Circles of Faith

Circles of Faith

 

UCC’s Circles of Faith are designed to help people grow in their spiritual journey and develop new and diverse relationships within our community of faith. Our groups will begin as early as the week of February 15–the beginning of Lent. Because Easter is early this year, March 31, we will be offering some groups post-Easter leading up to Pentecost Sunday. We are also offering 3 Zoom classes as well. Please check out our Spring 24 offerings and sign up to participate in a small group ministry! 

A Brown Bag Bible Study: Meeting Women in the Bible

Wednesdays, February 14-March 20. 
Noon-1:15 pm, in person, UCC.
Facilitator: Ellen Lewis
Maximum: 12

There are scores of marvelous women in the Bible, judges and prophets, caregivers and teachers, prominent matriarchs of large clans and quiet disciples; women who suffered alone or sang joyous praises to God amid crowds. Let’s sit down together to share lunch and conversation with some of them.

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A Brown Bag COF Lunch: What Every Church Member Should Know about Poverty by Bill Elhig and Ruby K. Payne

Thursdays, February 15 – March 7
Noon -1pm, in person, UCC
Facilitator: Allen Lutes

Poverty has always been a social issue. And, in God’s realm, poverty is on the top of God’s concerns about humanity—specifically, the least among us—making it a spiritual issue as well. Come and get to know Allen Lutes as we contemplate the church and the issues of poverty.

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Clarifying the Clobber Texts: A COF Study & Discussion

Wednesdays, February 21-April 10
6:30- 7:30 PM, UCC
Facilitator: Mike Richhart
Maximum: 15

There are six passages in the Bible that have historically been used to condemn and exclude the LGBTQ+ community from the life of the church. They are often called the “Clobber Texts”. This Circle of Faith will engage in a careful and thoughtful reading of these passages and discuss their original contextual intent and their current application for today.

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Craft, Connect, and Contemplate

Tuesdays, February 13 – March 19
1:30-2:45, UCC
Facilitators: Theda Anderson and Roxanne Penix
No maximum

Creativity and crafting is a spiritual practice. Think of a joyful God creating the universe.  And crafting is a joyful experience—spending time with others working together.  Supplies are furnished. New crafts each week. Come join the fun. No prior experience needed!

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The Enneagram for Spiritual Formation: How Knowing Ourselves Can Make Us More Like Jesus, by AJ Sherrill

(Designed for people who have studied the Enneagram and know their number.)

Wednesdays, February 21-March 27
4:30-6:00 pm, In-person, UCC
Facilitators:  Zena McAdams and Phyllis Allen
Maximum: 15

This small group is designed to look at the Enneagram through the lens of a Christian perspective. “In the Christian imagination, each type—when operating in health—  reveals an aspect of God . . . .referring to the nine faces of the soul—reflecting a different dimension of the image of God. It takes a community of diverse personalities   coming together to present a fuller picture of the Divine. Join with us as we use the Enneagram as a tool to better understand who we are and to whom we belong.

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Lenten Journey: Preparing for Easter. Questions Jesus Asked by Magrey R. deVega

Tuesdays, February 20-March 26
5:00-6:15 pm, UCC
Facilitator: Zena McAdams
Maximum: 15

We are closer to God when we are asking questions than when we thing we have all the answers.

—Rabbi Abraham Heschel

When describing the life at UCC, Russ  tells potential new members that we are a journey church. We don’t have all the answers. In fact, we have more questions than answers—an ongoing process of discernment as we live into our faith together. As we journey through Lent, we will be exploring questions that Jesus asked of his disciples and others he encountered along the way to Jerusalem and Good Friday. And, those questions are still pertinent to us today. Explore with us as we wrestle with six questions—preparing us for the Good News of Easter. 

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Lenten Journey: Preparing for Easter. Questions Jesus Asked by Magrey R. deVega

Thursdays, February 22-March 28
10:00-11:15 pm   ZOOM
Facilitator: Zena McAdams
Maximum: 12

We are closer to God when we are asking questions than when we thing we have all the answers.

—Rabbi Abraham Heschel

When describing the life at UCC, Russ  tells potential new members that we are a journey church. We don’t have all the answers. In fact, we have more questions than answers—an ongoing process of discernment as we live into our faith together. As we journey through Lent, we will be exploring questions that Jesus asked of his disciples and others he encountered along the way to Jerusalem and Good Friday. And, those questions are still pertinent to us today. Explore with us as we wrestle with six questions—preparing us for the Good News of Easter. 

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Living the Questions: An Introduction to Progressive Christianity, Part 2—7 weeks

Mondays February 12 – March 26
4:00-5;30 p.m. UCC.
Facilitator: Judy Stempel
Maximum: 20

The group will explore and discuss this video series featuring leading voices in progressive Christian thought. It is an open-minded alternative to studies that attempt to give participants all the answers and creates an environment where we interact with one another in raising our own questions of faith. Topics for this series include: 
Restoring Relationships
The Prophetic Jesus
Evil, Suffering and A God of Love
The Myth of Redemptive Violence
Practicing Resurrection
Debunking the Rapture
Honoring Creation

The book Living the Questions: The Wisdom of Progressive Christianity by David M. Felton and Jeff Procter-Murphy accompanies the study and is recommended for participants.

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Seven Ways Church Members Should Prepare for Sunday’s Sermon

Wednesdays, February 14 – March 27
1:00-2:15 pm, ZOOM
Facilitator:  Eldon Irvin
Maximum: 12

Prepare for Sunday’s worship with Eldon each week studying the scripture for the following Sunday’s worship service—praying, engaging the text, and reflecting on how the text is relevant in our lives.

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Preparing for Pentecost. The Third Day: Living the Resurrection by Tom Berlin

Tuesdays, April 9-May 14
5:00-6:15 pm, UCC
Facilitator: Zena McAdams
Maximum: 15

The high and holy day of Easter has been celebrated. Jesus is risen from the dead. Now what? The disciples of Jesus now wait for what comes next. They certainly don’t feel prepared for what Jesus is calling them to do. “The experience of the Resurrection is what put them back on course. It reoriented their lives and enabled them to go places and do things they never imagined.‘’ And, we, too, can be transformed and do things never imagined. Join us as we continue our journey with Jesus—the Risen Lord.

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Preparing for Pentecost. The Third Day: Living the Resurrection by Tom Berlin

Thursdays, April 11-May 16
10:00-11:15 am, In-person. ZOOM
Facilitator: Zena McAdams
Maximum: 12

The high and holy day of Easter has been celebrated. Jesus is risen from the dead. Now what? The disciples of Jesus now wait for what comes next. They certainly don’t feel prepared for what Jesus is calling them to do. “The experience of the Resurrection is what put them back on course. It reoriented their lives and enabled them to go places and do things they never imagined.‘’ And, we, too, can be transformed and do things never imagined. Join us as we continue our journey with Jesus—the Risen Lord.

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The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron

Wednesdays, April 3-24, May 1-8
5:30-6:30pm, UCC
Facilitator: Todd Prickett
Maximum: 15

This Circle of Faith will assist members in gaining self-confidence in harnessing their creative talents and skills.  Julia Cameron emphasizes the connection between artistic creativity and a spiritual connection with God.  In an interview, she states that “God is an artist. So are we. And we can cooperate with each other. Creative dreams and longings do come from a divine source, not from the human.

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