Healing Circle: Conspire – A Learning Circle for All Ages

Our friend Brooke Summers-Perry will guide us each week as we gather to learn, reflect and practice ways in which our interior life can be more rooted in grace.  All ages are invited to participate!  These Circles will be held in room 203 of the Jones Building at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.  The Jones Building is the multi-purpose center just north (towards downtown) of the sanctuary building.  These Circles begin at 11:05 a.m. every Sunday morning and do not have a set end time.

We are a community of seekers and practitioners who seek to better recognize our triggers and opportunities, and to pause and respond with compassion, responsibility and accountability through contemplation and discernment.

People of all faiths, religious backgrounds and spiritual practice experience levels are welcome!  We use Healing Circles agreements and facilitation methods to honor the path and voice of each participant.  Classes are freestanding and no RSVP is required.

In Conspire we will be working with a variety of resources including relevant poetry, prose, book reviews and practice worksheets. Please bring a binder for yourself so that you may compile practice sheets as a resource guide for our journey together.

If you have extra binders at home that you would be willing to share, please bring those as well – for those who may not have one!

Wednesday Evening Healing Circle for Grief and Loss at St. Paul’s

“Every great loss demands that we choose life again.  We need to grieve in order to do this.  The pain we have not grieved over will always stand between us and life.  When we don’t grieve, a part of us becomes caught in the past.”
– Rachel Naomi Remen

This series offers opportunities for connection and healing for those experiencing grief due to the loss or anticipated loss of a loved one.   

This series of Healing Circles is at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church is in Room S-312.  Child care is available with advance notice (see below).  This Circle will continue every 1st and 3rd Wednesday through April 10th, however the March schedule will be delayed a week due to Ash Wednesday on March 6th when this Circle will not convene.

Note that the April 17th Circle will be a Mind-Body Skills Workshop (Restorative Practices) co-facilitated by Becky Dodds.

The Hosts for this Healing Circle are Kat Denton, St. Paul’s Ministry Assistant (Children, Youth, and Missions), and Nanette Saha.  Please RSVP to Kat at kedenton@stpaulshouston.org if you wish to attend this Circle and let her know if you require child care.

 
Typical Circle Agenda
Social Time
Introduction to Process/Agreements
Enter Circle: Welcome, Opening Poem or Prayer
Silence
Check In: What is on your heart today?
Silence
Heart Sharing based on weekly topic
Silence
Harvesting/Check out: What group wisdom are you taking with you today?
Silence
Closing Prayer
 

Circle of Light in the Darkness @ St. Paul’s United Methodist Church

The holidays are tough on all of us and depressing for many of us.  The shopping, crowds, hassles, travel, hosting, sad memories, loved ones lost, unmet expectations, and for a lot of us, family.  This Healing Circle will meet during the season of Advent to create a space where whatever is on your heart regarding the holidays can be shared in confidence and heard without judgement to help shine Christ’s light into the darkness you may be feeling.

This Circle will take place in the Open Heart Studio, which is room S-300 in the Sanctuary Building, from 11:00 to noon on November 26, December 10 and December 17 all of which are Sundays.  Free child care is available.

The facilitators for this Healing Circle will be Rev. Andrew Wolfe and Ed Halloran.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Nina at nina@stpaulshouston.org.

Healing Circles for Grief and Loss at St. Paul’s

“Every great loss demands that we choose life again.  We need to grieve in order to do this.  The pain we have not grieved over will always stand between us and life.  When we don’t grieve, a part of us becomes caught in the past.”
– Rachel Naomi Remen

The current series of Healing Circles for Grief and Loss continues at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church is in the Fellers Room (S-312).  Child care is available with advance notice.  This Healing Circle occurs from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of the month through December 20th.

The list of topics for each Circle will be posted shortly but we invite you to share about what brought you here and your situation relevant to each Circle’s topic.  To prepare, please try to capture important aspects of your experience in four to five sentences.  Please write those down and bring them to share in circle.

