UUSG Women's Circle
2018-2019 Thank you!
The Women’s Circle team wants to round out our 2018-19 program year by thanking all of those who attended! Your enthusiasm and lively participation certainly keeps us going!
Women’s Circle offers six Saturday afternoon sessions each church year. We seek to create extended opportunities for UUSG members and friends who identify as female to continue to build community and grow in spirituality. We have continued to receive popular support each year, and have attracted a growing and diverse group of participants. Sessions this year have averaged 20-25 participants at each program.
Our topics this year included:
-Happiness, Deb Brod, facilitator
-Nature, Trish Beckjord, facilitator
-Gratitude, Pam Vernor, facilitator
-Self Compassion, Julia Friesen, facilitator
- Sanctuary, Rhonda Robinson, facilitator
- Walking the Labyrinth - Julia Friesen, facilitator, held at the Tau Center in Wheaton
The WC Planning and Facilitation team thanks each of the women who participated. We appreciated your help with snacks and set up/clean up, we loved your enthusiasm and openness, and we used your feedback to improve each month. We learned and grew together! And, we believe (from our observation and your feedback) that our large group has shared deeply, listened carefully, grown closer and developed spiritually in this year.
Again, thank you to all who participated. We plan to continue our explorations starting in late September. New Topics coming soon. If you might be interested in joining the Planning team, please contact one of us to discuss!
Trish Beckjord, Deb Brod, Julia Friesen, Rhonda Robinson, Pam Verner
About Women’s Circle
The goal of the UUSG Women’s Circle is to extend learning and communication, and enhance the opportunities for women within the church to come together around our individual spiritual growth.
Guided by our UU Seven Principles, we come together in a variety of ways that help us explore our spiritual direction using programs and venues that are thoughtful and energizing.
This program is open to all UUSG women 18 years old and above, and we would love to expand our community to the younger women of the church. Intergenerational connections are rich and critically important in today’s world! Having us all together will deepen our individual and shared experience!
We invite anyone who is interested to join the Women’s Circle planning team. If you have thoughts or questions or would like to help, please talk to Trish Beckjord, Julia Friesen, Pam Verner, Rhonda Robinson, or Deb Brod or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Past Women’s Circle Events:
February 23, 2019
Compassion. “Compassion is the middle ground of “feeling with…” C. Robinson & A. Hawkins in Soul to Soul
We’re probably most familiar with the concept of compassion for others cultivated in many faith traditions (Love your neighbor as yourself), so what is self-compassion? It means to extend to one’s self the same loving, unconditional positive regard we extend to our loved ones. Why do we find this to be so hard sometimes? Socialized to be caregivers, women seem especially susceptible to not practicing it. We might see self-compassion as being selfish or indulgent, when in fact it helps us grow spiritually by allowing us to love all parts of our self—the good, the bad, and everything in between. We will explore this important idea in a variety of formats that will give everyone tangible ways to practice self-compassion in daily life and resources for further exploration.
March 23, 2019
Topic: Sanctuary. “The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are…” Maya Angelou
This month we will use readings, poetry and music to uncover the variety of meanings in the word Sanctuary. Bodies and spirits sometimes need a safe and welcoming place, a refuge, peopled with those who can provide security and understanding...
Parker Palmer writes about Sanctuary and suggests that for himself it is not found only as a space in a sacred building.
“But more often I find it in places sacred to my soul: in the natural world, in the company of a trustworthy friend, in solitary or shared silence, in the ambience of a good poem or good music.
Sanctuary is wherever I find safe space to regain my bearings, reclaim my soul, heal my wounds, and return to the world...”
Our March Circle will explore and discuss the need for sanctuary, and where we each seek and find sanctuary.