Chalice Circles

The Program
We launched Chalice Circles, our small group ministry program, in 2004 and have beenChaliceGlow going strong ever since! Chalice Circles provide opportunities for people to learn and grow through honest personal reflection and open-hearted listening in small groups that come together to explore varied topics. A trained facilitator upholds the Chalice Circle Covenant, assures safe space for conversation and exploration, and keeps the discussion of the session topic on track.  Related support teams are:

  • Session-Building Team: vets session topic and develops the readings and questions for each session

  • Planning Team: implements strategies to help the program be accessible to the widest possible audience and to promote equity in our methods of signing up for Circles

  • Circle Facilitators: participate in training and meet as a group throughout the year for support and guidance

  • Format

    Our Chalice Circle program typically runs October through May of each year with groups of 6 to 10 people meeting once a month at the church or in members' homes. Each session lasts two hours and begins with a chalice lighting and opening words, followed by a time for personal check-in. There is a shared reflection on the topic for that session, and then the facilitator introduces a variety of questions to spark discussion.

  • Signing-Up

    Our Chalice Circle program is designed for Members, Friends, and newcomers to UUCV. That means participants must be affiliated with the church before signing up. In September we have an open sign-up period in order to give everyone a fair and equitable chance to join a Chalice Circle. Participants for each Circle are selected at random from those whose sign-up forms are received by the deadline. If a group has substantially more requests than spaces available, we may try to create a second group at that time if we can arrange for a Facilitator.


2017 05 Chalice Circle

The Spirituality of Non-attachment 





  • Additional Resources:


    The Five Things We Cannot Change (and the Happiness We find Embracing Them) by David Richo
    The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
    Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse



    "Siddhartha (1972) The story of a young Indian who embarks upon a journey to find the meaning of existence. Based on the novel by Hermann Hesse.


    Viktor Frankl and the Search for Meaning: A conversation with Alexander Vesely and Mary Cimiluca

2017 04 Chalice Circle

Starting Over

We have all had things happen to us that were unexpected and life-changing — a job loss, an unexpected and unwelcome divorce, the death of someone dear, a health crisis for yourself or a loved one, financial hard times, and even unwelcome changes in friendships and in institutions in which we are emotionally invested.Chang

Each of these situations requires of us major adjustment — changes in how we live our lives, alternations in our relationships, changes in attitude, focus and purpose, and the hard lesson that we are never really in control. Any powerful and unwelcome change forces us, in some way, to start over.

Starting over is a process, and many times it is an opportunity to build something new and better.



  • Additional Resources:

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    TED Talk, Candy Chang - "Before I die, I want to..."


    Manchester by the Sea
    A Man Called Ove
    The Martian



    The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness by Karen Armstrong


2017 03 Chalice Circle

What's Your Vision
—for yourself, for UUCV, and for the country?

Visualization is a way of making change. It's constructing a mental image that lets us see where/what/how we want to be.

Visualization is a mental picture of the result we want to achieve—a picture so clear and strong it will help make that result real. A vision is not a vague wish or dream or hope. It's a picture of the real results of real efforts. It comes from the future and informs and energizes the present.

At our March Chalice Circle meeting, we will explore this theme of visualization and what it means not just for us as individuals but how it ties in with our feelings about our church.