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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 19, 2016


Covenant Group News is distributed to subscribers electronically in August, November, February, and May.

SGM Journal goes to UUSGM Network members in October/November and April/May, with a 3 month delay before being posted on the website.

The Website is updated monthly.

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

The February 2016 Covenant Group News has been emailed and is now online. It contains the following articles, in addition to Network information:


  • Letter from the Editor
  • Envision the Future of SGM
  • New Resource: Listening Hearts
  • Theme-Based SGM
  • Small Group Ministry Institute 2016
  • Updating Implementing SGM


See the newly posted Sessions

Ending and Starting/Evaluation (Mar. 2016) Eugene, OR, Groups
Play (Mar. 2016), Eugene, OR, Personal
Doing the Right Thing (April 2016), Hillsboro, OR (Warrior, Kathryn), Witness

Do you have a session to share on any the upcoming celebrations?
Flower Communion
Independence Day
Teltane/Lammas (Aug. 1)

Send session plans to office@smallgroupministry.net
Thank you.


Website Home Page, see "Implementing" at top of page

Implementing Unitarian Universalist Small Group Ministry: For Starting, Restarting, and Enhancing Small Group Ministry and Covenant Groups is the most complete description you will find of the intricacies and possibilities of Small Group Ministry. Individuals and congregations have shared their challenges and strengths along the way.

The Network is updating Implementing with the intention on having it available in electronic version by General Assembly 2016. Visit Implementing on line. There is comment space at the end of the respective sections that will take comments through DISQUS. And you can send comments to office@smallgroupministry.net

Implementing constituted the resource packet for the recent SGM Institute in Knoxville, TN, April 1-3, 2016. Comments from the Institute will be included in the revisions. Check out the sections:
A suggested approach is to:

  1. Look at a section in its entirety to get an overview of the content.
  2. Read to see similarities with your setting.
  3. Note ideas that you might want to consider at some time.
  4. Compose and send your comments at the end of the section or by e-mail (address above).

Send comments by May 1 for inclusion in the Implementing update. Thanks.


April 1-3, 2016 in Knoxville, TN

Thanks to Tennessee Valley UU Church for hosting the Institute. Thirty people from nine congregations participated. The richness came from the active sharing, the energy of being together, and the wealth of wisdom and experience that abounded. The Institute was a partnership between the TVUUC and the UUSGM Network that we would like to see replicated. The Institute ended with the Sunday Morning service, and focus of SGM in the sermon by Rev. Chris Buice. This was followed by a sign-up for groups at TVUUC! A more complete review of the Institute will be forthcoming. Thanks again to all who participated.

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