Connect with Spirit
and Your Soul
Deep within us, we hunger for connection with others and All That Is Divine. This online sharing circle -- each month based on a different spiritual theme -- provides a place for exploration and reflection.
Each month, participants receive a Soul Matters packet based on a theme that's designed to foster individual exploration and spiritual discernment.
We then meet for 90 minutes twice a month (via Zoom) to discuss that theme with each other. (To see a sample Soul Matters packet, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and there is no obligation to participate by requesting the packet.)
Upcoming Soul Matters Themes are:
February Beloved Community
The Soul Matters booklets are based on material developed for use by Unitarian Universalist faith communities. The themes have been modified for use in my program to be universal to all people. My Soul Matters group is a nondenominational, spiritual reflection group.
How to Participate
During the days leading up to our meeting, try to find the one question that "hooks you" from that packet -- the question that speaks to you and challenges you personally.
You're then asked to live with -- or “walk with” -- that question for a few weeks and then come to the meeting, not with an answer to all of the questions in the packet, but with a story about how your one, personally chosen question led you to a deeper, personal insight. There's a lot of material in the packet, so throughout the month we will explore the different dimensions of that month's topic.
Because the Divine is present in nature, I ask you to bring some aspect of the outdoors into each meeting to contribute to our Altar of Presence -- for example, this could be a feather you found on a walk, or a fresh flower, or a photograph of the outdoors. This is a small way I hope to incorporate the gifts of the Divine into our group.
(Based in part on a description of the Soul Matters materials)
A few words from a Soul Matters participant
Full disclosure: Beth and I collaborate professionally on business projects.
I came to Soul Matters through Beth’s invitation. As a practicing futurist, I noticed the emerging trends reflecting integration of spirit matters into business and work place practices. So it was with some curiosity that I attended the initial sessions.
With each session, Beth provides a reference guide that offers background material for the topic of the session. The guides are quite thorough and stimulating and sufficiently diverse to address just about any perspective or mood on spiritual reflection.
Beth provides a nurturing space in the sessions that invites, but does not demand, personal reflection and optional sharing. Delving into the personal has been provocative, calling forth emotional reactions and insights that often call for reflection and, in my case, action outside the bi-weekly sessions.
The group size and participation varies, telling me that different people find or don’t discover unique invitations in the session topics. The advantage is that the mix of participants keeps the sessions fresh and unpredictable. So, as I did, perhaps the reader may want to experiment, take part, and discern if they find spiritually nourishing soul food.
Soul Matters Dates
2nd and 4th Friday
3:00-4:30 pm Eastern Time/12:00-1:30 pm Pacific
Free. Seats are limited.
After you RSVP, you'll receive an electronic copy of the Soul Matters packet for the upcoming session
Donations to Support Soul Matters. Too many of us are in a precarious situation for me to require payment to register for Soul Matters in times of COVID. But, if you can, please donate to cover the cost of the Soul Matters packets.
To date, I’ve received $200 USD towards the $200 USD cost of the 2020-21 booklets. If you feel called to donate towards the 2021-22 booklets, which we'll begin using in September 2021, that would be very kind and most appreciated!
If you can, please donate what you can via PayPal.Me. (As a guide, each booklet costs $20). You can also use this link to make a contribution.
I look forward to seeing you there!