The Small Group Ministry, more commonly known as simply “CVUU Small Groups,” can deepen and broaden your connection with other CVUUs, as well as your own personal spiritual growth. A group usually consists of 5-10 members who meet once each month. Each group or meeting is focused on a specific theme or topic and has a facilitator who guides the group and helps keep them on track. The goals of Small Groups are to:
- Listen and be listened to in a safe place
- Learn about the mysteries of our world and our spiritual (or earthly) paths
- Build new and deeper personal connections
- Serve our community and the needs of one another
- Maintain personal connections and a caring community
Which Small Groups are available, and how can you join a group?
See the current list of small groups to see which groups are available and when they typically meet. All groups meet at the CVUU unless indicated otherwise. Schedules may be subject to change, so please contact the group host for more information about the group or to RSVP and confirm the next meeting date and time. If you would like to start a new small group, please contact Heather Flory or Mica Lorenz.
What is expected of members?
Group members are expected to commit to regular meeting times and to practice deep listening. Deep listening is a way of focusing intently on what another person is saying without interruption or simultaneously formulating a response. Deep listening also gives an individual an opportunity to speak without interruption or comment.
What are Small Group sessions like?
- Opening Words: Gathering in, settling down, reminding participants of the special opportunity of the gathering, possibly reflecting the topic of the session. The meeting may begin with the lighting of a candle or a chalice.
- Check-In: Participants share news of what has been happening in their lives. Each group develops its own customs as to the length of sharing. This portion of the meeting may expand from time to time when circumstances call for it.
- Topic/Discussion: A paragraph or two lays out a topic and presents questions that will elicit thoughtful discussion and significant reflection. A group may stay with a topic several weeks or be done in one evening.
- Check-Out: Likes and Wishes: This is an opportunity for feedback.
- Closing Words: This brings the formal session to and end. Groups are encouraged to start and end on time.
What about groups that are larger than 10 people?
For information about groups that are potentially larger than 10 people and/or are not considered to be CVUU Small Groups, see our Affinity Groups page.