Adult Faith Formation
Adult Faith Formation, or spiritual development for adults, has been called other names at UUCFW. We’ve used Sacred Seekers, Small Group Ministry, as well as Covenant Groups. Currently we are using the curriculum Soul Matters.
Groups of 6-10 adults gather for monthly conversation, to explore topics pertinent to our lives as Unitarian Universalists. The monthly themes are not just interesting topics; rather they focus on a spiritual value that our UU faith has historically honored and calls all of us to embody in our lives.
While the monthly group conversations are a gift, spiritual development is not a once-a-month thing. Soul Matters is designed with monthly packets that provide extensive recommended readings, poetry, quotes, and multimedia on the monthly worship theme. Meetings are to share our experiences with the packet and groups meet for approximately two hours.
Many of us come to church cutoff from our deepest selves and hungry to mend these sacred connections that get frayed and torn. Soul Matters exists to support this journey of reconnection to life, others, and ourselves. As the Participant Guide states, “Yes, you will encounter meaningful discussions and stimulating exchange of ideas. Yes, you will discover new friends. But, in the end, this is about recovering wholeness and the journey back home.”
Each time a Soul Matters group becomes available, prospective participants are asked to commit to meeting once a month for a set period (for example, Oct. 2019 through Jun. 2020). Groups are formed based on group member preferences for dates/times they are available to meet and are faciliated by another UUCFW member who has experienced a Soul Matter group as a participant. Once groups are formed, they usually become “closed”, meaning you would not be able to join until another group forms.
There is a Participant Guide that gives a thorough, in-depth explanation of what a Soul Matters group is and, if you are interested in learning more, you are encouraged to request a copy from our Congregational Administrator.