Since 2013 more than 100 people have participated in Covenant Groups at UUCB. Those people can attest to the value of being engaged in a process of deep listening which nurtures spiritual growth.These groups have helped our congregation to build connections and develop a sense of trust within our community which makes us willing to live more boldly and lovingly in our world. They have helped us to grow in our individual sense of worthiness and acceptance as we engage intimately with our fellow UUs.
UUCB’s program has used the texts Heart to Heart and Soul to Soul for the past 4 years. We asked people to commit to preparing for and attending 8 meetings in two to three months’ time. For many people this regular time commitment was an obstacle to their participation. We believe so much in the benefits of this Small Group Ministry that we don’t want anyone to be unable to join because the structure doesn’t work for their busy lives.
Therefore we are going to try a new way using Soul Matters, a curriculum which comes monthly from the UUA and uses our monthly themes. Small groups are set up with 8-10 participants, including 2 facilitators. They meet once a month and commit to 8 months, with the option to continue if the participants so desire. The group also can take on new members if someone has to drop out for any reason. We want to begin the change in January and we hope you will want to be part of it. Whether you are new to this congregation and Covenant Groups or whether you have experienced Covenant Groups in the past, please consider joining us in January.
I am inspired by the words from Gretchen Haley which I read this morning in UUWorld.
So often we resist with our rational brains the experiences our hearts most crave.
We talk ourselves out of the love that stands so close we could almost eat it up if we could just…stop. Let go. Love.
To receive love like that would mean an ongoing willingness to be vulnerable, an ongoing journey of transformation, breaking open and changing, being born and reborn again.
Covenant Groups help us with that ongoing journey of transformation.