General information about this study
You are being asked to participate in a research study. Whether you do is entirely up to you. You may refuse to participate, or you may stop participating at any time for any reason without any penalty. The goal of this research is to evaluate how participants in the Affinity Circles were affected by the sessions, what elements of the sessions worked best for them, what suggestion they have for improving the sessions, and whether they were likely to engage in future sessions. Evaluating participants’ experience in the Affinity Circles will help improve use of Affinity Circles as a way to provide experiences of personal storying (spiritual narratives) and self-awareness reflection to inform the discernment necessary for participants to decide what spiritual practice routine best suits them.
You are being asked to participate in this study because you have registered to participate in one or more Affinity Circles.
What will happen if you participate in this research
If you choose to participate in this study, you will review this consent form and complete an online survey form. By completing the survey, you indicate your consent to participate in this study. Your identity will not be connected with your survey.
How long will this take (i.e. duration of participation)
If you choose to participate in this study, your involvement will take about 10 minutes.
What will happen if you experience any problems or discomforts during or after your participation
It is possible that there are unknown risks or discomforts. Please report any problems immediately to the researcher.
Anything you do, including participating in research, carries with it some chance that something problematic or unwanted may happen. Although the researcher may direct you to medical, psychological, or other services, any costs related to such problems are your or your insurance company’s responsibility.
Compensation for participating in this pilot series
Disclosure of Financial Interest
The PI conducts Affinity Circles as a paid consultant for the Presbytery of San Francisco.
Questions about this pilot series
You may ask and have answered any question about the research. If you have questions or concerns, you should contact Rev Ruth T West, or Jennifer Sacramento-Streett,
Questions or concerns about the investigators, staff members, and your participation in the pilot series
This study was approved by the University of Redlands Institutional Review Board (IRB). This board tries to ensure that your rights and welfare are protected if you choose to participate in the study. If you have any questions about your role or how you were treated by the research personnel, you may contact the Chair of the IRB at or by telephone at 909-748-8469.
By clicking NEXT to proceed to the POST-series survey, you are giving your consent to participate in the research
The POST-Survey questions will be used to inform the design of the overall Affinity Circles program of the Presbytery of San Francisco.