Current Covenant Groups

Also known as "small group ministry” and “chalice circles,” covenant groups 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 Covenant Groups FAQ

Open & New Groups

For over 10 years, the Small Group Ministry program at HVUUC 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. Several groups are open to new members or forming now. Please take a look at the descriptions below and consider joining one! 

Inquiries or interested in signing up?  Send an e-mail to  Signup sheets will also be available in the Fellowship Hall.

Free Range Covenant Group (open for new members)

This is an ongoing group where the facilitators will choose topics with input from the group. Initially the topics will be about our individual spiritual paths and how we came to UU'ism. After that, we will explore a wide array of topics according to the interests of the group. The Free Range Covenant Group is an ongoing group and is open to new members.  Spouses are welcome.
Location: Emerson room, Religious Education building
Date and Time: Meets 2nd and 4th Mondays each month 7 - 9PM
Facilitator: Greg Kramer

Exploring the Goddess: a six session trip around the world exploring the Goddess in world religions, and expressions the Goddess all around and within. 

This is open to women and men. No restrictions on relatives. This is an individual and group exploration of the Divine feminine. We will be exploring different goddesses throughout the world and history using arts, ritual, self work and group discussion. This group is open to anyone with an open heart and mind.   

Location: Susan B. Anthony room, Religious Education building

Date and Time:  Every other Tuesday 7-9PM August 29 - November 7

Facilitators: Rosemary Kleske and Lisa Mitchell


“PPP”: Pheelings and Phun through Photography

We'll decide on a theme before each meeting. Examples: “My sacred place”, “happiness”, “it’s complicated”. Everyone will bring to the meeting an 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: Susan B. Anthony room, Religious Education building

Date and Time:  1st and 3rd Tuesdays 7-9PM September 19 - December 19

Facilitator: Dave Calvert and Inge Franjione


Wholehearted Living: Guideposts for courageous, compassionate and connected living

This small group will meet weekly for eight weeks to discuss “The Gifts of Imperfection” by Brene Brown. The book describes the power of Wholehearted Living--a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness. We will review each of the 10 guideposts and answer questions for the reading companion while encouraging conversations about our own whole-hearted practice. We will begin in late September and run through mid-November.

Location: Reeb room, Religious Education building

Date and Time: Every Monday 5:30-7:30PM September 25-November 13

Facilitator: Megan Dew


The ‘S’ Word – Is being a Senior a blessing or a curse

This short term morning, 4-session group, meets weekly on Wednesdays. We will explore life changes – physically, mentally and financially; best and worst things about aging; ensuring your value as you age and other dreaded and blessing of wrinkles, sags and bags.

Location: Emerson room, Religious Education building

Date and Time: Every Wednesday September 6—September 27 10:30AM - 12:30PM

Facilitator: Wanda Earp


Music Covenant Group

In the Music Covenant Group, we will get to know each other better by exploring meaning and memory evoked by particular pieces of music.  At each meeting, group members will have an opportunity to share a piece of music that relates to the topic for the meeting, and talk about the associated emotions and thoughts that are conjured up.  Musical talent is not required; mostly we will be sharing recordings, but performances are certainly welcome, too!

Location: Reeb room, Religious Education building

Date and Time: 2nd and 4th Sunday  6-8PM  beginning August 27.  We will plan to run through the beginning of December, with the option to extend the meetings into May if there is enough interest.

Facilitators: Wendy Hearl and Brandie Worley


Sports Covenant Group

Childhood sports: memories and impact, Favorite sports to watch: most engaging, athletic, artistic, or strategic, In person vs. TV, Winning vs. losing, Played sports: in reality or only dreamed of playing, Field trip: see a game?  The dark side: head trauma, injuries, drug addictions, football carnage, boxing, etc. Why watch?,  Teams you follow and how those “attachments” developed, Youth sports +/-- , Let’s play: maybe a bocce ball or corn hole tournament?, The pleasure of rivalries? (brawls, trash talk),   Heroes on and off the field, Sports and culture: movies, celebrities, announcers, Bringshort clips?, College sports: student athletes? Revered thugs? Free labor?, With age how do our feelings about these topics morph, intensify or decline? 

Location: Susan B. Anthony room, Religious Education building

Date and Time: Every other Monday 7-9PM September 18-December 11

Facilitators: Brad Helmer and Tom Burns


Mythology Covenant Group

The Mythology Small Covenant Group will discuss myths and mythological figures, their origins, and how their stories resonate (or don’t) with us today.  Members will be encouraged to do light research and bring their own take on the meeting topic.  Then we’ll write our own myths to share.

Location: Susan B. Anthony room, Religious Education building

Date and Time: Every Thursday 6:30-8:30PM September 21 to November 2  

Facilitators: Skip Jones and George Cross