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Welcome to the UU Small Group Ministry Network. Our network is dedicated to creating healthy congregations and a vital Unitarian Universalist movement by supporting and promoting Small Group Ministry. We invite you to enjoy the resources on this site, subscribe to our Covenant Group News e-newsletter, and join us as a member. Members receive print copies of our journal, the SGM Journal. Online archives of the Journal and CGNews are available to all. Your membership makes our support of small group ministry and covenant groups possible.

News and Web Updates    April 27, 2017


Covenant Group News (CGN) is distributed to subscribers electronically 5-6 times a year. This is a major place for input and sharing from congregations, a public face for SGM. Individuals and congregations/communities are invited to submit, with a focus on sharing from experience and learning from each other.

SGM Journal is changing to an annual publication in Summer 2017. The SGM Journal will be sent to Network members, and may be available to non-members via delayed posting on the website and possibly purchase.

The Website is usually updated monthly to include session plans and other notations that have been received.

Participate in the SGM Facebook Group for ongoing updates and information.

The March 2017 Covenant Group News has been emailed and is now online. It contains the following articles, in addition to Network information:


  • Letter from the Editor
  • Small Group Ministry - For Times Such as These!
  • Three Ways to Cultivate a Sense of Hope, Even When Times Seem Hopeless
  • Revitalization of our Small Group Ministry Program
  • Small Group Ministry is coming to UU Fellowship of Winston-Salem!
  • Movie Reviews and the Seven UU Principles
  • Upcoming Events
  • National SGM News


For Times Such as These....
What better place to grapple with the cultural and political changes and chaos than in Small Group and Covenant Group Ministries, where we learn to listen to each other, and are willing to broaden our vision and views by sharing. The Session Plan Directory Topics include "Times" that focus on bringing our SGM experience into our ongoing life. I am starting to include the question, "What will you be taking with you as you leave this group/this session?" when the session topics call us into deeper engagement with society and culture around us. Some of the session plans that have been received for posting on the website have included similar wording. How can we make the sessions more applicable to our lives? Helen Zidowecki

Session Plans that are being posted are:
From Auburn, ME, Rev. Glenn Turner
On Giving and Gratitude (Personal)
It Isn't That the Dead Don't Speak. (Life)

From Palo Alto, CA, Rev. Amy Zucker Morgenstern
A Work of Art (Art)
Words of Wisdom (Personal)
UU Principles. 1 Inherent Worth and Dignity of Every Person (Principles)
Stay or Go? (Personal)
Saying Good-bye Well (Personal)
Friendship and Its Changes (Personal)
My Favorite Year (Personal)

From Holston Valley, Gray, TN.
Shame vs Guilt ( Personal)

Celebrations Session Plans for celebrations.
From Palo Alto, CA, Rev. Amy Zucker Morgenstern
What Do You Want for Christmas (Or Hanakah,etc.)

And closer to this time, we would like to post a session plan related to July 4, Independence Day


As you make your plans to attend General Assembly, June 21-25, 2017, New Orleans, plan to visit us at the UU SGM Network Booth #618. We like to hear about what is happening with you, your questions and suggestions, and how to enhance the Network/congregation connection.

Your experience with Small Group Ministry can also be shared by you as you work at the booth. More specific information is coming, or contact us at office@smallgroupministry.net

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