CommUnity Circle is a new “non-churchy”, spiritual gathering on Sunday mornings at 10:30. The intention of this Sunday circle is to create a sacred space for inquiry into life’s deeper questions and to honor and celebrate our connections to each other, the earth and our inner selves.
All faiths and paths that honor our oneness and our differences will be welcomed and respected. Celebrations and services on Sunday mornings will be the result of community members sharing their gifts, their passions and their concern for our world. Those who choose will take turns creating Sunday morning services. Each week will be a unique offering from the hearts of our presenters and may include meditation, art, discussion, inspirational words, music, and/or the celebration of a holy day from any faith. All will be welcome to lead, to participate or just to listen within the guidelines of the circle, which will be designed to create a safe and sacred space. Coffee and potluck refreshments may follow the service.
Anyone with questions or interest in helping, can contact any of the following: Liz (liquid firstname.lastname@example.org or 735-7713), Flo (email@example.com or 266-6864) and Becka (firstname.lastname@example.org or 565-3679). Updates will also be posted here at www.surrygatherings.com and on The Gatherings’ Facebook page, which includes a CommUnity Circle event page.
2017/08/06: Exploring the Major Faith Traditions with Sonia Turanski (Hinduism is the first of this eight part monthly series): Sonia Turanski, a lifelong student of the World’s Traditions, recieved an M.A. from Bangor Theological Seminary in 2006. Sonia has taught comparative world religion in various settings for over 10 years, and is pleased to bring her knowledge, enthusiam, and wonder to the community to further our individual and collective inquiry into Spirit. Please join us for any or all of the sessions. At each meeting there will be a short presentation followed by time for discussion. For more info call (207) 460-4236
2017/07/30: Lammas Day
2017/07/23: Shamanism with Scarlet: Monthly introduction to elements of shamanism, including a reading or little info talk about shamanic goddess archetypes in general, and about one introduced at this circle, which may related to this geography or to the season. Symbols of her elements and offerings of herbs may be placed on the altar (we will try to let people know ahead of time and Scarlett will bring particular herbs, too) There may also be Shamanic drumming with a guided visualization/meditation on the goddess’s qualities, followed by a brief silence with continued drumming, while people process their experience. A formal shamanic talking circle will come towards the end of the circle. This is done with a special talking stick, which is held by the person who wishes to express themselves. Nobody comments, challenges, or questions the speaker. The stick symbolizes a space in which people are simply listened to attentively, something that’s rare in today’s world.)
2017/07/16: No Circle
2017/07/02: Nathalie Arruda will guide us to be in touch with our bodies and connection to the world around us. We will explore practicing good self-care to keep up our health and strength during trying times.
2017/06/25: Join us to reflect on the recent summer solstice and what this time of year means to us. Bring a reading, a song, your thoughts or just yourself.
2017/06/11: Spiritual Potluck
2017/06/04: Embodied stories with Liz
2017/05/28: Shamanism with Scarlet
2017/05/21: The Science of Compassion: We will listen to this podcast from Buddhist Geeks, and those who wish can share thoughts or questions it conjures up for them.
2017/05/14: Goddess visualization with Mary Roper
2017/05/07: Sacred cacao (yes, that’s chocolate) with Liz. Did you know that Cacao, the main ingredient in chocolate, is a powerful heart opening medicinal food? It serves as a gentle ally for inner work, energizes the body and focuses the mind. It is also psychoactive. In a cacao ceremony we intentionally align ourselves with the spiritual and medicinal aspects of this sacred food. By drinking a medicinal dose of pure cacao we can access its healing power.
2017/04/30: May Day celebration and reflections from climate march with Flo
2017/04/23: Scarlet Kinney monthly introduction to elements of shamanism, including a reading or little info talk about shamanic goddess archetypes in general, and about one introduced at this circle, which may related to this geography or to the season.
2017/04/16: No Circle for Easter
2017/04/02: Holbrook Williams, a local elder, will facilitate a group experiential exploring the dynamics of wordless silence. Holbrook will provide singing bowls to utilize during our silence as we investigate nonverbal human interaction and communication. This should be a playful and thought-provoking experience! I hope you can join us!!
2017/3/26: Open Discussion
2017/3/19: This week the CommUNITY Circle will offer an introduction to Authentic Movement. Authentic Movement is a simple form of self directed embodied practice. With eyes closed, the mover tunes in to their felt experience of sensations, impulses and feelings. The mover allows their body to respond naturally to these experiences. The practice is done in the presence of a witness who observes and pays attention to their own felt experience of witnessing movement in the other. Through the dynamic of mover and witness a mirror is created which allows an opening into psyche. This opening can be healing and transformational, providing insight into self and other.
In this introduction hour, Liz will share her own experiences with Authentic Movement, and lead a brief experiential exercise, followed by a time for discussion and reflection.
2017/3/12: No circle at The Gatherings on 3/12/17 unless someone wants to offer to organize something. Some of us will instead go to Scarlett Kinney’s Time of the Warriors gathering from 10 — 2 with potluck lunch at The Standing Bear Center for Shamanic Studies.
2017/3/05: Open Discussion
2017/02/26: Scarlet Kinney monthly introduction to elements of shamanism, including a reading or little info talk about shamanic goddess archetypes in general, and about one introduced at this circle, which may related to this geography or to the season.
2017/02/05: Red Tent
February 5 at The Gatherings CommUnity Circle, Jennifer Spencer will be leading a presentation about The Red Tent Temple Movement. Jennifer writes “Listening to my mother’s stories, I felt a whisper for change. When I read the novel The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, the notion of having a space dedicated to self-care and communion among women spoke loudly to me. The experience of having thoughtful friends gather to bless my pregnancies and births built my sense of self-worth and a feeling of wholeness. I joined in birth circles, where our unique experiences were honored and heard. After viewing the documentary The Red Tent: Things We Don’t Talk About, Women’s Stories From the Red Tent, I was moved to hold a safe space locally for women of all ages to come together and share our stories and to listen”. This event is free and open to all ages and genders and serves as an introduction to the Red Tent Temple Movement and a calling to recognize the need for sacred space for women in our local community.
2017/01/22: CommUnity Circle in Solidarity with the Women’s March
2017/01/08: Fear — We will read quotes and questions to inspire a conversation about fear and the positive or negative ways it can impact our lives and our world
2016/12/18: Family Solstice Celebration
The Shortest Day, poem by Susan Cooper
2016/12/11: Sacred Waiting — We will listen to a 15-minute podcast by UU minister Shelley Page about waiting during this time of year for Christmas for the light to come back and so on. After listening to the podcast, everyone will be given the opportunity to share their own thoughts.
2016/11/27: Thanksgiving. Bring items for the alter that represent who/what you are thankful for. And bring leftovers for a potluck following the circle.
2016/11/20: Multi-generational Sunday with Circle of Trees part 2