image of rocks with inspiring words
UUCW is instituting a new experiment in monthly ministry themes for the 2016-18 church years. These themes – Touchstones – will be explored through worship, small group ministries, and various written reflections throughout each month. We hope these themes ground and deepen the spiritual life of congregants and friends by expanding opportunities for family-based religious exploration and a deepened spiritual focus for individuals and small groups.

You are invited to open your heart by taking these themes into your everyday life. The material in the Touchstones Journal will help facilitate this process.

ministerial intern leads small group activity

The 2015-2016 Ministerial Intern Beau Rivers leads a Touchstones Small Group Ministry session after service on Sunday, April 24, 2016.

Touchstones Journal, published monthly from the Mountain Desert District of the UUA, is the main resource for the monthly themes.

Each edition of Touchstones Journal offers:

  • An introduction to the theme of the month;
  • A Wisdom Story for All Ages;
  • Faith & Theology that explores the theme in-depth;
  • Family Matters for use by parents and religious educators with materials on the theme
    and 2-3 activities to explore the theme with children;
  • Small Group Discussion Guide for adults;
  • Readings from the Common Bowl (a quotation on the theme for each day of the month);
  • Contemplations (a guide to delve deeper and an invitation to receive a brief reading three days a week); and
  • A Wordle on the theme and articles, poetry, and Creative Commons licensed photos as space allows.

Below are the monthly themes for this year, as we receive them.    With each one there will be an accompanying Touchstones Journal posted with all the materials listed above.    Last year’s newsletters can be found here.

wordle for july 2017 touchstone journal - theme circle of life

** The journal is available to all UUCW members.  Please contact the for the password.