Join the Circle!
We are better together!
The Soul Matters Sharing Circle is a group of over 150 Unitarian Universalist congregations who follow the same monthly themes so we can more easily share small group material, as well as worship, sermon, music and children’s religious education resources. Despite the distances between us, we are spiritually connected by the themes, traveling each month on the same journey.
Guided by the unique Soul Matters model of spiritual discernment and a commitment to theme-based church, we offer resources that deepen connection, support spiritual practice and align congregational ministries.
We’d love to have you join us and strengthen the circle!
Get to Know Us
Our Resources: What’s offered and included in joining.
Our Unique Approach: What makes us different.
Our Themes: The upcoming themes for 2018-19 as well as our themes from past years.
Our Monthly Packets: Examples of our Soul Matters material.
Our Facebook Inspiration Page: Check out how we connect and inspire participants on a daily basis.
Our Spotify Lists: We offers songs for each month's theme through Spotify.
“Soul Matters has helped me focus my worship services in a more in-depth and meaningful way, giving me a framework with beautiful and robust resource material. The resources are so deep and rich we keep finding new ways to incorporate them into all facets of congregational life… Soul Matters has profoundly shifted the way I approach worship and ministry. The more we use it, the more we love it.”
- Rev. Sara LaWall, Minister, Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
"Every month Soul Matters gives us what we need to help make the soul of our church and the souls of our folks in the pews come alive and thrive! It's all here- resources for R.E, worship and small groups, music & visual art suggestions--all topped off with loads of support!"
- Rev. Catherine Cullen, Minister, First Parish Church, Duxbury, MA
“Soul Matters is a tremendous resource and provides a wealth of materials to support small group ministry, worship, and religious education. I am in my third year of using Soul Matters in the religious education program that I direct and find that it gets better every year.”
- Barb Friedland, DLRE, Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church/Louisville, KY
"The Soul Matters experience has not just given me a way to practice my spirituality. It has provided me with a deeper understanding of what it means to practice... Working through the exercises and sharing that experience in our small-group circle, teaches me the simple act of giving attention to what is here. I've learned to listen to my own life, as I listen deeply to the experiences of my group members."
- Bay Waltman, Small Group Facilitator, UU Church at Washington Crossing, Titusville, NJ
“I love the idea that so many of us are creating and sharing ways to present content related to our monthly discussion themes. I am moved by the videos, level of sharing and quality of resources offered. Thank you so much!”
- Nancy Dale, Small Group Facilitator, Theodore Parker UU Church, West Roxbury, MA
“Being apart of Soul Matters facilitators covenant group has been invaluable for me. I was able to experience in "living color" what the group experience can be. Rev Scott Tayler facilitated the groups and added important teaching and insights for us. As a clinical psychologist I have run many groups but the covenant group has important differences. I highly recommend this experience for new facilitators.”
- Antoinette Saunders, Small Group Facilitator, Eliot Chapel of Kirkwood, Missouri
“Soul Matters is a great way to connect. My learning comes when I least expect it. Soul Matters is a gift that keeps on giving.”
- MJ Hansen, Small Group Facilitator, UU Church at Washington Crossing, Titusville, NJ
"This year my husband and I are facilitating a new group of people and several have felt so engaged that they joined our UUCDC. The group has a variety of special challenges including one spouse with Alzheimer’s and this has deepened our connections and our feelings of sharing a sacred space… I always take away a deep sense of caring for these individuals through this rare opportunity to connect with former strangers on a deep and spiritual level."
- Mary Kowalksi, Small Group Facilitator, Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County in Media, PA
“I have been facilitating an online Soul Matters group for nearly a year and we have not had one person leave. In fact, we have added two people to our group. Participants report that meeting virtually has not diminished the degree of intimacy and belonging shared by all. Two of our folks who are former members of the congregation and now live in other parts of the country are grateful for the chance to still be a part of the congregation through their participation in Soul Matters."
-Mark Bernstein, Small Group Facilitator, Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County in Media, PA
"I think this is the best thing our church does."
-Suzanne Clauser, Small Group Facilitator, Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County in Media, PA