In each group, one of the members is a facilitator who is responsible for presenting readings and questions associated with a given topic. The facilitator’s role is not to conduct the discussion in a formal sense but rather to ensure that the discussion stays on topic and that all members have an equal opportunity to express their ideas. All members are responsible for participating in the discussion, keeping in mind our Seven UU Principles and the Six Sources of Our Living Tradition.
Each meeting begins with a chalice lighting and opening reading, followed by brief check-ins. According to the group’s initially agreed-upon covenant, the members discuss the topic introduced by the facilitator. Toward the end of the meeting, at check-out time, group members have the opportunity to offer their parting thoughts. After the closing reading, the chalice is extinguished. A meeting normally lasts around 1.5 hours.