Small Group Ministries
Offering and Receiving
Connection, Support, and Spiritual Practice
Check your weekly email for Zoom links and contact info, and for any scheduling changes.
Sign up for 2023-2024 Covenant Groups!
Covenant Groups are part of the Adult Religious Exploration Program at JRUUC. Groups are randomly created at the start of each church year, based on the availability of people interested, and they meet monthly. They are closed groups, for confidentiality and community-building, and are made up of 6 to 10 people plus a facilitator. They have several purposes: to build relationships through the practice of deep listening, and to practice shared ministry with each other and our congregation as a whole. Please see this brochure for more information, and sign up here (the link has been fixed and is now taking responses) or on the sign-up sheet on the RE table in the foyer if you’d like to be part of a virtual or in-person Covenant Group this year. [8/15/23]
Meditation with Friends – Wednesdays 6:30-7:00 (on Zoom)
Beginners are welcome! Hosted by Susan Podebradsky. Mindfulness and meditation help us strengthen the ability to be more aware of the truth of the present moment and choose our actions instead of simply being propelled forward by habit. We open with a brief opening reading followed by a a few minutes of guided meditation and then silent meditation (12 minutes total). We follow that with a few minutes to chat about the reading, the meditation, or mindfulness in everyday life. We close with another 2 minutes of silent meditation to carry us out into the world. We are currently reading from How to Meditate: A Practical Guide to Making Friends With Your Mind by Pema Chodron.
Sacred Breath Choir – Thursdays 7:00 pm (2023 Summer Break June 5-August 30)
Sacred Breath Choir meets weekly on Thursdays to build community through song. They also share their musical gifts with the larger JRUUC community once or twice a month at Worship. Sacred Breath Choir is currently on summer break. We hope you’ll join us in spirit and song this fall!
The first rehearsal of Sacred Breath Choir for the 2023-24 church year is on Thursday August 31 from 7-8:30pm. Sacred Breath welcomes folks of all voice types and musical backgrounds (including people with no experience whatsoever!) We meet weekly on Thursdays from 7-8:30pm and sing at 1-2 services a month. At rehearsals, choir members warm-up their voices and bodies, learn pieces for Sunday services, sing for the joy of it, and connect with fellow Reebers. Singing is nourishment for the mind, body, and spirit. Nourish yourself and your community by joining Sacred Breath Choir!
Open Discussion: “Building Our Racial Awareness” – Fourth Sundays of each month at 4:00-6:00 pm (On break for summer)
This conversation is hosted by the 8th Principle Project Team, and will be on Zoom. Participants will be invited to bring news items related to racism in our local community to facilitate conversation and to sharpen our awareness of the inequities surrounding us here at home.
If you have questions or comments on these offerings or the 8th Principle Project, please contact Team members Randy Coloni, Erik Gunn, Eva Wingren, and Jeanette Clawson by using this form. Or talk with us during coffee hour!
Journaling with Jean Skinner – Every other Monday 7-8pm on Zoom (2023 Summer Break – June-August – no meetings)
Join us to explore journaling and other writing. This is an informal group that has a good time connecting with each other and looking inward. No experience necessary; just bring something to write on and something to write with. Some meetings may be multi-platform so check your weekly email for the latest information. Click here to listen to reflections from some members of the group from our August 2022 service.