A Call For Stories of Small Group Ministry
Since we began our Small Group Ministry program at UUSF in 2002, it has been a source of connection and spiritual growth for hundreds of members and friends of this congregation. We will have a time to reflect on and celebrate what this program has meant to our community at our service on Sunday, May 22. So we want to hear from all those who have participated in Small Group Ministry over the years, and ask that you share your stories of how the program has touched you. Please send your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org and plan to join the service on May 22.
SMALL GROUP MINISTRY: LOOKING BACK WITH GRATITUDE ON MAY 22, 2022
Small Group Ministry: Looking Back with Gratitude
Rev. Vanessa Rush Southern, Senior Minister; Rev. Margot Campbell Gross, Minister Emerita; Gregg Biggs and Millie Phillips, Small Group Ministry Chairs
WHAT IS SMALL GROUP MINISTRY?
At the heart of our community are the connections that we make with one another. Our Small Groups offer a place to belong and to care for each other, to share important parts of our lives. We practice deep listening, which enables us to form lasting connections, a stronger community, and to minister to one another. Together, we find a way to connect our lives to our spiritual needs. We explore important topics of personal, social, spiritual, and intellectual interest to the group in an open and respectful setting. As a group, we strive to live our Unitarian Universalist values through service projects in our church and the larger community.
Interested? There will be two short term small group sessions this summer, one in July and one in August. Longer sessions will begin in September and run through the following May. To get more information or to enroll, please send your name and contact information to SGM@UUSF.org. Include your preferred telephone number, which session or sessions you are interested in, and any questions you have. Alternatively, you can mail this information to the church or drop it off in the church office.
To deepen our connections to each other, grow spiritually, and strengthen the First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco community as a whole.
A place to belong and to care for each other. Groups of about 10 people meet twice a month for two hours at a time on weekday evenings or Saturday mornings. Times are chosen to meet the preferences of participants and facilitators. We practice deep listening, which enables us to form lasting friendships and a stronger community, and to minister to one another.
A way to connect our lives to our spiritual needs. We offer a place to consider and act on our common values. Together we explore important questions and strive to live our values through service to our church and the larger community.
A community open to church members, friends and visitors. All who agree to try SGM for four sessions, respect members' privacy, attend gatherings consistently, follow group agreements, and welcome new members are invited to join.
Members of each group choose a service project to complete during their year together. Church members interested in becoming facilitators may contact the chair of SGM or speak with our spiritual advisor, the Reverend Emerita Margot Campbell Gross.
SMALL GROUP MINISTRY 2021-22
Fall 2021 - Spring 2022
Leaders: Members of UUSF
Questions? Email email@example.com
Meet new people, share your life, explore interesting topics and grow spiritually in a welcoming setting! Small Group Ministry invites anyone who is interested – members, friends, and newcomers - to sign up for the fall 2021 through spring 2022 sessions.
Each group of about 10 people meets for two hours every first and third week of the month from October through May.