We are pilgrims on a journey, we're together on the road
At the core of the SOULWorks process is a spiritual journey shared in community. Each week, a number of small "reunion groups" meet in homes, offices, and the church to support each other in their spiritual journey. These groups have primarily developed out of our SOULWorks Spiritual Weekends, although it is in no way a requirement for joining a group. They effectively operate as a spiritual support group, focusing on the areas of Piety, Study, and Action. Each person reflects on what they have done in the past, what they intend to do in the future, and how they will support each other's efforts. They aren't magical, or meant to be a therapy session. Rather they are designed "to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ," and to help refuel us along the way.
You may already realize that learning how this process works takes time and practice, but that's part of the fun! The SOULWorks Spiritual Weekends dedicate much of their time to this, especially showing us how to open up and connect more deeply with one another. Most groups meet on a weekly basis, though some are less frequent.
Current Reunion Groups
Reunions are grouped by weekday, numbers in the list preserve correct day order and do not signify anything else.
If you are currently in a group, or trying to start one up, here is where you'll find the materials you need. These groups follow a specific format, in particular focusing on Piety, Study, and Action--in the week behind us and the week ahead.
- Reunion Group Guide: An index card with the questions and prayers for each meeting, plus a pre-reunion preparation for individuals.
- Reunion Group Guide for the Facilitator: A similar index card with more detailed questions, but without the pre-reunion elements. It helps to have one of these in each group for whoever is facilitating the conversation.
How Reunion Groups Started
The very start of our stumbling attempt at renewal was in a small room with a group of volunteers who gathered to read and hear and ponder the responses to the parish wide survey in 2013. Within that community, we sought to understand the needs of our parish, Saint John's. We prayed together for guidance and patience in our discernment. And we made a plan of action to infuse new life and renewed spiritual vitality into our common life. Although we did not realize it at the time, this small task force worked in way quite similar to the small "reunion groups" we have today.