What we're about

Do Stuff. Reflect. Connect.

Gathering Ground is a collaboration of people who listen, learn, and act together on the path to becoming more real.

We are people of many ages, incomes, and beliefs who meet in a city of wealth disparity, generational cliques, and diverse spiritualities. We find that gathering to creatively share practices, stories, and snacks is deeply connecting. Often playful, sometimes raw, there is something about doing and reflecting together that makes space for authentic questions and deep listening. We are on equal footing after mutual sharing, rather than a relationship of helper/receiver. Practicing connection to a deeper wisdom, together we are more present for our world’s deep needs.

People in our gathering call this yearning for meaning by various names: spirit, higher power, collective unconscious, mystery, Gaia, becoming real. On this gathering ground, we know we are enriched by each other’s paths.

Whether you encounter truth by writing, balancing rocks, walking a labyrinth, or reading Harry Potter, come on in.

In 2019, we plan to meet at least twice a month, sometimes more.

•On the first Sunday of the month, we host 2 activities:

A Coffeeshop writing group. 2pm - 4pm.

A Justice Vigil, Standing for the Common Good. Bring a sign or we'll provide some. 12pm - 1pm

• On the third Sunday of the month, we workshop an activity that prompts meaningful reflection, 2pm-4pm.

Accountabilities:

We partner with the Love Wins Love project, a community of unhoused & housed folks who bring art projects into neighborhoods to build relationships & respect. We share members, events, and hopes for our region.
We commit to work toward justice in the linked oppressions of race, income, gender, and orientation within ourselves and within cultural systems.

Gathering Ground is an independent program who partners with University Congregational UCC, a progressive Christian church.

Upcoming events (5)

Intro to Day of the Dead

University Congregational United Church of Christ

Learn about the moving practices of the Mexican fiesta, Die de los Muertos from Rene De Los Santos. He shares this powerful tradition of how to honor those who have passed on, but are still important in your life. Day of the Dead is November 2, so you will be prepared to celebrate! Bring pictures of your family or friends who have passed over, to add to the altar we'll build together. Bright, festive colors are appropriate attire! RSVP’s are appreciated, to plan for materials & snacks.

Monthly Vigil: Standing for the Common Good

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We just can't stop Standing for Good! For the second year, we will gather every month on the first Sunday. Join us! From noon to 1pm we stand on a local corner to celebrate and cultivate the common good in the public space. Bring a sign of what you are standing for, or we’ll have some on hand. Stop by for 10 minutes or an hour. Some folks choose to greet passersby and wave at cars. Some stand in meditation. We all create a holy place of public caring together. Jointly offered by Spirit Workshops & University Congregational United Church of Christ (a progressive church) . Folks of all beliefs (or none) are welcome.

Thanksgiving: Conversation with the Giver

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Here’s a way to explore gratitude: local artist and woman of spirit Jan Kinney will introduce a way to reflect using an image from the Tarot, the Giver or The Empress. Jan will bring a variety of cards to choose from, or you are welcome to bring your own. The Tarot is a centuries old system of reflection. Jan has a deep practice with Tarot and has created her own deck, the Tarot of Compassion, inspired by Northwestern environment and culture. RSVP’s requested, to assure we have enough cards for each person to reflect with. Not to mention snacks!

Monthly Vigil: Standing for the Common Good

Needs a location

We just can't stop Standing for Good! For the second year, we will gather every month on the first Sunday. Join us! From noon to 1pm we stand on a local corner to celebrate and cultivate the common good in the public space. Bring a sign of what you are standing for, or we’ll have some on hand. Stop by for 10 minutes or an hour. Some folks choose to greet passersby and wave at cars. Some stand in meditation. We all create a holy place of public caring together. Jointly offered by Spirit Workshops & University Congregational United Church of Christ (a progressive church) . Folks of all beliefs (or none) are welcome.

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