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: The REZ @ HVUUC
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Dates: Meets 2nd and 4th Mondays each month. 
Facilitator: Greg Kramer

UU History Covenant Group (full)

Long Strange Trip is a film series produced by Ron Cordes. This 6-part documentary details the history of Unitarian and Universalist thought from the beginning of the Christian era to what we know today as Unitarian Universalism. Each part is approximately 1 hour in length with a discussion to follow.
Location: The REZ @ HVUUC, room R1
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Dates: Meets 2nd and 4th Wednesdays beginning January (25), February (8 and 22), March (8 and 22) and April (12); 6 meetings total
Facilitator: George Cross

Dream Covenant Group (full)

"Sharing dreams and searching cooperatively for their meanings regularly creates deeper intimacy and understanding between and among people participating in the process", says Jeremy Taylor, UU minister and longtime dream worker.  In this group we will be sharing and exploring the rich layers of our dreams using Taylor's Dreamwork Toolkit and his assertion that "all dreams come in the service of health and wholeness". 

We will be meeting from 7-9PM on the second and fourth Sunday of the month beginning on January 29th and running through the end of May.  If you're interested, please contact Wendy Hearl or Dave Calvert at

Being Mortal Covenant Group (full)

Are you puzzled and honestly, a bit afraid of end of life decisions? Would you feel supported and empowered by sitting down with good friends and discussing some of the issues that are on your mind?  “Being Mortal,” the title of the bestselling book by Atul Gawande, is also the name of a new covenant group which will form this March. Please join us if you are interested in this conversation.

If possible, (but this is not a requirement!) get a copy of the book and read it. It helps frame some of the issues we may wish to talk about.

Location: The REZ @ HVUUC     
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 pm         
Dates: Meets Tuesday nights beginning March 7th (8 sessions)      
Facilitators: Tish Kashdan and Beth Calvert