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.
To see an example of the packet that facilitators distribute to their group participants for each month, check out this one on Perseverance. Participants make a commitment to engage the material in between meetings; many find the added structure and depth to be richly rewarding. While a participant may have to miss once in a while, committing to regular attendance is important, because consistency allows for an atmosphere of trust to develop in a 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 started meeting in October; 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:
· (FULL) 2nd Thursday of the month, 6:00 - 8:00 PM . (FULL)
· 2nd Wednesday of the month, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
· (FULL) 3rd Tuesday of the month, 1:00 - 3:00 PM (FULL)
· (FULL) 3rd Wednesday of the month, 1:00 - 3:00 PM . (FULL)
In addition, another group is meeting in Parker County. For a schedule of dates, times, and location for this group, please email Stephanie Jeffers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This program will pause over the summer. Watch for information in August about the 2019-2020 year and how to join a group. Or email email@example.com.
What does it mean to be a people of...
September – Vision: The practice of intentional imagination
October – Sanctuary: The practice of finding sacred space within & ensuring welcoming space for all
November – Memory: The practice of honest remembrance & honoring the shoulders on which we stand
December – Mystery: The practice of embracing life with humility and awe
January – Possibility: The practice of personal unfolding and prophetic vision
February – Trust: The practice of commitment and faith in a love that won’t let us go
March – Journey: The practice of pilgrimage, courageous growth and patient change
April – Wholeness: The practice of repairing what is broken and knowing we are enough
May – Curiosity: The practice of moving from fear to open-heartedness
June – Beauty: The practice of savoring life’s gifts