Our Soul Matters program helps to deepen and broaden personal spiritual growth as well as facilitate interpersonal connections. A Soul Matters group consists of six to ten members who meet on a regular basis.
Each meeting is focused on a spiritual, religious or social topic. The goals are to:

  • Listen and be listened to in a safe place
  • Learn about and explore our ideas and spiritual paths
  • Build new and deeper personal connections
  • Serve our community and the needs of one another
  • Maintain personal connections and a caring community.

Soul Matters starts each year around January and end around December. New groups will be formed each year. Those interested in participating will be asked to sign up to join a group for the year. As space in the groups permits, new people may be added to existing groups during the year. If enough people are interested and a new facilitator can be trained, a new group may be formed after the program begins for the year.

What is expected of members?

Soul Matters members are expected to arrive on time, commit to regular meetings, respect the leadership of the facilitator(s) and inform them if they will miss a session. Each group creates its own “covenant”—a set of agreements or ground rules for their meetings. Each group will decide on and carry out a service project for the congregation or the community at least once during the year. When there is space for new members of an existing group, members of the group will welcome them into the group.

What are Soul Matters sessions like?

Each group session follows a structured format, typically including the following elements:

  • Opening Words: Lighting of a candle or chalice and a brief reading on the topic of the meeting. This portion of the meeting may expand from time to time when circumstances call for it.
  • Topic/Discussion: The UUA provides materials to support engagement with a monthly topic, to elicit deep listening and significant reflection.
  • Check Out: Participants briefly check out by sharing what they are feeling or what the group experience was like for them.
  • Closing Words: This brings the session to an end.

If you are interested in participating in a Soul Matters group, send an email to minister@uumarin.org.

You can learn more about the overall Soul Matters program on the Soul Matters Sharing Circle website, or on the Soul Matters Facebook page.