This small group program is currently lacking a coordinator. Though some groups are continuing, there is not a structure in place for forming new groups at this time. If you are interested in hosting a group or volunteering for as program coordinator please talk to Reverend Lynn or someone on the Shared Ministry committee.
CORE is a UUFM small group program offering an opportunity to:
- Get better acquainted with your neighbors
- Spend relaxed time with fellow UUs
- Affirm commonalities and celebrate differences
- Build and strengthen the connections that make fellowship possible
- Consider and discuss topics of religious/spiritual significance
What does ‘CORE’ mean?
CORE stands for Communities of Ongoing Religious Exploration groups. They are called CORE because the word itself connotes the purpose of this program. Healthy, growing congregations have a core of deep and authentic connection among people.
What are these groups?
The structure, at least initially, is based on neighborhood groupings. This offers the best chance of diversity in age, family status, belief system and life experience. Most groups will have about 10 members. Adjustments will be necessary in the early stages, because we don’t yet know how many people will be interested and available to participate. I would ask that each person who’s willing to participate will make a real effort to make a home in their neighborhood group. There may be circumstances that make a local group unworkable for some people. We will arrange for group reassignment when it is necessary but as a last resort.
Who is charge?
The Membership Committee chair has identified individuals in each neighborhood to act as coordinators. We will offer training and support to these courageous volunteers, so that no one is left out there alone. They will contact their group members, to arrange a time and place of gathering. The program is under the umbrella of the Membership Committee, with advice and guidance from the minister.
The suggestion is that groups gather in someone’s home, with an understanding that the resident of that home isn’t responsible for “hosting” activities such as providing refreshments. To start, we are recommending a session of about 90 minutes, once a month. More often may be better, but we’ll start slowly. Each month, we will publish materials that include suggested readings and discussion questions based on the topic of the month. It will be entirely up to each group whether or not to use these materials as written, with modification, or not at all. These will be available in print form at the office and electronic form for download.