Gather the Women
presented by Joy Reichard’s In Her Name Circle
Friday, January 23, 7:00-9:30PM, and the second Thursday of each month
Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 300 East Santa Inez Avenue, San Mateo
Relationships are important for women, and circles provide a natural way for women to gather and create a safe place to greet old friends and make new ones. In circle, women find the confidence to speak freely from the heart and know that they will be heard, if not always agreed with.
Opportunities for personal and collective growth:
Group discussions generate new ideas and facilitate new ways of looking at old concerns. Time devoted to silent process provides comfortable quiet moments while circle members reflect and sometimes wrestle with personal concerns. Many times lost dreams are remembered, goals are affirmed, issues are resolved, or insights are materialized. Circles create a safe place where women can develop close bonds with other women and feel supported.
Opportunities for transpersonal and spiritual growth:
A sacred circle is a gathering of women who wish to explore, express and deepen their understanding of spirituality. It differs from a support circle in that, while support and personal relationships do develop, the participants don't concentrate their focus on personalities and their personal concerns, but instead focus on broader transpersonal and archetypal themes that affect people's lives and the world. These circles also offer women an opportunity to create sacred space in which to do ritual and ceremony.
Honoring the Divine Feminine and the divine spark within:
During In Her Name Circle we explore, define and honor the feminine principle, explore broader issues of importance to ourselves and humanity, and celebrate the divine spark within each one of us and the Divine Feminine.
Learning and Insights:
Learning about the Divine Feminine provides us with insights, expanded awareness, and appreciation of what it means to be female. This knowledge facilitates our personal growth as we learn to value our own divine nature within. It teaches us how to have more functional relationships, to be present with our feelings, to honor our bodies and ourselves, to honor women's life cycles, to live according to our personal values, and to find the strength and motivation to pursue our dreams and goals. Sharing ritual and ceremony helps build community and strengthens our sisterhood with those who share a love for the Divine Feminine and all that is sacred.
During In Her Name Circles, women learn about the different goddess archetypes that can inform our lives, relationships, aspirations and goals. We also share our life experiences, offer support, and deepen our connection with our circle sisters. Members have an opportunity to experience the Divine Feminine during guided visualizations and to participate in rituals designed to help members internalize and make sacred their circle experience. The time we share together is enjoyable, gratifying, and uplifting.
The In Her Name Circle is an open circle. We would love for you to join us!
We look forward to getting to know you.