SMALL GROUP MINISTRY
provides an opportunity to consider the meaning of spirituality in your life and a way to join others in the search for intimacy and ultimacy.  The format is designed to support connection and community. Newcomers and long-term members find it a good way to get to know a few people better, particularly in a large congregation like ours.

Small Groups for Fall 2014

The Fall Semester will run from mid-October to mid-January 2015.
Participants may sign up in the Social Hall before and after the second service on Sunday Sept. 21, 28 and October 5.

What I Believe: This small group will focus on our individual religious beliefs. Over six
sessions, we will reflect on creation, the meaning of life, personal spiritual practices, and
personal spiritual development and growth. We hope that each person’s sharing during
the sessions will be viewed as a spiritual practice and a form of shared ministry.
Dates and time: 7:00-9:00 p.m. on dates selected by the group (six sessions total).
Location: Greg Berg’s apartment in The Eli, 227 Church Street,12th floor, New Haven. There is ample parking around the building and information on parking will be provided.
Facilitator: Greg Berg

Explorations within Spiritual Community for Women of All Ages: Exploring the role of beliefs and principles in our lives through selected passages drawn from a variety of approaches to spirituality. In addition to short readings, we will share deep listening and our own life experiences and personal reflections, all in a multigenerational setting.
Dates and time: 2nd Wednesdays; first meeting October 8; November 12; December 10; January 14. 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: Meets at facilitator’s home in North Haven
Facilitator: Jean Rosenthal

Parents of Young Children (K through grade 6):
Dates and time: Monthly meeting, dates to be determined by group
Location and Child car: To be determined
Co-facilitators: Looking for Volunteers

Parents of Teens (ages 13-18): This small group is intended to help parents of teens
support each other through a beautiful and often difficult journey.
Dates and time: 2nd and 4th Sundays; first session October 12, 2014. 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.
Location: USNH
Co-facilitators: Linda Oechsle, Karen Brown

Buddhist Lens Group: Reading from Buddhist literature, time for meditation.
Dates and time: 2nd, 4th and 5th Mondays, 7:00-9:00 p.m. With 11 participants, this group is now fully subscribed. If there is enough interest, Paul Trotta and others will help a second group get started, with a schedule to be arranged.
Location: USNH
Coordinator: Paul Trotta

Selected Spiritual Topics-Tuesday:  Open to all who are interested.
Dates and time: 1st and 3rd Tuesday afternoons, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Location: USNH
Co-facilitators: Dee Arneth, Natalie Keating

Selected Spiritual Topics-Thursday: Open to all who are interested.
Dates and time: 1st and 3rd Thursday afternoons, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Location: USNH
Co-facilitators: Ellen Mahoney, Gwen Heuss-Severance, Nancy Brown