Why Have Deepening Groups?
Deepening groups are designed to foster connection and caring, to provide an avenue for personal growth and spiritual development, and ultimately to strengthen the fabric of our community and provide ways in which we may serve.
Deepening groups are open to anyone who might want to participate. The groups are guided by facilitators who meet regularly with our minister, Linda Slabon. Groups, which usually meet about twice a month, may meet in members' homes or at some other agreeable location. Each group negotiates their meeting times and places.
Groups are composed of 6 to 10 members. The format includes an opening reading, time for check-in and sharing, discussion on a topic, then a time for feedback and a closing reading. Sessions are about two hours.
At UUFD, deepening groups take on different emphases. Some are theme oriented while others are open for spiritual exploration of larger life issues.
Fall 2007 Deepening Groups:
SINGLE SESSION DEEPENING GROUPS To participate in single session Deepening Groups,
NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED. JUST SHOW UP!
Material Simplicity & Spiritual Abundance
Facilitators: Dave Diaz & Kathy Clark
Date & Time: Thursday, November, 1st 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Description: What is our relationship with our possessions?
Facilitators: Rev. Linda Slabon & Vicky Whipple
Date & Time: Sunday, November 11 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Description: Many people think of faith as something you have or don't have, but there are actually stages of spiritual development. We will look at the 6 stages of faith development and explore which stage best describes where you are in your life now.
Ethics of Jesus
Facilitators: Lon Clark & Susan Dorbeck
Date & Time: Saturday, November, 17 10:00 a.m - Noon
Description: "So whatever you wish that people would do to you, do so to them; for that is the law and the prophets." Matthew 7:12
Facilitators: Rev. Linda Slabon & Toni Tollerud
Date & Time: Sunday, November, 25 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Location: 1622 Carlisle Lane, DeKalb
Description: When you are closer to 80 than to 20. How has aging changed, challenged, and impacted your spirit?
Facilitators: Rev. Linda Slabon & Bill Lamb
Date & Time: Tuesday, December, 11 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Description: Food. TV. Alcohol. Sports. Drugs. Sex…How do UUs face the addictions that hold us enthralled? What sets us free?
Hand & Foot
Facilitators: Toni Tollerud & Dave Diaz
Date & Time: Sunday, January 27, 2008 3:00-5:30 p.m.
Description: You don't have to know the game. We'll teach you. It's fun to play and amazing to reflect on our game playing behaviors!
Facilitators: Sarah Adkins & Terri Mann Lamb
Date & Time: Saturday, April 12, 2008 10:00 a.m - Noon
Description: Express your soul using the medium of arts & crafts.
MULTPLE SESSION DEEPENING GROUPS BEGINNING FALL 2007
To participate in a Deepening Group, you must sign up on the Bulletin Board at UUFD OR register with the group facilitators, Rev. Slabon, or call the church office at 815-756-7089. Except for emergencies, you must make a commitment to attend all of the sessions in order to be accepted as a participant in the following groups.
Essence of Being Single
Facilitators: Barb Cuppett & Susan Dorbeck
Format: Deepening Group - 4 sessions
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Fridays
Dates: Oct. 19, Nov. 2, Nov. 16, Nov. 30
A Deepening Group for Couples
Facilitators: Ann Shult & Sarah Adkins
Format: Deepening Group - 10 sessions only
Must register - contact facilitators
Dates: Nov. 2, Nov. 16, Nov. 30, Dec. 14, Jan. 4, Jan. 18,
Feb. 1, Feb. 15, Feb. 29, March 7
Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m. - Fridays
Location: 107 Berkshire Dr, DeKalb
Facilitators: Vicky Whipple & Teri Diaz
Format: Deepening Group - Once each month
Dates: 1st Fridays - Beginning November 2nd
Nov. 2, Dec. 7, Jan. 4, Feb. 1, Mar. 7, Apr. 4, May 2, June 6
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Description: Women in Transition - We seek to turn difficult times of change and transition into times of personal transformation.
Facilitators: Terri Mann Lamb & TBA
Format: Deepening Group - Once/month - 8 sessions
Dates: Begin Oct. 25, then 3rd Thursday until May 2008
Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Facilitators: Lon Clark & TBA
Format: Deepening Group - every other week - 9 sessions
Dates: Oct. 22 - 1st session, Nov. 5, Nov. 19, Dec. 3, Dec. 17,
(NOT Dec. 31), Jan. 7, Jan. 21, Feb. 4, Feb. 18
Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m. - Mondays
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of DeKalb
158 N. Fourth Street
DeKalb, IL 60115
9:00 a.m. - Church opens for Coffee & Conversation
9:45-11:00 a.m. Worship Service - Note: Children (age 4+ stay with us through the entire service)
11:00-11:15 a.m. - Coffee quick break
11:15-12:15 p.m. - Faith Development programming for all ages.
Child care services available. Our church is handicapped accessible. For directions to our church, please click [map]
Deepening Group Goals:
Learn to love ourselves
Learn to love another
Learn about the mysteries of our world and our spiritual paths
Maintain personal connections and a caring community with and for members of our group
Serve our community and the needs of one another
Small Group Ministry
"Covenant groups are a transformational practice through which we, with others, can discover our own underlying assumptions about reality and examine our ways of being, some of which have become so habitual that they seem to us just ‘the way things are.’ The practice of Small Group Ministry does ask us to suspend judgment long enough to hear respectfully the understandings of others, even those vastly different from our own.” [more]
UUA links & info on Small Group Ministry
New! The May 2006 issue of CGNews is here. Covenant Group News is a free monthly electronic newsletter on Small Group Ministry read by over 1250 forward-looking Unitarian Universalists.
Calvin Dame et al. Low cost manual that shows how a church set up its small group ministry, including multiple session plans and topics. [more]