Fall 2016 Connection Circles

Fall 2016 Connection Circles are starting!

Connection Circles are an opportunity to deepen relationships with other members of CMUC through a shared interest. Registration sheets are in the main church office. This year they include:

Sacred Wounds – Led by Gwen Dirks

A 4 session creative exploration into your faith of origin story. Looking into the source of religious trauma and injuries experienced that have affected our relationship to God and each other. Opening to the healing process of our heart, body and mind using collage or any other form of right brained activity (journaling, poetry, prose, playing music, visual art – any creative means you want to choose) to tell our stories and our healing to ourselves and each other.

Dates: Saturday mornings, 9:30-noon. Sept 24th, Oct 8th, Oct 29th, Nov 19th.

Meeting in the CMUC Sanctuary (with an alternative location TBD for Oct 8th)

Keeping Our Hearts Open in Hell – Led by Toni Pieroni and Bob Russell 

The past several months has been a challenging time in the world, with what has felt to be an increase in difficult and traumatizing events, e.g., the shootings in Orlando, the attack in Nice, racial violence in the U.S., the U.S. Presidential election, and closer to home, environmental issues regarding pipelines, the Site C dam, etc. It is natural to feel fearful and overwhelmed.

Thich Nhat Hanh says: “The bells of mindfulness are calling out to us, trying to wake us up, reminding us to look deeply at our impact on the planet.” As Christians, how do we respond to these events? What are the practices that deepen us into God’s love for the world as embodied in Jesus? Please join us in this circle to share our feelings about world events and learn practices from various wisdom traditions to transform our responses in a way that contribute to the healing of our world.

Dates: Wednesday evenings, 7pm. Oct 19th, Oct 26th, Nov 2nd, Nov 16th, Nov 23rd, Nov 30th

Meeting in the CMUC Fireside Room.

Dying, Death, and all that Denial – Led by Steven Chambers 

There are times when we need to think about all of it – living, dying, grieving – even in a culture that doesn’t much want to. Join Steven Chambers for a 4-week circle of reflection and discussion on death, how we meaningfully think about it, prepare for it and talk about it in a community of care. 

Dates: 4 Mondays, Oct 24th, Nov 7th, Nov 21st, and Dec 5th. 7pm.

Meeting in the CMUC Fireside Room.

Parenting Connection Circle – Led by Dana MacDonald

How do we want to raise our kids? As a family connection circle we will consider together how to increase our children’s awareness of social justice and environmental issues through a Christian lens. We will be selecting either a book or articles to anchor our meetings (to be determined).

Dates: 6 Thursday evenings, Oct 13th to Nov 17th, 7:30-9pm.

Meeting in the Centre for Peace (either the Library or the Meditation Room depending on availability – check the sign at the bottom of the stairs when you arrive)

Cinema Sophia – Led by Tom Little

Sign-up for this connection circle will be open starting at our Fall Kick-Off Sunday on Sept 18th.

Date: Every second Monday, starting Oct 3rd. 7pm.

Meeting in the CMUC Fireside Room.