What is a covenant group?
Groups of 6-10 people who gather twice a month to connect with each other and discuss a predetermined topic. The sharing and deep listening that take place foster intimate connections and a sense of shared community that are often difficult to achieve in a congregation of our size.
Why are they called covenant groups?
Each group creates its own covenant (or agreement) which outlines the guidelines they choose to abide by in their meetings. Covenants usually list communal expectations such as listening respectfully, speaking one at a time, practicing kindness, and maintaining confidentiality.
When do they meet?
Groups meet twice a month on a regular day, such as the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Some meet in the evening, while others meet in the morning or afternoon. Starting in late October 2015 (and continuing until the summer 2016) groups will meet at DUUF on:
2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
2nd and 4th Saturdays from 10:00 am to 11:30 am
2nd and 4th Sundays from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm
What happens at the meetings?
First, opening words are read and a chalice is lit. Then members check-in with a brief update on how they are doing. The majority of the time is spent on reflection and discussion of the predetermined topic. To conclude, closing words are read and the chalice is extinguished. Some groups take turns providing refreshments; others do not. Topics vary and will center around the theme of contrasts and connections.
How do I sign up for a covenant group?
Forms are available through October 25th both online (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1F4k8DKXMMdHZyjwRRQUxh23LNg6U7eZbOYfGv9LT4CQ/viewform)
and in paper form in Fellowship Hall. You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or for more information.