Chalice Circles: The Calm During and After a Storm

By Cheri Taylor, Membership Development Coordinator


Small group ministry programs, such as First Church’s Chalice Circle program, not only provides intimate space that supports spiritual and personal growth, and fellowship with members and friends, it is also an excellent source for self-care.  In the midst of national and international tragedies and transitions on the home front, as humans we need to make sure that we are giving ourselves space for spiritual relief and renewal.  According to Diana Dorrah, former president of the UU Small Group Ministry Network, small group ministry has been beneficial for many congregations after national or local disasters, during major transitions and even during church conflicts.

Additionally, during trying times when it is easy for conflict to rise in communities such as ours, small group ministry helps people treat each other better, communicate better through enhanced listening skills, and respecting varying perspectives.

Regardless of your age, membership status, or length of time at First Church, our Chalice Circles Program is for everyone.

Although it is not a debate group, therapy, or a group of folks with shared interests, it is a covenantal space where members and friends can find continuity, ritual, and emotional and spiritual nourishment in the midst of life’s storms.

Please consider learning more about Chalice Circles at our Recruitment Potluck on September 18th or anytime at the Member Services Table during Sunday coffee hours.  Our enrollment for the 2016-17 year will run through September 25.


Cheri Taylor is the Membership Development Coordinator at First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee.

First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee  is a home for spiritual community, social justice, and intellectual freedom, active in Milwaukee since 1842. Unitarian Universalism is an inclusive denomination; core principles include recognition of the worth and dignity of every person; respect for the interdependent web of existence; and the goal of world peace, liberty and justice.