We are in Ordinary Time after Pentecost

Listening is a form of spiritual hospitality by which you invite strangers to become friends, to get to know their inner selves more fully, and even to dare to be silent with you.

~Henri Nouwen

Hopeful that our communal life will form a shared rhythm of living the Jesus-way together, our church has communities that meet all over Charlottesville. Each has its own unique texture. But there’s always love in these spaces. We create these small communities in the hope that the act of spiritual listening can lead to the riches of spiritual friendship. These spaces are not about doing another Christian activity. They are about ordering our lives around what matters most, which is God. Small communities typically meet from September – May. We hope you’ll join us!

Please contact the leader of any group for more info – or Marcy Klug who would be happy to help you get connected.

Meals & Stories

All Souls began as a simple community in a living room, praying the evening hours, sharing a table and sharing bits of our life story (who we are, what has made us who we are, where we’ve encountered deep joy and where we hope for God to make us new). This community hopes to continue this core way of life. This group will be limited to 10 people and is an especially meaningful way for new folks to find their way into our community. Our hope is that everyone at All Souls will, at one time or another, be part of Meals & Stories. We will not have childcare, but will eagerly help with the cost if it is a hardship.Meals and Stories groups will gather at regular intervals over the course of the year.
 
Please contact Marcy if you’re interested in joining the next group.

Lectio Divina – Exploration

We will use a Lectio Divina rhythm as a way to enter into the scriptures and other sacred/poetic readings. There will be opportunities to be creative, using art as meditation and response and also an opportunity to walk a local labyrinth. Most of all we will be a covenant group built on mutual trust, valued as people created in God’s image, digging deeper into relationship with God and each other.                                                      

Adriana Nicholson | Twice monthly (2nd and 4th Tuesdays) 

Words of Wisdom 

We study Scripture and read books together and share context/commentary/analysis whenever anyone’s inspired to. We also spend time together in prayer and try to do small, concrete acts of kindness sporadically. On Wednesday evenings, our men gather at a house in Crozet or Ivy, while our women gather at a house in Charlottesville. We aim to gather the entire group once a month for dinner on a Sunday.
 
Eric and Laura Urban | Wednesday evenings (men in Crozet/Ivy), Thursday evenings (women in Charlottesville)

Men’s Covenant Group

The Men’s covenant group opens for new participants at the beginning in September and January; then it is a closed group. We spend our time in various ways, sometimes reflecting on Scriptures or reading a book, praying or sharing what’s emerging in our lives and heart.
 
Winn Collier | Wednesdays at 6:30 a.m.

Kingdom Living

In Kingdom Living (KL), we explore what it means to live in light of the Kingdom of God in our everyday lives. We begin each week with a shared meal and try to strike a balance between intentionality and spontaneity. This year our meetings will alternate between practicing prayer and/or meditation, sharing stories, and reflecting on scripture or a piece of writing. Our group has been meeting together for a few years, but we are excited to welcome new people! Childcare is not provided; however, all are welcome. Join us!

Heidi Jensen, Heidi Nicholls |Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

2019-20 Covenant Groups

Covenant Groups began as small communities but are currently closed for a variety of reasons: desire for safe space where relationships can deepen in ways that open groups cannot afford, capacity issues, and confidentiality issues. Our default posture is one of openness, but these covenant communities reflect the reality that sometimes, life and relationships require something else.