Listening Circles Report & Facilitation Guide Now Available!
The Listening Circles Planning Team completed its work on March 19, 2022, submitting a summary report to the Interim Committee (Exec) and the Board which:
Listening Circles Report 03-19-2022 Listening Circles Facilitation Guide 12-09-2021
The Planning Team would like to thank all who made Listening Circles possible:
Listening Circles were the first step in the journey to healing and reconnection. We look forward to First UU finding additional ways to utilize deep listening processes as we continue to heal and grow into a radically welcoming and inclusive congregation.
With the success of this process as a tool for moving forward in 2022 and beyond, additional volunteers will be welcome. Please let us know of your interest in being involved in future Listening Circles as a participant, facilitator, and/or organizing team member by completing the Interest Form.
Returning to Community Via Listening Circles
Listening Circles: Where We've Been & Where We're Going
Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who were able to participate in our first phase of Listening Circles focused on reconnecting and healing from the past 2 challenging years. It wouldn’t have been possible without:
The analysis will take some time, be summarized in a variety of ways, and reported back to the congregation, the Board, and ministers (including past and future Ministers in Residence and our Developmental Minister).
What We Learned About the Process: We heard loud and clear from participants and facilitators in our Listening Circles that the process was powerful, affirming, healing, and transformative.
People commented that our Listening Circles were safe spaces in which they could speak openly and with honesty. Trust was built by invoking a covenant and by having respectful listening. There was no commenting, no affirming or correcting, and no crosstalk. One of the two trained facilitators acted as scribe and listened, took anonymized notes, and read back those notes. The speaker then had an opportunity to correct, modify, adjust, and approve the notes before the next person was invited to speak. The rest of the circle bore a few seconds of silent witness to each participant’s sharing. As we learned from participants’ surveys completed after their Listening Circle, the process worked very well. The information gained from these Listening Circles will help our Board and committees get ready to work with our Developmental Minister and, also, help Rev. Deanna and Rev. Denise with designing the direction and activities of Unfolding Peace with us through 2022.
Moving Forward: Turning to the future, we envision Listening Circles can be a valuable tool for our community to use with other emerging congregational life matters—bearing witness to each other through “Reimagining our Covenant” and “Becoming a Radically Welcoming Community,” as well as other important issues.
Read past updates on our Blog.
What Listening Circles Are
What Listening Circles Aren’t
Why Listening Circles
Who to contact
Listening Circles Planning Team Member
Listening Circles Planning Team
Rev. Deanna, Rev. Denise, Rev. Omega, Dan Paul, Jan Garbosky, Les Vivian, Marla English, and Susan Riegel Harding.