Chalice Circles

Register for Fall 2024 Chalice Circles by July 31!

What are Chalice Circles?

Chalice Circles are small groups of about 5 to 10 people who meet once a month for about 90 minutes at UUFR, in a member’s home, or online using video conferencing technology. Participants choose the day and time they want to meet when they sign up. Childcare is available for some Chalice Circles.

Fall 2024 Chalice Circles meet four times, September through December.

Spring 2025 Chalice Circles meet five times, February through June.

What happens at a Chalice Circle?

Each meeting provides an opportunity for people to talk about what’s happening in their own lives, to practice deep listening with others, and to reflect on some of life’s big questions through a structured discussion.

Each session focuses on a specific theme. The materials for each session, which are used to explore the theme, are provided by Soul Matters, a network of Unitarian Universalist congregations. The 2024-2025 overarching theme framework, The Practices of Our Faith, focuses on how Unitarian Universalism is a lived faith that inspires us to act, live, and love our values out in the world. The themes are also a way to connect to our UUA’s new core value of love, with each monthly theme framed as a practice that helps us embody liberating love in our daily lives.

The Practice of…

September:  Invitation
October:  Deep Listening
November:  Repair
December:  Presence
January:  Story
February: Inclusion
March:  Trust
April: Joy
May:  Imagination
June:  Freedom

Participants are asked to allow at least 30 minutes for preparation before each session in order to meaningfully participate.

Some of our morning programming for children and youth also uses these themes, so parents who participate in Chalice Circles may also be better prepared to talk with their children about their Sunday morning programming. Chalice Circle themes are also the basis of some sermons each month.

What’s the purpose of Chalice Circles?

The purpose of Chalice Circles is to help us as a religious community realize our mission of transforming lives and empowering people to serve the world.

Can I join a Chalice Circle if I’m not a member of the UUFR yet?

Yes! All are welcome to sign up. Participating in a Chalice Circle is a good way to get to know people, to learn more about Unitarian Universalism, and to decide whether you would like to become a member of the congregation. Participants in other Unitarian Universalist congregations are also welcome.

How do I start participating in a Chalice Circle?

Newcomers are encouraged to first attend a Chalice Circle Sampler. These are usually held once a month on the second Sunday of the month after a worship service. Check The Chalice for details. After attending a Chalice Circle Sampler, a newcomer can join one of our existing Chalice Circles is there is space available.

Registration for Fall 2024 Chalice Circles will run July 1-31. Sign up here!


Registration for Spring 2025 Chalice Circles will run from December 1-31.

What if I have other questions?

Email .

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