A covenant group is comprised of 8-10 individuals who commit to meet monthly to share and reflect on issues of personal significance.
The twin goals of covenant groups are Intimacy, or connection, and Ultimacy, the exploration of the foundations of our most deeply held beliefs. Through the covenanting process, members set their own ground rules and learn new ways of being together without making judgements or corrections.
Covenant groups are not for those who seek therapy, an intellectual debate, or a social gathering. They are places in which individuals hear and accept how others frame their lives in terms of important ideas and issues. The Covenant Group Program is managed locally, but is considered a “small group ministry” and is both an important part of the UU ministry and affiliated with the UUA.
For the 2017 calendar year, 150 members were enrolled in 10 year-round groups and 4 seasonal groups, with the latter meeting the needs of partial-year residents. All are coordinated by trained facilitators and cover the same topic each month. Most seasonal groups elect to meet twice monthly in order to cover additional topics.
In addition to connecting with members of their own group through a year-long commitment, enrollees are urged to strengthen their overall commitment to the Fellowship through attendance at Sunday services and participation in yearly service projects to the Fellowship.
Open enrollment for covenant groups occurs in November each year with new groups starting in January. Brochures on this program are available on the racks outside the main office. For more information on the program, or if you are interested in a mid-year enrollment, please contact Jen Sutton firstname.lastname@example.org.