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 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.

“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 photographyCG@hvuuc.org

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 musicCG@hvuuc.org