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July 7, 2003

CGNews #54

An occasional newsletter about Covenant Group Ministry read by 794 forward-looking Unitarian Universalists.


This year's UUA General Assembly was quite an experience. Meeting in Boston for the first time since 1978, the GA had a record attendance of 7,551 and even more were in the Fleet Center (where the Celtics and Bruins play) for the Service of the Living Tradition Sunday morning -- 8,632 of us.

For a full report on this record-breaking GA, go to the UUA website, You'll also find there, if you're interested, cassette tapes or CD recordings of virtually every event (some even on video) which you can order. If you want to hear Jim Robinson, Glenn Turner, Calvin Dame, Michael McGee, Thandeka and Peter Bowden talk about Small Group Ministry, order #2071 "Covenant Group/Small Group Ministry: Successful Since 1982." This is the Skinner House Books workshop, which I moderated.

I was pleased that the UUA Bookstore's supply of my new Skinner House book sold out by late Saturday. Fortunately or unfortunately, the warehouse still has copies of the first printing of "The Complete Guide to Small Group Ministry: Saving the World Ten at a Time," which you may order for $18 plus shipping from the UUA Bookstore at 800 215-9076 or online at (Any profits go to SWUUC or the UUA.)

President Bill Sinkford mentioned Small Group Ministry at the beginning of his President's Report. Peter Morales, Director of Field Service, provided a copy of "Saving the World Ten at a Time" to each member of the District Services staff. Every workshop on Small Group Ministry or Covenant Groups that I know of (and there were several) had standing-room only attendance.

All is well, and getting better, in the world of Small Group Ministry, anyway.

Thanks for your continued interest and support.

-- Bob Hill

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-- Bob Hill

The Rev. Robert. L. Hill, District Executive
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