We warmly invite you to participate in Chalice Circles at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Rochester, Minnesota. The thoughtful intimacy of these spiritual groups has enriched participants’ lives for many years.
The format of the meetings helps participants set aside daily distractions, reflect on their lives and beliefs, and make meaningful connections with one another. Through sharing their wisdom, members leave each meeting with a more profound understanding of themselves and of each other as they explore depths of meaning, personal stories, and true friendship. Each Chalice Circle becomes an energized community of listening and caring in the midst of our growing Church. It’s easy to see how Chalice Circles complement our Sunday services and other programs.
Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer, Minister
Melissa Eggler, Coordinator of Congregational Life
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What happens at a Chalice Circle meeting?
Each session focuses on a reading. Some readings address spiritual topics, such as gratitude, balance, nature, or God. Other readings reflect themes such as listening, loss and grief, forgiveness, or friendship. Some readings will mirror the Minister’s sermon topics. Members respond to the topic questions by sharing personal experiences and feelings. Chalice Circles are not study groups or debate teams, but rather focus on sharing and listening. Chalice Circles follow a consistent pattern that includes an in-gathering, candle lighting, a sharing of highs and lows over the past month, silence, shared readings and personal responses to the readings, announcements, and closing words.
Where and when do Chalice Circles meet?
Each Chalice Circle decides whether to meet in participant’s homes or at the church. Groups meet once a month for two hours. In addition, Chalice Circles engage in service to the church or larger community.
How big is a Chalice Circle group?
The ideal size is 6 – 8 members, including a facilitator. As the circumstances of people’s lives change, the membership of a group may change over the year. New members will be welcomed in an ongoing group with an opening or in a newly formed group.
How long does a Chalice Circle last?
Sign up for Chalice Circles will take place each September, with groups beginning in October and running through May. If the group chooses, meetings can continue through August. In September, groups will disband and new groups will be created to start in October.