What would it mean to create a space where we come together to connect with each other, with our deepest selves, and with the world? Members, friends, and visitors of Westside, you are invited to bring your authentic self to these connection groups.
Covenant groups of 6-8 people meet once a month through June, led by trained facilitators. Each gathering centers around a common theme for the month (themes for the year are listed further down this page). Rooted in deep listening, the structure of the groups is designed to foster three kinds of connection: connection to one’s own deepest self, connection to life, and connection to other members of the group.
Another key feature of the groups is that, when they gather, participants listen to one another. Soul Matters groups aren’t discussion groups. Members don’t give each other advice. What they do is listen, and in the listening, many participants have found that they hear their own inner wisdom more clearly. For more about the value of these kinds of connections, see Karen Moore’s blog post on connection and authenticity. You can also check the Sermons page for Rev. Woodbury’s service titled Listening Together, which introduced the program.
Groups meet once per month for no more than two hours. Groups start meeting in the fall; new members may be added during the year as long as slots remain open, as indicated below:
Groups meeting at the church are meeting at the following times:
- 3rd Tuesday, 1:00-3:00 PM
- 4th Tuesday, 8:00-10:00 PM, ZOOM group online
- 2nd Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 PM
- 3rd Wednesday, 1:00-3:00 PM
- 4th Thursday, 6:30-8:30 PM
- 4th Saturday, 1:00-3:00 PM
If you would like to join a covenant group or would like more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What does it mean to be a people of...
September – Expectation The practice of trusting our longings and of allowing hope to widen our view
October – Belonging The practice of finding home and being home for others, and of embracing a wider self
November – Attention The practice of reshaping our lives by shifting our focus and listening to what life is trying to say to us
December – Awe The practice of remembering that it’s all a gift and of noticing the sacred everywhere we turn
January – Integrity The practice of living from the inside out and staying true to our deepest, authentic selves
February – Resilience The practice of trusting one step at a time and believing in our ability to overcome difficulties with courage and flexibility
March – Wisdom The practice of untangling ourselves from what we’ve been taught and the ability to weave cleverness with compassion
April – Liberation The practice of accepting that we are already enough and recognizing that the freedom of others and our own is one and the same
May – Thresholds The practice of courageously stepping into the dark and of leaning into the lure of the unknown
June – Play The practice of shaping our reality with the stories we tell and of remembering that we were made for joy