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Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse – UUCGT

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UUCGT Small Groups

Soul Matters / Creativity Matters 2022-23

What are Soul Matters groups?

Small facilitated groups of up to 8 folks intended to foster circles of trust and deep listening. Groups walk together through a series of questions relating to the same monthly themes that we will be exploring together during Sunday services.

How It Works:

Each month, Soul Matters participants receive a packet of materials intended to help them engage in a process of individual exploration and spiritual discernment BEFORE they arrive at the group meeting. They select and complete one of the spiritual exercises and examine the list of questions to find the one question that “hooks” them (speaks to them and challenges them personally).

By the group meeting, participants will have already walked with that question for a couple of weeks, coming to their meeting not with an answer but a story about how their personally chosen question led them to deeper personal insight.

During the meeting, these insights are shared with the group through a structured deep and disciplined listening process intended to mend the thread of spiritual disconnection by inviting us to 1) listen to each other, 2) listen to our lives, and 3) listen to our deepest selves with the goal of fully experiencing the themes, not just analyzing them.

Although Soul Matters / Creativity Matters groups are starting to get underway, there is still plenty of time for you to join one! View the Participant Guide and the Sample Small Group Packet.

Wondering about our Creativity Matters group?

Creativity Matters explores the same monthly themes through creative expression in the form of a creative journal and project prompts. Choose movement, writing, art, collage, film/photography, music, fiber arts, or whatever modality speaks to you. Participants share stories about their experiences engaging each theme’s questions and projects with their group using the same deep and disciplined listening process as the regular Soul Matters group. View the Sample Creativity Matters Packet.

Have more questions? Ready to join?

Contact Kat Norman at graennholt@gmail.com.

UUCGT Men’s Group

The UUCGT Men’s Group usually meets on the first Wednesday of the month, from 5:30 to 7 PM. This is an open group, welcoming anyone to attend any number of sessions, as often as they’d like. The group uses the Soul Matters monthly theme for discussion and sharing thoughts. 


2022-23 Soul Matters Themes

September: Belonging

October: Courage

November: Change

December: Wonder

January: Finding Our Center

February: Love

March: Vulnerability

April: Resistance

May: Creativity

June: Delight