Current Small Group Ministries
Also known as "covenant groups” and “chalice circles,” small group ministries are a vital part of our congregation.
Groups of 4–10 people meet regularly, usually monthly, to reflect on and discuss significant life topics.
Small groups are great places to get to know other people and to get to know yourself. Over time, participants build deep connections with one another, with the congregation and with the sacred.
Whether the topic is “good and evil,” “mindful living” or “letting go,” the conversation is respectful and caring and leads to greater understanding. In each session, facilitated by a member of the congregation, all participants have opportunity to share their perspectives, tell their stories, and listen deeply. The time together is structured: Groups begin and end with centering readings and often include a time of silence before the sharing begins. Many small groups engage in annual service projects, putting their faith into action.
Have questions? See the Small Group Ministry FAQ
Open & New Groups
For over 10 years, the Small Group Ministry program has offered the opportunity for church members and friends to develop deeper relationships with each other and the greater church community through participation in Covenant Groups. All the groups below are open to new members. Please take a look at the descriptions below and consider joining one!
Inquiries or interested in signing up? Send an e-mail to SGM@hvuuc.org. Signup sheets will also be available in the Fellowship Hall.
Free Range Small Group
This small group has been designed for people who have never participated in a small group here at church. What does Free Range mean? It means there is no theme that is consistent between sessions. Curiosity, Shame, Joy, Fear and Fun will be some of the themes we will discuss and share our stories. Small Groups are not Adult Religious Education classes, this is a discussion group where your story matters and your point of view matters. This is also a great way to meet other congregants on a more personal basis.
Date and Time: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 7-9pm, beginning January 23 through May 22
Facilitator: Greg Kramer email@example.com
The Spectra of Sex and Gender
At the moment we are born (or even before), on the basis of a single criterion, each of us is labeled either male or female. This label has tremendous repercussions for the rest of our lives—how we are treated, how we are supposed to dress and behave, what we're interested in, and whom we’re expected to love. In this group we will pull back the curtain and explore the reality of gender and sexuality, dazzling variations that go beyond the rigid labels we’ve been stuck with.
Location: Ralph Waldo Emerson Room, Religious Education building
Date and Time: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays from 7-9pm, beginning February 5 through April 16
Facilitators: Wendy Hearl and Tish Kashdan firstname.lastname@example.org
“PPP” Pheelings and Phun through Photography
We'll decide on a theme before each meeting. Examples: “My sacred place”, “happiness”, “its complicated”. Everyone will bring to the meeting a digital image they have captured that speaks to the theme and we'll share our reflections that arise from everyone's images. Don't worry – its not an art contest. The covenant group emphasis on sharing our experiences is the important thing here.
Location: Waldo Emerson Room, Religious Education building
Date and Time: First and third Thursdays from 7-9pm, beginning January 3
Facilitators: Dave Calvert and Tom Burns email@example.com