Please share this information with anyone you think might benefit from attending.  For more information please contact Cynthia (Cyd) Thomas at cpecyd@hotmail.com.
Topics
October 4 – What’s Lost, What’s Left, What’s Possible
October 18 – Triggers of Grief
November 1 – Restorative Practices
November 15 – My Story
December 6 – Difficult Feelings
December 20 – Legacies of Loss

Typical Circle Agenda
Social
Introduction to Process/Agreements
Enter Circle: Welcome, Opening Poem or Prayer
Silence
Check In: What is on your heart today?
Silence
Heart Sharing: Topic listed above
Silence
Harvesting/Check out: What group wisdom are you taking with you today?
Silence
Assignment: Consider – Have you accepted the reality of your loss?
Closing Prayer or Poem

Sunday Healing Circle for Grief and Loss at St. Paul’s

“Every great loss demands that we choose life again.  We need to grieve in order to do this.  The pain we have not grieved over will always stand between us and life.  When we don’t grieve, a part of us becomes caught in the past.”
– Rachel Naomi Remen

The Sunday Healing Circles for Grief and Loss is at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church is in Room S-300.  A light lunch will be served and child care is available with advance notice.  This Circle will continue two Sundays a month through May; please see the full calendar for more information.

Please see below for a list of proposed topics for this series of the Sunday Circles.  We invite you to share about what brought you here and your situation relevant to each Circle’s topic (see below).  To prepare you may try to capture important aspects of your experience in four to five sentences.  Please write it down and bring it to share in circle.

There is also a Grief and Loss Circle at St. Paul’s in The Parlor (room S-214) on the second floor of the sanctuary building from 6:00 to 7:30 on Wednesday evenings.  Child care is available with advance notice.  Please email Susan for and/or see the full calendar for more information.  That Circle will also occur two Wednesdays a month through May.

If you are unable to attend this Circle but are interested in participating in the future, please let us know.  For more information please contact David Spaw at dspaw1@gmail.com.
Topics
May 21   When the mourning is over
Typical Circle Agenda
Social
Introduction to Process/Agreements
Enter Circle: Welcome, Opening Poem or Prayer
Silence
Check In: What is on your heart today?
Silence
Heart Sharing: (Topic listed above)
Silence
Harvesting/Check out: What group wisdom are you taking with you today?
Silence
Assignment: Consider – Have you accepted the reality of your loss?
Closing Prayer

Wednesday Healing Circle for Grief and Loss at St. Paul’s

Every great loss demands that we choose life again.
We need to grieve in order to do this.
The pain we have not grieved over will always stand between us and life.
When we don’t grieve, a part of us becomes caught in the past.

– Rachel Naomi Remen

NOTE: The May 2nd Healing Circle for Grief and Loss at St. Paul’s has been rescheduled to May 16th.

These gatherings are held on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:30 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in the Fellers Room (S-312) on the third floor of the sanctuary building.  Child care is available with advance notice.  This Circle will continue two Wednesdays a month through April; please see the full calendar for more information.

Please see below for a list of proposed topics for this series of the Wednesday Circles. We invite you to share about what brought you here and your situation relevant to each Circle’s topic (see below). To prepare you may try to capture important aspects of your experience in four to five sentences. Please write those down and bring them to share in circle.

If you are unable to attend either of these circles but interested in participating in the future, please let us know.  For more information, please contact Nanette Saha at nanettesaha@comcast.net.

Topics

February 21st: What’s lost? What’s left? What’s possible?
March 7th: Triggers of grief
March 21st: Restorative practices
April 4th: My story
April 18th: Difficult feelings
May 16th (rescheduled from May 2nd): Legacies of loss

Typical Circle Agenda
Social
Introduction to Process/Agreements
Enter Circle: Welcome, Opening Poem or Prayer
Silence
Check In: What is on your heart today?
Silence
Heart Sharing: (Topic listed above)
Silence
Harvesting/Check out: What group wisdom are you taking with you today?
Silence
Assignment: Consider – Have you accepted the reality of your loss?
Closing Prayer

 

Divorce Care Bilingual Healing Art Circle at St. Paul’s United Methodist (2nd Thursdays)

“Art is a constant agent of transformation and is indeed the soul’s drive to health.”
– Cathy Malchiodi, The Soul’s Palette: Drawing on Art’s Transformative Powers for Health and Well-Being

 This Healing Art Circle will utilize art therapy exercises for individuals who are processing and healing from divorce.  Sessions are free and open for anyone to join at any time; a Spanish version of this Circle is available as an option.  This Circle is held on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. except for Holidays in room S-300 of the Sanctuary Building.

