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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    November 18, 2014


Healing and Transformation in Small Groups
Saturday, November 15th,2014, 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Registration, coffee starting at 9
Hosted by the Northwest Unitarian Universalist Congregation
1025 Mount Vernon HighwayNW, SandySprings, GA 30327
Rev. Dr. M'ellen Kennedy, Leader

See the flier for more information and registration.


The Fall / Winter Journal has been sent electronically and via mail to UU Small Group Ministry Network members. This edition includes:

Resources and Publications
Changing Culture thru SGM
SGM in Retirement Communities
Session Plans Needed!
Ritual & Ceremony
Welcoming New Members
Marking Events as a Group
Roots & Branches
Short-term SGM
Taste of SGM

The November 2014 Covenant Group News has been emailed and is now online. It contains the following articles, in addition to Network information:


  • Letter from the Editor
  • From the Heart: A Chalice Circle Story
  • Healing & Transformation in Small Group Ministry
  • SGM Notes from Congregations
  • Small Group Ministry Resources

Subscribe now to get your copy as it is sent out. Issues are posted to the website when the subsequent issue is sent.


To make session plans more accessible, they are listed here by Topic, followed by (Key Words). We are adding these distinctions to the session plans that we have already received. As you send session plans for posting, please indicate the Topic and Key Words that you would suggest using. This is an evolving process.
Topic: Life
Gratitude -- Newark, DE, Life (Gratitude)
Geography Of Our Lives -- Devon, PA, Life (Home)
Loss -- Newark, DE, Life (Loss)
Money Money Money -- Devon, PA, Life (Money)
Perspective -- Devon, PA, Life (Perspective)
Privacy -- Providence, RI, First Unitarian, Life (Privacy)
Security -- Marysville, WA, Life (Security)
Stewardship -- Devon, PA, Life (Stewardship)
What is Enough? - Devon, PA, Life (Enough)
Topic: Witness
Soul Work -- Devon, PA (Papa, Rev. Stephan), Witness (Racism)
Topic: Other (has not been assigned)
Play: In Praise of Play -- Kennedy, Rev. M'Ellen, (Play)
Story -- Newark, DE (Weber, Rev. Andrew), (Story)

New Session Collection Link:
Please see the new link to the Wisdom Circles, First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego. In addition, you may wish to review their Facilitators and Participants Guides.


We had a request for a session on Privacy. Finding none, First Unitarian Church in Providence created one, also with an invitation to other congregations to create or send in sessions on that topic. The topic of Security has also come up. Please contact office@smallgroupministry.net with your contributions on these topics. Are you interested in working with someone to create sessions for these topics?

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