UUSG Women's Circle
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.
April 27, 2019
Journey/Walking the Labyrinth. “…Some find answers to questions long asked…What will you find…?” Veriditas.org
As best you can, please let us know by the day before the Circle event for our planning purposes, but don’t not come because you haven’t let us know (heavens!)!
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 email@example.com.
2018-2019 Program Schedule
Growing Spirituality and Deepening Connections
Planning for the coming year of Women’s Circle programs is underway and we are excited to offer new topics!
We are hard at work developing programs that respond to one of the biggest “roses” we receive repeatedly; the sharing that happens within a small group discussion format.
We’ve heard you! This year we will move from learning about different spiritual practices to growing our spirituality and deepening our connections discussing topics chosen for reflection and sharing. And we hope to finish in April with another wonderful Labyrinth walk!
We’ll still meet the 4th Saturday of the month from 1:00 to 4:00 except for November which is a week earlier. And we will break for December and January. So save the following dates! We look forward to seeing old friends and welcoming new ones! More in-depth information to come!