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.
Open Discussion: “Building Our Racial Awareness” – Fourth Sundays of each month at 4:00-6:00 pm
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!
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 – no practices)
All are welcome! Choir will break for summer after Flower Communion on June 4. Although, we are planning an end-of-year choir potluck for Thursday June 8 (rain date Sunday June 14 after worship).
Rehearsals will begin again on Thursday August 31, with the first choir Sunday being Water Communion on Sept 10. Email our Music Director Jennifer Hedstrom email@example.com if you have questions or comments about choir or music at JRUUC. Click for more information.
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.
Covenant Groups for 2022-23
New covenant groups for this church year form each September. Covenant groups are a kind of small group ministry, in which participants develop a spiritual practice of listening each other’s reflections into being. Groups meet monthly, starting in October, and topics are based on the monthly themes we focus on in worship and other religious education. Please contact Rev. Karen if you’re interested or have questions. Click here for more information about Covenant Groups.