Circles of Faith

Circles of Faith

Spring 2023 marks the third year of UCC’s commitment to small group ministry—
better known as Circles of Faith. COF are designed to help people grow in their
spiritual journey and develop new and diverse relationships within our community
of faith. Each fall and spring, we mix familiar types of offerings with new ideas to
capture the imagination of a vital and growing congregation. Group topics are
designed to spark our curious nature and to be relevant in an ever changing world.

Click on link below to browse the offerings for this spring.

How to Read Biblical Poetry

Facilitator: Rev. Ellen Lewis

Wednesdays, March 1 | April 5, 1:30-2:45, 6 weeks, In-person, UCC.

Room: 150

Why is there so much poetry in the Bible? Understanding the function and cultural significance
of poems in Scripture is key to seeing the Bible’s message. Study invites participants to use their
imagination while reading scripture.

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The Salt Project—The Anatomy of a Christian: A Zine on Privilege and Solidarity

Facilitator: Jessica Vacketta

Thursdays, March 2-30, 7:00-8:15 pm, In-person, UCC

Room 201,

In the face of racism, inequality, prejudice, and privilege, do you ever wonder what next steps
you can take with your family and friends, neighbors and co-workers, for the sake of God’s
justice and love? Or how best to be an effective ally (or co-conspirator)?
This group is here to help.. In the classic style of a “zine”—a 60’s and 70’s DIY magazine
format, “The Anatomy of a Christian” takes the ancient image of the Body of Christ as a
framework and springboard for exploring the challenges of inequality, privilege, and solidarity in
our lives. We will explore how we can build a healthier, more vibrant, just, and inclusive
Beloved Community

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Signs and Wonders: A Beginners Guide to the Miracles of Jesus by Amy Jill-Levine

Facilitator: Zena McAdams

Wednesdays, March 1 | April 5, 6:00-7:00, In-person, UCC

Room: 206

Amy Jill-Levine’s books are a favorite resource at UCC. Witty and informative, she is a Jewish
professor who just happens to teach the New Testament. In Signs and Wonders: A Beginner’s
Guide to the Miracles of Jesus, Amy-Jill Levine explores selected miracles of Jesus in historical
and theological context. For each miracle, she discusses not only how past witnesses would have
understood the events, but also how today’s readers can draw meaning from Jesus’s words and

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Seven Ways Church Members Should Prepare for Sunday’s Sermon- ZOOM

Facilitator: Rev. Dr. Eldon Irving

 Thursday, February 23 | March 30, 1:00-2:15 – Zoom

“The preaching of God’s Word is central to the life of the church. It makes sense
that pastors should give it the highest priority. But doesn’t it also make sense that
church members should prepare as well?” Thom S. Rainer
Using material from Thom S. Rainer, this small group will wrestle each week with the scripture
for the following Sunday’s worship service. The group will pray, engage in scripture, and reflect
on how the text is relevant in our life today.

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Eyes of the Heart - ZOOM

Facilitator: Barbara Tucker
Tuesdays, February 28 | March 28, 6:30-8:00 pm – ZOOM

The first session will give the group an overview of the process. During weeks that follow, participants will engage in guided meditation and take photos, guided by the chapter for the week. When the group gathers, they will have opportunities to share photos and discuss their experiences. This group is for anyone who enjoys taking pictures no matter what their skill level.

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Waiting List

If the Circle you would like to register for is full, please fill out this form to be added to the waiting list.

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