What is a Covenant Group?
Covenant groups are a vital part of our Unitarian Universalist congregation. Groups of about 10 people meet monthly to reflect on and discuss significant life topics, exploring the foundations of our most deeply held beliefs. Through the covenanting process, group members set their own ground rules and learn new ways of being together without making judgements or corrections.
Covenant groups are great places to get to know other people, and to get to know yourself. Over time, through a year-long commitment or longer, participants build deep connections with one another. The groups are not for those who seek therapy, intellectual debate, or a social gathering – but are places in which individuals hear and accept how others frame their lives in terms of important ideas and issues. In addition to connecting during monthly discussions, members are encouraged to participate in a service project with their group during the year. Groups are coordinated by trained facilitators, and each group covers the same topic each month. (Topics and discussion guides for current and past years can be viewed via a link below.)
For the 2019 calendar year, 157 members were enrolled in ten year-round groups and six seasonal groups, with the latter meeting the needs of our partial-year residents. (Most seasonal groups elect to meet twice monthly in order to cover additional topics.) Open enrollment for covenant groups occurs each year in November, with new groups starting in January. Both daytime and evening groups are available. Brochures on this program are available on the racks outside the main office. For more information on the program please contact Jen Sutton at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Lisa Turano at LisaTurano@gmail.com. If you are interested in joining a Covenant group, see below to download an enrollment form. Please deliver the completed form to the Covenant Group mailbox in the UUFVB office, and someone will contact you.
Resources for Facilitators:
- Current and Prior Year Topics and Discussion Guides:
- Facilitator’s Handbook
- Facilitator’s Covenant
- Facilitator’s Circle Meeting Dates 10/1/19/ and 12/3/19; 09:30 in the Choir Room