have resisted injustice, actively create justice in our worlds and more! Let's do all of these together Wednesday afternoons. We'll also have the video recording of the Sister Giant conference going which will provide further inspiration!
Feel free to bring resources as many others have, or just come and draw inspiration to stay in motion! We'll start with opening words, enjoy a snack, and chat! For more information contact Margaret Kuhlen firstname.lastname@example.org or Jude Anderson Birdwoman17@gmail.com
UU Mindfulness Meditation Group, Facilitator: Suzanne Ronneau
This informal group meets every other Wednesday evening at 6:30 pm in the Library (check the UUSF Calendar)
After brief greetings, we sit in meditation for 30 minutes, then a member leads a discussion on a reading or poem he/she has previously emailed to the group. We have no "experts" – we are all just UUs seeking to learn more about meditation, Buddhist teachings, and general wisdom. All such seekers are most welcome!
Established Groups – (contact the facilitator if you are interested)
Caregiver/Grief Support Group, Facilitator: Nancy Malmuth
Provides support and information to those who are care-taking. The Caregiver Covenant Group now includes support for those with grief and loss issues. Nancy Malmuth, the group’s coordinator, considers the inclusion of grief and loss issues a natural outgrowth of the work that is taking place with caregivers. The group is open to anyone as a caregiver, or if in need of support after a loss. Meeting Time/Frequency: First and third Thursdays at 3 pm in UU Santa Fe library.
Kindred Spirits, Facilitators: Cheryl Fossum Graham and Mary Overpeck
This covenant group will practice deep sharing and supportive listening. We will use Christine Robinson's book Heart to Heart: Fourteen Gatherings for Reflection and Sharing as a guide for readings and discussion. Topics include Gratitude, Forgiveness, Loss and Grief, Money, Doubt, and Sustainable Living. The groups meets the first and third Thursdays, 3:00 to 4;30 pm in the library. Contact Cheryl Fossum Graham email@example.com or Mary Overpeck firstname.lastname@example.org. for more information.
Men's Odyssey, Facilitator: Rodman Morgan
Odyssey (a UU Santa Fe Mens Covenant Group) – a long wandering or voyage usually marked by many changes of fortune; an intellectual or spiritual quest. Men meet at 7 pm in the church library every first and third Tuesday of the month to discuss matters of mutual interest. In the fall there is a weekend retreat which participants have greatly enjoyed. The group considers service to UU Santa Fe to be an important part of its activities and has for example assisted at weddings and memorial services and helped invigorate the coffee hour. Facilitator: Rod Morgan (co-facilitator position open).
Write-On, Facilitator: TBD
The Write-On Covenant is limited to eight members, meeting on the second and fourth Saturdays afternoons from12:30 to 2:30 in the church library or conference room. We believe that sharing our thoughts through writing in an atmosphere of acceptance and confidentially helps to provide tolerance and closer relationships in the church community. For each session there is an optional open ended topic to write that is determined during the previous session and read during the session. The diversity found in the responses provides both understandings and entertainment. The meeting follow the covenant format and are confidential unless the group as a whole decided there is sufficient reason to share something.