The Women’s Support Group currently meets via Zoom on the third Wednesday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The group is facilitated by Rev. Sharon Wylie. In early 2022, this group is new and evolving, and we will continue to refine and update the guidelines below as we spend more time together.

Why do we gather? Women supporting women through deep listening is a radical act of resistance to a patriarchy that wants to turn us against one another.

Please contact Rev. Sharon via email for the meeting link.

Guidelines for Gathering

  • This is an open form, drop in support group. Regular attendance is not required to participate.
  • To ensure the safety of the gathering, all participants are expected to be visible on Zoom.
  • Arrive on time. It is possible that late arrivals may not be admitted once sharing has begun.
  • Turn all electronic devices off, or to silent mode, during meetings. Use only in cases of emergency.
  • Chat may be used during the gathering to privately message the facilitator if there is a perceived problem. Otherwise, chat is not used during the gathering.
  • No recording of the meeting is allowed.

Guidelines for Personal Sharing

  • We support each other through careful and respectful listening. Try to understand the underlying concerns and values of the speaker, whether you agree or disagree. Listen with an open heart and mind.
  • Speak from your own experience. Use “I” statements, e.g. I feel, I think, I am.
  • If you welcome advice, please say so and clearly state what advice you are seeking.
  • Help share time fairly. We all have the responsibility and privilege of making the group work.
  • It is okay if there are times of silence.
  • Do not engage in crosstalk. “Crosstalk” refers to speaking out of turn, interrupting someone while they are speaking, or giving direct and unrequested advice to someone in the group.
  • Maintain confidentiality. Do not share the experiences, stories, or private information of anyone else in the group with others, now or in the future. (The facilitator is required to report anyone expressing intentions to harm themselves or others, as well as to report suspected abuse or neglect of children, elders, or disabled people.)

Format

  • Welcome
  • Review guidelines
  • Icebreaker introductions
  • Personal sharing: What is on your heart? What is challenging you? What is nourishing you?
  • If personal sharing has come to a close, we may enjoy casual conversation (if there is time and interest)
  • Closing blessing from Rev. Sharon