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The resource requested most from the Network is small group session plans. Likewise, this is one of greatest areas of connection among with individuals and congregations. We recognize Session Plans as a Dynamic UU Literature

In September 2015, we moved sessions related to Celebrations to a separate section. To access the Session Plans, click one of the following Session Directories and scroll down.
Sessions Directory: General (Jump to sessions) or scroll down.
Sessions: Celebrations
Newly posted session plans are noted in the update on the Home Page.
We also post topics that are requested but do not appear in our current directory.

Small Group Ministry Session Plans Online Directory

These session plans that have been contributed by congregations and individuals may be sorted by clicking on 'Sort' next to Title, Date, Source and Topic.
Title: The title of the session plan is given without "the" or "a/an". The number of sessions will be noted if more than one.
Date: When known, the date that the session plan was written is noted in ( ) after the title. The entry in the Date column is when the item was posted to the website.
Source: The location of the congregation or organization is given, such as Augusta, ME. The location is followed in ( ) by the author(s), if given. For session plans that have been written by individuals independent of a congregation, the author's name is identified as the source.
Topic: This is a general focus of the item. These are somewhat arbitrary. When items may fit several categories, the item is sorted by the first topic.

Note: Multiple sessions on a topic present diversity in approach. The session plans provide a democratic process for enriching UUism. Keep creating, keep sharing, and keep acknowledging contributions, your own and those from others. The UU way!

Collections of Session Plans are listed after the Session Plan Directory with the source and brief notation of what is included.


Network By Sharing Session Plans!

Please send sessions plans and notations about collections to: They may be sent in MS Word, RTF, Simple Text or PDF files. Sessions plans are posted in a variety of styles. We may contact the contributors for clarifications.

Sending Session Plans to
The following information is included in session plans for the Network website:
1. Unitarian Universalist Small Group Ministry Network Website is noted at the top.
2. The title of the session plan and date created (if given).
3. The name and location city and state/province/country of the congregation or individual creating the session plan.
4. Optional. The name of the creator or person responsible for submitting the plan and date created. It may be of interest to note the reason behind the session plan, such as a grief session developed around the death of a group member, or a specific event in the church, or a situation than calls for a response.

Session plans are being shared and adapted! Please note on session plans when you have made changes from other sources. Acknowledgement honors the contribution of the originator and reinforces connections among UUs in a faith community.

Session Plan Development/Selection Criteria
Critique of Small Group Ministry Session Plan
Copyright Considerations

Additional guidelines for developing session plans:
Create Session Plans: Devon (6/2019) (2sessions)


Navigating Change -- Stow/Acton, MA (Personal)
Toward a New Reality – Augusta, ME (Groups, Issues)
Understanding Your Enneagram Personality -- Hayward, CA, (Personal)
Dates: red - added in last 2 months green - added in last 6 months blue - added in last year
 Title  Date  Source: Congregation or name  Topic


Source Description
First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego Overview of Wisdom Circles with meeting times, Guides for Facilitators and Participants, and session plans.
Newton, MA: First Unitarian Society Session plans
San Jose, CA: First Unitarian Church Session plans, items added regularly
UU Service Committee: Covenant Groups Description of SGM, sessions added regularly
UUA Youth and Campus Ministry Office Covenant Group Curricula for Young Adults, Volume 1 and 2 (includes some session plans)
Helen Zidowecki Session plans on topics such as: celebrations, congregational life, RE, teacher development, social justice, Welcoming Congregation, youth.
Albuquerque, NM Covenant Group Archives
Albuquerque, NM Current Covenant Group Materials for 2015-16
Augusta, ME: Unitarian Universalist Community Church Over 150 session plans, continuing additions. Themes include: Celebrations, Congregational Life, Beliefs, Life Passages, Witness.
First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco Collection of session plans, alphabetical. Ongoing additions. Resource listings.
Community UU Congregation, White Plains, NY Our Journey Groups are modeled after Soul Matters Sharing Groups, but we create our own materials and use themes that sometimes correspond to Soul Matters and often do not. Rev. Dr. Steven Meredith Garmon, Minister

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