Small Groups at All Souls
A number of different small groups meet at All Souls for various forms of exploration and expression. Subject to change. Please check our Calendar for the most up to date schedule.
Newcomers Workshops for New Members and Interested Persons. NEWCOMERS and VISITORS are welcome at any time.
For those who are new or exploring All Souls Church or Unitarian Universalism in general, this session is usually held September through June on the first Sunday of the month at noon in the minister's study.
Chalice Circles: These facilitated small groups meet on the first and third Wednesday of the month at 7:30 pm to discuss a variety of spiritual issues and those matters closest to your heart. Once a month in summer. They require an on-going commitment.
Women's Sharing Circle: Also known as 'the lunch bunch'
A weekly mid-week fellowship designed to give women a chance to share what is most deeply affecting them at this point in life. This is an intimate gathering with the only topic being 'being heard'. Brown bag lunch if you care to bring one; an assortment of drinks is provided. Confidentiality mutually agreed upon. Held Tuesdays 11:30 am to 1 pm. Entrance through door at the end of the handicap access ramp.
Buddhist Reflections: Curious as to the Buddhist impact on the west? Interested in why this may be so?
Care to consider the views and experiences of others?
Buddhist Reflections is an informal, no-sectarian gathering open to all. Meeting monthly to examine, discuss and share themes relating to Buddhist history, philosophy, interpretations and opinions.
Our goals include discussing:
The Buddhist "Way".
Comparing Buddhism to other philosophies
Examining interpretations of Buddhist writings, both historical and contemporary
Investigating how Buddhist thought may be brought into our daily lives. Join us for 90 minutes of investigation, exchanging ideas and considering how the teaching of Buddhism may serve us as we live in the present and going forward.
Meets the 4th Tuesday of each month in the Elliott Room from 7:00-8:30 pm
Singing Meditation: Meets the second Monday of each month at 7 pm. This interfaith spiritual practice combines many types of group singing and drumming with observation of silence. A simple song is typically sung repetitively by the group until the song spontaneously dissolves into silence with a gentle signal to end the silence after several minutes. The singing part of “Singing Meditation” includes a variety of vocalizations: toning, chanting, singing in rounds, singing in harmony and mantras. Our goal is to sing or chant enough times that our collective vibrations resonate deep in the heart of each participant. Some of the songs used in Singing Meditation are slow and contemplative. And, some are high energy and joyful with percussion and / or other instruments - deliberately chosen to be easy to learn. No experience with singing, meditating or drumming is necessary.
All skills welcome.
Book Discussion Group: Meets once a month September through May, first Tuesday of the month at 7 pm to discuss a book mutually chosen.
Yoga Circle: Meets each Thursday from 6:30-7:30 pm for gentle yoga and meditation. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or blanket.
Hand Drummers Circle: Meets the first Sunday of each month at 7 pm in the Sanctuary. All levels are welcome!
Gay Men's Discussion Group: Meets each Thursday at 7:30 pm. Age 18+ An opportunity for discussion and support.
Personal and Spiritual Writing Workshop: An open group that meets on the last Wednesday of each month at 4 pm in the Elliot Room to share our writings on thought-provoking topics, real or imagined.
Choir: All are welcome to join the choir. No experience is necessary, just enthusiasm - being able to read music is helpful. Rehearsal 9:00-10:15 Sunday mornings September through June. No choir in summer.