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.
UU Mindfulness Meditation Group, Facilitator: Suzanne Ronneau
The UU Mindfulness Meditation group meets every Monday morning at 9 am in the church library. At the meeting, we will do sitting meditation and then discuss readings from Thich Nhat Hanh's The Miracle of Mindfulness, led by Tom Ramsey. We will be using the Beacon Press translation by Mobi Ho. The group is open to all who are interested in meditation. If you have questions, please email Suzanne Ronneau at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Mary Overpeck email@example.com. 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).
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.