Unitarians Will Have Opportunity to Gather Online With Connect and Deepen
Unitarians from across Canada will soon have another way of connecting with each other with the launch of Connect and Deepen, a new monthly online gathering that will resemble the congregational groups known as Chalice Circles, Covenant Groups or other names. The gatherings will take place from 4 – 5:30 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month beginning November 10 and running through March 8. Connect and Deepen is intended both for those unable to participate regularly in congregational life and for those seeking a supplement to it, including Unitarians who may already belong to the Church of the Larger Fellowship. Participants will have a chance to gather with kindred spirits in small groups of up to eight people to discuss matters of personal, spiritual, theological, and lifestyle significance.
Facilitated by the Canadian Unitarian Council’s Congregational Life Leads, Joan Carolyn and Rev. Linda Thomson, the conversations in Connect and Deepen will be somewhat structured, with prearranged themes and ideas to discuss, but the facilitators are also flexible about what shape the conversations will take. Drawing inspiration in part from the success of the earlier Hope in Hard Times roundtable, the gathering will discuss serious topics and give participants a chance to fully participate.
Participants are encouraged to plan to attend most of the sessions so that group cohesion and trust can develop. While there is no cost to the program, participants are still asked to register so that the facilitators can monitor interest and plan the number of breakout groups or cancel accordingly.