Chalice Circles
Chalice Circles are Closed for this year, but will have open enrollment again next September.

At BUF, Chalice Circles are a wonderful form of small-group ministry that encourage both newcomers and longtime members to deepen their connection to our faith community. These groups of five to ten members meet regularly, usually monthly, in each others' homes for structured discussions. Topics are provided by BUF's professional religious staff; each session involves questions, sharing, and discussion, sometimes based on readings.

The topics invite participants to consider deep convictions that speak to the core of human existence (the Ultimate). The sharing that occurs during this process cultivates trust and strong bonds among the group (the Intimate). Chalice Circles foster listening skills, individual growth and, over time, the group's collective ability to contribute to the congregation and community beyond. Each circle is asked to undertake an annual service project for the benefit of BUF and/or the wider world.

Circles are moderated by trained facilitators. We have open enrollment during the month of September, and Circles start their year in October. We ask if you sign-up for a Chalice Circle, you commit to being a part of it through June.

This year we are offering a special circle for those that are new to UU or would like to renew/review the basics of our faith. If you would like to be in that circle, mark "I am new to UU" on the registration form.

If you are currently in a chalice circle and would like to switch groups and meet new people you can fill out a form, too!


 Contact our Director of Lifelong Learning Jennifer Smith at jennifer@buf.org if you have any Questions.

Chalice Circles Study Guide



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