Saturday, March 18, 2017

Covenant Groups at DUUF (starting April 2017)

What is a covenant group?
Groups of 6-10 people who gather twice a month to connect with each other and discuss the themes for that month. The sharing and deep listening that take place foster intimate connections and a sense of shared community.  
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. Groups are also guided by our larger Unitarian Universalist covenant (also referred to as our seven principles).
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. Groups will begin meeting the second week in April 2017 (and continue until the summer 2018) at DUUF.
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 topic. To conclude, closing words are read and the chalice is extinguished. Some groups take turns providing refreshments; others do not. Childcare is available. 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 April 5th both online and in paper form in Fellowship Hall. Look for printed forms in Fellowship Hall (where we have coffee hour) or sign-up online: