Exploring Spirituality and Building Relationships
Our Community Circles have been and continue to be a beloved piece of our small group ministry, designed to explore topics in community and build relationships. If you are a new member, or perhaps a longstanding member, looking for ways to develop a meaningful connection to our faith tradition, and to other members of the church, Community Circles are for you.
Joining a Community Circle offers a stress-free, comfortable setting to wrestle with the questions within and around us, while providing an opportunity to learn about others.
Upcoming Community Circles
What are community circles?
Many people come to MDUUC to explore spiritual meaning and make new friends. Community Circles offer opportunities for both exploration and community building. Beginning at several different times throughout the year, Community Circles meet for seven weekly sessions. The goal of each Community Circle is to build a healthy and sharing group that depends on the kindness, openness, and willing participation of everyone involved. Participants make a covenant — a sacred promise of honest and meaningful relationship — that deepens the experience while strengthening respect and caring within the MDUUC community.
Community Circles allow participants to share personal stories and perspectives in an atmosphere of respectful listening by the other members. Each circle, usually five to eight members, participates in finding deeper issues to explore, shares insights, and works to develop a true sense of community within MDUUC.
Guided by a facilitator, each structured session focuses on a theme, quotation, or topic to provoke discussion and meaningful expressions of experiences and values.
Still unsure? Read what others have had to say about their experience in Community Circles:
“When I first started attending MDUUC 10 years ago, I participated in several Community Circles over a period of 2-3 years. It was the gift (to myself) that has kept on giving; those initial gatherings have led to lifetime friendships.”~ Mary Allan
“I joined a Community Circle long before I became a member of MDUCC. After the first Circle, I participated in several others and found it gratifying to be able to connect with new friends-to-be on spiritual, intellectual, social, and emotional levels. As a member of MDUUC, I still participate in the enriching experience of Community Circles. They’re a highly valued part of my life.”~ Barbara Sugrue