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The top resource requested from the Network is to be small group session plans. Likewise, this is one or our greatest areas of interaction with individuals and congregations. You can find sessions that have been shared with the Network. The sessions are posted as in the format submitted. There are also links to other websites and session collections. Thanks for the ongoing contributions.

In September 2015, we moved sessions related to Celebrations to a separate section. To access the Directories of Sessions, click one of the following:

Sessions Directory: General (Jump to sessions) or scroll down.
Sessions: Celebrations

Sharing Sessions Plans is a major way of networking. You need more sessions and so do all your fellow group leaders and participants. And you may have plans to share. If every congregation accessing this page shares one session per year we will have a never ending source of sessions.

Didn't write it down? People say that they have come up with session plans but have not written them down. PLEASE take a moment to write up a draft of what you did. There is a template for doing this. If there is a session plan on the site that is the same topic as one you would like to share, send yours anyway. There are many ways to consider a topic.

Resources as you develop, share, look for session plans:
Session Plan Development/Selection Criteria
Critique of Small Group Ministry Session Plan
Copyright Considerations


Please send sessions plans to: They may be sent in MS Word, RTF, Simple Text or PDF files. Please give your name, congregation and city/state. Sessions plans are posted as they are submitted and there is a variety of styles.

Session plans are not edited by the Network, but we may contact you. We will add the name of the Network on the file so that people are aware of the source. Please always make sure to credit the writers of a session plan as you use it.

Let us know if there is a collection of session plans on your congregation's website, and we will note this in the Collections section on the UUSGM Network website.


Following are session plans that have been added to the Directories recently.

Session Plans newly posted to the website:
Past and Now Auburn, ME (Turner, Rev. Glenn) Personal
Samplers: Chalice Circles Providence, RI, First Unitarian (Arellana, Ruth) Groups
Enlightenment in Winter Devon, PA (from session from Durham, NC) Personal: Seasonal
Thankfulness Devon, PA Personal

Theme-Based: The following session plans are based on the Themes for the Month that are being used by a number of UU churches.
Ancestry (Nov. 2015) (Theme) Newark, DE (Weber, Rev. Andrew)
Letting Go (Oct. 2015) (Theme) Newark, DE (Weber, Rev. Andrew)

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.

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