September 16th, 2020
The UUCW “Fellowship Circle” check-in group welcomes you every first and third Wednesday of each month from 7 to 8 pm on Zoom. Hosted by the trained, caring listeners of the Lay Pastoral Care Team (LPCT) and/or Rev. Suzelle Lynch. The group’s purpose is simple – connecting and sharing what’s happening in our lives with other members of the UUCW community. There’s always a chance to introduce yourself at the beginning, and we typically have a “reflection question” to start the conversation.
Question for September 16th: Who in your life has been a particularly good friend? How did the friendship come to be?
Weekly attendance is not required. Come when you can; you are always welcome. Contact Dennis Wanless to receive the Zoom meeting link.
The Fellowship Circles guidelines are below, please be sure to read through them – they help us care for one another.
Guidelines for Fellowship Circle hosted by Lay Pastoral Care Team 2020-21
- Speak from your own experience. (Use “I statements”)
- Listen with to the experiences and perspectives of others, to create a supportive atmosphere for each person.
- Don’t comment on or minimize others’ experiences.
- Actively resist making assumptions about one another.
- Refrain from giving advice unless it is asked for!
- Stay mindful of “taking space and making space” so everyone has chances to speak and listen.
- Mute your microphone – but Stay Engaged – Good Zoom meeting etiquette means muting your microphone until it’s your turn to talk. (Otherwise, background noise can make it difficult to hear and be heard.) Use *6 if you are on a phone.
- Respect the confidentiality of personal information and stories that are shared; all stories shared in Fellowship Circle should stay there and not be talked about with others.
AGENDA for Fellowship Circle General Format (45-90 minutes)
Welcome (by Facilitator)
Chalice lighting reading or Opening Reading (optional)
Review group guidelines
Introduce ourselves by name – so we will know “who’s in the room”
Check in – each person speaks for a minute or two about how they are doing while others simply listen without comments or questions.