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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    February 11, 2017


Covenant Group News (CGN) is distributed to subscribers electronically 5-6 times a year. This is a major place for input and sharing from congregations, a public face for SGM. Individuals and congregations/communities are invited to submit, with a focus on sharing from experience and learning from each other.

SGM Journal is changing to an annual publication in Summer 2017. The SGM Journal will be sent to Network members, and may be available to non-members via delayed posting on the website and possibly purchase.

The Website is usually updated monthly to include session plans and other notations that have been received.

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

The November 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
  • The Power of Promotional Words from the Minister
  • Online Covenant Group
  • Video Toolbox

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

Reflections On Covenant
The Role of the Minister in Small Group Ministry
Covenant Groups - A Gym For the Soul
Small Group Ministry Survey: Early Patterns Emerge
The Impact of Small Group Ministry on Ministers
Small Group Ministry Support
The Making of a Homegrown Small Group Ministry Institute


We look forward to receiving session plans. Please send them to office@smallgroupministry.net

Additions on general topics:
Common Things (Jan. 2017) Auburn, ME (Turner, Rev. Glenn)
Finding Something to Give Us the Impression We Exist (Nov. 2016) (Auburn, ME,Turner, Rev. Glenn)
How Do You Begin? (Jan 2017) (Lutherville, MD, Sinn, Robin) Personal, Beginning
Why Attend Church (Sept. 2016) (Lutherville, MD,Sinn, Robin) Congregation
Personal Transformation (Oct. 2016) (Lutherville, MD, Sinn, Robin) Personal
Mystery Journey Packet (Jan. 2017) White Plains, NY (Garmon, Rev. Dr. S. Meredith) Personal (Also see theme packet link at after the Session Plan Directory.)

For Times Such as These........
What better place to grapple with the cultural and political changes and chaos than in Small Group and Covenant Group Ministries, where we learn to listen to each other, and are willing to broaden our vision and views by sharing. We have used the Topic listing of "Times" for such session plans. We are Looking for session plans that have been developed around coping with and living into our times.

Political and Social Implications of Differing Conservative and Liberal Viewpoints on Human Nature (Jan. 2017) Auburn, ME (Turner, Rev. Glenn)
Finding a Footing in a Deeply Divided Nation (Nov. 2016) Auburn, ME (Turner, Rev. Glenn)
Space to Sit, A (Nov. 2016) Lutherville, MD (Sinn, Robin)

Please see the Celebrations Session Plans for Spring celebrations.

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