Also known as "covenant groups” and “chalice circles,” Small Group Ministry is a vital part of many Unitarian Universalist(UU) congregations. Groups of 10-12 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,” "parenting," 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 times for quiet reflection as well as sharing. Many small groups also put their faith into action through service projects.

The Fall Open Enrollment period is the "main enrollment" time for UUFA members and friends – whether new to the program or returning – to register for the coming year. Click the button above to register by January 31.

The Mid-Winter Open Enrollment period provides opportunities for participation to newcomers to UUFA, as well as current UUFA members and friends who missed the Fall Open Enrollment period.  Here, newcomers sign up in December to join a group in January, and complete the SGM year which runs through May or August, depending on the wishes of the group.

For more information and questions about SGM at UUFA, email Kelly Simonson and Melanie Hennings continue in their service as  SGM coordinators. Thank you, Kelly and Melanie!

Want to go deeper?

Explore the resources linked to here, developed and shared through The SGM Network and the Unitarian Universalist Association. For more information about these resources, contact

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