The Healing Art Circles are co-facilitated by Rev. Nataly Negrete and Helen Spaw. Rev. Negrete is a minister at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church; Spaw holds a masters in Art Therapy from New York’s Pratt Institute.

Please RSVP to Helen at hspaw@stpaulshouston.org.

Guardian: Nataly Negrete
Host: Helen Spaw

Divorce Care Healing Art Circle – Bilingual Circle Utilizing Art

“Art is a constant agent of transformation and is indeed the soul’s drive to health.”
– Cathy Malchiodi, The Soul’s Palette: Drawing on Art’s Transformative Powers for Health and Well-Being

The November Divorce Care Healing Art Circle will be on Tuesday, November 29th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.  We will meet in room S-300.  This will be a bilingual Healing Circle.
Please RSVP to Helen at hspaw@stpaulshouston.org email.

The topic for this particular Circle will be Gifts in the Dark Times – Stars in the Night.

 

Format for Divorce Care Healing Art Circle

  • Social
  • Brief Introduction to HC/Agreements
  • Enter Circle: Welcome, Silence, Opening Prayer, Topic, Check-In
  • What is on your heart today?
  • Silence
  • Heart/Art Sharing: Art therapy prompt or What is on your heart today?
    • Respond with art
    • Process with short writing exercise
      • Look at your art and try to see what it is telling you.
      • Write a couple of sentences about it for yourself.
    • Share about your art
    • Silence
    • Harvesting/Check out: What group wisdom are you taking with you today?
    • Silence
    • Closing Prayer

Guardian: Nataly Negrete
Host: Helen Spaw

Divorce Care Healing Art Circle – Bilingual Circle Utilizing Art

“Art is a constant agent of transformation and is indeed the soul’s drive to health.”
– Cathy Malchiodi, The Soul’s Palette: Drawing on Art’s Transformative Powers for Health and Well-Being

The November Divorce Care Healing Art Circle will be on Tuesday, November 29th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.  We will meet in room S-300.  This will be a bilingual Healing Circle.
Please RSVP to Helen at hspaw@stpaulshouston.org email.

The topic for this particular Circle will be Emotions – My “Guest House.”

 

Format for Divorce Care Healing Art Circle

  • Social
  • Brief Introduction to HC/Agreements
  • Enter Circle: Welcome, Silence, Opening Prayer, Topic, Check-In
  • What is on your heart today?
  • Silence
  • Heart/Art Sharing: Art therapy prompt or What is on your heart today?
    • Respond with art
    • Process with short writing exercise
      • Look at your art and try to see what it is telling you.
      • Write a couple of sentences about it for yourself.
    • Share about your art
    • Silence
    • Harvesting/Check out: What group wisdom are you taking with you today?
    • Silence
    • Closing Prayer

Guardian: Nataly Negrete
Host: Helen Spaw

Healing Circles for Grief and Loss

“Every great loss demands that we choose life again.  We need to grieve in order to do this.  The pain we have not grieved over will always stand between us and life.  When we don’t grieve, a part of us becomes caught in the past.”
– Rachel Naomi Remen

The November Healing Circles for Grief and Loss will be on Sunday, November 20th, after the 11:05 service at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.  We will meet in Feller’s Room (S-312) at 12:15 p.m. and lunch will be provided.  We will again break into 2 circles with facilitators (hosts), and move into separate rooms.  The circles will be completed by 2 p.m.

In these circles you are invited to share the story of your strategies and resources.  Try to capture it in five sentences, marking important aspects of your experience.  Please write it down and bring it to share in circle.

If you’ve missed previous circles, you are welcome to join this meeting – everyone will be invited to share.  And if you are unable to attend this meeting and are interested to continue, please let us know.

Upcoming topics will be announced soon.

For more information, please contact Dr. Bill Gandin at bgandin@stpaulshouston.org or 713-528-0527 or David Spaw, Healing Circles Houston, at dspaw1@gmail.com.